September 12, 2014 |
FROM SWEDEN comes news of a zoo ape that hoards rocks in the morning to throw at human gawkers later in the day. And while the rock-hoarding is cited as exciting evidence of the animal's higher intelligence, it does not improve his current and apparently unhappy situation. He'd be better off waving a copy of "Blackfish," the influential documentary about captive whales that turned public opinion against commercial theme-park exploitation of meant-to-be-wild creatures. Which brings us to "Dolphin Tale 2," which dutifully ponders the ethical fine points of providing a man-made home for bottle-nose dolphins that cannot survive in the open sea. Its celebrated real-life case study, told in "Dolphin Tale," is that of Winter, a dolphin that needed a prosthetic tail.
September 4, 2014 |
Outerwear is reclaiming its role as cold weather's chicest statement piece with cozy capes, edgy leathers, and colorful furs dressing up the season's trendy yet plain silhouettes. "The novelty is in the coat this fall," said Susan Ahn of Eaves, a women's boutique in Wayne. "There are a lot of luxurious combinations, mixed media and textures . . . there is so much texture. " Well before the end of August, coats dominated front-of-store displays at apparel retailers from J.C. Penney to Saks.
August 25, 2014 |
COME SEPT. 1, there's going to plenty of foot-stomping, hand-wringing and pouting in the city. No, the outbursts won't be coming from dejected kids who are headed back to school. The adults will be the ones pitching a fit - because the curtains are scheduled to fall that day on the Spruce Street Harbor Park. (It's OK. We feel your pain. Go ahead, kick something.) The wildly popular, partially floating park at the Penn's Landing Marina has drawn about 35,000 visitors a week since opening on July 21, said Emma Fried-Cassorla, spokeswoman for the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., the nonprofit behind the newfound destination spot.
August 24, 2014 |
Summer is coming to a close, but some of the region's road crews might be wondering if last winter is ever going to end. "We're still in the midst of treating roads that suffered extensive damage during the winter," said Eugene Blaum, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. From Dec. 1 through Aug. 14, he said, PennDot used 15,922 tons of patching material on the region's roads - about double what it used during the comparable periods in the previous two years combined.
August 22, 2014 |
A.J. BURNETT'S answer wasn't definitive, but it did reinforce the widely held belief that the veteran pitcher would lean toward retirement when the 2014 season ends. After taking the mound for his 27th start of the season on Tuesday night, Burnett earned himself a half-million dollars (a performance bonus in his contract) and set himself up to make $1.5 million more for next year, too. Burnett's player option for the 2015 season can increase twice more this season if and when he reaches 30 and 32 starts on the season.
August 8, 2014 |
In a tucked-away corner of West Mount Airy, officials of a longtime cultural center have been concerned that the sound of bagpipes and the rhythmic clatter of Irish dancing could go silent. Citing financial concerns, leaders of the Commodore John Barry Irish Center, a focal point in the region for all things Irish, from music and dancing to art and history, said it had come close to being forced to shut down. Sean McMenamin, a board member at the center at 6815 Emlen St., said the convergence this winter of increased city taxes, higher-than-usual heating bills, and required upgrades to its 10,000-square-foot, two-story building had put the center in a precarious financial situation.
May 24, 2014 |
Jane Valdes-Dapena's garden in Media got walloped this winter, the region's coldest, snowiest, and most miserable in 20 years. Her hydrangea canes are crispy and hollow, with just a few new leaves sprouting from the base. The shrub roses, typically robust in spring, are practically bare. And that big pot of rosemary, 10 years on the terrace? "Dead as a doornail," says Valdes-Dapena, development associate at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford and an experienced gardener.
April 20, 2014 |
When she decided to join her middle school's track team in seventh grade, Dasia Pressley did it only for the social benefit. "Getting into a sport is the best way to meet friends," Pressley said. "I definitely wasn't one of the faster girls then. " In fact, Neshaminy coach Margie Taylor had not heard of the young sprinter before her graduation to the high-school ranks. "Sometimes, if they have a good runner, the middle-school coaches will contact me and let me know she's coming up," Taylor said.
April 19, 2014 |
Airlines will begin reporting first-quarter earnings next week, and despite a rough winter most expect strong profits this spring and beyond. The harsh weather forced newly merged US Airways and American Airlines to scrub more than 34,000 flights in the first three months of this year, whacking quarterly revenue by $115 million and lowering operating profit by about $60 million. American Airlines Group Inc., formed by the December merger of AMR Corp. and US Airways, revised its operating margin forecast to 5 percent to 7 percent for last quarter, down from a late January expectation of 6 percent to 8 percent.
April 10, 2014 |
Ahh - the warm spring breezes have arrived. It's time to slip into that new pair of open-toe wedges. Not so fast, sisters. Typical winters are tough enough on our feet, but this year's record-breaking frigid temps extended the ped-unfriendly, wool-sock-and-snow-boot season for two additional months. That was rough. And now our feet are, too. "It was a bad, dry winter," sighed Lisa Eberly Kasmen, owner of Heaven & Earth Salon in Lafayette Hill. "People didn't want to leave the house, let alone walk around post-pedicure in flip-flops.