May 22, 2015 |
DEMOCRATIC MAYORAL nominee Jim Kenney got a surprise phone call yesterday from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton . He was just as surprised as I was to hear the following: "I just wanted to call and congratulate you, Jim, on your nomination to be Philadelphia's next mayor. The issues of diversity and economic inclusion are important for all of our working families. We want to tackle these issues throughout our country. Again, congratulations, and good luck!" Speak of hills Production began recently for Philly actor David Morse 's new original drama series, "Outsiders," which will launch on the Comcast Network early next year.
May 22, 2015 |
The last time the Duke women's lacrosse team made a final four in the Philadelphia area, it was 2007, and Taylor Trimble looked on from the Franklin Field stands. Trimble, an eighth grader at the time, was still jamming soccer, squash, and lacrosse into her schedule. Watching the Blue Devils in the NCAA tournament semifinals, even in a 14-13 loss to Virginia, inched her toward the sport. "I just thought it was the coolest thing ever," said Trimble, a Rosemont native who went to Episcopal Academy.
May 21, 2015 |
It appears fast-fashion retailer H&M believes in Philadelphia's emerging persona as a mecca for all things young, urbane, and affordably stylish. On Thursday, the trendy Stockholm apparel company, also known as Hennes & Mauritz, launched a slick campaign to recruit millennials to its national sales force - with a particular focus on young people in Houston and Philadelphia. Millennials, the company argues, are the future of fashion. They embody an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative energy the company says will help it continue its expansion in the United States - from the current 363 American H&Ms to more than 400 by year's end. (Ten of its current lot are in the Philadelphia region, including two in Center City blocks away from each other.)
May 20, 2015 |
Four Amtrak passengers sued the railroad company Monday in federal court in Philadelphia for injuries suffered in Tuesday's crash of Train 188, alleging the rail line failed to install an automatic-braking system on a dangerous curve where the train derailed. One of the passengers, Felicidad Redondo Iban, a Spanish tourist, was pinned under a car and since has had multiple surgeries to save a nearly severed right arm from amputation. "It is utterly inexplicable to me that someone would accelerate into a sharp curve, unless they were not paying attention or that they believed they had already gone through the curve and were accelerating into a straightaway," said personal injury lawyer, Robert Mongeluzzi, who filed the suit.
May 20, 2015 |
No commemorative speeches. No plaques. No tear jerking. Artistic director David Hayes barely announced the encore at the farewell concert of the Philadelphia Singers, going out of business after 43 years, but let the occasion speak with music, the best performance coming last - Rachmaninoff's Vespers , the "Rejoice O Virgin" section. Maybe Hayes was focusing his energy, having survived last week's Amtrak derailment in reportedly functional though bruised form, which had him walking on and off stage with care.
May 19, 2015 |
Democratic candidates for mayor in Tuesday's primary election took their pitches to the pulpits on Sunday, seeking the support of the party faithful. Those pitches were framed by race and the struggle for civil rights - in very different ways - by two of the six Democrats in the race. Former Councilman Jim Kenney urged churchgoers to be voters in honor of those who suffered for the right to cast ballots. State Sen. Anthony H. Williams and his supporters took an even more impassioned approach at a "righteous rally" at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Nicetown.
May 18, 2015 |
Hello there On Memorial Day weekend 2011, Rachel and her lifelong friend Sarah had a hotel room in Stone Harbor and evening plans in Avalon. Elsewhere at the Shore, Glenn was at his West Chester University buddy Bill's Sea Isle City beach house when another college pal, Paul, suggested they go out in his neck of the barrier islands. That's how a guy from Broomall and a girl from Cheltenham ended up at the same bar: the Princeton. Rachel and Sarah recognized Paul, whom they had met a few summers before.
May 18, 2015 |
After Asia, the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2015 Tour of Europe might seem easy. In contrast to last year's 1,800-mile Macau-to-Tokyo hop, the orchestra's Tuesday to June 7 tour's longest stretch is 714 miles between Vienna and Amsterdam, and involves venues that have been hosting orchestras for decades, even centuries. Yet music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin laughs indulgently at the suggestion that 14 concerts in 17 days will be a breeze. "It's a totally different challenge.
May 17, 2015 |
Leisure travelers "like" us - enough to generate $10.4 billion in economic impact in 2014, according to the Philadelphia region's leisure tourism marketing agency, Visit Philadelphia. In its annual report released Friday, the quasi-public agency funded through the city's hotel tax, said that on social media networks, Visit Philly, as it is known, ranks third in user engagement, measured by "liking," sharing and commenting. Besting Visit Philly were Discover Los Angeles and Los Vegas.
May 15, 2015 |
"Canceled" was the operative word at the Trenton Transit Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Amtrak to Harrisburg, CANCELED. Amtrak to Boston, CANCELED SEPTA to Philadelphia, CANCELED. Commuters at the Trenton station had their schedules disrupted by the suspension of service to and from Philadelphia, but were stoic about the inconvenience. John Di Paolo, 45, said he was sitting on a train at Newark Penn Station Tuesday night when service was canceled because of the derailment.