June 8, 2015 |
Angel Corella's first year as artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet has been one of many changes. The entire artistic staff was replaced, new dancers and guest artists were hired, and, just Monday, Alexander Peters was promoted to principal dancer. But what hardly changed was the lineup of ballets audiences saw all season. "I was actually very pleased with the whole season," Corella said. "I know I could have changed a lot of the ballets that Roy [Kaiser, his predecessor] picked, but I thought it was actually quite interesting.
June 2, 2015 |
A Wisconsin ad said a Supreme Court hopeful had protected a priest accused of sex abuse. An Alabama mailing portrayed a high-court candidate there as a marionette with his strings pulled by President Obama, dressed like Marlon Brando in The Godfather . A Michigan TV ad asked "How could you?" because a Supreme Court candidate once aided a Guantanamo Bay detainee's defense. Could these be a preview of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court race? Each attack was funded not by a rival candidate, but by outside conservative and progressive groups that increasingly see judicial races as a fertile ideological battleground.
June 2, 2015 |
BEFORE HIS ASCENT to attorney general of Delaware and the status of a front-runner for the state's governorship in 2016, Beau Biden was the "moral compass" of his University of Pennsylvania fraternity, a frat brother said yesterday. Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, the vice president's son and a rising political star who died Saturday from brain cancer, was beloved among his fellow members of Psi Upsilon, a fraternity that was embroiled in controversy while he was there. In interviews yesterday, his friends in the fraternity - known on campus as "Castle"- recalled a humble, compassionate man who used his sense of humor and sharp intellect to build friendships.
May 28, 2015 |
TWO SHERATON University City Hotel employees were federally charged yesterday in a scheme to defraud the University of Pennsylvania. The two employees - Kenneth Kapikian, 57, and Dennis Gagliardi, 60 - are alleged to have fraudulently obtained money by falsely billing the university for services the defendants never provided, spokeswoman Patty Hartman said in a statement released yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. According to Penn officials, the hotel is owned by a subsidiary of the university.
May 23, 2015 |
A season of change at Pennsylvania Ballet will be topped off by one more: Zachary Hench and Julie Diana are leaving. The married couple, beloved principal dancers-turned-ballet masters, are moving to Juneau, Alaska, after Pennsylvania Ballet's season ends June 14 to run the state capital's only ballet school, Juneau Dance Theatre. "It will be a really incredible adventure for our family, and for Julie and I to run an organization together," said Hench. He'll be artistic director, Diana executive director.
May 18, 2015 |
The company that Joseph F. Coradino leads took a lot of heat over the Gallery. Critics lashed out at the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which includes the Center City mall among the dozens it runs nationwide, for shutting stores and cutting merchants off from their livelihoods. Even the promise of a glittering new shopping mall in a tired section of Market Street East didn't seem to turn down the temperature. But the critics didn't understand the whole story, says Coradino, 63, chief executive of PREIT.
May 14, 2015 |
Trainer Jim Campbell is happy with Honor And Serve's preparation for his 3-year-old season. He is less excited about the way the trotting colt will have to start it. Honor And Serve opens his campaign Thursday by competing in the fourth of four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia. He faces a group that includes returning Dan Patch Award-winner Pinkman as well as stakes-winners Walter White and Cruzado Dela Noche. A total of 23 Hambletonian Stakes-eligible trotters will race in Thursday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at Philly.
May 11, 2015 |
Despite a remarkable run of scandal that deprived the state's highest court of two justices in as many years and its lowest (the late Philadelphia Traffic Court) of existence, Pennsylvania lawmakers have maintained a preternatural serenity about the condition of the state's judiciary - so much so that its ranks are being refilled by the same quasi-democratic lottery that got us in this mess. Of course, the low-interest elections that fill the state's benches do produce some good judges, but only by accident.
April 24, 2015 |
The remaining members of the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves national team will be decided tomorrow in a series of bouts for state championships. The Pennsylvania Golden Gloves is split into Eastern/Philadelphia and Western/Pittsburgh regions. Open Class winners will advance to the national championships May 11-16 in Las Vegas. Four Philadelphia-area fighters already have won their divisions in walkovers, including Christian Carto, who claimed a national crown last year. Tomorrow's card will be held at the Event Center in Pennsauken, N.J., and will be preceded by eight Novice Class bouts.