June 26, 2015 |
IF WE'VE learned one thing about Ron Hextall in his 13-month reign as Flyers general manager, it's that he craves outside-the-box thinking. Last month, he hired Dave Hakstol, plucking him from North Dakota as the first college coach to make the jump directly to an NHL bench since 1982. Last June, Hextall pulled the trigger on drafting defenseman Travis Sanheim at No. 17 overall, a player who ranked 167th in the January midterm standing by the NHL's Central Scouting service. Sanheim, now 19, is considered the Flyers' best overall prospect.
June 19, 2015
THOUGH PIXAR is the closest thing in the movie business to a can't-miss studio, there has been grumbling recently that the company's been playing it safe. Pixar spent the first decade of the new century releasing completely original titles, seven in all, then started living off the dividends of sequels - "Toy Story 3," "Cars 2," "Monsters University. " Nit-pickers wondered: Had the company lost its nerve? If so, they've gone to the right fellow to get it back - Pete Docter, the animator who helmed "Up," the movie that concluded and perhaps capped its great 2000-09 run. No one can say Docter is playing it safe with "Inside Out," a boldly imagined animated feature that goes inside the brain of a sad, struggling girl, and breaks her emotions down into individual characters - Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, Sadness - all trying to manage the girl's mood.
June 11, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - A young family walked out of the elevator and onto the field level at Great American Ball Park late last night, about a half-hour after the game. A boy held a baseball in his hand. "Which one is that?" a stadium security guard asked in the hallway that leads to the Reds' home clubhouse. "The third one!" the boy said triumphantly, raising the souvenir with one hand and high-fiving the guard with the other. He was off to deliver the ball to the hero of the night.
May 18, 2015 |
What matters to you most as a consumer? What impresses you about a business, or makes you likely to recommend it to friends? What gets your goat, or leaves you so frustrated that you take time to complain? I want to know, because that's my job - as it has been for most of the last 14 years, ever since my first Consumer Watch column appeared here in November 2001. With today's redesign of Sunday Business comes a new chance to invite you to speak up. Like it or not, consumers are like canaries in a coal mine.
November 1, 2014 |
For more than a year, Kevin Ricker enjoyed parking next to his $2,000-a-month apartment at the Piazza at Schmidts. He earned that right when he signed a lease to live at ground zero of the Northern Liberties redevelopment boom. On Thursday, however, he awoke to find that convenience had vanished - the financial analyst and 21 other Piazza residents could not find their cars. The culprit was not a thief, but an invisible foe who had issued an overnight towing order for reasons that remained shadowy as the day wore on. Was this a beef over a property dispute?
October 17, 2014 |
Evan Vare was the only scorer for Central Bucks East on Wednesday afternoon, but he was the only one the Patriots needed. Vare recorded a hat trick against visiting Souderton in Suburban One Continental boys' soccer, sending Central Bucks East to a 3-1 victory. The win gave the Patriots their ninth conference championship in the last 10 years. It also moved the record of Central Bucks East, ranked No. 4 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, to 13-1 in league play and 16-2 overall.
October 16, 2014 |
For Jean Kintisch of Wayne, Halloween can be a scary time of year - and not in an exciting, haunted-house kind of way. That's because her youngest daughter has nut allergies that make trick-or-treating a potentially life-threatening activity. This year, though, Kintisch may feel a little less frightened, thanks to a campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project that invites people to display a teal-painted pumpkin or a printable flier to notify trick-or-treaters that nonfood treats such as stickers or crayons are available.
October 10, 2014 |
* THE AFFAIR. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. * CRISTELA. 8:30 tonight, 6ABC. * LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: THE NANCE, STARRING NATHAN LANE. 9 tonight, WHYY12. YOU KNOW those "misty, watercolor memories" Barbra Streisand sang about in "The Way We Were"? You can't trust them. Because watercolors run. That's one takeaway from Showtime's new drama, "The Affair," which premieres Sunday. Dominic West ("The Wire") and Ruth Wilson ("Luther") star as the principals in an extramarital relationship set in the Hamptons, where West's character, a schoolteacher named Noah, is summering with his wife, Helen (Maura Tierney)
October 7, 2014 |
THE FLYERS are in an awkward "hat stage. " You know the feeling - if you're lucky enough to still have hair. That's when your hair is just long enough that it's unkempt, but not long enough that you're ready to shell out for that next trip to the barber. Or, in the Flyers' case this season, you're a team probably good enough to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, but not good enough to make a serious run at a Stanley Cup. Playing in the mediocre (that's putting it nicely) Eastern Conference only muddles the picture - or increases the frustration, depending on how you look at it. If the Flyers had only brought in Ron Hextall a year or two sooner, they might be the team penciled into the Stanley Cup finals.
October 5, 2014 |
Rachal Toppi (Glassboro) recorded three goals in the first half to propel the West Chester field hockey team (7-1, 5-1 PSAC) to a 6-1 victory over visiting East Stroudsburg (4-5, 3-3 PSAC) Friday night. La Salle 2, VCU 1 - Kendall Kreider struck for both goals as the host Explorers upended the Rams in Atlantic 10 action. La Salle (5-4, 2-1) stayed perfect at home. Emily Vasey (Central Bucks East) assisted on Kreider's game winner. VCU (1-8, 0-3 A-10) broke up the shutout bid in the 57th minute.