July 30, 2015 |
As cyclists whizzed past and kayakers drifted below the bridge on a hot summer afternoon, the final link in the Schuylkill River Trail connecting Philadelphia to Phoenixville officially opened. The Schuylkill Canal Towpath, a 13/4-mile stretch running along the border of Upper Providence Township, is ready for runners, bikers and walkers after 35 years of work to restore the canal. "This is a gem that links our county to Philadelphia," said Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro at the ribbon-cutting on Tuesday attended by state and local officials and advocates.
June 17, 2015 |
No one can say Rachel Dolezal didn't understand the power of optics. The white ex-president of the NAACP Spokane chapter who's been pretending to be black for years pulled off her elaborate race ruse because she nailed the look - which, until now, belonged solely to mixed women who identified predominantly as African American. Let's start with Dolezal's hair, a curly explosion of what we now know to be over-processed ringlets to give the effect of the naturally spiraled bob worn by Tracy Ellis Ross, Diana Ross' biracial daughter.
May 17, 2015 |
Two candidates for mayor held campaign events Friday - just two blocks away from each other in Center City - offering two very different approaches for the last four days of the primary campaign. Former City Councilman James F. Kenney gathered a diverse group of elected officials in a quiet, pleasant courtyard at John C. Anderson Apartments on South 13th Street. At ease and often joking, they discussed his campaign's get-out-the-vote effort. Over on Locust Street, supporters of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams gathered outside a restaurant where his campaign mistakenly thought a new poll on the mayor's race was being released.
March 4, 2015 |
THE LAST time the Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry came to town, it was one of Lowry's most memorable couple of days. The day before facing the 76ers, and while surrounded by his family and teammates at his Philadelphia home, the Cardinal Dougherty and Villanova product learned that he was going to be a starter in the All-Star Game. He then went out the next night and scored 17 fourth-quarter points to lead the Raptors to a comeback win. Last night, in his return to his hometown, Lowry was on the bench in a red shirt and sport jacket, sitting out his second straight game.
February 6, 2015 |
Midway through Villanova's Big East schedule and with one month left until the madness of March, the expectations that the Wildcats carried into this season have not changed. A second straight Big East regular-season title is the Wildcats' for the taking. With Wednesday night's 70-52 demolition of an undermanned Marquette team at the Wells Fargo Center, Villanova improved to 20-2 overall and 7-2 in the conference. Poll the other coaches in the Big East and they'll tell you that Villanova is the class of the conference.
January 14, 2015 |
Two new series this week feature hapless, if lovable, romantically challenged young men as heroes: the off-the-wall sitcom Man Seeking Woman , which premieres 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on FXX, and PBS's Grantchester , a classic British mystery about a lovelorn Anglican priest and amateur detective. It premieres 10 p.m. Sunday. Isn't she a troll? That's what Man Seeking Woman 's sub-hero (he's not quite an antihero) Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) asks his sister when he first claps eyes on his blind date.
December 27, 2014 |
Now, here comes the hard part of the road trip. The 76ers are feeling good about themselves after disposing of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic in their last two games. That's understandable, considering victories have been hard to come by for the 4-23 team. But the remaining five games on the road will show just how much the Sixers have improved since the start of the season. They will open the West Coast portion of the trip against the Portland Trail Blazers at 10 p.m. Friday at the Moda Center.
November 27, 2014 |
DETROIT - The Flyers need to get their road act together if they want this season to have much meaning. Maybe the expected return of Michael Raffl later this week will help. The left winger had six goals in 12 games before he injured his right foot on Nov. 4. After a 1-0 shootout loss to the upstart New York Islanders on Monday in Uniondale, N.Y., the Flyers slipped to 2-6-1 on the road, where they have been shut out three times. They have not scored the first goal in any of their nine road games.
November 8, 2014 |
Matt Barkley understands why Eagles fans may not have a high opinion of his ability to be an NFL quarterback. Pressed into duty last season as a rookie after Nick Foles and Michael Vick suffered injuries against the Cowboys and New York Giants, Barkley failed to guide the Eagles to a single point in 10 possessions. Four of the drives ended with interceptions and one when Barkley fumbled. "If they only saw me from the Eagles and they never saw me play college football, then, yeah, they probably have a pretty biased and negative opinion of me," Barkley said this week.
October 26, 2014 |
CRANBURY, N.J. - In a collective sigh of relief, top state leaders met outside a New Jersey Turnpike service area Friday morning to hail a long-anticipated expansion of the major roadway that is expected to ease commuter frustration. The $2.3 billion turnpike-widening between Mansfield in Burlington County and East Brunswick in Middlesex County is expected to prove its worth in coming days, with the added northbound lanes set to open Sunday. Between Exits 6 and 8A, lanes in each direction were doubled, from three to six. North of that, to Exit 9, one lane was added on each side, bringing the whole turnpike portion in question to a span of 12 lanes.