October 15, 2013 |
In 1961, George Balanchine summoned some of the nation's top ballet teachers to a seminar in New York, hub of the U.S. dance world and one of the few cities where professional ballet was being performed at the time. "Something has to happen," said the great choreographer and founder of the New York City Ballet and its School of American Ballet. "You're turning out more and more dancers. Where are they going to dance?" "If you really are serious, Mr. B.," said Barbara Weisberger, who had been his first child student (at age 8)
October 8, 2013 |
Enrollment at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities has dropped more than 6 percent since its peak in 2010, setting off a flurry of proposed faculty layoffs, program eliminations, and increased recruitment at many of the schools. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education enrolled just over 112,100 students this year, down from its all-time high of 119,513 in 2010. Enrollment dropped 2 percent in the last year alone, with 12 of the 14 universities noting decreases. Only Bloomsburg and West Chester Universities recorded increases.
September 24, 2013 |
WHEN PARX management moved the Pennsylvania Derby off Labor Day a few years ago and, then last year raised the purse of its second biggest race, the Cotillion Stakes, and put them both on the same day, they were trying to create an "event. " They officially have an event. Attendance is an irrelevant horse racing statistic in 2013 as 90 percent off all the money is bet away from the race track - online with an account, at an OTB or over the phone. But when you offer something special, you would like to see a big crowd and lots of wagering.
September 14, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Though she's from Western Pennsylvania - sorry, folks, she's a Steelers fan - Miss Pennsylvania, Annie Rosellini, knows her way around a cheesesteak and Philly's best places to shop. After spending her freshman year of college in Philadelphia studying lyrical dance at the University of the Arts, Rosellini fell in love with Philly. Her dorm was in Center City and she loved walking around and window-shopping along Walnut Street - the shoes, the sweaters, the dresses, with a few art galleries thrown in. It was an artsy girly-girl's dream come true.
September 14, 2013 |
As Philadelphia's public schools grapple with a devastating fiscal crisis, a new report from a national group says most states - including Pennsylvania and New Jersey - are spending less to educate each student than they did in 2008. In a report issued Thursday, officials at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said the cuts had caused districts to eliminate 324,000 positions nationwide, scale back programs, and increase class sizes. The center, a liberal-leaning think tank based in Washington, warned that the cuts made to K-12 spending could "limit or stymie education reform efforts by limiting the funds generally available to improve schools.
August 29, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, owner of two signature oil paintings by American realist Edward Hopper, intends to sell one and plow the expected sizable proceeds into a fund largely for acquisition of contemporary art, officials have announced. The 1934 work, East Wind Over Weehawken , is a characteristically bleak streetscape, this one in North Jersey, of angular Victorian houses, tilted telephone and light poles, and almost insignificant figures; a prominent sign stands in the foreground, "For Sale" scrawled in vivid red across its face.
August 23, 2013
SOMEDAY, Fat Tire , the enormously popular amber ale from Colorado, will be available in Pennsylvania. Not this year, and probably not next. But soon enough, New Belgium Brewing Co.'s flagship will shoulder its way in among the 6,229 brands already registered for sale in the Keystone State. First, it hits the shelves next door, in Delaware. Its slow, deliberate rollout this week in one of the nation's smallest states underscores the challenge that the brewery faces as it tries to establish a foothold in the heavily populated Northeast.
August 16, 2013 |
With a couple of tournaments on the horizon that mean a lot to his future, Andrew Mason came to the Pennsylvania Open to gain confidence and picked up some of that, plus a nice first-place check Wednesday at Commonwealth National Golf Club. On a windy, 36-hole day, necessitated by Tuesday's rainout, Mason, who turned pro last April, shot a pair of 1-over-par 72s and won by a stroke. A two-time Pennsylvania Amateur champion, Mason is one of four players to capture both the state Amateur and state Open since 1950.
August 2, 2013 |
TRADE UNION members who went on strike early yesterday morning at the Pennsylvania Convention Center over proposed changes to work rules reached an agreement with the center's officials last night that put them back on the job. The settlement, reached about 10 p.m., includes a 2.5 percent raise for one year and the extension of a customer-satisfaction agreement between the unions and management, said Ed Coryell Jr., business agent for the carpenters...
August 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - There is no voter fraud in Pennsylvania, none, zip. The commonwealth admitted as much in court during the three-week trial here challenging the state's voter ID law. Yet voter fraud - rampant voter fraud - is ostensibly the reason the law was introduced and passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last year, just in time, as chance would have it, for the 2012 presidential election in an increasingly blue state. Facing repeated legal challenges from the ACLU, NAACP, and other petitioners, the state has invested millions of dollars and thousands of lawyers' hours trying to enact and defend the voter ID law, known as Act 18, to stop a crime that, according to expert testimony, no one commits.