June 8, 2014 |
AT HISTORIC St. George's United Methodist Church in Old City, visitors may be distracted by tiny flashes of light outside the south-facing windows. It's the sun glinting on cars that zoom by on the nearby Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Or they may notice the rumbling thunder of buses and the PATCO trains. As the service continues, however, there is peace and quietude in the sanctuary. Piano music, or a duet of a clarinetist and a guitar player, lifts the voices of worshippers seated in white-painted pews.
May 12, 2014 |
There's a bitter wind whipping through the streets, and the sun is just starting to creep up behind the mounted bronze George Washington overlooking the intermittent traffic of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Yet Dan Layo and Suzanne Allaire are already running determinedly up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since October, through the polar vertex, and including workouts on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Philadelphia's chapter of the nonprofit fitness group November Project has held a free, open-to-all workout at 6:25 a.m. every Wednesday on the Art Museum steps.
April 15, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Early in their marriage, Laura and Nishon Yaghoobian would wake up in the night to dote over a tiny bundle that filled them with hope for the future - their sourdough bread starter. The batch had to be "fed" every four hours, so the new business owners shuttled it from home to the bakery. Once, it went along to a wedding. "It was a little sourdough baby. It was an extension of our lives. It still is," Laura Yaghoobian said Sunday, scanning a gingham-draped table of her porter pumpernickels, crisp flatbreads, and smooth challah rolls tempting visitors at the Philly Farm and Food Festival.
March 18, 2014 |
FOR the past two years, Sean Caldwell, of Mount Airy, has been struggling to support himself and raise his children on his $8-an-hour part-time salary on the maintenance crew at McDonald's at Broad and Allegheny, in North Philly. It just hasn't been nearly enough - so he scrounges for whatever else he can. Caldwell, 35, started a neighborhood lawn-mowing business and takes other odd jobs, such as cleaning out garages, but when he did his 2013 taxes he still saw that he'd made only $9,000.
February 27, 2014 |
Last May, a Brooklyn-based do-it-yourself craft school and "makerspace" called 3rd Ward came to Philadelphia. The 27,000-square-foot temple to DIY in Northern Liberties was hyped as a new creative engine for the city, and the first step in the New York institution's nationwide expansion. Then, five months later, it shut down. But those who long for a place to brew beer, screen-print T-shirts, sew aprons, build terrariums, and make pickles have a second chance - albeit on a much humbler scale.
February 15, 2014 |
BalletX took a chance adding a fourth series to its 2014 lineup: on the weather, on the 4 percent of Americans that even see ballet, and on world premieres by two young choreographers. The gamble paid off. Two pieces by Joshua L. Peugh kicked off the evening Tuesday. Slump playfully mocks gender differences in courting. Men in chinos and shirts strut to mambo music (one spits a handful of feathers!), women in ruffled cocktail dresses stomp their heels and turn away. In meandering movements, men take long, lazy lunges.
January 30, 2014 |
KAIN COLTER, the quarterback at Northwestern, joined union leaders yesterday in Chicago to announce the creation of the College Athletes Players Association. He says the NCAA currently dictates conditions and added that athletes need "a seat at the table" to guarantee safeguards against injuries and to ensure adequate financial compensation. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association and a former linebacker at UCLA, filed the petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern, submitting the form at the regional office of the NLRB.
January 20, 2014 |
CHICAGO - We think we know what Nerlens Noel can do when he's healthy. He's an athletic big man who corrals rebounds and scores around the rim. He's towering and explosive and protects the basket. He has the quickness to blow past post players and the agility of a swingman. We all know better, too. At 6-foot-11 and a bulked-up 228 pounds, he is not strong enough to dominate the traditional big-bodied men on the block. So some 76ers fans are hoping the franchise drafts Kansas' 7-foot, 250-pound center, Joel Embiid, and moves Noel to power forward.
October 25, 2013 |
My window on the civil rights struggle of the 1960s was Huntley, Brinkley, and Life. I was troubled by the dramatic images on the nightly news and in the weekly magazine - those stark scenes of black people drenched by fire hoses, menaced by police dogs, marching for their lives. I had a reaction similar to that of Dennis Kolecki's three young sons when they watched "This Far by Faith," the video he created for an event Sunday at Collingswood Presbyterian Church. "They had a lot of questions," said Kolecki, 38, a Williamstown High School health teacher who lives in Collingswood.
August 4, 2013 |
Elizabeth Torres, a computational neuroscientist at Rutgers University, thinks many experts are making a mistake when they focus only on what's malfunctioning in the brains of people with autism. She sees autism as a condition of the whole body in which information from all sorts of sensory channels - movement, touch, pain, vision, temperature - is not reaching the brain properly while messages from the brain that tell the body what to do also are not getting through. "The whole loop is disrupted," she said as she explained two studies published last month in Frontiers in Neuroscience that lay out her theories on the importance of movement as a form of sensation and perception in autism.