February 8, 2014 |
(Updated at 12:00 p.m.) The White House on Thursday made the obvious official: The region's epochal ice storm that darkened entire communities, shut down businesses, and turned schools into emergency shelters was, indeed, a certified disaster. With the presidential declaration, Philadelphia and the four suburban Pennsylvania counties became eligible to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid. York and Lancaster Counties also were included. In all, 715,000 Peco Energy customers lost power as a result of the storm - the second-highest total for any one event, said Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong.
January 30, 2014 |
Nine area players were tabbed Tuesday to play for the Pennsylvania squad in the 57th annual Big 33 Football Classic. The selections were Coatesville fullback-linebacker Tyler Burke, Cardinal O'Hara wide receiver Thaddius Smith, Episcopal Academy tight end Evan Butts, Council Rock South offensive lineman Eric Gallo, Neshaminy defensive end Luke Carrezola, La Salle linebacker Zaire Franklin, Imhotep Charter defensive back Deandre Scott, Downingtown East...
January 24, 2014
WHETHER it's craft-brewery cans or longnecks of Yuengling, beer has long dominated the barroom conversation in Philadelphia, leading to one of the most sophisticated draft-tower environments in the country. Cocktails, too, have found a permanent foothold in the sipping landscape, with a small but smart roster of savvy drink-crafters earning attention for their efforts. So, where does that leave wine? Unfairly relegated to the bottom of the list, at least in terms of how often the topic leaps off the nuanced tongues of local drinkers.
January 21, 2014 |
In the six months since the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on same-sex marriage, a flood of lawsuits and legislation has pushed the United States to a tipping point - and Pennsylvania this year could be the state that shifts the balance. In 2013, the number of states (along with the District of Columbia) allowing same-sex marriage doubled, to 18. In the last month, judges struck down same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. If those two rulings are upheld, nearly 46 percent of the U.S. population would live in places that allow same-sex marriage or civil unions.
January 17, 2014 |
MAJOR LEAGUE Soccer will hold its SuperDraft at noon today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The first two rounds of the draft of college players will be today. Rounds 3 and 4 will be on Tuesday. The Union has eight picks in the draft, including the second overall. Other Union picks are: 6, 25, 27, 44, 46, 52, 63. A live stream of the draft will be on WatchESPN. The Union's supporters group, Sons of Ben, is holding a predraft event at Field House Sports & Beer Hall at the Convention Center from 8 to 11 a.m. On Tuesday, the Union traded Jeff Parke to D.C. United for Ethan White.
January 13, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin sat at the podium Saturday in the Beaver Stadium interview room splitting his attention between his two daughters - Ava and Addison, one on either side of him - and talked about family, including the "95 sons" he just adopted as the new head football coach at Penn State. Calling himself "a Pennsylvania boy with a Penn State heart," Franklin, a native of Langhorne in Bucks County, officially was introduced as the successor to Bill O'Brien as the 16th head coach in the history of Nittany Lions football.
December 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK The annual migration of the commonwealth's wealthiest and most powerful - otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Society gathering - roared into Manhattan this weekend. This year's event was supposed to be about the governor's race - and the question of whether Gov. Corbett will be able to overcome sagging public approval ratings to earn another term in office. Most of the Democratic candidates vying for his job made the trek to hold fund-raisers and rub elbows with potential supporters and influential advocacy groups.
December 11, 2013 |
In some circles it is fashionable to pooh-pooh The Nutcracker as an insubstantial holiday treat, suitable only for stage-struck little girls and their doting mothers. But (a) what's wrong with escapism, especially at this time of the year? And (b) Pennsylvania Ballet's annual production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - at the Academy of Music through Dec. 29 - offers two hours' worth of sheer theatrical magic, something no one should ever feel too old, or too serious, to enjoy.
December 3, 2013 |
Among the needy diners at the CityTeam Ministries in the city of Chester, it has become a menu favorite. "Some classify it as the best burger they've ever had," said James Kuhn, executive chef at the Delaware County soup kitchen and shelter, "and it's a lot healthier and leaner than beef. " The burger is the product of donated deer meat, most of it from Lower Merion, Montgomery County, which has undertaken annual culls to prune the herd. Annually in Pennsylvania, as many as 5,000 deer - each providing enough ground meat for about 200 meals - are donated by governments and hunters, according to Hunters for the Harvest, or HSH, the statewide group that coordinates the donations.
November 28, 2013 |
Subscribers to low-income Special Care health insurance plans issued by Pennsylvania's Blue Cross companies will be able to continue coverage into next year, state Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine said Tuesday in the first of what is likely to be several announcements in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to avoid a wave of policy cancellations. "We are trying to at least give [current subscribers] some certainty," he said in an interview, so that by the end of the year nobody in the individual market is left without coverage.