September 16, 2016 |
When he was a student at Harriton High School in Lower Merion, Alon Shaya chopped a lot of onions. That's because Shaya - now a superstar chef whose New Orleans spot was just named best new restaurant in the country - was a troublemaker as a kid. And every time he got thrown out of class, he'd ask to be sent to Donna Barnett's home-economics class. Barnett, a spitfire of a woman who just retired after 25 years at Harriton, saw something in the troubled teen. When he was at his worst, Shaya would face a mountain of onions.
July 12, 2016 |
The atmosphere was amazing even if the basketball was sometimes nauseating. In fact, the first half of the 76ers' first game in the Las Vegas summer league Saturday night against the Los Angeles Lakers looked a lot like the basketball we've seen far too often over the last three seasons at the Wells Fargo Center. Clank, clank, clank went the basketball. The result, of course, did not matter. This was a bunch of incoming rookies and an assortment of other players in the early stages of their NBA careers.
January 29, 2016 |
Think It's a Wonderful Life and Oliver! - with a reptilian twist. Or Saving Green Fruit Loop. That works, too. About a week ago, Sally Mabon, a Princeton mom and policy researcher, was washing some tatsoi, a kind of Asian spinach bought at a local health-food store, only to find an unexpected houseguest - a little lizard nestled in the leaves. Surprised, she called over daughter Faye Steingart, the family's resident kindergartner, to take a peek. Admittedly, the little creature wasn't looking good: brown, shriveled, limp from a couple of days in the family's refrigerator.
January 12, 2016 |
Given the late hour and special engagement, the scene at Union Transfer early Sunday morning was surely without precedent at the busy concert venue. Just after 2 a.m., ebullient young Ethiopian dancer-turned-pop star Temesgen Gebregziabher (a.k.a. "Temu") was still energetically serenading the ecstatic throngs of concertgoers, who were writhing along to the music in the unique, shoulders-and-more twitching dance style of Ethiopia known as Eskista. The six-piece Ras Band blazed on as stage dancer Abiyot excited all and Temu delivered the last of his second set, a run of songs suffused with more traditional Ethiopian flavors than his pop-hit-oriented first set. Temu covered Teddy Afro - the current biggest superstar of all Ethiopian pop, regarded as Michael Jackson-esque (which makes Temu a sort of Usher to Afro's MJ)
December 5, 2015 |
High-quality stroke care was supposed to put the Capital Health System Inc. on the map when it went deeply into debt to open a $530 million hospital along I-95 in Hopewell Township in 2011. To make it happen, Capital recruited highly regarded neurosurgeon Erol Veznedaroglu from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, betting that Capital could attract patients who historically went to teaching hospitals in New York and Philadelphia. It didn't work out. Facing an exodus of physicians and other professionals from its neurosciences program, Capital last week sued Veznedaroglu and his new employer, Drexel University, in federal court in New Jersey for $80 million in damages.
November 19, 2015 |
During 14 years of civil war in Liberia, more than 700,000 residents fled the country. One of the nation's most popular singers, Tokay Tomah, went in the opposite direction. Through the '90s, she waded into the smoldering remains of the war alongside U.N. workers, visiting combatant camps to sing for peace. It was terrifying work: Soldiers were high on cocaine and other drugs, and it seemed anything could happen at any time. Still, she saw it as the most direct path to reconciliation.
August 29, 2015 |
Amid massive expectations, Darryl Dawkins arrived in Philadelphia via Orlando at the age of 18. He was a giant man and a gentleman with a mind so creative that he was able to invent a fictional planet and write poetry that described the otherworldly strength he used to shatter two fiberglass backboards in a little less than a month.. "Darryl Dawkins is the father of power dunking," Shaquille O'Neal once said about the man who was known as "Chocolate Thunder," "Double D," and other image-evoking nicknames.
July 31, 2015 |
The jet took off from Ontario International Airport in Southern California on Wednesday at 5:02 a.m. Pacific time. It made a stop in Lexington, Ky., a natural horse hub, where it dropped off nine of its 12 equine passengers. The three remaining thoroughbreds continued on to Atlantic City International Airport, landing at 2:09 p.m. Two of the horses, Smiling John and Sir Macho, had to wait for the third to get off first. When the side door of the jet popped up, there was American Pharoah, in his flying stall, ears up, looking out the door.
July 20, 2015 |
Misty Copeland was showered with love and attention when she became the first African American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre last month. She received thousands of congratulatory tweets. Her promotion was big news in media nationwise. Ballet fans rejoiced, and so did many who had never heard of her. Would this mean a new era of opportunity for ballerinas of color in a world of white swans, snowflakes, and sylphs? The outlook depends on whom you ask. Joan Myers Brown, founding artistic director of Philadanco, created her troupe 45 years ago "because there were no opportunities for black dancers, not because I wanted to have a black company.
July 8, 2015 |
South Jersey's Carli Lloyd became a national hero Sunday when she propelled the U.S. women's national team to victory against Japan in the World Cup, with an unprecedented hat trick in front of a record number of fans watching on TV. On Wednesday night, her buddy and former teammate Heather Mitts is helping make even more Carli Lloyds. Gold medalist Mitts has settled in Philadelphia since her soccer days, with husband and former Eagle A.J. Feeley, and their 1-year-old son, Connor ("It's home now," she said of her adopted city)