May 11, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: What if the person you need to forgive is yourself? I bullied my younger sister as a kid/teen, and as a grown thirty-something, I feel incredible shame and guilt. I have apologized to her as an adult, which she seemed to have accepted, and I know much of it stemmed from being bullied and abused throughout those years myself. However, I can't seem to get past how I contributed to a lousy childhood for my sister - someone for whom I would now do anything and who will barely speak to me and the rest of our family.
May 7, 2016 |
The Montgomery County Housing Authority has become the latest public housing agency to ban smoking. Starting July 1, the ban affects its 616 units countywide, executive director Joel Johnson said at a county commissioners meeting Thursday. The policy prohibits smoking indoors but will allow residents to smoke outside at least 25 feet away from buildings. It mirrors bans in Philadelphia and Chester County, and a broader effort in public housing nationwide. In November, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it would require all federally subsidized housing authorities to implement nonsmoking policies in the next several years.
May 5, 2016
Two decades ago, Sam Calagione launched Dogfish Head in Delaware - and helped jump-start America's craft brewing revolution by taking an innovative "culinary" approach to beer, adding unconventional ingredients like coffee, raisins, saffron, and maple syrup long before strange add-ins became, well, the norm. Now, he's transforming the oyster as we know it by infusing the holding pens of Chesapeake Bay oysters at Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Co. with a "tea" made with smoked salts.
April 5, 2016 |
It happened so fast that Kim Goldman had barely settled in for her ride from Philadelphia to Washington. Amtrak Train 89 was cruising south along a row of refineries near the Delaware border, some of its 341 passengers dozing, others nursing cups of coffee. Until a boom, a wall of fire, and yellow smoke stirred terror just before 8 a.m. Sunday. Barely 20 minutes after departing Philadelphia, the Georgia-bound train struck an Amtrak maintenance vehicle in Chester and derailed, killing two people, injuring 37 others, and creating a scene of confusion and fear less than a year after another Philadelphia-area Amtrak crash that killed eight people and injured hundreds.
February 27, 2016 |
If anybody could scorch a stage, it's these two sexy, talented actors, Matteo Scammell and Merci Lyons-Cox, who are currently starring in Theatre Exile's production of Smoke . But to really heat things up, they'd have to be in an actual play - something with fire and not just empty smoke. Billed as an "erotic thriller," Kim Davies' exercise in sadomasochism is puzzling. Is it supposed to shock us? Turn us on? Provide a cautionary tale? Educate the bourgeoisie about the fun and games at sex parties in New York and teach them the lingo about "het dom" (dominant heterosexual)
February 21, 2016 |
South Philadelphia's Theatre Exile is getting quite a reputation for the original plays curated and/or commissioned by producing artistic director Deborah Block and company founder Joe Canuso. In the last two seasons, their plays have dramatized the topical, the lurid, and the politically empowering (and enraging) while maintaining a black comic elegance. A tale of sports doping ( Red Speedo ), a gritty take on a city's ills and wills ( Rizzo ), even the forthcoming The Invisible Hand and its look at Islamic militarism: Each is as controversial as it is lyrical and cunning.
February 3, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The engineer on Amtrak Train 188 remembers speeding up, he remembers a curve in Philadelphia that can "sneak up," and he remembers his body lurching as the locomotive entered the bend much too fast just before it derailed last May, killing eight people and injuring more than 200. But the engineer, Brandon Bostian, told investigators that he remembered little about the exact moment the train hurtled off the rails. And he did not explain why it sped to 106 mph as it approached a 50-mph curve, according to transcripts of two interviews released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday.
February 3, 2016 |
The pediatrician who led New York City's health department through major campaigns against tobacco and sugary soda was named by Mayor Kenney on Monday to head Philadelphia's Department of Public Health. Thomas A. Farley, 59, replaces acting Health Commissioner Jane Baker. He will start Feb. 16. Farley, who served under Mayor Michael Bloomberg from 2009 to 2014, is often credited with helping to make the city one of the healthiest in America. Life expectancy for New Yorkers during the Bloomberg administration grew by three years, while across the nation it rose by 1.7 years.
January 21, 2016 |
Gov. Christie acted Tuesday on more than 100 pieces of legislation, vetoing bills that would ban firearms for certain criminals, raise the smoking age, and preserve nonprofit hospitals' property-tax exemption. Christie, a Republican running for president, had until Tuesday to take action on bills the Legislature passed during the lame-duck session between November's election and the start of the new legislative session last week. He "pocket vetoed" dozens of bills, meaning he did not sign them into law or officially reject them.
January 7, 2016 |
SEPTA's regional rail travel got jammed in Center City Tuesday afternoon after a report of smoke in a train caused rush-hour delays of up to an hour. Smoke was reportedly being emitted from overhead equipment on a Warminster Line train between Jefferson Station and 30th Street Station about 5:50 p.m., said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The train arrived at 30th Street and the passengers were evacuated. The train was placed out of service for investigation. Commuters reported hearing at an announcement at Jefferson Station suggesting they find alternative transportation.