March 22, 2016 |
IT REALLY makes you wonder. It makes you want to look into the dull, shortsighted eyes of our lackluster lawmakers and ask, "What exactly is wrong with you?" I'm not talking about heavy lifting on taxing and spending or budgets and pensions. We all know how weak they are in those areas. I'm talking about simple, common-sense stuff to save lives. For example, Pennsylvania is among a minority of states with lousy DUI laws, and repeatedly fails to adopt a law proven to reduce the mayhem that drunken driving causes.
March 13, 2016
On March 3, the Pennsylvania Ballet presented the world premiere of artistic director Angel Corella's Don Quixote . More than 100 attended a special Don Quixote -theme dinner at the Academy of Music. The evening, which raised $99,450, was a Spanish-inspired event featuring cocktails and dinner, followed by the the Pennsylvania Ballet's performance of the classic. The company performed the ballet for the first time in its 53-year history.
March 13, 2016 |
The $52-billion-asset Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System lost money last year, trailing the performance of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey state worker pension investment returns for 2015, according to a report the system released Friday. PSERS reported losing 1.8 percent for the 12 months ended Dec. 31. SERS , the Pennsylvania state workers' fund, last month reported a gain of 0.5 percent for 2015. NJDI , the New Jersey Division of Investment, reported a gain of 0.6 percent.
March 12, 2016 |
Gov. Wolf on Thursday hailed the departure this week of the first ship containing Marcellus Shale ethane from Sunoco Logistic Partners' terminal in Marcus Hook as a "vital first step" in completing a cross-state pipeline to tap into Pennsylvania's new energy fortunes. "Sunoco Logistics is making a $3 billion investment in Pennsylvania's energy economy by keeping Marcellus Shale resources for manufacturing right here in Pennsylvania, rather than sending this business, revenue, and jobs to other states," Wolf said.
March 11, 2016
I'm a firm believer that there's no better way to discover a new town than from a bar stool, and that was never better illustrated than my trek last weekend to north-central Pennsylvania. This big-city boy has lived in Philadelphia nearly his entire life, never bothering to venture a mere two hours to the small towns that cling to the Susquehanna River and its western branch. Places like Berwick, Shamokin, and Mifflinburg. But offer me a beer and, well . . . That's the idea behind the River Rat Brew Trail linking nine breweries in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Union Counties - the state's midsection, where old coal mines give way to rolling farms and game lands.
March 11, 2016 |
Two couples from Dimock, Pa., the town featured in the Emmy-winning 2010 anti-fracking documentary " Gasland ," were awarded nearly $4.25 million on Thursday after a federal jury found Cabot Oil & Gas, one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania, was responsible for the contamination of their well water. The verdict capped a six-year odyssey that turned sleepy, little Dimock into a battleground over the nation's shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing boom. The verdict in Scranton came at the end of a bitter lawsuit pitting homeowners in Dimock against Houston-based Cabot.
March 4, 2016 |
This year, Don Quixote , next year, Le Corsaire . Angel Corella will recreate another highly popular full-length ballet in his third year as artistic director, he said, announcing the Pennsylvania Ballet's 2016-17 season. He has also added a third full-length ballet to the lineup, commissioned more new work, and shifted the timing of the season. Le Corsaire , set to music by Adolphe Adam, is a pirate story based loosely on a Lord Byron poem, and it's a ballet Corella knows extremely well.
March 1, 2016 |
Edward Brooke Stokes, 94, of Devon, an investment brokerage executive and later a commercial real estate developer, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, of respiratory failure at Dunwoody Village. Mr. Stokes was born in Philadelphia, the son of Mary Baldwin Irwin Brooke and Edward Lowber Stokes. The latter was a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania from 1931 to 1935. The younger Mr. Stokes graduated in 1940 from St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, but his studies were interrupted by service in the Army during World War II. He graduated in 1946 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
February 29, 2016 |
What's Spanish about the Pennsylvania Ballet's new production of the full-length Don Quixote , premiering Thursday at the Academy of Music? Most obviously, Miguel de Cervantes' classic 17th-century novel of the same name, which has inspired myriad adaptations of this tale of a delusional knight-errant. (Cue Richard Kiley singing "The Impossible Dream. ") Ángel Corella, the company's artistic director, creator of this version of Don Quixote , is Spanish - born, raised, and trained in Madrid.
February 24, 2016 |
It's a safe bet the only thing standing between children and their ability to absorb the most challenging art is the adult with a limited imagination. There was no danger of that happening Sunday at the Curtis Institute of Music, where a new production of The Jungle Book emerged from the pen of a group of grown-ups with an enormous sense of regard for their audience. What's more, the 45-minute ballet with a stunning small-ensemble score and crisply told story is an absolute charmer.