April 16, 2013 |
THE HOUSTON Texans are hoping two massive new video screens will help lure the 2017 Super Bowl to Reliant Stadium. The Texans are in the process of installing the video boards, which will be ready for use in Houston's first preseason game in August. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington currently has the biggest screens, and Houston's will be about 30 percent larger than those. The two new boards will have about six times the area as the current video boards and will be placed in each end zone.
March 26, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Yuniesky Betancourt snared a line drive in the ninth inning Sunday and turned it into a double play for his final act as a Phillie. Six minutes after a 7-6 loss to Boston ended, Betancourt slipped on red shorts and walked to Charlie Manuel's office. He emerged a free agent four minutes later, destined for a job elsewhere in the majors. "It was a very difficult decision," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He played great for us. We had some other guys feel great, and we're comfortable with where we are as far as those players are concerned.
March 22, 2013 |
Richard Lathrop zeros in on North Wildwood to show off a new tool that predicts where the water will go as sea level rises. Looking at high tide, sections of marsh now flood. With a foot of sea-level rise, water laps at a few streets. Two feet, and some neighborhoods flood. Three feet, and portions of the evacuation route are awash - all at high water. No wonder he calls the future view of New Jersey, as envisioned by Rutgers University's new sea-level mapping tool, "disturbing.
March 19, 2013 |
Having spent enough time over the last several weeks trying to prove I'd spent all of the money in my flexible spending account on medical expenses, I immediately grasped the reason Bill Marvin's business has grown so much. InstaMed , based in Center City, said last week that it had processed more than $60 billion of health-care payments through its electronic payments network - just one year after having surpassed the $30 billion mark. Based on the trends InstaMed tracks from the hospitals, doctors' offices, and insurers who use the network, Marvin said he projects "triple-digit growth" in transactions over the next year.
February 26, 2013 |
IT WAS A RECORD that stood for 11 years. That's how long Nick Nolte's mug shot had been atop the worst-of-all-time list. But alas, the wild-haired photo of the scowling actor - taken after his arrest for DUI in 2002 - has been topped. By Raiders starting defensive lineman Desmond Bryant. On Sunday morning, a shirtless Bryant was arrested after showing up uninvited at a neighbor's house in Miami and causing a commotion. According to the police report, he was drunk, which isn't hard to believe judging by the post-arrest photo that accompanies this column.
February 26, 2013
HEAVILY FAVORED "Argo" won the Academy Award for best picture last night, but there was a silver lining for Philadelphia. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her role as a troubled widow determined to woo a bipolar man (Bradley Cooper) in "Silver Linings Playbook. " The shot-in-Philadelphia movie had earned eight nominations - this was the only win. The excited 22-year-old Lawrence tripped on her way to the stage. "I feel bad that I fell. This is really embarrassing. This," she said, looking at her new Oscar, "is nuts.
February 25, 2013 |
It's like watching a novel: all the intimacy, all the language, all the complexity of character, without having to turn a page. Nicholas Wright's engrossing, prize-winning play about the young van Gogh, Vincent in Brixton , is receiving a just-about-perfect production at the Walnut's Independence Studio under Kate Galvin's direction. Before he became the painter he became, Vincent van Gogh (Brian Cowden, who manages to sound Dutch and crazy and profoundly sweet all at once) lived for a short while in a London boardinghouse.
February 17, 2013
Matt Zencey is a former Inquirer editor who lives in West Chester When you first look at one of J Henry Fair's photographs, you're not sure what you're seeing. In one, a big splotch of white bleeds into a wide expanse of luminous, deepening green colors. Etched throughout with wavy rivulets, it looks like a detail from a Georgia O'Keeffe flower painting. Another shot features a skewed rectangle full of reddish shades and splotches that could have come from the work of the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko.
February 2, 2013 |
As a Philadelphia Traffic Court judge, Fortunato "Fred" Perri Sr. cultivated a public image as a tough guy. His nickname was "the Terminator" - a reflection of his supposed willingness to jail bad drivers. But for a favored few, Perri couldn't have been friendlier. "When you call, I move, brother, believe me," he allegedly assured a Southwest Philadelphia businessman said to be in league with him in the fixing of tickets. "It will be all right. Don't worry about it," he reportedly told the same businessman on another occasion, assuring him that a ticket would be fixed as promised.
January 24, 2013 |
Lawyers for a Philadelphia priest and an ex-parochial-school teacher on Tuesday began a two-pronged defense to convince a Common Pleas Court jury that their clients' personalities were inconsistent with those of men who would rape a 10-year-old altar boy. Lawyers for the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero called a series of character witnesses who testified about the pair's reputation in the community for being peaceful and law-abiding....