August 1, 2014 |
THE WORK OF local photographer/blogger Conrad Benner caught the eye of the people behind Rihanna 's new tour. An image that Benner, a noted chronicler of the city's streets, took of SEPTA's abandoned Spring Garden Station on the Broad-Ridge Spur will be a part of her new tour, appearing behind the mega-pop star while she sings her hit "Man Down. " Benner, who runs a site called Streets Dept (streetsdept.com), described his sojourn to the station in a 2013 blog post as "an abandoned mecca for graffiti artists and urban explorers alike, who are arguably the only people showing the old station any love.
January 15, 2012 |
Herbert S. Wilf, 80, of Penn Valley, emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Saturday, Jan. 7, at Lankenau Hospital. Dr. Wilf joined the Penn faculty in 1962. For him, teaching and research were deeply intertwined, his wife, Ruth Tumen Wilf, said. In 1973, Dr. Wilf received Penn's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 1996, he received the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for excellence in teaching mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America.
April 18, 2013 |
The topic was Cat's Cradle . For an hour, 10 women talked - sometimes over one another - to discuss not just the sci-fi classic by Kurt Vonnegut, but also the Cold War, organized religion, and Central America. They talked about TV shows like House and Game of Thrones , literary characters like Sherlock Holmes, and authors like Jane Austen and William Faulkner. They laughed. A lot. It was a typical book-club meeting for an atypical book club. Ten years ago, at a time when most 8-year-olds were learning fractions, five second-graders were pulled from the playground by their mothers to their first book-club meeting.
October 15, 2013 |
LOWER MERION Two years after spending $210 million to rebuild its two high schools and setting off a redistricting battle that nearly made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Lower Merion School District is looking at expanding the schools. District officials say an unforeseen enrollment spike was behind their new plan to convert space in the administration building next to Lower Merion High School into classrooms. That could mean some students from Ardmore and other nearby neighborhoods now bused across the township to Harriton High could elect to attend Lower Merion, essentially what their families sued the district for in 2009.
May 1, 2014 |
Growing up in the '50s in the Jewish neighborhood then centered on Rising Sun Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, Charles Sherman had an insulated, even charmed, childhood. "My whole life as a kid was within three blocks," he said. "You walked to the grocery store, to your synagogue. I had four or five aunts who lived within one block. I had cousins. It was a different kind of way of looking at community. " He went as far as Jenkintown, where the family's business, Botwinick's, outfitted a generation of bat mitzvah girls in taffeta and tulle; and Bryn Mawr, for Akiba Hebrew Academy.
October 3, 2014 |
JUDY Spitzer suffered through two great upheavals in her life, one caused by human venality and the other by nature. As a teenager, she was caught up in the Holocaust, but managed through guts and ingenuity to escape the Nazis, who murdered her father and other family members. Then, 70 years later, Hurricane Katrina drove her and her husband out of New Orleans, where they were teaching at a medical school. Finally settling in the relative peace of the Philadelphia area, Judy could look back on a life of accomplishment realized in the toils of catastrophes that might have wrecked less fearless souls.
September 23, 2013 |
How do you get from Philadelphia to Myanmar? It's easy, Jim Connor says: Turn left at Thailand. The hard part comes once you're there, trying to work with and around a slowly, slowly opening government that's not used to outsiders and is particularly suspicious of social workers. Connor, 40, spent the last decade on the contentious Thailand-Myanmar border, his Whispering Seed project providing housing, education, and job skills to orphans and to children from displaced families.
March 12, 1996 |
The worlds of Gloria Goldstein are tiny, exquisitely furnished spaces, replete with needlepoint carpets, original paintings, handsome furniture, and elaborate fixtures. They are the many rooms of her heart, filled with love and longing for the lost lives of two daughters and a granddaughter. Her tiny worlds - miniature rooms created and furnished during sleepless nights of grieving - are tributes to those lost girls, as well as fantastical expressions of what their futures could have been.
May 3, 2013 |
MY FRIEND Sammye has never claimed to be a domestic goddess. "The only reason I have a kitchen is it came with the house," she'll proclaim in her distinctive Mississippi twang. And she's not alone. There are plenty of Americans who say that they don't or can't cook - about 28 percent, or almost a third, according to a survey conducted by Impulse Research on behalf of Bosch home appliances. To someone like myself, who loves everything about the cooking process, how these folks manage to feed themselves is a mystery.
November 8, 2013 |
A DEEP run in March can kickstart a program. The morale around an entire campus can change with one miraculous stretch of games during March Madness. March and April of last season were times that the Drexel women's basketball program will not soon forget. The Dragons took home their first-ever WNIT championship with a 46-43 win over Utah. "It has been interesting, it seems to be coming up a lot," coach Denise Dillon said. "Obviously we finished the year on a great run, winning that championship.