April 24, 2016 |
Embrace of the Serpent Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful black-and-white film, set in the forests of Colombia, follows two explorers from the West - German ethnographer Theodor Koch-Grunberg in 1909 and American biologist Richard Evans Schultes in 1940 - as each encounters a shaman, the last of his tribe, in the quest for a rare plant. One of this year's Academy Award nominees for best foreign-language film. No MPAA rating Miles Ahead Don Cheadle stars in, and directs, this impressionistic take on Miles Davis, zooming in on the years in the latter half of the '70s when the jazz trumpeter and composer went AWOL, ceasing to tour and pretty much stopping recording, too. Ewan McGregor is the hustling journalist determined to find out what's up. The movie tries hard to jettison the usual music biopic cliches and doesn't entirely succeed, but Cheadle is mesmerizing.
April 10, 2016 |
Senior Zina Robbins-Maldonado tossed a three-inning no-hitter to lead Friends Select past host Morrisville, 15-0, in Friday's nonleague softball matchup. But the highlight of the game for Robbins-Maldonado would come on a leadoff triple in the top of the second inning which earned her the school's all-time hits record with 125. On the mound, she finished the afternoon with eight strikeouts and only one walk. Elsewhere in nonleague action: Megan Johnson went 4 for 4 with four RBIs in Pennridge's 7-5 triumph over host Truman.
March 31, 2016 |
The U.S. Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has selected the Navy Yard and its "microgrid" as the site for a study on new technology for advanced electrical distribution and controls, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. announced Tuesday. The study, which will take advantage of the Navy Yard's advanced power grid, will focus on how to make local electric distribution systems more reliable and create capabilities for the energy industry to deploy renewable energy within local communities, PIDC said.
March 30, 2016 |
Temple University has selected Moody Nolan, which calls itself the largest African American-owned and -managed architecture firm in the country, to design a proposed football stadium for its North Philadelphia neighborhood, officials announced Monday. Curtis J. Moody, president and CEO of the Columbus, Ohio-based company, already has met with community members, said Ray Betzner, a university spokesman. Betzner said the firm's willingness to work with neighbors made it a clear choice for the job. "Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist," Temple president Neil D. Theobald said in a statement.
March 24, 2016
By Rebecca Love Kourlis In the wake of Justice Michael Eakin's resignation from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Gov. Wolf will need to appoint a successor to fill the vacancy. I would like to suggest that he has an ideal opportunity to fulfill that responsibility in a way designed to restore public confidence in the judicial branch. Pennsylvania elects its judges and justices. However, Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently considering a constitutional amendment that would replace contested elections of appellate judges with commission-based gubernatorial appointment.
March 24, 2016 |
The judge hearing the criminal case against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Tuesday urged her to make public any argument that she had been selectively targeted for prosecution. Kane has asked for permission to file court papers under seal in Montgomery County arguing that she is a victim of "vindictive" and selective prosecution. Suggesting that she is caught between two courts, she has said a Philadelphia judge has indicated that she would violate a court order by bringing such an argument publicly.