May 22, 2015 |
LUXEMBOURG - With expensive instruments to look after and the need for rest after a transatlantic flight, why would any Philadelphia Orchestra player want to add young children to the barely movable feast that is the 2015 tour of Europe? For a half-dozen of them, it was a matter of taking home along with them, a better option than missing the tour. As the musicians deplaned Tuesday in Brussels and took buses to the first concert locale in Luxembourg, a handful of children were in tow, along with nannies and grandmothers.
May 20, 2015 |
U.S. airlines are expecting their busiest summer ever, with 222 million travelers - or 2.4 million a day - expected to fly between June 1 and August 31, Airlines for America, the industry group for U.S. carriers, said Monday. The 4.5 percent increase from last summer will include 31 million travelers on international flights. To accommodate the anticipated busy summer travel season, airlines are adding flights and seats, and deploying larger aircraft, said John Heimlich, chief economist for the Washington, D.C. trade group.
May 16, 2015 |
Jamer Hunt typically commutes from Center City to a teaching job at the Parsons School for Design in New York City four days a week on a 7:28 or 8:30 a.m. Amtrak train. After Hunt, 50, learned Tuesday night about the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 at Frankford Junction, he tried to take a bus Wednesday morning, but tickets were sold out. On Wednesday, he worked from home via Skype on his computer to videoconference with a fellow teacher and class of 20 students. "I was up on the big screen, and talking with the students," said the director of the graduate design program at Parsons as he waited in line for an 8:15 a.m. Megabus on Thursday in University City.
March 12, 2015 |
IF YOU WANTED a good time and good eats, you couldn't have done better than attending one of the cookouts at the Shubert home in Pennsauken, N.J. There was only one problem: You might not have been able to make it through the crowd. The Shuberts thought nothing of cooking for 60 to 70 people at a time: family members, friends, neighbors. It wouldn't have been surprising if a total stranger stopped by to sample those wings and ribs and other delicacies the Shuberts put out. Another major attraction was the lady of the house, Sonia Renee Shubert.
March 11, 2015 |
IN HIS SPEECH to Congress on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned historical and literary resources to support a hard line in the negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons. Netanyahu turned first to the ancient Biblical story of Esther, the young Jewish queen of Persia, who, with the help of her uncle Mordecai, foiled a plot to kill all the Jews. Scholars disagree on the historical standing of this story, but last week Jews worldwide celebrated Purim in commemoration of Esther, and Netanyahu was able to claim, 2,500 years later, that Esther had saved her people from "yet another Persian potentate.
March 9, 2015 |
Boosted by an improving economy and lower gasoline prices, travel is increasing on U.S. highways and transit systems, although individual American drivers appear to be driving fewer miles than they used to. The rebound in vehicle traffic in 2014 followed six years of declining or stagnant numbers, attributed to tough economic times and changing driving habits. Mass transit ridership also grew last year, continuing a decades-long trend. Transportation patterns are being closely watched by policymakers and federal legislators as they debate ways to pay for highway and transit construction and maintenance.
March 1, 2015 |
In my work throughout Europe, I struggle almost daily with this issue: When is a tourist experience actually a unique slice of a culture, and when is it a tired cliché kept alive by the travel industry? Amped-up Spanish flamenco bars, dirndl skirts in Germany, ape tours of the Rock of Gibraltar - when does something slip from authentic to cheesy? When you've traveled for several decades, as I have, you witness genuine customs giving way to rising commercialization ("gladiators" charging exorbitant fees for photo-ops at the Roman Colosseum comes to mind)
February 14, 2015 |
'Insanity," Albert Einstein famously said, is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. " By that definition, Dean (Josh McConville), the hapless hero of Australian time-travel romcom The Infinite Man , is bonkers, loco, loopy, barking mad. A brilliant, if absurdly obsessive scientist, Dean finds his noodle overheating when he falls head-over-heels for the girl of his dreams, Lana (Hannah Marshall). So he spends virtually every waking moment - and one imagines plenty of dream time - deploying his massive intellect to come up with ways to ensure Lana loves him back.
February 4, 2015 |
NEARLY 2 decades ago, in a far-off gym in ice-cold Canada, Dylan Ennis never wanted his teammates to know he was the coach's son. He wanted to be like all the other kids under the AAU basketball roof. So, when he got a hyphenated surname on the back of his jersey when he grew older, representing his stepfather, Tony McIntyre, and his mother, Suzette Ennis, he made an executive decision. The hyphen was too long on the back. It wasn't shorter like some of his teammates'. He and his brother, Tyler Ennis - of Brampton, Ontario - decided to keep their mother's maiden name to retain normalcy.
January 28, 2015 |
Beware if you go out Tuesday morning, government officials said over and over Monday. Even better, they added, don't leave home. "If kids are going to get the day off, go sledding," said Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro. "Be safe and have fun. " The safe part could be dicey. John Krafczyk, the local maintenance manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said that whiteouts could cause traffic accidents at the storm's height Tuesday, and that a refreeze could ice up the works Tuesday night.