June 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia hosted 8 percent fewer international travelers last year, but is expecting a surge from the upcoming World Meeting of Families and papal visit, convention officials said Monday. The Department of Commerce, which measures overseas visitors to U.S. cities and states, said Philadelphia drew 620,000 foreign visitors in 2014, down from 673,000 in 2013. The city ranked No. 15 among the 20 most popular U.S. destinations. Pennsylvania ranked No. 10 in foreign visitors, with 964,000 international travelers, down 3 percent from the 993,000 in 2013.
June 8, 2015 |
Several decades after Schubert's death at age 31, the composer became the subject of an eponymous operetta by Franz von Suppé. Maybe there's just something too tempting about genius cut short to let it sit there unexploited, which is the dynamic at work in Charlie Parker's Yardbird , given its world premiere by Opera Philadelphia on Friday night at the Kimmel's Perelman Theater. To loosely quote a melding of last lines of several characters in this chamber opera: Parker's music echoes as the unfinished symphony of a beautiful mind.
June 8, 2015 |
Samantha Pellicciotti isn't sure why she's not furious. She has plenty of reasons to be: the parents who were too drunk and too high to care for her properly, the sexual assault by someone she trusted, the succession of foster homes and string of disappointments. But the 18-year-old poised to graduate next week as valedictorian of Roxborough High School with a 4.0 GPA and a bouquet of scholarships holds remarkably little rancor. She's moving forward because that's the only path she allows herself to see. "I'm lucky I'm strong," she said.
June 6, 2015 |
At first blush, this is a headline screamer: Philadelphia region brings up the bottom in job recovery. How bad is it? So bad that the region's wretched post-recession job-growth performance makes the beleaguered city of Detroit look like a rock star, based on a Pew Trust analysis of U.S. Labor Department Statistics. Of the nation's 50 top metropolitan regions, Philadelphia ranked 47th, with 4.7 percent increase in jobs since the darkest days of the recession. At the top, San Jose, Calif., grew 23.7 percent, followed by Austin, Texas, at 22.6 percent, and Nashville at 19.3 percent.
June 2, 2015
A NEW STUDY showing that the suicide rate among black children ages 5 to 11 has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, while the rate for white children has declined, should be heard as a "call to action. " Those are the words of Sean Joe, a professor of social work at Washington University who studies suicide among black youth. Joe did not participate in the new study, done by experts at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The study was published last week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics . Joe said the climbing rate of suicides among African-American children is "alarming, disturbing . . . shocking.
May 22, 2015 |
There's no reason to beat around the bush: Texas Rising , History's five-part mini-series about the Texas Revolution, has to be one of the strangest, most idiosyncratic dramas on TV since Twin Peaks . An odd hybrid between the western and the historical saga, the dramatic and the comedic, Texas Rising is about the bloody war waged in 1835 and 1836 by Texians (as they referred to themselves) to free the territory from the Mexican Empire. Richly textured and enjoyable if wildly uneven, the star-studded series tries to marry the hard-nosed, brutally violent realism of modern TV to an antique - some would say antiquated - aesthetic of genteel mannerisms and off-the-wall humor prevalent during the first golden age of TV in the 1950s and '60s.
May 20, 2015 |
BRETT BROWN has experienced the anxiety of the ride to numerous NBA championships. There were many plays, games and series that had coach Gregg Popovich and his staff missing many hours of sleep en route to five titles in 16 years. Still, Brown's most anxious times coaching in the NBA have been during the past two Mays. While that is playoff time for the Spurs, it has been draft lottery time for the 76ers under his watch, with the Sixers finishing with the second-worst record in the league a year ago (when they drafted Joel Embiid with the No. 3 pick)
May 9, 2015 |
Spenser Gray says she's known since she was seven years old: it would be her class that was going to be the one to change the Quakertown softball program. With five starters as members of the class of 2016 - including Gray - the Quakertown third baseman is starting to look prophetic. That junior class stepped up for Panthers in a 5-2 victory over Central Bucks East on Thursday afternoon in a Suburban One Continental game. It was the third straight win for the Panthers (8-8 overall, 4-8 league)
May 9, 2015 |
Too often, heavyweight Joey Dawejko had to make a choice. He'd just spent another 10-12 hours on top of a roof, with nowhere to hide from the unforgiving summer sun. Scorched and exhausted, Dawejko would get home around 9:30 p.m. knowing he needed to rise by 3:30 a.m. to do his roadwork. Should he sleep and recover? After all, at the time he had two children - he has three now - to feed. Or should he continue to break his body down with early morning runs and sparring as the once-promising amateur heavyweight chased what appeared to be a fading dream?
May 8, 2015 |
Picture this: The idyllic New England coast. A young couple in love, walking in the sunshine, arms around each other. Something small and black is zipping across the blue sky. It's a drone, carrying very important cargo: a diamond ring. How else would Andrew Mudge, owner of Black Kettle Films and avid drone enthusiast, propose to his girlfriend, Sophie Lehar? "It's futuristic, but it's also romantic," Mudge said. "We'll always have that fun story. And, why not propose with a flying drone?