April 11, 2014 |
Walmart, the nation's largest grocer, is partnering with health-food provider Wild Oats to offer a line of reduced-price organic-food products at its stores nationwide. By offering organic products at prices comparable to nonorganic national brands, Walmart can be expected to put considerable price pressure on organic products across the board. "We don't think consumers should have to pay high prices to put food on their families' tables," said Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of Walmart's grocery division.
April 11, 2014 |
ALBERT E. STEWART was a community organizer who helped countless poor and marginalized Philadelphians with housing and other problems, but, basically, he was a musician. "He believed in the revolutionary power of music," his family said. And he took that revolution throughout the U.S. and as far away as South Africa with a booming voice full of emotion. He traveled to the Midwest with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and sang in South Africa with a group that his family said performed for Nelson Mandela.
April 3, 2014
THE REGIONAL director of the National Labor Relations Board says Northwestern University's scholarship fullbacks, tight ends and linebackers are school employees, entitled to vote on whether to unionize. The public face of this effort is former NU quarterback Kain Colter. He's backed by the College Athletes Players Association, which is backed by the United Steelworkers of America. We'll see where this bold and disruptive unionization effort stands after NLRB officials, whole phalanxes of lawyers and perhaps nine U.S. Supreme Court justices pick its bones.
March 31, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It is, as Boardwalk Hall staff organist Steven Ball puts it with the utmost affection, like the painting next to the Mona Lisa . Colossally overshadowed, yes, but an enigmatic entrancer nonetheless. This is Boardwalk Hall's other organ, its console situated in an upstairs balcony in the ballroom, an instrument installed in 1929 to accompany silent movies. Of all the things you knew about the monumental and still-pulsing Boardwalk Hall and its ballroom, this one may have slipped by. The ballroom, built for dancing and showing motion pictures, was equipped with the surround sound of the day: the pipe organ.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - At last, a little clarity. Asked whether he'd told DeSean Jackson he wouldn't be traded, Chip Kelly yesterday said that he wouldn't discuss specifics of their conversation, but that the Eagles will do what's best for the organization. Asked whether there was any way the Birds' offense could possibly be better without Jackson, Kelly said the Eagles' attack isn't predicated on one player. If you want to spin a fantasy about how this doesn't mean the Eagles are trying to trade Jackson, that Kelly could say the same thing about any player on the roster, go ahead, but "any player on the roster" was not the context, when Kelly sat down in front of several dozen reporters, the biggest throng gathered around any of the 16 tables at the NFC coaches' media breakfast.
March 15, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Two people were killed and 23 hospitalized early Thursday after a car crashed through temporary barricades into a crowd of pedestrians at the South by Southwest Music festival. The mood was dark at the Austin Convention Center, headquarters of the festival, later Thursday. SXSW managing director Roland Swenson issued a statement saying "the SXSW staff is stunned and deeply moved by the events of last night. " He said the festival planned "to carry on with our scheduled daytime events" and added, "We are contacting all of the venues to find out if they have made any decisions about our operations that impact our visitors.
February 25, 2014 |
At once saddened and inspired by historic events unfolding in Ukraine, demonstrators solemnly gathered Sunday in Center City to bring attention to the loss of life in the Eastern European nation - and to pray for peace. About 200 people assembled in Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall initially intended to mourn the loss of nearly 100 lives in Kiev. But news of the swift dismantling of President Viktor Yanukovych's government boosted spirits. "We are both mourning and celebrating," said Mary Kalyna, 59, an organizer who lives in West Mount Airy.
February 1, 2014 |
With his burly physique and woolly beard, Brandon Barnhart looks every inch the laid-back country kid from tiny West College Corner, Ind. But don't be fooled. This guy is driven. After eight years in the Air Force working on nuclear cruise missiles, Barnhart returned to civilian life in 2010 and immediately reenrolled at Indiana University to finish his undergraduate degree in general studies and history. And while he grew up around conventionally grown sweet corn, soybeans, and hay on his family's farm, he intends to do things his way - as an organic farmer.
January 22, 2014 |
Once again, the Kimmel Center's Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ emerged from its splendid semi-isolation with revelations at many turns Sunday with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Organ recitals have their audience, but recent collaborations have uncovered important but neglected repertoire and perhaps have expanded the organ audience. In Sunday's program of Handel, Josef Rheinberger, and Joseph Jongen (with four different soloists), the big discovery was Stephen Paulus' 1992 Concerto for Solo Organ, Timpani, and Percussion . It's a terrific piece that would have to rank among the best American organ concertos of the last century, with four hefty movements that strike out in many directions, from elegiac to comic, with equal conviction.