March 30, 2016 |
Oklahoma beat Villanova 78-55 on Dec. 7 in a military gym in Honolulu. Now the teams meet again at Houston's NRG Stadium on Saturday in the Final Four. The Sooners say they've put that game behind them. "This is a different time of the year," said OU point guard Isaiah Cousins. "Villanova's playing really well right now. " There is reason to believe Cousins means it. Much has changed since Dec. 7. For instance, on Pearl Harbor Day, one of the keys to OU's victory was the play of freshman Rashard Odomes.
March 28, 2016
In our global travels, we'll often visit a city and uncover sights that surprise the locals. They are either unaware of an attraction hiding in plain sight, or have simply never gotten around to seeing it. Larissa's mother, who was born and raised in New York City, didn't visit the Statue of Liberty until we took her there when she was 65. We were no different when we lived in Philadelphia. Sure, we had seen the "greatest hits" of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, but other unique destinations wound up on an ever-growing list of places we should see someday.
March 18, 2016
One winter day about 10 years back, Neill Laughlin was walking his dog past a Fishtown pub when he happened upon a curious scene: The establishment was overflowing with boisterous and visibly intoxicated individuals, each one, he said, "dressed in green and wasted at noon. " Sincerely mystified, he asked a few patrons what they were whooping up. "Don't you know? It's St. Patrick's Day!" Born and raised in Belfast, Laughlin, co-owner of Sassafras in Old City, knew full well that March 17 was still three weeks away.
March 16, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney's administration expects to see a 55 percent drop in consumption of sugary drinks in the first year should its controversial plan to tax them be approved. The sales drop-off estimated by the soda industry is 79 percent. Those competing projections also lead to different revenue estimates, numbers more than $150 million apart. The divide is important, considering the long list of projects Kenney hopes the tax will fund, including universal pre-kindergarten. When presented with the other's calculations, neither side is reaching for its erasers.
March 15, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney's administration expects to see a 55-percent drop in consumption of sugary drinks in the first year should its controversial taxing plan be approved. That is far lower than the sales drop-off estimated by the soda industry - a staggering 79 percent. Those differing projections, one of many economic factors the two sides diverge on, also lead to considerably different revenue projections for what is the first major proposal of Kenney's tenure. His administration, in new revenue projections released Monday, says the tax would reap $432 million over five years.
March 11, 2016
A public viewing for a New Jersey state trooper who died after a car struck him this week has been set from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, and again from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Cinnaminson. The Funeral Mass for Sean Cullen will follow Monday's viewing and begin at 12 p.m. Interment will be at Lakeview Memorial Park. Cullen's father, Eamonn, is the maintenance supervisor at the church, located at 2500 Branch Pike. The viewings and mass are open to the public, but attendees are advised to arrive early due to expected large crowds.
February 22, 2016 |
There is a saying in golf that declares "one shot always brings you back. " It means that no matter how poorly you play during a round of golf, there is always one great shot you will hit that will ensure you will eventually decide to play again. Traveling can often be very similar in that often you will be tested to the point that you will be swear that all the planning, trouble, and difficulties you have encountered on the way have not been worth it - only to have a moment or experience turn you around to the contrary.
February 22, 2016 |
A bowl with brilliant turquoises and purples rests on a table near the entrance to Marilyn Phister's 1895 two-story twin home in Chestnut Hill. In some ways, that gift from friends spawned an entire rethinking of the color palette and vibe in Phister's home, one she purchased in 1990 after living in Fairmount and East Falls. These days, she lives in a world of light and color, with a sense of "Wow!" around every corner. Everything seems meant for the space it occupies, from contemporary pieces to startling accessories and a surprise mix of styles.
February 21, 2016
As an economist, it is assumed I am an astute investor. The economy does determine the direction of the markets, right? Though that's true to some extent, investors must recognize that economic data provide current or even lagging indicators of activity, and are emotion- free. Meanwhile, the markets may be efficient, but that doesn't mean they don't move for periods of time on emotion, or on perceptions that don't match economic reality. That the economy and Wall Street may not be in sync is hardly an idea that requires a lot of research to back up. Just take the recent sharp decline in stock prices.
February 18, 2016 |
Justice Antonin Scalia's body will lie in repose Friday at the Supreme Court, followed by a funeral service Saturday at the nation's largest Catholic church. Scalia's casket will be on public view in the court's Great Hall from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, court officials said. A private ceremony will take place at the court at 9:30 a.m. Current and retired justices are expected to line the marble steps as the casket is carried through the court's main entrance, below the inscription "Equal Justice Under Law. " The funeral Mass Saturday will take place at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.