July 1, 2015
ISSUE | OBAMA Fait accompli rule President Obama's strategy to dominate Congress and the courts is to get an agenda item rolling by any means, knowing it will be difficult to stop. Examples include: passing Obamacare by changing Senate rules, after which the threat of extreme medical-insurance disruption influences the Supreme Court to allow it to continue; suspending border enforcement, scattering refugee children, and then arguing that returning them would overwhelm the system; and proposing legal status for illegal aliens, knowing that once it's in effect, it will be increasingly hard for the courts or Republicans to reverse.
June 29, 2015 |
Look for beaming smiles on T-shirts, bracelets, headbands, towels, rings, and ankle socks to make the trek to overnight camp. The trendlet Emojis - yes, those omnipresent computer-generated grins - are sending an undeniable message of good vibes and high style this summer. Where's it come from? In 1999, Japanese developer Shigetaka Kurita developed the first emojis - Japanese for "picture characters" - as part of Unicode, a universal tech language that today allows us to read texts sent from iPhones to Androids.
June 15, 2015 |
Danielle Snyderman's fascination with the love lives of her elderly patients began after a woman in her late 80s suffered a series of falls. It was clear that she could no longer live safely in an apartment with her husband of six decades. A broken hip would have been catastrophic for her. Snyderman, a geriatrician, recommended that the woman move to assisted living. Her husband resisted fiercely, fighting against what seemed to be in his wife's best interest. "Every morning, we wake up," he told Snyderman, "and we look at each other and we stick out our tongues.
June 12, 2015 |
Explaining that "when one door closes, another door opens," Susanna Foo says Sunday will be the finale of her namesake restaurant in Radnor, which opened in 2006. Foo and her son Gabriel have decided to focus completely on SuGa , the upmarket Chinese restaurant they are building at 1720 Sansom St., which was Genji. It is expected to open in September. Brewpub for Jenkintown Downtown Jenkintown gets its own brewpub June 19 with the opening of Guild Hall Brewing Co. (208 York Rd., 267-287-8698)
May 11, 2015 |
Television, in a way, is the perfect medium for M. Night Shyamalan, the Bucks County director who made his name with The Sixth Sense and who has seen his star decline ever since. For his TV debut, Shyamalan chose Wayward Pines , a genre-inflected mystery based on the trilogy by Blake Crouch. Matt Dillon stars as Secret Service agent Ethan Burke. He is stranded in the mysterious town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, while in search of his missing partner and former lover, Kate (Carla Gugino)
April 24, 2015 |
Caleb Cresson Wistar III, 93, of Lafayette Hill, a Unisys Corp. procurement specialist and a descendant of the Wistar Institute's founders, died in his sleep Thursday, April 2, of causes related to aging at the Hill at Whitemarsh. The family is descended from Caspar Wistar, a Philadelphian who in 1808 became chair of the department of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Caspar Wistar's great-nephew Isaac Jones Wistar was a prominent Philadelphia lawyer and Civil War brigadier general.
April 23, 2015 |
Apple may be aiming for its just-released iWatch to be the timepiece of the summer, but as it stands, the JoyJoy! brand is more than a few hours ahead, emerging as the year's must-have digital arm candy for tweens, teens - and their moms. In just eight months, Saul Denenberg and Brett Pulli have sold more than 15,000 of the light-up watch heads and graphic-heavy interchangeable bands. Available nationwide in 357 surf stores and boutiques, including the upscale Fred Segal, the Souderton-based JoyJoy!
March 20, 2015 |
Robert James Harbison 3d, 92, of Lafayette Hill, who guided his family's dairy business from horse-drawn delivery routes to a modern-day business merger, died Sunday, March 15, of complications from a stroke at the Hill at Whitemarsh. In 1947, he joined Harbisons Dairies, becoming president and CEO in 1952. He was the fourth generation of Harbisons to lead the dairy founded by Robert Harbison in 1865. Under his leadership, Harbisons Dairies in Kensington grew to about 700 employees, with 385 home-delivery milk routes and six plants.
March 12, 2015 |
America loves Cookie Lyon - the female lead on Fox's breakout hit Empire - riotously played by Taraji P. Henson. Cookie is a Philly-bred, around-the-way girl who drinks hard-core rappers under the table, and unapologetically tosses the belongings of her ex-husband's fiancee from the top floor of a suburban mansion. And, whoa, the Cookie Monster fiercely loves her children. But we wouldn't connect to Cookie so completely if her sense of style - or, sometimes, lack thereof - wasn't so very on point with her character: Cookie dresses like a woman who doesn't play.
February 10, 2015 |
WHEN JIM KOLLER was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he wanted to find out all he could about the disease. He wanted to know, how could he, a fitness buff who thought nothing of a 24-mile bike ride from his home in Lafayette Hill to the Philadelphia Art Museum and back, contract the crippling, fatal disease named after the baseball player Lou Gehrig? How could he, a man who lifted weights and swam six days a week for 20 years, be afflicted with a disease that slowly destroys a person's ability to even flex a muscle?