August 12, 2016
By William C. Kashatus During college I worked as a historical interpreter at Independence National Historical Park. It was the early 1980s, an exciting time in Philadelphia. The city had already been in the national spotlight during the 1976 bicentennial and was gearing up for the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution in 1987. It was also a transitional period between the closing years of the Cold War and the beginning of anti-U.S. attacks from Islamist groups abroad. The United States was part of a multinational peacekeeping force in the Lebanese civil war. On April 18, 1983, a suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut killed 63 people, 17 of whom were Americans.
August 7, 2016
The Hour of Land A Personal Topography of America's National Parks By Terry Tempest Williams Sarah Crichton Books. 416 pp. $27 Reviewed by Miriam Díaz-Gilbert This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. I have hiked in 11 of America's 58 parks and will head to two others this summer. If you are a national park enthusiast, a hiker, or simply love wilderness, add Terry Tempest Williams' new book, The Hour of the Land , to your summer reading list.
August 5, 2016 |
FOR MILLIONS of us, the internet is a place where we can express ourselves, our hopes and dreams for our family, and connect with the resources we need to build a sustainable future. The internet is a platform where people of all different backgrounds, incomes and ethnicities can interact and learn from one another - on equal footing. It is increasingly part of our DNA, which is why we must ensure that all Americans are able to enjoy the benefits of our digital society. A big piece of this puzzle is affordable, universal access to broadband.
August 5, 2016 |
Penn National Gaming Inc. bought Rocket Games Inc., a San Franciso developer of social casino games, for $60 million in cash, plus potential incentive payments to certain Rocket executives over the next two years, the Wyomissing, Pa., casino operator said Wednesday. Among Rocket's 50 social casino games is Viva Slots Vegas, which has an audience of more than 200,000 daily players, according to Penn National, whose Penn Interactive Ventures is based in Conshohocken and operates www.hollywoodcasino.com , HollywoodSlots.com, and Hollywoodraces.com.
August 4, 2016 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball season doesn't start for another three months. But the reigning national champions have already began putting the title behind them and moving on to whatever's next. So what else is new? "That's what we've always done before, so why should this year be different?" asked senior Kris Jenkins, whose indelible buzzer-beating three-pointer gave the Wildcats a 77-74 win over North Carolina in the final. "That (shot) will probably stick with me for the rest of my life.
August 3, 2016 |
Hillary Clinton has a narrow lead in Pennsylvania, according to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted entirely after the Democratic National Convention. Forty-five percent of voters supported Clinton, to 42 percent for Republican Donald Trump, 4 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson, and 2 percent for the Green Party's Jill Stein, the poll found. In a head-to-head measure without the minor-party candidates, Clinton led Trump by four percentage points, 49 percent to 45 percent. The poll and a national survey done at the same time suggest that the race has snapped back to where it was in late June - when Clinton was up on Trump 46 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania, and 48 percent to 44 percent nationally.
August 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Philly shines on national stage Now that we've said goodbye to the 50,000 guests who descended on Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, we wanted to reflect on its spectacular success and thank the many Philadelphians who enabled us to host it so well. We had the opportunity to mingle and talk with thousands of delegates, journalists, elected officials, and visitors. Their near-unanimous verdict: Philadelphia was a great host.
August 1, 2016 |
Bears and wolves are the animals most visitors at Yellowstone National Park want to see, our wildlife guide says as he scans a lush valley often called the Serengeti of the West. Not me. I already had a wildlife encounter that morning in mid-June before the tour began. At dawn, a pair of rusty-red baby bison emerged from a thick mist and approached the SUV my husband was driving as we crept along a road in the world's first national park. Four eyes had stared at me, just inches away, and one tiny bison attempted a deep grunt and then caught up to his mother.
July 30, 2016 |
As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders move to make free college a key piece of the Democratic platform, officials at some public colleges around the region are hopeful that at the very least the effort will keep the issue of cost in the spotlight. "I believe it's a movement that's not going to just die with the election," said Kenneth Witmer Jr., dean of West Chester University's College of Education and Social Work. "I think we'll see pressure - from both those who want to go to college and those who came out owing a lot of money - on politicians to respond to this.
July 30, 2016 |
Hillary Clinton offered a confident vision Thursday night of a nation "stronger together" and capable of overcoming the forces of division to build a future with greater opportunity for all Americans despite pressing problems. "Bonds of trust and respect are fraying," Clinton said as she formally accepted the Democratic nomination for president. "It truly is up to us: We have to decide whether we're going to work together so we can all rise together. " For Clinton, who made history as the first woman nominated by a major political party in the United States, the speech represented a high-profile chance to forge an emotional connection with the public, something she has by her own admission struggled to do in a long political career.