October 17, 2014 |
First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged a partisan crowd in Northwest Philadelphia to "step up" and work to elect Democrat Tom Wolf governor. Her visit was aimed at fighting off a worry of party strategists - that Wolf's solid and long-standing lead in the polls, coupled with the typical midterm falloff in turnout among core Democratic voters, could be disastrous Nov. 4. "If we want change here in Pennsylvania, then we need to take responsibility," Obama told several hundred cheering people at a morning rally at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in East Mount Airy.
July 17, 2014 |
About 100 youngsters practicing their dance moves Tuesday for Philly Play's end-of-summer event were giving it their all for a good reason: Their efforts had the added responsibility of persuading Michelle Obama to come to Philadelphia. Philly Play, City Council's free summer camp program, will end the season Aug. 13 with its Summer Challenge, in which 2,000 children go head to head in a variety of sports and competitions, and Philly Play wants the first lady and her daughters to attend.
June 14, 2014 |
For three years, the small but thriving vegetable plot outside Chester's Stetser Elementary School taught schoolchildren the joy of gardening and the necessity of eating healthy foods such as cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash, and even caught the attention of nutrition-crusading Michelle Obama. But in recent weeks, a cruel act of vandalism has given fifth graders at the Delaware County school some new lessons: in perseverance and the art of rebuilding. "We did hard work, and now we've got to do it all over," said 11-year-old Kamani Johns, one of several Stetser fifth graders who lined up in the garden, next to the school playground, on a gloomy and brooding Wednesday morning to spread topsoil around two new raspberry bushes that replace some of the greenery yanked out by vandals.
April 13, 2014 |
Did you notice? Twitter is starting to look . . . different. Strange . . . it's turning into something familiar. . . . Wait . . . could it be . . . turning into Facebook? Twitter announced on Tuesday that it's giving itself a makeover. Which speaks libraries about the present social-media moment. Twitter design guy David Bellona calls it "the new you," but it's really "the new us. " Like the runner-up for homecoming queen, Twitter has its eye on the front-runner. (Facebook has about 1.3 billion active monthly users, while Twitter has 243 million.)
January 31, 2014 |
D iplomacy , diplomacy , diplomacy . Partners , partners . These were the buzzwords President Obama hammered home in the foreign policy portion of his State of the Union address, as the core of his global strategy for the next three years. "America must move off a permanent war footing," he said. "I strongly believe our leadership and our security cannot depend on the military alone. " Instead, we have to build "the capacity of our foreign partners" and engage in "strong and principled diplomacy.
December 26, 2013 |
Red-carpet highlights - like the dazzling Armani Privé gown Naomi Watts wore to the 2013 Academy Awards - are definitely worth noting, but fashion moments they do not make. A fashion moment is the ensemble that's the day's watercooler conversation, or perhaps the week's meme. It's a sartorial snippet in time that challenges our notion of style, makes us shake our heads, or nudges us to possibly tweak our own look. From Miley to Kim-ye, here are my picks for the top fashion moments of 2013.
July 10, 2013 |
TWO PHILADELPHIA residents will receive the 2012 National Medal of Arts from President Obama tomorrow. Joan Myers Brown and Laurie Olin are among the 12 honorees who will receive the award during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. First lady Michelle Obama is also expected to attend. Brown, founder of Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), is being recognized for her contributions as a dancer, choreographer and artistic director. She is a past recipient of the distinguished Philadelphia Award.
June 29, 2013 |
GOREE ISLAND, Senegal - Soon after being released from his 27-year incarceration in South Africa, antiapartheid icon Nelson Mandela made a pilgrimage to this small island off the Senegalese coast. He came to pay homage to a salmon-colored house which locals claim was used to hold slaves before herding them onto ships bound for America. When the curator showed him a hole underneath the staircase used to punish disobedient slaves, who were left to die in the crawlspace, Mandela himself climbed in. He reemerged, his face wet with tears, says Eloi Coly, the museum's chief conservator, who recalled the impact the experience had on Mandela, just hours before showing the building to President Obama.
June 22, 2013 |
A 9-year-old student from Delaware County has been invited to join 53 other children from across the country for lunch with Michelle Obama at the White House next month. Ganesh Selvakumar, who lives in Broomall and attends school in the Marple Newtown district, submitted a winning recipe to a contest promoting healthy lunches as part of Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative. The contest was held by the Departments of Education and Agriculture, and the winning students range in age from 8 to 12. Ganesh's entry was a recipe for lentil spinach soup and mint chutney.
June 18, 2013 |
The First Family is making the most of it in Ireland. While President Obama hung out at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Michelle Obama on Monday took Malia , 14, and Sasha, 11, to Dublin for a presentation at Trinity College about the First Children's genealogy. The Obama girls are descended from Irish immigrants through their dad's maternal relatives in Kansas. Their father's great-great-great grandfather was a shoemaker in Moneygall, a village between Dublin and Limerick.