May 24, 2013 |
Freebies from Verizon and Comcast could add to the fun of the Memorial Day Weekend. Verizon's offering a slew of free content for four days, and Comcast's Xfinity is giving away access to thousands of wireless hotspots through Independence Day. From Friday till Tuesday, Verizon subscribers can find more than 1,700 movies and 50 entire TV series through the cable service's 900 channel. That includes such recent theatrical films as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Dark Knight Rises, Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, The Hunger Games, Hugo, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Moonrise Kingdom, Prometheus , and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows . They're available through Cinemax, ePix, HBO and ViewNow.
April 14, 2013 |
In an era when nearly everyone has a cellphone and digital communications are widespread, it can be tough to remember that, for some people in America, an old-fashioned telephone still feels like a crucial lifeline. But there was no mistaking its importance to Mary Hamill - not when I heard the series of breathless voice mails she'd left while I was out of the office for a few days. "I need your help desperately," her first message said. "I'm afraid I'll have a heart attack and be unable to call 911. " Hamill, 85, complained that Verizon had cut off her phone because of missed payments while she was away in Florida and a subsequent tiff over a missing check.
April 8, 2013 |
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia migrated for the first time in its own subscription series Sunday from its usual Perelman Theater quarters to the larger Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, and with good reason: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 . It's a piece that needs more room. Also significant, conductor laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn (a much-seasoned Beethovenian) returned to conduct a smaller-scale, gently provocative performance that reminded you how seldom the composer's grandest symphony is heard with fine nuances.
April 7, 2013 |
Andrew Dougherty, 54, of Upper Darby, a former account executive at Verizon, died Thursday, April 4, at Fair Acres, a care facility in Lima, of complications from corticobasal degeneration, a rare neurodegenerative disease. He was diagnosed with the ailment in 2010, his brother Larry said. Mr. Dougherty died on his birthday. He was born in Lansdowne on April 4, 1959, and grew up Upper Darby. He attended St. Alice Elementary School in Upper Darby and graduated in 1977 from St. Joseph's Prep, where he was boys' basketball manager.
March 21, 2013 |
When composer Eric Whitacre launched his East Coast tour Monday, he received such a rock-star greeting that he wondered whether he should have a stack of amplifiers and a mean-sounding Stratocaster. "I felt a little guilty," he says. "I wanted to have something to meet that young energy. " Instead, he conducted 30-plus singers in Monteverdi and his own trademark ethereal tones, which many listeners drove considerable distances to hear at the Strathmore concert hall near Baltimore.
February 18, 2013 |
Nettie Salamon, 100, of Northeast Philadelphia, who ran Nettie's Food Market in Frankford until it closed in the 1970s, died Friday, Feb. 8, of heart failure at Jeanes Hospital. A positive person, Miss Salamon's last words were: "Everything is all right here," said her sister-in-law, Bernice Salamon. Miss Salamon inherited her family's mom-and-pop grocery at 3876 Frankford Ave. She sold meat, dairy, produce, and staple goods before closing the store to take a job as a clerical worker with what is now Verizon.
December 14, 2012 |
Columbia University law professor Tim Wu may have coined a phrase - "network neutrality" - that's become the cri de coeur for a generation of geeks and Internet evangelists. But maybe more than anyone, Wu knows it's a concept easier said than accomplished - or protected. It might sound painfully wonkish, but bear with me. Net neutrality is essential if the Internet is to continue to live up to its tremendous promise. And it's once again at risk, thanks to some powerful companies and some wishful decisions by Congress, federal regulators, and the courts.
December 10, 2012 |
Let's pause for a moment to remember the Internet as we know it. That Internet could soon be gone - in favor of something more like cable TV - if Verizon and MetroPCS Communications get their way in a fight with the Federal Communications Commission. If that sounds a touch alarmist, the two network owners are making some alarming claims in a dispute they have taken to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - above all that, as network owners, they have a First Amendment right to exercise "editorial discretion" over their portions of the Internet, much like a newspaper.
September 21, 2012 |
After last year's two-week strike and more than a year of bargaining, Verizon Communications Inc. and two unions primarily involved with Verizon's landline business reached a tentative agreement Wednesday, the company and unions said. Besides an $800 onetime signing bonus and $700 in annual profit sharing, the agreement, which covers 43,000 workers in the mid-Atlantic states and New England, provides an 8.2 percent increase over three years and continues pensions for current workers.
August 23, 2012 |
Verizon Wireless' proposal to buy unused airwaves from cable providers led by Comcast Corp. has enough votes to win regulatory clearance from the Federal Communications Commission, agency officials say. The five-member agency's two Republican commissioners have cast electronic votes to approve the $3.6 billion deal, joining Democratic chairman Julius Genachowski, said two FCC officials who declined to be identified because the tally has not been...