April 29, 2015 |
"I have just one ground rule when I visit book clubs," novelist Nomi Eve said. "My standard phrase is, 'I have a thick skin, but it's not that thick, so please be nice to me.' " It's just as well that Eve's fans take her words to heart. Over the last six months, the lifelong Elkins Park resident has visited 90 book clubs to discuss her latest novel, Henna House . "I go into so many people's living rooms, and if they beat up on me, I'll come home every night crying," said Eve, who turned 47 last month.
October 21, 2014 |
Mike, the funny one, got serious for a second and explained the whole thing like this: "There's a law in Philly neighborhoods that says friends must stay together for life. " Adhering to the letter of that particular precept, eight pals who grew up in West Oak Lane in the 1950s and '60s gathered at a home in Rydal, Montgomery County, on Sunday, repeating a frequent ritual they've followed for decades. Ostensibly, the guys were there to play half-ball and step ball, eat pretzels, and bust one another's chops with no mercy.
January 10, 2014
M ASON REINER, 36, and Dr. Randy Robinson, 41, both of Elkins Park, are co-founders and CEO and chief medical officer, respectively, of R-Health. The Center City startup, launched in October, charges a monthly membership fee that enables individuals, employers, unions and small businesses to see primary-care doctors without co-pays or deductibles administered through a health insurer. I spoke with Reiner, who is a Wharton School graduate and serial entrepreneur. Q: Where did you get the money to start the business?
June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by the Washington Post. The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers.
May 17, 2013 |
Eventually the most ardent tweeter, texter, and instant messenger must face, not Facebook, the truth. "People have to talk to other people," says Matthew Goldberg, the Voorhees chapter president of Toastmasters International, which has been enhancing oral communication skills for 89 years. Goldberg, 53, knows whereof he speaks. He'll be among six vying Saturday in Langhorne for a chance to become one of 88 finalists in a global Toastmasters speech-fest starting Aug. 21 in Cincinnati.
April 6, 2013 |
Allen R. Collins Jr. sits at his daughter's kitchen table, smiling over a cup of coffee. The 84-year-old Korean War veteran with a flannel shirt and a weathered face is eager to tell his story. Rewind more than 60 years in history and you'll find a young Army corporal Collins. He's fighting in a bunker along the 38th Parallel, carrying a Browning automatic rifle, a Bible, and a few intimate letters from his loved ones. Today, thousands of miles away from home, in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Ismael Escobar, 32, relies on Facebook and Skype rather than letters to stay in touch with his wife and children.
July 3, 2012 |
Fawzi went down the Shore the other day. This was big. He'd never seen the ocean before. Not even the sea, and he'd spent his whole life 20 minutes from the Mediterranean. His hosts in this country - Jerry Roseman and Alia Banna - had planned to take him to Cape May. But Fawzi got restless in the car and the couple settled for Avalon. Before he could sink his feet in the sand, Alia's iPhone rang. The boy's mother was calling from Qabatiya, a farming village in the West Bank.
June 7, 2012 |
BELIEVING he was handling an unloaded gun, an 18-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head during a webcam chat early Wednesday when the person on the other end of the conversation challenged the teen's manhood, police said. To make matters worse, the teen's two brothers — one of whom is just 13 — were in the room when the shooting occurred, said East Detectives Capt. John Gallagher. As of Wednesday night, the teen, whom police did not identify, was brain-dead and in extremely critical condition at Temple University Hospital.
May 19, 2012 |
With Internet usage spiking, Comcast Corp. will eliminate its monthly 250-gigabyte cap for Xfinity Internet subscribers but charge additional $10 fees for users who exceed 300 gigabytes. The 300-gigabyte limit could be used to videoconference on Skype for 225 hours, or watch more than 100 hours of Netflix movies. Final details of the new plan were not available on Thursday because they have not been developed, company officials said in a conference call. The nation's largest broadband company with 18 million Internet subscribers will experiment with two new usage-consumption models in markets around the country before determining the best option for it and consumers.
May 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Army investigators said Monday they found no bullet wound nor evidence of foul play in the death of a soldier in Afghanistan who died during a Skype video chat with his wife. Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark collapsed while speaking to his wife on May 1 from his base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, southwest of Kabul. His wife, Susan Orellana-Clark, has suggested that Clark was shot, citing a hole visible in the closet behind him that she believed was a bullet hole. Investigators said an initial probe showed no trauma to the body except that Clark broke his nose when he fell forward.