May 18, 2015 |
The disagreeable reminders hit quickly and sharply, like a well-aimed machine-gun burst. Peeking at the standings one morning last week. Talking at lunch a few hours later with an equally disillusioned friend. Turning on the game that night only to soon turn away. Everywhere I went, I encountered evidence of just how spiritually arid this summer of 2015 promises to be for Philadelphians. Everyone I spoke to voiced what has become the mantra of our shared misery: "The Phillies are so bad," it went, "that I can't watch anymore.
April 8, 2015 |
After they play their final three games this week and then watch the playoffs on TV, the sad reality will hit the Flyers: They wasted a career season by goalie Steve Mason - despite what a certain NBC "analyst" says about him. Mason, who turns 27 next month and believes he has not yet reached his prime, has finally given the Flyers an elite goaltender. But despite his being among the NHL's leaders in save percentage and goals-against average, the team will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.
February 6, 2015 |
The Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday rejected a controversial application for a Bucks County hazardous waste treatment facility because the business failed to demonstrate compliance with flood-hazard regulations. DEP said it denied Elcon Recycling Services' siting application for a proposed liquid hazardous waste treatment facility in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex in Falls Township, the former United States Steel Fairless Works site. The agency said that Elcon had not complied with its request to provide a hydrologic analysis, including any historical data, to demonstrate that the proposed site has not been flooded in the past.
January 12, 2015 |
When Paul Rozin was growing up, his parent thought food waste was terrible, telling him to "finish your food. Think of the starving children in Europe. " The psychology worked. "I would eat my food," he said. Now, Rozin is a cultural psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and one of his research areas is food attitudes. He spoke recently at the Last Food Mile, a national conference on food waste sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Food waste happens all along the supply chain, from farms to stores to restaurants, but waste in the American home is the single largest component, with the average family of four discarding an estimated 1,164 pounds of food a year - about three pounds a day. A third of that is inedibles, such as chicken bones and orange peels.
January 2, 2015
A FEW YEARS ago, NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley got into a lot of trouble for making the audacious observation that sports figures didn't need to be role models. Legions of fans and professional journalists (who are simply glorified fans with a byline) were outraged at this attack on the fundamental principle that the person who jumps highest must aim highest, the person who tackles the running back must also be able to tackle life's problems with grace, the person who hits it out of the park must swing for the cheap seats in real life as well.
December 16, 2014
THE EAGLES were down 7-0 after a blink. They were down 21-0 in points and 167-0 in yards after about 3 minutes of the second quarter. Chip Kelly's plan, whatever it had been, was no longer. The plan was on fire. The season was on life support. And Mark Sanchez was on stage. For better or worse, it was his moment. The Eagles did not want to put the game into his hands. You know that, even though they would never admit it. They wanted this to be a LeSean McCoy game, one in which they re-established their dominance on the ground and had the Hippocratic oath tattooed on Sanchez's forehead.
November 14, 2014 |
In 2008, Philadelphia's households recycled 8 percent of their waste. Pretty much the only good thing experts could say about it was there was ample room for improvement. Then, the city started weekly pickup. It moved from multiple containers for recyclables to single-stream recycling that didn't have to be sorted curbside. It began an awards-based program. The kinds of materials that can be recycled increased. On Thursday, city officials announced the 2014 rate - 21 percent, triple what it was six years ago. The amount increased from less than 55,000 tons to nearly 128,000 tons.
November 4, 2014 |
WHEN IT comes to the 76ers, obviously there are many ailments. Many are borne out of the fact that the talent level isn't on par with their opposition almost every night. But when the challenge is against yourself, those are the battles coach Brett Brown wants his players to win. So far, not so good in one of those areas, foul shooting. Going into last night's game against the Houston Rockets, the Sixers were next to last in the NBA in free-throw shooting percentage, making only 61.5 percent (48-for-78)
October 10, 2014 |
Bruce Ribner, the infectious-disease doctor who helped save the lives of two medical missionaries with Ebola this summer, shared some shocking, frustrating, and darkly amusing details of his experience with a ballroom full of colleagues Wednesday in Philadelphia. The idea that Ebola had landed at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta inspired such fear that pizza places refused to deliver and officials threatened to disconnect the sewers. "These are high-intensity patients," he told the standing-room-only-crowd attending ID Week at the Convention Center.
September 8, 2014 |
How can you bore me? Let me count the ways: 99. Fortunately, we don't have to sit/stand through all 99 Breakups , just 11, in Pig Iron's disappointing, self-indulgent, and thoroughly fatuous new work. My overwhelming feeling was, "What a waste!" A waste of a superb venue, a waste of fine performers I recognized from many other shows, and a waste of Pig Iron's honored spot in opening on the Fringe Festival's first official night. Not to mention a waste of my time. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a magnificent building, filled with major paintings.