February 17, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA One of the hottest start-ups in the city sprang up in an unlikely place - a fourth-floor classroom at South Philadelphia High. In between lesson plans and parent conferences, teacher Michele McKeone has attracted some major buzz, along with sizable grants from the University of Pennsylvania and the Milken Family Foundation, attention from national media, and a start-up-of-the-year prize at the Philadelphia Geek Awards. Autism Expressed, her fledgling business, teaches digital skills to students with autism.
October 8, 2012 |
Shante is a pleasant 13-year-old who loves Sesame Street characters, so she was thrilled recently to visit Sesame Place, where she met Big Bird, Elmo, and some of the others she loves to watch on television. Later, she was delighted to have lunch with them. She also played games and toured the park. Other things that make Shante happy are listening to Justin Bieber, playing basketball, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, and anything in the color pink. She can be shy when meeting new people, but soon warms up. Shante enjoys going to school, where she benefits from special education classes and is learning life skills.
April 28, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh students were cautiously optimistic Friday after six days without a bomb threat. Scores of threats over a two-month period, many by anonymous e-mails, caused major disruptions to classes and campus life. The threats stopped April 21 after school officials withdrew a $50,000 reward offer for information about the person or people involved. On Friday, some students were already trying out gowns for the weekend's graduation ceremony, and showing family and friends around campus.
March 7, 2012
Refiners need to think long term There may be a lot of truth to the letter from Sunoco Inc. about the refinery closings, but how about some sort of long-term alternative ("Tough choices at Sunoco," Friday)? There are still oil refiners in the country, and presumably they are not all losing money. How about a downsized, modernized, and more efficient refinery operation at one of the refinery sites? There are already fears of fuel shortages and price increases because of these two closings.
March 4, 2012
Jake Jemas is a senior at Solebury School in New Hope Four years of high school and I still don't know how to scramble an egg. I have no idea how to change a tire. And applying for a student loan looks like a mind-boggling process. Graduating high school seniors have Shakespeare, algebra, and physics under their belts, but they have never been taught how to function as independent adults. Basic life skills are left out of a high school experience that is supposed to prepare you for the "real world.
May 20, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Since as far back as their brains will allow them to remember, Markieff and Marcus Morris have done everything - everything - together. And since they started taking their basketball seriously, back in the ninth grade, their dream also has been the same - to play in the NBA. Now, as the dream appears to be creeping closer to reality, it has become apparent to the both of them that it probably will be the first thing to tear them away from each other. The identical twins are in Chicago at the NBA Draft Combine, where over the span of 3 days they will work out and interview for prospective teams in preparation for the June 23 draft.
May 17, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My 18-year-old graduating senior, "Renee," has told me I have taught her nothing about living life. Furthermore, she informed me that her school counselor agrees with her, saying I have failed to teach her the skills needed to be successful in life. At first I was angry and denied everything my daughter said. Now I am beginning to doubt myself and the way I have raised her. Have I taught her the necessary skills to live her life? Does she lack what it takes to make it through the good and bad parts of life?
March 10, 2011 |
Darina Allen, doyenne of Irish cooking, is a huge advocate of her ancestors' foodways, of growing your own vegetables, making your own butter, even raising your own chickens. Her latest cookbook is a how-to for what she believes is a new generation who want to live closer to the land. She chatted with us from her Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland, about her book, Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honored Ways Are the Best. Question: What inspired you to write a cookbook that includes skills like how to pluck a chicken?
July 1, 2010 |
Brownie pizza was the featured entree at a recent cooking club meeting in Burlington County. Four tiny chefs scrambled around the kitchen in the Medford community center, grating their white chocolate "cheese" and taking a quick break for "pin the pepperoni on the pizza. " Brownie pizza may not be the most essential recipe for a 9-year-old to master, but Rosy Gruber says the cooking is secondary for her son, Jason. "I tell people he's going to a cooking class and they think, 'Oh, he's learning to cook.
April 9, 2009 |
The fog, caused by unseasonably warm mid-March weather, climbed ever so slowly off the ice, and was so heavy, so thick, you could barely see the young hockey players skating through their drills. Their innocent, unbridled laughter echoed off the tin roof of the Kensington rink - a rink that was on the critical list a few months ago. Ed Snider, the Flyers' founder and chairman, has taken the rink - and two others - off life support. Because of budget cuts, the city had targeted three city rinks for closure.