June 3, 2015 |
LANCASTER - The United States Golf Association has conducted 82 championships at 29 venues throughout Pennsylvania but none at Lancaster Country Club, which is on many top-10 lists when people rank the state's courses. Lancaster will add to the state's record for most U.S. championships hosted next month, getting its chance to shine for the first time when it welcomes the 70th U.S. Women's Open. As USGA officials put the finishing touches on the course, some have questions. "I keep saying to the members, 'I wonder what took us so long to get to Lancaster,' " championship director Ben Kimball said Monday at a media day for the event.
May 26, 2015 |
CANNES - The French threw the world a film party and then ate the cherry on top of the dessert. Dheepan - about a Tamil Tiger who quits the Sri Lankan revolution, creates a makeshift "family" with two other refugees, and flees to Paris, where he lands a job as a building superintendent in the lawless suburbs - took the Palme D'Or, the Golden Palm, at the 68th Cannes Film Festival Sunday night. The film by Jacques Audiard, whose jailhouse story A Prophet won second prize in 2009, was one of a huge contingent French films figuring prominently in the competition for the top prize (and in other sections at well)
May 24, 2015 |
Of all the tournaments played by the club professionals that make up the more than 28,000 members of the PGA of America working in the nation's 41 PGA sections, the most lucrative one for years has been contested in the Philadelphia area. However, now that the founder and sponsor of the Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic has raised the first-prize amount this year to a cool $100,000, the local pros - some of whom don't earn that much in an entire season - fervently hope to have their A games with them for Tuesday's event at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting.
May 9, 2015 |
If you haven't decided how you're getting to the polls Nov. 3 - and chances are you haven't - consider this option: a ride from Mayor Nutter. That's one prize up for grabs in a video contest and voter-turnout campaign launching Friday. The others aren't too bad, either, including a cooking class with Jose Garces and a gym workout alongside former Gov. Ed Rendell. To enter, voters can create a video 15 seconds or shorter describing why they vote, and share it on social media using the hashtag #ivotephilly.
April 10, 2015 |
E DDIE MURPHY will be awarded the nation's top prize for humor this year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Why? He's Gumby, dammit! The center announced yesterday that Murphy, 54, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 18, so he has six months to come up with something to say (unlike his "SNL 40" appearance). The humor prize honors those who influence society through their social commentary and satire in the tradition of Mark Twain . Like "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood"?
March 25, 2015 |
FOR THE second straight year, the Daily News has won the top honor among the state's largest newspapers in the 2015 Keystone Press Awards given by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. The People Paper walked away with the coveted Sweepstakes award by capturing 23 awards in the various categories of the contest - nine first places, nine second places and five honorable mentions. The winning entries included stories in breaking news, business and sports, columns, page design, photos, graphics - and, for the first time this year, video.
February 5, 2015 |
When soft-spoken Jarrett McClenton arrived at Archbishop Wood High School as a freshman, he "just wanted to play and make a contribution" to the football team. He wound up doing much more. Headed to Villanova in the fall, McClenton capped his career with the Vikings last fall by rushing for a school-record 2,188 yards and 37 touchdowns while helping Wood to its third PIAA Class AAA state title in the last four seasons. In his last three seasons, the 5-foot-9 and 170 pounder ran for 4,536 yards and 73 touchdowns.
November 21, 2014 |
THE FOURTH annual Harvest on Henry event last month was no pie-in-the-sky venture. It raised $13,000 to support the educational agricultural opportunities at Henry Got Crops CSA, a community-supported agriculture partnership between Saul High School, Weavers Way Food Co-op, Weavers Way Community Programs and Fairmount Park. The daylong festival gave Saul students a chance to interact with the public and featured farm-inspired activities, such as hay rides, pumpkin crafts and - to show off students' cooking skills - a pie-baking contest.
November 4, 2014 |
Claudia Sherrod held high hopes for the Walter G. Smith School, an imposing structure on the National Register of Historic Places at 19th and Wharton Streets in Point Breeze. She and others in the community were stricken when the Philadelphia School District shuttered the building in 2013 amid its continuing budget crisis. But news that Independence Charter might buy the building thrilled neighbors, said Sherrod, the president of the Point Breeze Community Development Coalition. Independence Charter is one of the city's top schools - with a waiting list of hundreds of students for its school at 16th and Lombard Streets in Center City.
October 16, 2014 |
IT'S A RACE in reverse, you might say. Mayor Nutter yesterday announced the launch of a citywide competition among big buildings to show the lowest energy costs, with a national prize awaiting the winners after a year. The Energy Reduction Race will tally the energy bills of the participating commercial skyscrapers in the city and will be judged by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The "race" ends Sept. 30, 2015, when each of three top-performing buildings will be awarded $5,000.