October 19, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Ballet opened its season - and the next chapter in its 51-year existence - Thursday night at the Academy of Music with Press Play: The Directorial Debut of Ángel Corella . It's less than two months since the Spaniard Corella, a former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and an international star, took over as artistic director amid a tsunami of changes at the company. His influence has already made improvements. The program opened with Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante," set to Tchaikovsky.
October 19, 2014 |
A DAY after City Council held a four-hour hearing on Ebola, Mayor Nutter and his top safety officials briefed members of the press yesterday on the city's preparedness, in the unlikely event that cases of Ebola appear in Philadelphia. Nutter said the city is prepared to handle infectious diseases, just as it has been in the past when there were concerns over Anthrax, H1N1 and SARS. He said that although the risk of contracting Ebola is still very low, using an abundance of caution is a matter of good faith.
October 13, 2014 |
In the battle to bring ride-share operations such as Uber and Lyft to Pennsylvania, a guerrilla war has bogged down into trench warfare, with both sides settling in for a long fight. Advocates and opponents are campaigning on several fronts, seeking popular support and legal backing. Youthful supporters last week gathered online petition signatures and rallied at the Capitol in Harrisburg, and taxi-driving opponents in Philadelphia marshalled motorcades of cabs around City Hall.
October 11, 2014 |
Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, was still speaking Thursday evening when the politician who only needs one name (like a Brazilian soccer star) stepped from behind a curtain, early. Hillary! The crowd at the National Constitution Center roared at the sight. Earlier, on the Main Line, New Jersey Gov. Christie was the afternoon attraction at a less-raucous rally for the reelection of Gov. Corbett. With two potential 2016 presidential candidates just 14 miles apart, it was hard not to think beyond the current campaign to the one coming - though both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Christie took pains to focus on the present.
October 9, 2014
HOW ABOUT some tax talk? Wait, wait, don't leave. This is important, or could be. It's a big part of the governor's race and likely to be a focus of the final debate in Pittsburgh tonight. Republican Gov. Corbett says he should be re-elected for keeping taxes low and because Democrat Tom Wolf will raise taxes - without saying how much. Wolf argues Corbett's management and tax policy hurt education, job creation and state fiscal ratings. Wolf says he just wants to make taxes fairer.
October 6, 2014
Boys' Soccer CATHOLIC LEAGUE Archbishop Wood 1, Father Judge 1 (2 OT) Archbishop Carroll 2, St. Joseph's Prep 1 (OT) NONLEAGUE W.C. Henderson 2, Owen J. Roberts 0 Springfield (D) 4, Phoenixville 2 State College 3, Coatesville 1 Hill School 4, Westtown 0 Malvern Prep 5, Kiski Prep 2 West Chester Rustin 1, La Salle 0 St. Benedict's 4, Holy Ghost Prep 0 Football CATHOLIC LEAGUE AA West Catholic 30, Neumann-Goretti 13 CATHOLIC LEAGUE AAA Bonner-Prendergast 21, Archbishop Ryan 20 DEL-VAL LEAGUE Glen Mills 18, Chester 12 (2 OT)
September 25, 2014 |
The cigarette tax approved by Pennsylvania lawmakers Tuesday will soon make a pack of $6.65 Newports cost $2 more at the corner store that Hanif Woods patronizes in West Philadelphia. But don't think for a minute that he or his friends will bother hustling to the nearby county line for a price break. Even with the promise of much lower prices in the suburbs - a short drive from Jesly Food Market at 60th Street and Girard Avenue - the 24-year-old Woods didn't expect his shopping habits to change when the levy goes into effect.
September 22, 2014 |
The crowd came out to Parx Racing to see a star on Saturday in the 35th running of the Pennsylvania Derby, and California Chrome looked perfect for the role of a Hollywood hero as he walked regally around the paddock, accepted Victor Espinoza onto his back, and stepped onto the track to play his part. And then they ran the race. Someone messed with the script, just as they had in June at the Belmont Stakes, when Chrome wasn't able to parlay wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes into Triple Crown immortality.
September 22, 2014 |
They packed the apron in front of the glass-encased grandstand and surrounded the paddock, filling the steps up to the jocks room, straining to get a look at reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. He was about to contest the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the first reigning Derby winner to appear in the race. Once the race began, Bayern's jockey said he couldn't see California Chrome. As Martin Garcia pointed out, he wasn't turning around to look back. The crowd at Parx Racing, estimated at 16,000, got a thrill early Saturday evening, but it was from Bayern, trained by Bob Baffert, who led from the gate to the wire and set a track record over the 11/8-mile distance.
September 12, 2014 |
THE STATE Supreme Court is deciding whether Pennsylvania will add pen and paper to its mainly electronic voting system. Accuracies and constitutionality issues concerning the current voting system in most of the state were brought in front of the high court yesterday in City Hall. The appeal comes from a 2006 case that argued that votes cast using direct recording electronic machines, or DREs, leave opportunity for tampering because they don't create a physical record of a voter's choice, but rather store electronic records that can be printed later.