December 29, 2014 |
RICK FORD, who has spent 20 years helping people recover from drug and alcohol abuse, wants folks to call his WURD-900AM talk show tonight and tell their stories of rebirth and renewal. "Based on all the negative things going on - shootings and killings, crime and violence - I think it's essential that folks call in to talk about their recovery," Ford said. "I want to end the year on a good note and show that recovery is alive and well here in the city of Philadelphia," he said.
July 27, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY - It'll probably never surpass Cape May and its environs as the Jersey Shore's birding capital. But a small patch of woods on a coastal islet, where a concrete bridge foundation for part of the Route 52 Causeway was rebuilt two years ago at the resort's main gateway, may just be giving veteran birders a new place to flock. The nesting and the squawking - despite the constant roar of traffic off the nearby causeway - can call to mind explorer Henry Hudson's crew. As soon as the Dutch explorers came ashore in 1609, they started giving everything an embryonic-inspired moniker - such as Great Egg Harbor, Great Egg Bay, Little Egg Inlet - because of the inordinate number of seabird nests and eggs laid out across the marshlands and woodlands as far as the eye could see. Pull in, park your car, and stand for a few minutes on the elevated walkway along stretches on the northern side of the little woods, and you'll likely be able to see at least a half-dozen bird species.
June 18, 2014 |
When it comes to the small screen - the really small screens, of computers, tablets, and mobile devices - Philadelphia has a flourishing scene. At a time when Netflix is going strong with Web-only programs such as Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards , Philadelphia is home to a range of Web-only series, starring or written or produced by Philly folks. Among the local film crews in town, you'll find Lee Porter's My Ruined Life ( MRL ) shooting near a Rittenhouse park bench.
March 15, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Is SXSW Interactive the nerdiest place on earth? The conference, which brought more than 30,000 busily networking techies from all over the globe to Austin last week, and which precedes the better-known SXSW Music, is where the superstar attractions were NSA leaker Edward Snowden (via teleconference), Mythbusters host Adam Savage, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who referred to the confab as "geek central. " Panels drilled down into topics like "The Future of Genetics in Everyday Life," "Your Next UX Skill: Prototyping With HTML," and "Combinatorial Creativity: The Future of Innovation.
October 28, 2013 |
Twenty years ago, Ed Rendell stood in a freezing drizzle at the southeast corner of Broad and South Streets and told a small crowd to "close your eyes and dream. " The then-mayor painted a portrait of an Avenue of the Arts, a boom-time boulevard of cultural delights. Thousands would crowd its sidewalks after performances. Block after block would buzz with activity. "They pour out on South Broad Street," he said. "Think of what that will mean to us as a city!" So ground was broken for the Arts Bank, a former bank acquired by the William Penn Foundation for conversion to a 238-seat theater and the first footprint on the new Avenue of the Arts, intended to stretch from Temple University 10 miles south to Washington Avenue.
January 4, 2013 |
TRADITION FOR the modern college basketball player is the uniform his team wore last season. History is the last game, if not the last possession. So how exactly do you account for the University of Kansas? Smack in the middle of the country, hard by I-70, with its throwback gym right in the middle of campus on Naismith Drive, KU is as much a feeling as it is a place. But it is a place that has a longstanding love affair with its basketball team that shows no signs of abating.
August 28, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. CITY COUNCILWOMAN Cindy Bass attends Triumph Baptist Church in Nicetown on Sunday morning, then takes a lunch break at her Mount Airy home with her daughter, Carson, 3; her "great husband," Scott; pit bull Mecca; black Labrador Kinsey, and new kitten . . . "Um, Kitty, for now. " "Mecca was abused," says Bass, explaining the coexistence of...
July 17, 2012 |
Smoky, spicy, and sweet - the smells of barbecue filled the air on Sunday, stretching for six blocks and along the beach of North Wildwood, as the three-day New Jersey State Barbecue Championship came to a close. That's right - New Jersey. Many in the competitive barbecuing circuit have asked event coordinator Eric Shenkus, "What does New Jersey know about barbecue?" Apparently quite a lot. An estimated 75,000 people were expected to attend the 14th annual event. That's a huge difference from the first year, which brought 500 people to a fund-raiser in the parking lot across the street from the local fire company, Shenkus said.
April 8, 2012 |
The ball strike rang pure. A player of my, um, caliber knows that sweet "thwack" because I hear it but a handful of times every round. Sure enough, I found the last of my Top-Flite XLs soaring against a brilliant blue Scottish sky high above the Coffins, a cluster of mean-spirited pot bunkers on the par 4, 388-yard 13th hole at the Old Course St. Andrews Links. In the distance, colorful hang gliders zigzagged over the North Sea in schizophrenic gales that have driven golfers mad for more than 600 years.
January 17, 2012 |
NEW YORK - To honor the 80th birthday of celebrated South African playwright Athol Fugard, The Road to Mecca , a play he wrote in the mid-'80s, opened Tuesday night for the first time on Broadway. We have many reasons to celebrate Fugard - foremost, his creation of exceptional theater in his unswerving march against the official racism of South African apartheid - but The Road to Mecca is not among them. It's a ho-hum play with a dull first act, as tedious as cleaning up the piles on your desk, and with a second act that fails to deliver even the satisfaction of at least a clean desktop.