March 15, 2016 |
PRINCETON - What's a significant, trend-setting place like the McCarter Theatre Center doing with Agatha Christie's play, The Mousetrap ? Doesn't it have more miles on it than a FedEx truck? Is it suddenly so out that it's in? Oh, I see. It's The 39 Steps -meets-Airbnb. But better. Longtime McCarter artistic director Emily Mann is a recent Christie convert, and calls her an overlooked "literary genius. " Having seen the excellent new production directed by Adam Immerwahr at its Friday opening, I wouldn't go that far. But the play is more than just a prototypical whodunit, and this production - while lacking the suspense of modern thrillers - does have good laughs without the stale camp of The 39 Steps . It's a date play that allows you to respect yourself in the morning.
February 12, 2016 |
In a cavernous concrete University City lab, about 80 Drexel University engineering students are working out the kinks on the future of public transportation. They're building a working model of a hyperloop pod. Championed by inventor Elon Musk, the guy behind Tesla electric cars, the hyperloop would move pods full of passengers, powered either electrically or magnetically, through depressurized tubes at up to 750 mph. A hyperloop pod would make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, for example, in about a half-hour between downtown stations.
May 3, 2015 |
It had been 13 years since the Eagles drafted a cornerback as high as they did when Eric Rowe was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. And in the time since they chose Lito Sheppard in the 2002 first round, the league has changed significantly. Sheppard was generously listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. Rowe is 6-1, 205 pounds. Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a successful pick for then-coach Andy Reid, but he probably wouldn't be considered a first-round prospect in today's NFL, and certainly not by Chip Kelly.
April 25, 2015 |
The Eagles are days away from their first draft with Chip Kelly making final decisions and Ed Marynowitz as his top personnel executive, and the coach and the vice president of player personnel agree that it's not worth "mortgaging the future" for one player. But Marynowitz conceded that this philosophy does not preclude the Eagles from trading up in the draft, which begins Thursday, and that they "never say never. " "Philosophically, we have eight picks and we would like to pick eight players or more - not less," Marynowitz said Thursday.
February 3, 2015
Y ASMINE MUSTAFA, 32, of University City, and Anthony Gold, 49, of West Chester, co-founded Roar for Good, a University City firm aimed at empowering women with fashionable safety accessories and educational programs. The startup is part of DreamIt Athena, a female-focused entrepreneur program by DreamIt Ventures. I spoke with Mustafa, the CEO. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Roar? A: A woman was raped a block from my apartment shortly after I came back from a trip to South America last year.
July 26, 2012 |
The key factor behind the Phillies dramatic 7-6 victory over Brewers Tuesday night wasn't just the walks that Chase Utley and Ryan Howard drew against Manny Parra to load the bases. It was also the fact that the Milwaukee bullpen still had to deal with Carlos Ruiz and Hunter Pence, who earlier in the season might have been hitting No. 3 and No. 4, with a significant drop off behind them. As Ruiz showed with his game-tying three-run double and Pence showed with his go-ahead bloop single, the Phillies suddenly have a real major league lineup again.
April 2, 2012 |
By way of introduction to his offices in Villanova, Edmond Dougherty stops at a desk cluttered with gadgets: various shapes of plastic, a model quadcopter, a linear induction motor, and squares of foam sandwiched by metal film. "It's almost like an island of broken toys," said the president of Ablaze Development Corp. Except that it's all for serious business - for clients ranging from the U.S. military to a variety of private companies. Well, as serious as a guy who wanted to be a stand-up comic is willing to let his workday be. "I figured the best moment in someone's life was when they laughed, so I wanted to make people happy," explained Dougherty, an Overbrook native.
August 28, 2011 |
BUTLER, Pa. - The jeep - that sculpture in steel and sheet metal that the Museum of Modern Art once hailed as "the perfect gadget" - is still drawing raves in the town where its legend began. The good citizens of Butler, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, are aglow from this month's inaugural Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. "It was amazing," said Jack Cohen, executive director of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, organizer of the three-day bash, which attracted jeeps from 28 states and four foreign countries.
August 13, 2011 |
BUTLER, Pa. - Thirty miles north of Pittsburgh, where industrial giants such as U.S. Steel were just beginning to forge the metallic backbone of the nation's World War II machine, a tiny company that made even tinier cars developed the prototype for a vehicle that would revolutionize the way soldiers traveled: the Jeep. The inaugural Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, which runs through Sunday, celebrates the four-wheeled warrior with a parade of more than 1,200 of them; a "playground" where aficionados can drive over rocky obstacles, hills, and bridges; and fairlike entertainment and eats.
August 5, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Sometimes during meetings Howard Mudd feels the need to impart his wisdom on the latest group of linemen he is trying to mold. He came out of a one-year retirement to coach these guys. This group needs to be a brick wall to protect Michael Vick; that is, an athletic brick wall with quick feet, as Mudd prefers. So Mudd interrupts his meetings to tell stories. Later, rookie center Jason Kelce and his teammates will joke about it. Mudd's almost 70, and he doesn't realize his stories tend to drag on, but his intentions aren't dismissed.