August 5, 2015 |
THE TWO MEN argued loudly inside Tustin Playground in Overbrook. One accused the other of ogling a young girl. The other denied it and said people needed to mind their business. They went at it for several minutes. Everyone in the park watched and waited to see what would happen. The guy who eyeballed the girl stormed off, but paused on the street overlooking the park to yell once more. Standing by a memorial for a man who had recently been shot 13 times while children played and swam nearby, he warned: "This ain't over!"
August 2, 2015 |
HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. - If California's Venice Beach is known for its drum circles and stoner sunset gatherings, and Florida's Key West for its Mallory Square theatrics, then what is to be said about the sunset ritual in Harvey Cedars? That you can follow the sunset as it moves from right to left over the course of a summer, ending up almost over the bridge by Labor Day? That the wind tends to die down as the beach day settles into evening, and kids on bikes and dogs on leashes become silhouetted at every street end on the bay side?
July 31, 2015 |
Alexandria Herdt grew up in South Jersey, watching her young cousin wheeze and cough when ozone levels climbed high. "It hurts when you know there's really nothing you can do to help," said Herdt, 22, of Chesterfield, Burlington County. So she went to Pennsylvania State University, majored in meteorology, and found a way to make a difference. Using a National Science Foundation grant last summer, Herdt created a statistical model to better predict the ozone levels in the Philadelphia region, then spent her senior year tweaking her work.
July 31, 2015 |
If you don't find the idea of fondling sweaters hilarious, this is most likely not the TV review for you. On Friday, Netflix will release eight episodes of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp , a prequel to the 2001 cult hit Wet Hot American Summer that starred Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and Janeane Garofalo, among so many others, all of whom have returned to play younger versions of themselves....
July 30, 2015 |
As summers go, this one has been fairly benign, with only two short heat waves. Based on the forecast, the wave we're in now could end up being the longest of the season, with daily temperatures forecast to hit 90 or better into early next week. Wednesday would be the worst of it, with temperatures heading into the mid-90s and heat indexes in triple figures. But the National Weather Service has not hoisted the heat warning flags yet, and after Wednesday, the forecast highs back off a couple of degrees.
July 24, 2015
It's really not so crazy, having a warm bowl of soup on a hot day. As chowders go, this is a light one, fragrant with thyme. To make this vegetarian, skip the bacon fat, and add an extra tablespoon of butter for sauteing the onion, seasoning it liberally with smoked Spanish paprika. Serve with a tomato-graced salad. Double Corn Summer Chowder 4 servings (makes about 101/2 cups) 5 cups water 5 or 6 medium ears corn 12 ounces small yellow creamer potatoes 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed 1 large onion 1 small bunch fresh thyme 4 ounces thick-cut bacon 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 tablespoons flour 2 cups half-and-half 1 teaspoon sugar Freshly ground black pepper 1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. 2. Meanwhile, shuck the corn and remove any silk, then cut off and reserve the kernels (to yield 4 cups)
July 22, 2015 |
Every summer, ACCT Philly has to fight tooth and nail to save animals in its care, and this one is no different. The summer of 2015 has brought an average of 26 dogs into the shelter each day, more than during the other seasons, Ed Fritz, ACCT Philly's director of operations, said Monday. With an average daily adoption rate of just eight dogs, the kennel is constantly approaching its capacity of 160. More people surrender or abandon their pets in the summer than in cooler months, said Ame Dorminy of ACCT Philly's adoption team.
July 20, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - One thing appears to be certain for the 76ers: Their top scoring option is Jahlil Okafor. The third pick in the NBA draft averaged 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in five games in the NBA and Utah Jazz summer leagues, scoring 18 or more points on three occasions. Okafor routinely drew oohs and aahs from crowds. Yet he still has plenty of room to improve. The 6-foot-11, 270-pounder failed to shoot above 50 percent in any of his games. He struggled to consistently make shots outside eight feet, and the below-the-rim post player routinely had his shot blocked.
July 19, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - The 76ers' final summer-league game had a lot of excitement and no-goes. In the end, the Sixers defeated the Houston Rockets, 100-96, in an NBA Summer League consolation game on Friday at Cox Pavilion. That enabled the team to finish 1-4 here and 2-6 this summer. The franchise also fielded a squad with a lot of different players that went 1-2 in the Utah Jazz Summer League. "It's definitely good to go out with win," said second-year swingman JaKarr Sampson, who only played in Las Vegas.
July 17, 2015 |
When it comes to summer drinking, many are content with a minimal approach - a tumbler of rosé, a quick glug of tequila, a chilly can tucked into a koozie. The hows and whys of hot-weather thirst-quenching get a little more complex, however, where cocktails are concerned. Time of year isn't a priority for every professional drink-maker writing a new list, but a number of Philadelphia bartenders take the season to heart, building menus that reflect both the calendar and the thermometer.