February 17, 2015 |
* THE BOOK OF NEGROES. 8 tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, BET. MINISERIES are back in vogue, commissioned by networks looking for event programming and headlined by big names who wouldn't think of committing to multiple seasons. Good as an "Olive Kitteridge" or a "Fargo" might be, they can feel, well, mini next to the blockbusters of the '70s and '80s - shows like "Roots," "The Winds of War" and "The Thorn Birds. " At six hours over three nights, BET's Canadian-produced "The Book of Negroes," which premieres tonight, is half the length of "Roots," but it's epic in scope, with a cast that includes Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr. (who, 38 years ago, co-starred in "Roots")
November 26, 2014 |
Sara Park Scattergood, 100, a longtime teacher in the Philadelphia area, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, of causes related to aging at Kendal-Crosslands Community in Kennett Square. Known to friends as "Sally," Mrs. Scattergood was a beloved teacher at various institutions, including the Miquon School, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Springside School, and Germantown Friends School. She also taught in the Philadelphia public schools for a year. Her specialty was teaching nursery school, kindergarten and fourth grade.
November 24, 2014 |
Dawn Wells is the mother of two young boys, one of whom will turn 3 in February. It is the same age Scott McMillan was when, police say, he was beaten to death nearly three weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend in their home in Chester County. At her home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Wells heard about the case through social media. "It doesn't matter what part of the world you're from, everyone's affected by this," she said. "It just broke my heart. " She wanted to do something for McMillan and his 6-year-old brother, who police say also was abused.
April 27, 2014 |
Philly Folk Festival lineup is released The schedule for the 53d annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, to be held Aug. 15 to 17, has been announced. This year's fest takes place at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford near Schwenksville. The multigenerational attractions include Nashville string band Old Crow Medicine Show , sharp-witted songwriter Loudon Wainwright III , blues woman Shemekia Copeland , folk trio the Lone Bellow , folk duo JohnnySwim , veteran singer-songwriter Janis Ian , New Orleans strutters the Rebirth Brass Band , Celtic rockers Tempest , bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers , Ukrainian folk band DhakhaBrakha , Texas tunesmith Sarah Jarosz , and Nova Scotia fiddler Natalie MacMaster , among many others.
October 2, 2013 |
At this very moment, in 15 spots off the East Coast from Nova Scotia to Georgia, robots are surfing the depths of the ocean, taking its pulse. The robots - commonly referred to as "gliders" because of the way they move through the water - are measuring all sorts of things, including temperature and salinity. They're assessing the phytoplankton at the base of the food web, and tracking when and how fish move. In short, they're getting a detailed look at how the ocean works. Scientists say the project, which involves 11 institutions and even more funders, is the most concerted effort of its kind to understand the marine environment.
April 12, 2013
Israelis arrest women at Wall JERUSALEM - A long-running battle over worship at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine, was rejoined Thursday as Israeli police arrested five Jewish women who wore prayer shawls at a morning service, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site. The arrests came a day after disclosure of a potentially groundbreaking plan that could allow for non-Orthodox services to be held in the area on an equal footing with those conducted according to Orthodox tradition.
November 29, 2012 |
Goalkeeper Eamon McAdam of Perkasie and defenseman David Thompson (West Chester Rustin) signed national letters of intent to play hockey for Penn State on Wednesday, the school announced. McAdam, a third-year player for the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks, led the U.S. junior select team to a gold medal at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Thompson, who helped lead Rustin to the 2009 state title, plays for the BCHL's Chilliwack Chiefs. Wrestling. Millersville 184-pounder Daniel Cox (Methacton)
November 11, 2012 |
CAPE BRETON, Nova Scotia - The rolling farmland, glacial valleys, barren headlands, mountainous woods, rocky shores, and sun-scorched plateaus on the road to Cape Breton are enough to send the senses of the most ardent skeptic into overdrive. But sensory perfection doesn't truly kick in until one reaches the windswept cliffs that tower over the Atlantic. These views no doubt inspired Alexander Graham Bell, who made some of his greatest discoveries there. But it is the Cape's unique sounds, surprisingly, that elevate the senses to unparalleled heights.
January 1, 2012
Our neighbor to the North has both English and French as its official languages. Canada is the world's second largest country in land area with urban cities, small towns, large mountain ranges and vast coastlines. Trip Advisor.com offers this list of the Top 10 Destinations in Canada. 1. Banff, Alberta 2. Vancouver, British Columbia 3. Victoria, British Columbia 4. Whistler, British Columbia 5. Niagara Falls, Ontario 6. Quebec City, Quebec 7. Montreal, Quebec 8. Toronto, Ontario 9. Halifax, Nova Scotia 10. Tofino, British Columbia
October 23, 2011 |
For years I'd sneered at the endless platoons of tourists staggering off their motor coaches and lining up like so many confused centipedes on the cobblestones before Independence Hall, by the steps at the Museum of Art, or on the pavement in front of the Franklin Institute. Now I'd done it: I signed on as a full-fledged, paid-up member of an organized bus-tour group. It wasn't, of course, my idea. My wife was keen to visit Nova Scotia. She readily agreed that it was a long haul by car from Philly, and with the Canadian province's many islands scattered about the North Atlantic, driving would be even more intimidating.