May 12, 2015 |
WHAT IS THIS academic world coming to? Tom Brady gets caught with his air compressor on so now they're going to be teaching a four-credit course on "Deflategate" at the University of New Hampshire. UNH sports law professor Michael McCann designed the course, which according to its description, will be about "the interplay between those footballs . . . and the legal, regulatory and journalistic systems governing sports. " So, got to thinking: If courses can be offered in that, why not have some Philadelphia sports officials teach a course?
May 9, 2015 |
Get ready for the spring bugs. High on everybody's watch list: the dreaded azalea scale. This looks like mealybugs, and sometimes like very tiny gray turtles. They don't move around much, but spend their time well-protected under waxy covers, sucking the juice from the branches and making the stems sticky with honeydew, which in turn encourages mold to grow, which is ultimately what kills the plant. But the young will be moving out from under cover in the next few weeks, and will be vulnerable to sprays of insecticidal soap.
May 8, 2015
RICH LANDAU and Kate Jacoby, owners and executive chefs of Vedge, provided this recipe for Gene Baur's new book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day. Baur writes, "I love this robust 'catch-of-the-day' tomato soup, because here the catch isn't fish, it's wild mushrooms, peas, leeks and fennel. Served with a slice of toasted sourdough bread, this is a compassionate version of a San Francisco classic.
May 7, 2015 |
Zach Hare was about 8 years old when he stumbled across what would become his ticket to collegiate athletics. After Spring-Ford dominated Methacton, 12-4, Tuesday in a Pioneer Athletic Conference semifinal at Owen J. Roberts, the senior midfielder recounted the day he found buried treasure. "I actually found a lacrosse stick in my garage one day," said Hare, who scored two goals and added an assist. "I asked my dad what it was, and he said it was his stick from college. And it kind of all took off from there.
May 6, 2015 |
DON'T expect songs about the undead from Emily Kinney, but the singer has taken inspiration from her time acting on the apocalyptic AMC drama "The Walking Dead. " As she gears up for the August release of her debut album, "This Is War," Kinney is taking her musical chops - already familiar to "Dead" fans from her soothing, songs-around-the-campfire scenes with head zombie fighter Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - to stages across the country. She'll play a sold-out show Friday at MilkBoy.
May 4, 2015 |
A FISTFUL OF FREE comics, an earful of 40 live bands, a street full of 100 vendors, an eyeful of 27 artists, a mouthful of 30 eateries, a mugful of German beer and a pop-up lawn of family fun stuff may draw crowds of 30,000 to today's free South Street Spring Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. "South Street is like the boardwalk of Philadelphia," said restaurateur Daniel Christensen, who co-owns Copabanana and Redwood bistro, and chairs the South Street...
May 2, 2015 |
Government planners fanned out along Spring Garden Street on Thursday to consider replacing its median with a bicycle pathway. Armed with clipboards and checklists, the federal, state, and local planners were taking the first step toward creating an $8 million, 2.2-mile-long "Spring Garden Greenway" that would connect to paths along the Schuylkill and the Delaware River. Thursday's assessment "will really help to lift this project and give it momentum," said Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, which is seeking a $900,000 grant from the state to advance the project.
May 1, 2015 |
THE CALENDAR may have said "spring" a month ago, but what really kicks it off in Philadelphia - aside from Phillies opening day - is the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, which will once again take over Center City west of Broad, this Saturday from noon till 5 p.m. More than 100 booths will line Walnut Street, from Broad to 19th streets, and feature samplings from some of the city's top restaurants, in addition to Rittenhouse Row merchants, art,...
April 28, 2015 |
TEMPLE'S CHERRY and White Game got off to a quirky start on Saturday afternoon, as an announcer stood on the field to narrate the Owls' performance through the Rampage, a modern update on the old-school Oklahoma drill, and a kicking competition. Points were awarded for success in those workouts to the Cherry squad, the defense, and the White team, the offense, respectively, in the spectacle. Those points were distributed throughout the game more haphazardly than on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
April 27, 2015 |
Temple's P.J. Walker completed a short pass, and then the fun began, resulting in a memorable jaunt to the end zone by a special performer. On the first play of the Cherry and White spring game Saturday at Chodoff Field (at Temple's football facility), the Owls defense was never so happy to give up a long score. Walker hit Devon Still, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman, who lateraled to his 4-year-old daughter, Leah. After that, a convoy of Temple blockers escorted her as she dashed to the end zone, completing the 45-yard play.