April 20, 2015 |
My father worked nights, slept days, and rose for dinner in a mood as sour as my mother's iced tea. He usually was too tired or cranky to read the just-delivered Bulletin's sports section so my mother, as we ate, often read aloud what for him was its one indispensable element - Sandy Grady's column. Those wonderfully crafted words soothed my father, though they must also have stirred conflicting emotions in a proofreader who had wanted to be a sportswriter. For my young ears, hearing Grady's insights and flawless phrasing, so perfect in audible form, sparked the beginnings of awareness.
March 20, 2015
I FEAR for the children. Specifically, the ones coming of age over the next few years, when lifelong sports memories and loyalties are often forged. Who will reach their teens over the next 11 years. I fear for the ones too young to have seen Brad Lidge drop to his knees, Allen Iverson break Michael Jordan's ankles, the Flyers rally from an 0-3 hole against the Bruins, the Eagles finally make it to the Super Bowl. And that's just for starters. If your kids are anywhere from 18 to say, 28, they have enjoyed one of the better eras in Philadelphia sports history, full of stars and story lines, each season bringing with it a healthy level of anticipation and suspense.
January 19, 2015 |
Sometimes, trying to return to sleep in those unsettling hours before dawn, I'll walk my mind through vanished sports landscapes. The mental exercise required to dredge up details of once-familiar locales can induce sleep as effectively as any pill. I might enter Connie Mack Stadium beneath the 21st and Lehigh portico, and walk through the clacking turnstiles and down the dank concourse, passing program vendors and dimly lit concession stands, until finally I am climbing a ramp to the lonely left-field bleachers.
January 5, 2015 |
AKRON, Ohio - As Temple nears a decision on an on-campus football stadium, it might want to look toward this tired industrial city 350 miles to the west, where the University of Akron struggles to fill and pay for one that debuted five years ago. Akron, like Temple, is a large urban university transitioning from commuter-school roots. In 2009, to jump-start a long-stagnant football program and an apathetic fan base, it opened a 27,000-seat facility near the heart of its 222-acre downtown campus.
December 24, 2014 |
The health-care economic landscape shifted again Monday when Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager, chose sides in the high-priced market for hepatitis C medication. St. Louis-based Express Scripts said it would provide only one brand of hepatitis C medicine to most patients in its employer-sponsored health plans, choosing AbbVie Inc.'s new Viekira Pak after AbbVie gave it an undisclosed but "significant discount" on its list price of $83,000 for a 12-week treatment regimen.
November 23, 2014 |
Held hostage for a year by hope that they might snag a casino license, two pieces of prime central Philadelphia real estate lost that gamble this week - but may yet cash in, as all eyes await Plan B for both locations in a hot downtown market. Developers who had proposed casinos at Eighth and Market Streets and the former Inquirer Building at Broad and Callowhill Streets said they had no alternate plans after learning Tuesday that the city's second gaming license would instead go to a site near the sports arenas in South Philadelphia.
November 21, 2014 |
In a McDonald's on Germantown Avenue, as parents plied small children with Happy Meals and packs of teenagers swaggered in, Dutch artist Ivar van Bekkum went unnoticed as he equipped a volunteer, Richard "Ram" Ramson, with microphones, recorders, a GPS tracker, and an iPod, and sent him to wander the area. Ramson hesitated, fumbling with the gear before setting off warily. "It's always this way," van Bekkum said. "People are kind of unsure of what to do. " At times, Van Bekkum is a little unsure himself.
October 18, 2014 |
'Use native plants or you're going to hell," is how Rick Darke recalls the native-plant message in the 1980s and '90s, when the movement was positioning itself yet again as the morally superior alternative to roses bred in China and "exotics," or nonnatives. Those all-or-nothing voices are still out there, but the narrative may be changing: You will hear less preachy imperative and defensive insistence that indigenous plants can be just as decorative as nonnatives, which are bred to be big-blossomed and colorful.
August 26, 2014 |
Growing up in Camden, Olivia Glenn vividly recalls being enchanted on a childhood visit to Farnham Park in her Parkside neighborhood. It not only changed her view of the world, but also shaped her destiny. She has made it her mission to protect the environment she loves. "It absolutely stuck with me," she said. "It gave me an appreciation for the beauty of nature. " Glenn, 35, returned to Camden this month as the metro regional manager for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit group that preserves land and other natural resources in the state.
June 12, 2014 |
Eddie Gindi met the family Tuesday. No one who ever pledged to a loved one could have been more solicitous. Executive vice president and co-owner of Century 21, the latest and, arguably, most exotic retailer to commit to Philadelphia, Gindi promised success, devotion, and a boundless future. "We are honored to be part of Philadelphia," he told an enthusiastic crowd at the Union League. "We want to alter the retail landscape here. " And more. "We did not want to open a store and say, 'See you later.' That is not who we are. We want, we need, to be part of the fabric of this community.