September 11, 2016
Weightless (Sugar Hill ***1/2) Liz Longley opens her second album for a national label with "Swing," a declaration of independence in which the singer expresses a desire to test limits: "I just wanna swing . . . further than I've ever been, only to come back. " It sets the tone for a set that finds the Nashville-based Chester County native and Downingtown High West graduate navigating often rocky emotional terrain with the depth, unsparing honesty, and grace of a master singer-songwriter.
August 9, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I was recently offered a job that pays substantially more than I make now. I'm overqualified but generally happy where I am. I wasn't looking; the offer fell in my lap. Though tempting in some ways - well, just financially, since we could really use the money right now - the thought of accepting the new job made me miserable. After much soul-searching and discussion with my husband, I turned it down. He is now livid, so seething angry that, months later, we still can't have a civil discussion about it. There are lots of under-the-breath comments and bitter, sarcastic remarks about my choosing my personal happiness over helping our family.
January 16, 2016 |
For coat retailers, it's worse than a winter of discontent. It's one of deep discounts. The unseasonably warm weather and zero snow have left piles of unsold winter merchandise on stores' floors. While no one has tracked the overall losses, retail analysts say it's easily in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the year's last quarter, causing havoc at stores from Macy's to Burlington Coat Factory. All that red ink is a boon for consumers, though. This month, several retailers resorted to deep discounting of coats, which typically doesn't occur until February or March.
December 24, 2015 |
In the lobby of the 1500 Locust Apartments, the pile of boxes bearing labels like Amazon, H&M, StitchFix, and GNC teetered at shoulder height on a recent afternoon. At the Pepper Building in Southwest Center City, the parcels threatened to overtake the concierge desk. And at West River Apartments, a 162-unit complex in the city's Wynnefield section, leasing consultant Whitney Chitty said there were as many as 50 packages coming in daily. In November, her office began sending out daily emails to notify residents that it had received packages - and that those not retrieved within a week would be returned to sender.
May 27, 2015 |
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. - Steve Webb and his family didn't arrive on Long Beach Island until Sunday night, having attended their son's graduation at Elon University, in North Carolina, over the weekend. Webb, of Moorestown, has been going to LBI his whole life, and he was on the sand first thing Monday morning with his fishing rods to make the most of his time. And if he was worn out from all the driving, he wasn't complaining. "I saw dolphins out there earlier," said Webb, 53, gesturing out to where the sun sparkled off the ocean.
March 27, 2015 |
IN THE OPENING MONTHS of Gov. Wolf's administration, Pennsylvanians are less miserable than they've been in years, according to a new poll. The Franklin & Marshall College Poll released yesterday found that only 39 percent of residents think the state is moving in the right direction - but that's still the best number in the past five years. Overall, the survey of 597 registered Pennsylvania voters found them generally positive about their new Democratic governor and key portions of his agenda, including his radical budget overhaul that would broadly change the state's tax structure and increase money for education.
March 24, 2014 |
The Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings were waging a who-is-worse contest on the court as Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil sat at a conference table in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center and discussed the strategy behind the team's spectacular demise. To fans, the hoops franchise that hadn't won a championship in 31 years was in full-fledged "tanking" mode, closing in on the NBA losing-streak record of 26 - a gnarly milestone of a mangled season. The team, it seemed, had been built to lose.
May 28, 2013 |
Snap on the lights at Janet Brown's North Philadelphia house and see the roaches scatter. Though they run like a retreating army, they're rarely beaten, living well in walls and small spaces, often moving easily from one home to the next in low-income neighborhoods with endless blocks of aging rowhouses. For Brown and her son, Ronnie, 11, exposure to roaches means asthma. "Last year, he was hospitalized six times," Brown said. "It wears me out. " When you're poor, Brown knows, you live with vermin, an extra layer of low-income misery.
March 22, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES – During a four-game homestand that saw them play some of the better basketball of the season, the 76ers put together some impressive wins against teams like Indiana, Brooklyn and Portland, But the brutal reality of where they stand in the NBA pecking order reared its ugly face again as the Los Angeles Clippers completed a season sweep of them at the Staples Center on Wednesday, easily beating the Sixers 101-72. The Sixers loss extended their road losing streak to 14 games.
January 9, 2013 |
ZAATARI, Jordan - A winter storm is magnifying the misery for tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the country's civil war, turning a refugee camp into a muddy swamp where howling winds tore down tents and exposed the displaced residents to freezing temperatures. Some frustrated refugees at a camp in Zaatari, where about 50,000 are sheltered, attacked aid workers with sticks and stones after the tents collapsed in 35-m.p.h. winds, said Ghazi Sarhan, spokesman for the Jordanian charity that helps run the camp.