April 18, 2015 |
Ron Hextall and Craig Berube were Flyers teammates for five seasons. For the most part, they have been organization lifers. Hextall, the club's first-year general manager, says that doesn't make it more difficult to make a decision on retaining or dismissing Berube, who has been the Flyers coach for nearly two seasons. Human nature says otherwise. Hextall said Wednesday he was still mulling whether to bring back Berube for the final year of his contract. The longer he waits, the longer he allows Berube to twist in the wind.
September 12, 2014 |
To fully comprehend the juggernaut that is Center City District Restaurant Week, on now through Sept. 19, it helps to spend a few minutes plumbing the archive of Philadelphia restaurateurs' stream-of-consciousness - that is, their Twitter accounts. See, for example, @BrauhausSchmitz, the handle of the German beer garden on South Street. In a few years, it went from defiant (Sept. 12, 2011, "Who needs restaurant week? You can always get 3 courses at Brauhaus for $35!") to remorseful (Jan.
August 20, 2014
WHEN I THINK of the controversy over telecommuting at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, I'm reminded of a line from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan": "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. " Except in this case, the disclosure that telecommuting employees weren't putting in as many hours as they had represented on their time reports might cause some managers in the public and private sectors to resist work-from-home arrangements....
December 16, 2013 |
Whenever I get on a treadmill, I feel as if I'm not running quite right - as if I'm running slower, and that my running motion isn't the same as when I'm out on the road. This isn't just a gut feeling brought on by my aversion to running inside without going anywhere. Your stride really does change on a treadmill. In a recent study published in Sports Biomechanics, British researchers had 12 people who ran at least three times a week run on both a treadmill and outside. They used an eight-camera motion-analysis system to record movement of the hips, knees, and ankle joints of those runners.
November 13, 2013 |
For many who spoke up at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's public meeting here last week on limiting carbon pollution from power plants - no matter which side they took - it all came down to this: their children. "It's time to clean up the air for the health of our children," said Gretchen Dahlkemper-Alfonso, a Philadelphia mother of three and a leader of the environmental group Moms Clean Air Force. Bryan Palko was worried about his offspring, too, but for a different reason.
July 15, 2013 |
For runners across the country, it's half- and full-marathon training season. Here in the Philadelphia area, it's also Jersey Shore season, which means we're tossing running shoes and shorts into our duffle bags along with flip-flops and bathing suits. You have a few different running options when you're on a Jersey Shore vacation. Here are the pros and cons of each. Something to keep in mind for all three: The Shore doesn't offer a lot of shade, so make sure to wear sunblock and/or a hat, or get out before or after the sun brings out the sunbathers.
May 2, 2013
DEAR HARRY: I went to a "professional" (a storefront preparer) to prepare my tax return back in 2002. For whatever reason, he did not deduct my real-estate taxes. In subsequent years, I used his work as a guide in preparing the returns myself, so I got no deduction all these years. On April 10, I filed an amended return for 2009, 2010 and 2011, the "open years. " Of course, I did the right thing on my 2012 return. I lost the deduction for the years from 2002 through 2008. Would I gain anything by amending my Pennsylvania returns for these years?
April 6, 2013 |
Meg Hoechlin is an average teenager. She plays several sports, is involved in her school, and likes to hang out with friends. There's just one thing. Hoechlin is not able to hang out with a lot of her friends in person because she has never met them outside of a computer monitor. Many of her friends live in far-flung places across the country. And she met them through social media. "Some of the people I trust most in the world are Internet friends, simply because they are judgment-free," said Hoechlin, a 17-year-old senior.
March 28, 2013 |
YOU JUST HAD TO LOOK at Nikeeya Nichole James, bask in her radiant smile, to know that she was somebody you would like to be around and who would always be there for you. That's the way it was for those fortunate enough to have known Nikeeya James. She really cared about people and held all her friends close to her heart, while always being the life of the party. Unfortunately, her friends and family lost her radiance and love too soon. She died March 19 of a pulmonary embolism at age 35. She lived in East Falls.
October 12, 2012 |
"SOMEWHERE Between" is an apt description of where the subjects of this moving new documentary find themselves: Chinese girls emotionally divided between the Asian country in which they were born and the America in which they were raised. Since China implemented its one-child policy in 1979, 175,000 children, mostly girls, have been placed in adoptive homes in 26 countries. About 80,000 ended up in the United States, and it was the notion of director Linda Goldstein Knowlton to spend three years following the lives of four of these now-teenage young women.