October 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia residents: If you trouble yourselves to vote Nov. 3, you might win $10,000. Seriously. That was the scheme laid out Thursday, showcased in part by two ex-rivals - former Mayor John F. Street and three-time Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz, whom Democrat Street twice defeated. They teamed up to promote voting in a city that has seen abysmal turnouts in recent years. "Desperate times require desperate measures, and this is certainly the case," Katz said at a LOVE Park event announcing what promoters billed as a lottery.
October 19, 2015 |
Anne Case remembers the early critiques from her Ph.D. adviser, Angus Deaton: "Brutal. " "Take this away and come back with something that is more like your talents," Deaton told her. Devastated, she wanted to hide under a desk. But with his prodding, she went on to do some of her best work. After earning her doctorate in economics from Princeton, Case was hired at Harvard. That was 1988. Fast-forward a few years. Case returned to Princeton and became Deaton's colleague - and later, his wife.
September 23, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy announced Monday that it will bestow its inaugural $25,000 Carnot Prize on Daniel Yergin, the energy historian. Yergin, vice chairman of the research firm IHS, will receive the prize Oct. 12 at the official opening of the center's new space in Penn's Fisher Fine Arts Library. The prize recognizes "distinguished contributions to energy policy. " The Kleinman Center, which is associated with Penn's School of Design, was established last year.
July 31, 2015
ARMED with a look of fierce determination and concentration, and an increasingly empty baggie that was, at one point, weighted down with quarters, 6-year-old Jude Snyder was resolute. He was going to win a prize Tuesday night at Morey's Pier in Wildwood. The object of his game of choice - to land a 25-cent piece on a glass cake plate - proved a little too difficult for the tyke, as it seemingly did for everyone - young and old alike - who tried their luck and skill at the game on this sea-breeze-cooled evening.
July 22, 2015 |
Most of the former college point guards zoomed around the Philadelphia University court during The Basketball Tournament over the weekend, but Reggie Redding, who played small forward at Villanova, took a slower approach to the position. Five years after graduating from Villanova, the former St. Joseph's Prep star is playing for the Liberty Ballers, a Philadelphia-based team in a tournament that will award $1 million to its winner. The Basketball Tournament started with 97 teams competing across the country.
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"?