May 31, 2015 |
BUFFALO, N.Y. - A funny thing happened on the way to Niagara Falls: We got distracted - for a week - by Buffalo. Hoping to avoid a few of the 12 million annual visitors who flock to see that famous tumbling water, we chose the city 20 miles down the road, perched at the edge of Lake Erie, as home base for our trip to the Niagara region. To our delight, we found Buffalo to be rich in history, with world-class architecture and parks, a stunning waterfront, and a diverse and funky culture that flies higher than chicken wings.
May 12, 2015 |
ERIE, Pa. By the look of the box score, it was another grim day for baseball back in Philadelphia. A couple of early leads disintegrated and a late rally fell short, leaving the last-place Phillies nearly 10 games out of first place two weeks before Memorial Day. If you were fortunate enough to be in Pennsylvania's fourth-largest city Sunday afternoon, you would at least feel better about the organization's future. That's because it was Aaron Nola's day to pitch at cozy Jerry Uht Park.
February 16, 2015 |
When my husband first proposed driving to Erie as a family vacation, I was extremely skeptical about driving 800-plus miles with our three children, ages 7, 9, and 12. He enthusiastically suggested that it was the perfect location because we could combine my love of outdoors with his love of baseball. We could visit Presque Isle State Park, a premier birding spot, and attend an Erie Seawolves minor-league baseball game. I was intrigued. "And, we could get another stamp!" That was the clincher.
August 14, 2014 |
You couldn't drink it. You couldn't bathe in it. You couldn't wash dishes in it. A bloom of toxin-producing, blue-green algae in Lake Erie had rendered the water unsafe and forced Toledo, Ohio, to shut down its system for several days. Could it happen here? Exceedingly unlikely, Philadelphia-area water officials say. They do see the same algae in local waters, but the difference is, it doesn't grow out of control here or, for reasons unknown, produce the same toxins. But officials here have plenty of other types of algae to contend with, albeit mostly ones that affect taste and odor and clog filters, rather than harm people.
October 15, 2013
IT'S HARD TO talk with former Gov. Tom Ridge without drawing comparisons to current Gov. Tom Corbett. Both, after all, earned the moniker "One-Term Tom. " Ridge's fumbling of a first-term effort to bring big shipbuilding to the Philadelphia Navy Yard brought him the added nickname "Tom Thumbs. " And Corbett, you may have noted, has ham-handed tendencies. Still, shared similarities are far outweighed by disparities. They served at different times under separate circumstances but, oh, what a difference a Tom makes.
July 11, 2013 |
CLEVELAND - Stylish and smiling, three women allegedly held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade offered thanks on YouTube for emotional and financial backing they've received since going "through hell and back. " From Amanda Berry, 27: "I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home, with my family, my friends," she said. "I would say 'thank you' for the support," said a soft-spoken Gina DeJesus, 23, in response to prompting from a narrator. And from Michelle Knight, 32, who wasn't a familiar face on a milk carton around town like the other two, came a sometimes halting yet defiant reading of a statement.
December 3, 2012 |
Heavy flows the nog. While conventional TV goes into hibernation every December, an ever-expanding catalogue of holiday-themed movies and specials fills the void. Two channels in particular - Hallmark and ABC Family - always seem to stockpile enough new made-for-TV movies to light up primetime through the entire yuletide season. It's like having a pair of Advent calendars to open every night. Even Lifetime gets into the act in December, with a stocking full of original movies like Finding Mrs. Claus and The Real St. Nick . (Of course, as soon as the holiday is over, Lifetime reverts to its trademark programming: TV movies about women who are either victims or perpetrators of incredibly heinous crimes.)
June 16, 2012
An exciting first on Niagara Falls NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario - Nik Wallenda has crossed into Canadian territory, becoming the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of the roaring Niagara Falls. The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896. "Oh, my gosh, it's an unbelievable view," an utterly calm-sounding Wallenda said as he walked over the edge of the falls.
March 7, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur is pulling away from congressional colleague Dennis Kucinich in the battle for a newly drawn Ohio congressional district. Kaptur had a nearly nine-point lead with half the votes counted. Kucinich made a strong showing in his home county, Cuyahoga, but was behind in critical Lorain County. Toledo real estate agent Steve Kraus was holding a strong lead over Joseph Wurzelbacher on the Republican side of the race. Wurzelbacher earned the nickname "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 presidential election.
June 14, 2011 |
There was something a little unsettling throughout the NBA season, the playoffs and into the championship round about the amount of hatred directed toward the Miami Heat in general and LeBron James in particular. When the final series ended Sunday night with the Dallas Mavericks hoisting the trophy, it seemed that spirits of all U.S. sports fans (and a number of German ones) were lifted at the same time. What is difficult to figure out is why people cared. Or, at least, why they cared that much.