August 19, 2016 |
THE GOOD NEWS for racing fans is, the Verizon IndyCar series will be running 200 mph laps at Pocono Raceway next year and in 2018. I was surprised when the two-year extension was announced last week. The vibe I was getting was Sunday's ABC Supply 500 might be the last IndyCar event at Pocono. In the three years since IndyCar returned to Pocono, the crowds have diminished from the first year's crowd of an estimated 20,000 to 25,000. Conceding that attendance for IndyCar at Pocono is not what track officials hoped for, Brandon Igdalsky, the track's president and CEO, said Monday: "We've lowered our expectations.
August 18, 2016
By Cynthia M. Allen The headlines the morning of July 26 were grim, as they are too often these days. The Rev. Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old Roman Catholic priest, was murdered at the altar while saying Mass in a church in Rouen, France. His assailants, two teenage males armed with knives, reportedly declared their allegiance to the Islamic State before slaughtering him beneath the crucifix. As he lay dying, he is said to have whispered, "Go away, Satan," to the teens, whose actions were motivated by hatred.
August 18, 2016 |
Norristown has assets that other towns would envy: Excellent transportation access, proximity to employment centers, the seat of one of the state's wealthiest counties. Yet it has not enjoyed the prosperity of its counterparts in Bucks, Chester, and Delaware Counties - Doylestown, West Chester, and Media, respectively - and Norristown has issues that no other town would envy, including high crime, poverty, and property-tax rates. But after years of false starts, regional planners think that a major highway-construction project could be just the thing that can get the municipality on the road to recovery.
August 18, 2016 |
For the 34 years that florist Rick Cuneo has been leasing the Cherry Hill Flower Barn on Route 70, he says, "I never know what each day will bring. " One customer might want to discuss flowers for a wedding, another for a funeral, and the next for a birthday, a graduation, or an anniversary. Want it with a white swan theme? Something nautical? Wizard of Oz? No problem. Then, on July 21, a neighbor walked in and floored Cuneo with a piece of paper. "Have you seen this?" the man asked.
August 17, 2016 |
Malcolm Jenkins completed his best season in the NFL by earning a Pro Bowl trip as a safety in 2015, except Jenkins pointed out that his production came because he was not always the safety. Jenkins moved to slot cornerback when the Eagles played nickel defense last season, allowing him to thrive in a role he feels he plays best. Now he is entering his eighth season in the NFL in a new scheme, but he's hoping it includes the responsibilities he held last season. "My best years in this league since I stepped in, playing the slot has been my most productive," Jenkins said.
August 16, 2016 |
The Olympics may be on the big screen at Tir na Nog at 16th and Arch Streets but not for long on a Sunday morning. Ask a bartender if it's possible to get the hurling on at 10:30, he'll say, "It will be. " On the big screen, and the little screen across, and the side screen, and also in the back room. You need to listen to the pregame or postgame show? You can hear it in the men's room. That's why Mick Daly - born, he said, in the lobby of the Granville Hotel in Waterford on Christmas Eve, 1962 - was in Tir na Nog on a Sunday morning.
August 15, 2016
Sun protection is all about coverage. So why do so many sun hats start so promising but stop so short? Wide brims are all well and good for shading our faces, but what about our shoulders and backs? That's what the folks at CoolHeads had in mind when they came up with this airy, soft terry cloth head covering that drapes over the head, forehead, shoulders and back. The CoolHeads sun hat looks like a cross between a towel and a hood, much like the traditional keffiya head scarf worn in the Middle East.
August 13, 2016
CHICAGO - Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for someone at the epicenter of a crisis now in its second year and with no end in sight. But, then, stress is pointless when the situation is hopeless. Besides, if you can ignore the fact that self-government is failing in the nation's fifth-most populous state, you can see real artistry in the self-dealing by the Democrats who, with veto-proof majorities in the state Legislature, have reduced this state they control to insolvency.
August 13, 2016 |
It's all about respect, according to Amir Miller, who pulled his business out of Cherry Hill Mall last month after he was told to stop selling T-shirts calling for an end to police brutality. Since then, Miller has received a corporate apology. He was invited to bring his business, Teary Eyez, back to the mall to sell a variety of T-shirts again, including the ones that raised the controversy. He also is planning to open a shop in Newport News, Va., where the same corporation owns another mall, Miller said.
August 12, 2016
Police and firefighters searched into the night Wednesday for a man who had jumped from the Chestnut Street bridge into the Schuylkill without success. Police said the man was seen jumping from the bridge about 4:50 p.m. Two other men entered the water to try to save him, but the man, who appeared to be homeless, refused their help and disappeared in the water. Police divers called off the search after it became dark. They were to resume their search Thursday morning. - Robert Moran