September 11, 2015 |
First things first: The theater is un-air-conditioned and may be 80 degrees or more. You sit on huge bales of straw, covered with horse blankets if you choose to keep the sharp bits at bay. The second floor of South Philadelphia's Shiloh Baptist Church has become a barn to house Brian Sanders/JUNK's performance of American Standard , the company's Fringe Festival offering this year. The setting may not be comfortable, but it's worth it to see Sanders' wacky Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -type show, which runs through Sept.
February 22, 2015 |
Don't let the dogs out. At least not without proper attire. Friday marked the coldest day in Philadelphia in 21 years - the high was only 17 degrees - and it's not going to get much better over the weekend. That makes the Animal Care and Control Team's offer of free straw bedding this weekend to city residents not only appealing, but possibly essential. Although some believe that an animal's fur is sufficient in freezing weather, it's still important to provide properly insulated shelter for dogs, cats and other animals, said ACCT spokeswoman Ame Dorminy.
December 26, 2014 |
ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sam Morin called it the most annoying injury of his young career. He has been cut, bruised and battered - but this one was different. Not only did it keep him out of his junior team's lineup, but many wondered whether his fractured jaw would keep the 19-year-old defenseman off Canada's prestigious World Junior Championship roster. Morin was injured when he was hit with a slap shot Oct. 12 while playing for his junior team, Rimouski. Subsequent surgery wired his mouth shut.
November 17, 2014 |
I WANT so badly to be angry with Staci Dawson because anger is a lot easier for me to feel than despair. And this foolish mother's story fills me with despair. Not for Dawson, 22, who has made her bed. But for her 3-year-old daughter, who is too young to know that her life just flipped upside down. You might have seen Dawson's pretty, sad face in the news last week as the Delaware County District Attorney's Office trumpeted the length of the sentence Dawson received for her straw purchase of two handguns.
June 23, 2014
With staccato bursts of horrifying news of mass shootings coming almost weekly, it's hard to fathom how the U.S. Supreme Court came within a vote of upending a cornerstone of federal gun-trafficking laws. Had one more justice joined the court's conservative bloc last week, it would have become possible for a straw buyer to purchase a firearm and hand it over to just about anybody. Thanks to a 5-4 ruling, though, such transactions will remain illegal - and for good reason. Even if everyone involved in a gun sale has the right to own a weapon, federal lawmakers and authorities understand the need to track gun ownership.
June 20, 2014
IN A RARE victory for common sense in the gun debate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal ban on "straw" purchases can be enforced even if the person who eventually gets the gun is legally allowed to have one. The 5-4 decision was written by Justice Elena Kagan. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote, voted with the majority. Kagan found that any other reading of the statute, which prevents someone from buying a gun for someone else, would gut the federal law. The case involved a Virginia man who bought a Glock handgun for his uncle who lived in Pennsylvania.
March 14, 2014
E RIK LIPSON, 52, of Washington Square West, is owner and CEO of Fun-Time International in Old City. The family-owned company designs and manufactures novelty drinkware, including Krazy Straws, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Krazy Mason Jars. It wholesales to large and small retailers and to individuals at krazystraws.com. Q: Tell me about Fun-Time and your role. A: I started it in 1984 after I graduated from college. I invented Krazy glasses drinking straws, which are like eyeglasses you drink through, and got the founders of the original Krazy Straws in Ohio to manufacture them.
October 28, 2013 |
YESTERDAY WAS another day of protests against the school district - this time for its decision to transfer teachers out of two already understaffed schools, Cook-Wissahickon and Sharswood. Janine McAlonan, a parent at Sharswood in South Philadelphia, could have spoken for all affected schools yesterday when she told the Daily News , "There are tears all over the school. They want these teachers to stay. " The forced transfers are due to the annual "leveling process" that is expected to be completed Monday.
September 8, 2013 |
The L3 Thermal Eye Renegade 320 is a rifle scope designed to help American troops detect an enemy combatant a half-mile away in the dark. For $12,000, it's also just an online click away. That's why U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were suspicious when they got a tip in 2010 that a Northeast Philadelphia man had bought that scope and other military-grade night-vision items. There are no battlefields in Bustleton. The investigation that sprung from that tip entered its final phase Friday when a Philadelphia judge opened a sentencing hearing for a Belarusian national accused of illegally exporting at least 100 scopes, goggles, and similar devices.
August 2, 2013 |
A roundup of garden books worth your attention. As Debra Lee Baldwin tells it, she has "a passion for plants that drink responsibly. " She refers, of course, to succulents, those thick, fleshy plants that store water in their stems and leaves. Baldwin's new book - Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting With 100 Easy-Care Varieties (Timber Press, $24.95) - is her third on this fascinating plant group, which includes cacti, echeverias, sempervivums, aeoniums, and plenty more.