July 20, 2015 |
Yes, sales of the dramatically redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 pickup have been down. The 61,870 copies sold in May represented a 9.7 percent decline from May 2014 sales. The June tally, 55,170, was 8.9 percent below year-ago levels. And yet, the cutting edge, aluminum-bodied big pickup is doing famously. It continues to be America's best-selling vehicle, a title it has held for the last 33 years. Through June, it had outsold its closest rival, the Chevy Silverado, by 81,358 units. In additional, the average transaction price of an F-series truck set a record in June, rising $3,600 to more than $44,000 per vehicle.
June 21, 2015 |
The Flyers are thin on promising young forwards and have missed the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, making next weekend's deep draft a potential launching point for general manager Ron Hextall and his staff. The Flyers have two first-round picks (Nos. 7 and 29), seven selections in the first four rounds, and 10 picks overall. "This is a very critical draft for us," Hextall said during a news conference Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "I think one of the more critical drafts in years. We've got to hit. We have to hit here. We do have a lot of picks, and we have some holes to fill. We need to keep young players coming.
May 2, 2015 |
Walk in honor and admiration of your favorite girls and women Saturday at the third annual Sojourner Truth Walk at Clark Park in University City. All are welcome to support this 5k walk through West Philadelphia. Bring a photo of your favorite female to hold up during the walk, whether it's your daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, an esteemed leader, or other. You can walk as an individual or as a team. The route circles Clark Park to Kingsessing Park, then Malcolm X Park, and ends at the Calvary Center for Community and Culture on 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
March 6, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Odubel Herrera did not need his translator Wednesday when asked if he thought his play this spring would make the Phillies' decisions a bit tougher when the team trims the roster in a month. "For sure," Herrera said after a 3-1 win over the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field. The 23-year-old reached base four times, stole three bases and scored two runs. Herrera batted leadoff and played a solid center field, a position he began playing this winter in Venezuela.
December 18, 2014
AT JUST 14, swimmer Reece Whitley is making a big splash - so big that the Lafayette Hill native seems poised to become one of America's brightest future Olympic stars. Just shy of 6 feet 8 inches tall (hey, most-decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is 6 feet 4), the teen told me he's often assumed to be a basketball player. And older. "Is he really 14?" is a question his parents, doctors Kim and Karl Whitley, hear often about their son, a competitive swimmer at his school, Penn Charter, and in the Suburban Swim League.
October 9, 2014 |
Philadelphia's ambitious $2.4 billion, 25-year storm-water management program hinges on innovative practices such as porous pavement, green roofs, and rain gardens to soak up the first flows of rainfall. Anything to keep storm water from overwhelming the sewer system and overflowing into area rivers and streams, carrying road oil and litter and raw sewage with it. But, in the final analysis, sometimes you have to bring on the tank. On Tuesday, the city formally cut the ribbon on a $46 million project on Venice Island in Manayunk that includes a massive tank to hold the storm water and raw sewage that in an earlier time would have gushed into the Schuylkill during big storms.
July 12, 2014 |
On Saturday, get ready for the invasion. Bring your swim attire and old shoes, play games, and get chased by pirates during Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation's Pirate Splash Day. Beginning at noon, do all things pirate. Foot races include running through a maze grabbing coins while avoiding getting sprayed by water-wielding pirates. Learn how to bob for apples with your feet. Display your might playing tug-o'-war and engage in water-pistol fighting, rubber ducky races, and other aquatic fun. Craft activities include candle making, coloring, and papermaking.
June 30, 2014 |
There's a Manhattan aging in a barrel on a bar by the beach, flanked by 29 taps of craft beer. There's another bar, a so-called speakeasy, tucked behind a tiny wine store where diners buy bottles at $15 over retail to go with some wacky small plates, or choose from more than 280 whiskies. And what is that sound I keep hearing at the Jersey Shore? It's the sizzle of prime steaks on the grill. The shell-crack of crabs dusted in Old Bay. The dull click of raw-bar oysters being unhinged, their briny liquor glistening in the salt air. This is the summer of moving on by the sea, with a fine drink in hand and some old-school indulgences on my plate.
December 6, 2013 |
For a group of young, culturally diverse artists, the epiphany came two years ago. Sharing a workspace in the emerging creative haven of Port Richmond, the five decided pooling their talents and opportunities would pay off faster than individual struggle. Amber Art & Design was born, and already the public-art collective has left an impressive imprint, including the Roots mural honoring the Philly hip-hop neo-soul ensemble presented over the summer at Broad and South Streets.
November 29, 2013 |
JASON KIDD WAS always known as a smart and crafty basketball player, figuring out ways to beat you by deception, whether it be a no-look or behind-the-back pass. As the rookie coach of the Brooklyn Nets, he hasn't fooled too many people so far this season, as his team, picked by many to compete for the Eastern Conference title, is a woeful 4-11, only a half-game up on its neighbor on the other side of the Hudson River, the New York Knicks. All that money spent and the two teams have combined to win one more game than the Sixers, picked by many to be the worst team in basketball.