August 2, 2013 |
FOR THE Penn State football program, no news this summer meant good news. There were no sanctions, no players bolted from Happy Valley, and the team did not have to adjust to a new head coach. One year after the NCAA imposed historic penalties against the Nittany Lions' program, Bill O'Brien and his team had a relatively quiet offseason and focused on football. That's the way Penn State's second-year coach likes it. "A lot of the things that we talked about last year, when I was here, it's water under the bridge," O'Brien told reporters at Big Ten media days last week in Chicago.
August 1, 2013 |
It's been a bad-luck year for the red-tailed hawks nesting on a ledge of the Franklin Institute. Two of the youngsters died this month after flying into windows at Moore College of Art, just around the corner. The third was found Tuesday morning on the ground next to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. He was alive but injured, and was taken to the wildlife rehabilitation center at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Roxborough. Rick Schubert, director of wildlife rehabilitation, determined that the bird had likely been grazed by a car, perhaps hitting the windshield.
August 1, 2013 |
Jonathan Dasani has added a chapter to his summer of dog-walking, babysitting, rock climbing, cycling, and tutoring. He's become a bookstore on wheels. Two days a week, he crisscrosses North Philadelphia, hauling a satchel packed with fiction and nonfiction that he distributes to children who tend to come from bookless homes. At $10 an hour, the Temple University physics-education major works for a novel program called Words on Wheels, started this year by a local organization called Tree House Books.
August 1, 2013 |
NORTH SHORE Beach Club just got itself into hot water. The Northern Liberties members-only swimming pool canceled all of its private parties for the rest of the summer, giving some party promoters as little as two weeks' notice to find another venue. I hear it was 14 parties. Steve McCann , the director of PhillyGayCalendar.com, was told on July 22 that his "Boys of Summer: Boys on the Boat" fundraising party, scheduled for Aug. 9, could no longer be held at North Shore. McCann had to scramble for a new venue but could not find another pool in the city - private or municipal - that hosts parties.
July 31, 2013 |
Summer of '42 - the musical? The well-remembered but not-exactly-classic film would not seem to cry out for song, since so much of it was seashore scenery and long, dialogue-free passages except when its teenage characters berated themselves for all the dopey things they say. Yet the musical exists, and opened over the weekend at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, having originated roughly a decade ago, though its Off-Broadway presence reportedly...
July 31, 2013 |
SKYLAR LYONS did not want to leave Wildwood. The 3-year-old Fishtonian was having a bang-up time hanging out with the other kids at her family's Shore-side campground. But Skylar's mom had to get back to Philly. She had to change her daughter's mind. She had to resort to bribery. "I told her when we went home, she could go to the sprinklers," said Erica Lyons one recent hot afternoon as she sat on a sycamore-shaded bench at Shissler Rec Center, sipping an Arctic Ice. Under Lyons' watchful eye, Skylar, jubilant in a pink ruffled bathing suit, dashed through the five new fountains spurting from the playground's slate tiles.
July 28, 2013
This is your opportunity to show where you went and what you did on vacation this summer season, from Memorial Day, May 27, to Labor Day, Sept. 2. We'll pay $25 each for four of the five best photos. The photographer of the winning photo will receive $100. We want to see sunrises and sunsets, water-skiers and zip-liners, mountain hikes and campsites, and, of course, maxing and relaxing. We'll announce the five finalists on Sept. 15. In addition, every Sunday we'll print a Photo of the Week as selected by Inquirer editors.
July 28, 2013 |
Steven Spielberg saw it coming. In June, speaking at a University of Southern California event with George Lucas, the Lincoln director said, "There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm" and force the industry to rethink its reliance on gargantuan spectacles. A month later, the first part of his prediction already has come true: The latest high-profile box-office calamity is the ill-buzzed R.I.P.D ., which followed such heavily marketed titles as Pacific Rim , The Lone Ranger , White House Down , and After Earth in failing to attract its expected audience.
July 27, 2013
By Todd R. Nelson Every so often, it's good to let yourself drift, to just follow the current and see where it takes you. It's good to leave an hour, a morning, a day unplanned; to enter open space and time and invite its effects. Sadly, it's something we hardly give ourselves permission for any more. The artist Paul Klee spoke of drawing as "taking a line out for a walk. " We can see his art as such an exploration, following a random thought, or just drifting. Look what comes of it: something fresh and new. This is what summer is for, I like to think.
July 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - His second-term agenda on the line, President Obama urged his most ardent supporters to mount a summertime show of support that can rival any opposition Obama and Democrats may face from constituents next month. "We've got to get folks activated and involved," Obama declared. Obama spoke Monday to a summit of Organizing for Action, a group formed from the president's 2012 reelection campaign with the express goal of backing his policy priorities. The Democratic Party's other most prominent figures, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, joined him in asking supporters for help in promoting the party's legislative goals.