August 12, 2015 |
Even as Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane prepares to talk for the first time with reporters about the criminal charges against her, one well-known former prosecutor is offering to replace her temporarily if she steps down. Kane said Monday that she would hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Harrisburg. She has said through her lawyer and a spokesman that she is not guilty and has no plans to quit. But that hasn't stopped talk of replacing her. If she quit, naming an interim attorney general would be up to Gov. Wolf, who wants her out, and on Monday, Philadelphia's Democratic Party chairman, U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, said a would-be replacement contacted him last week: former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham.
August 10, 2015 |
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Although it is the very essence of Vermont, Burlington is decidedly not one of the quaint village towns that define the popular image of the Green Mountain State. Burlington in August is a lot like Philadelphia in August, without the oppressive heat and the odor of trash, but with cool breezes and spectacular views of one of North America's largest glacial lakes. Its magnificent natural setting and lively Vermont culture make it an ideal summer oasis for Philadelphians looking to try a different flavor of New England - a place where some of the best craft beer in the country flows like water, where bikers glide into sunsets over Lake Champlain, where cars really do stop to let you cross the street, where parking is anywhere from cheap to free, and people eat local because, up here, being a "locavore" is positively the best choice.
August 7, 2015
IN HER signature song, "People," Barbra Streisand proclaims that "people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. " Well, as we head into the dog days of summer, we'd like to amend that to include people who own boats, as well as people who have friends who own boats. That's because there are few ways to better beat the summer heat and enjoy nature than by spending time on the bounding main, feeling the cool ocean spray on your face while watching dolphins frolic in the foamy water.
July 30, 2015 |
CHEVY CHASE and Beverly D'Angelo never swam in a pool of human excrement. That's one of the bigger differences between "Vacation" and its antecedent, the beloved " National Lampoon 's Vacation," featuring Chase as a dad who, during a particularly disastrous journey, becomes obsessed with taking his family to the theme park Walley World. Now one of those kids, Russ (Ed Helms, of "The Hangover"), has the same plan: A family road trip to the storied theme park that will bond his constantly fighting children and save his staid marriage to Debbie (Christina Applegate)
July 30, 2015 |
"I look at it from the Navy SEALs' point of view: 'I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor do I seek recognition for my actions.' " - Chip Kelly That quote, from a sit-down Kelly had earlier this summer with the reporters who regularly cover the Eagles, has been popping up a lot this week in profiles and season previews. It serves as a punchy explanation for why and how Kelly has kept his personal life as private as he has for as long as he has - how, for instance, the most intriguing man in the NFL managed to let everyone just sort of assume he'd been single his whole life, when in truth he was married for seven years.
July 26, 2015 |
On its face, the offer from the city Redevelopment Authority reported by The Inquirer on Thursday made no sense: The agency would pay the owner of two houses on Master Street $11,000, when one year before, the man had paid more than double that amount - and spent $75,000 on renovations. Turns out that what the owner didn't disclose is that the city then inspected the interior of the properties and made a second offer, for $100,000. Glenn Mancini, whose houses at 2020 and 2022 Master are being obtained by eminent domain, acknowledged Thursday that the Redevelopment Authority made the sweeter offer on July 7, but that since it came by phone and e-mail - and not by certified letter - he did not consider it official.
July 24, 2015 |
At Broad and Mount Vernon Streets on Sunday afternoon, pop-up canopies blossomed in defiance of the wilting summer heat. In their shade, volunteers and vendors ran pickling demonstrations, pitched passersby on bicycle-powered urban farm tours, and proffered mental-health screenings and public-benefits counseling. It's an eclectic crop for a farmers' market. But Common Ground Marketplace is designed to be more than just a place to buy your vegetables. The market, which opened this month, is a collaboration between the Food Trust, a nonprofit that runs farmers' markets and promotes food access, and Congregation Rodeph Shalom, a North Broad Street synagogue.
July 24, 2015
THE JERSEY coast boasts a slew of cool public conveyances, from boardwalk trams to jitneys to surrey bikes. But our vote for the coolest ride (figuratively and sometimes literally) downashore is the Cape May carriage tour. The 30-minute excursions are the only Shore-based, horse-drawn tours. Conducted daily by Cape May Carriage Company via a fleet of velvet-benched wagons (that comfortably seat four adults), they are a must for fans of Victorian-era architecture as well as those fascinated by Shore history.
July 18, 2015 |
Quelle horreur! An hour and a half before the wedding, it's discovered there's been a miscommunication. Three daughters are in need of bouquets, not two. Claudia Roux, arranging the flowers for the ceremony in a narrow Elfreth's Alley rowhouse, shows no sign of apprehension. Instead, she builds an elegantly asymmetrical bundle of white and pink blooms as her assistant, Elizabeth Cohen, cuts a violet silk ribbon that came from a shop in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. Roux picked it up on her last trip there.
July 17, 2015
President Obama appointed a three-member board Wednesday to try to settle a four-year-old labor dispute between NJTransit and 12 railroad unions. The board has 30 days to investigate the impasse and then give its recommendations for a settlement to Obama. The creation of the board starts a 120-day "cooling off" period during which there can be no strike or lockout. The unions, representing more than 4,000 NJT workers, began negotiations for a new contract in July 2011. The presidential board is composed of labor arbitrators Elizabeth C. Wesman, Barbara Deinhardt, and Ann Kenis.