November 27, 2013 |
You've seen the signs everywhere, and days before Black Friday - in your inbox, online, and screaming from store displays: Holiday doorbusters starting "TODAY!" And promises of more deals to be had on Turkey Day itself. If last year's unprecedented early store openings were perceived as a fluke, this year is proof that Black Friday is no longer the marketing hook that kicks off Christmas, Hanukkah, and all other holiday shopping. Instead, the day after Thanksgiving is taking a permanent backseat, it seems, to shopping everywhere, all the time . What began as an experiment to inspire shoppers stung by a poor economy has become the new tradition.
November 9, 2013 |
On Feb. 24, 2010, the bull orca Tilikum, one of the star attractions at SeaWorld in Orlando, attacked and killed his trainer, Dawn Brancheau. The experienced trainer, who had worked extensively with Tilikum, was the third person the whale had killed. The incident sparked outrage, and led marine biologists and animal rights activists alike to raise an uncomfortable question: Was the attack caused, at least in part, by Tilikum's conflicted, desperate mood as a wild creature kept all his life in captivity?
October 14, 2013 |
I DON'T KNOW when Philip Nace became a Philadelphia police officer. But I have to believe, when he swore an oath to protect and serve, that he didn't imagine his future would include seeing his scowling red face on a Daily News cover about bully cops. But there he was, in yesterday's story by Bill Bender about a stop and frisk. Nace and another cop harangued two pedestrians in the 25th District after the men had - sigh - said hello to a third man unidentified on the street. To write the story, Bender didn't need to rely on anyone's memories of what went down.
October 10, 2013 |
MINUTES INTO his introductory news conference as the Flyers' 18th head coach, Craig Berube thanked Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren for the opportunity. He said it was an honor. Then, more important, the next words out of his mouth were about his new team's play without the puck. "For me right now, I don't see our team doing a very good job without the puck," Berube said. "Everybody's going to look at, 'We only scored three goals in three games.' You want to score more goals? Do your job without the puck.
September 22, 2013 |
For the last two months, Lynda Henion has hit the Holy Redeemer Sports Medicine Center three times a week to warm up on a stationary bicycle, walk steps, and do stretching and strengthening exercises. After an accidental tumble in 2010, Henion, 71, had a pin placed in her right hip, followed a year later by a right hip replacement, followed by an operation on the meniscus in her left knee, followed by a right knee replacement in July. After all that surgery, she's eager to return to normal walking.
August 6, 2013 |
Eleanor Kelly and Patty Tartaglia-Passio knew in advance that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono would stop by the Phily Diner in Runnemede Sunday morning. That's why the two Borough Council members adorned the wall of their booth with two "Buono for Governor" posters. Buono warmly greeted the pair and Tartaglia-Passio's husband, Anthony, as the two councilwomen talked about how Runnemede and the surrounding municipalities were sharing services in the face of reductions in state support.
July 28, 2013 |
Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, a panel of key black leaders in Philadelphia on Friday said the most important issues facing African Americans are the need for jobs, improvements in education, and preserving the right to vote. At the National Urban League's conference at the Convention Center, leaders including the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial addressed those issues during a panel discussion entitled "50 Years and Marching On. " "Black unemployment has not decreased," Sharpton said after a question from the moderator, the journalist George Curry.
July 19, 2013
By Ann Rappoport Listen up. Today is World Listening Day, a time to highlight nature's voices and sounds, and to respect our acoustic environment. On this fourth annual observance, which is brought to us by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Listening Project, we step back from the assaults on Earth's natural sound tracks - the weed whackers and trucks, the air conditioners and airplanes, the music and mining, and the road repair and cellphones. Reverence for natural sounds is not new. More than 100 years ago, Sierra Club founder John Muir wrote: "How little note is taken of the deeds of Nature!
July 14, 2013 |
UNITED NATIONS - Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday on the world stage at the United Nations, defiantly telling Taliban extremists who tried to end her campaign for girls' education in Pakistan with a bullet that the attack gave her new courage and demanding that world leaders provide free education to all children. Malala was invited Friday to give her first public speech since she was shot in the head on her way back from school in Pakistan's Swat Valley in October. She addressed nearly 1,000 young leaders from more than 100 countries at the U.N.'s first Youth Assembly - and she had a message for them too. "Let us pick up our books and our pens.
July 11, 2013 |
Studying and treating autism poses daunting challenges - but the difficult task could made easier if researchers and health-care providers who work with autistic children coordinate their efforts. New Jersey officials and health-care leaders credited the new Montclair State University Autism Center for Excellence for emphasizing such an approach, as new grants were announced by the state council that funds autism research. The center, launched last year, encourages health-care providers and autism researchers to work together to speed up development of new treatments.