August 28, 2015
Close read An article on Philadelphia's adult literacy efforts revealed an important flaw: There is no hard data to show that the program works ("Bridging the knowledge gap," Monday). There is a reference to 1,500 adults "completing classes" and "getting help," but those mushy terms could mean anything. In a city with a never-ending education funding crisis, shouldn't a program that costs $1 million a year be able to show some real results? |Jim Landers, Abington No emergency The recent coverage of the age of Philadelphia's emergency fleet was missing an important fact: The mileage on these vehicles ("Fire trucks burn out," Friday)
August 28, 2015 |
Crackers from the farm Pair your local cheese plate with fitting crackers, like Rip Rap Baking's variations, made on a farm in central Pennsylvania. Try the vanilla fig crackers, a seasonal variation made with wheat and durum flour and topped with raw sugar. - Samantha Melamed Vanilla Fig Bakery Crackers, $6.75, 7.5-ounce bag at Fair Food Farm- stand, Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., 215-386-5211, Ext. 120 To-go cup If you've been on the hunt for a better travel mug, consider Joco, a line of glass coffee mugs with silicone thermal sleeves and lids.
August 28, 2015 |
WHY IS Pennsylvania so corrupt? It's a question that you hear over and over, right after the latest headline about the Kathleen Kane soap opera, or the latest court appearance by indicted longtime U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, or the stunning case against ex-state treasurer Rob McCord, or the plethora of convictions or allegations against state legislators from Bill DeWeese and John Perzel to Ron "Happy Birthday to Ron Waters" Waters. There's a lot more where that came from, but there's only so many hours in the day, right?
August 14, 2015 |
After trying his hand on the golf mini-tours, Billy Stewart decided to return to his home area, establish himself as a teaching pro and play in local tournaments. It's a move that has turned out nicely. Stewart, 31, of Devon, saw a very good 2015 season become a great one Wednesday. His clutch shot out of trees at the 17th hole led to a birdie and an eventual 1-stroke victory in the Pennsylvania Open at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Delaware County. Stewart, representing the ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, finished with a 3-under-par 68 and a 54-hole score of 8-under 205 to claim the $8,000 first prize.
August 2, 2015 |
On Lansdowne Avenue, next to two benches and a bus stop, stands a new historical marker, blue with gold letters, 10 feet tall. "Looks nice," said Robyn Young, 61, the woman responsible, seeing it for the first time this week. "Taller than I thought it would be. " She pushed on the pole, kicked at the fresh dirt. "It's in there nice and firm. " Dedicated to archaeologist Tatiana Proskouriakoff, who "published a paper that revolutionized the world's understanding of Mayan hieroglyphs," the marker culminates years of effort by Young.
August 1, 2015 |
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The big Shakespeare pilgrimage of the summer would seem to be to the Druid Theatre Company's marathon performances of Shakespeare's "second tetralogy," a saga of English monarchs and wars from Richard II to Henry V imported from Ireland to the Lincoln Center Festival. Yet there's an equal impetus to travel the opposite direction, from Philadelphia to DeSales University in Center Valley, where the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival offers Henry V through Sunday: How often is the same play such a thoroughly different experience?
July 20, 2015 |
How "local" is your beer? It used to be that proximity of the brewery and clever references on the label would suffice. But the local quotient has ratcheted higher, lately, as prime ingredients themselves have become sourced regionally, too, in particular grains grown and malted locally by a pair of relatively new malthouses, Deer Creek in Glen Mills and Double Eagle in Huntingdon Valley. The cost is higher than malts imported, say, from Germany. But brewmaster John Wible at 2nd Story Brewing in Old City shows just how rewardingly vivid those fresh local grains can be in his toasty new Pennsylvania Lager, a deep-amber Vienna-style brew made with 95 percent barley and 5 percent rye from Deer Creek.
July 17, 2015 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Jordan Spieth wasn't wearing the University of Texas' burnt orange when he met the British Open media Wednesday, but his home-state connections were obvious anyway. The thoughtful answers of the golfing phenom, who beginning Thursday is aiming for a third consecutive major championship after winning the Masters and U.S. Open earlier this year, had a slight Southwest twang, and when the subject of Fort Worth legend Ben Hogan was raised, his tone turned reverent. Yet for all his Lone Star loyalty, it may be the 21-year-old's Pennsylvania roots - less-known but as deep as a St. Andrews pot bunker - that on the eve of his history-making Old Course quest better explain Spieth's rapid rise to golf's summit.
July 9, 2015 |
Harrisburg's budget impasse isn't just a partisan staring contest threatening to hobble the commonwealth and those who count on it. There are principles at stake. Unfortunately, they include the principles that fossil fuels should be tax-free and the government should own all the liquor stores. Such were two of the special-interest-drawn red lines that the Pennsylvania legislature and Gov. Wolf hewed to as they blew last week's deadline to agree on a spending plan. With the state required to continue paying for services that implicate health, welfare, and safety, the stalemate isn't doing much damage for the time being.
July 8, 2015 |
Investigators have finished a probe expected to identify the employees responsible for pervasive problems at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office, but say they aren't releasing the findings while the agency is considering disciplinary action. VA officials on Monday said the report, completed last Tuesday, is being withheld to protect the due process rights of the employees involved. "Decisions on each issue, including any appropriate disciplinary actions, will be made in accordance with applicable due process procedures," VA spokesman James Hutton said in a statement.