June 19, 2015 |
As members of the cast of the new opera Charlie Parker's Yardbird took their bows on the stage of the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater this month, it was notable that the women outnumbered the men. The Opera Philadelphia world premiere, with a libretto by Bridgette Wimberly, looked at the life of the famed saxophonist through the eyes of the women in his life, with a standout performance by soprano Angela Brown as Parker's mother, Addie. As Jay Wahl, the Kimmel Center's artistic director of programming, points out, "Jazz has been a very male-dominated art form, and the idea of motherhood in jazz is not something that gets talked about very often.
June 18, 2015 |
On Friday, Saray Hernandez Salazar, 17, will stand up in front of her classmates as salutatorian of Bridgeton High School's Class of 2015. That's remarkable mostly because there was a time not long ago when Hernandez Salazar wasn't sure she'd graduate at all. As an undocumented immigrant, she felt hopeless - until her sophomore year, when the introduction of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) gave her a chance for temporary legal status. "I did get discouraged," she said.
June 17, 2015 |
VANCOUVER - As Jill Ellis addressed reporters for the last time before the United States' World Cup group stage finale, there were signs that the sting from Friday's scoreless tie with Sweden hasn't fully subsided. "We've got to raise our performance, and I would say that whether we're sitting on six points or one point," Ellis said. "You sometimes think about taking the reins off a little bit, and just letting them out of the gate, letting them play free. " Ellis' team could do with that kind of outing tonight, when more than 51,000 fans are expected to pack BC Place to watch the United States women play Nigeria.
June 16, 2015 |
The closing of the women's jail in Burlington County this week is sparking concerns that the inmates' relocation to an Atlantic County facility could hamper crucial visits with their families and lawyers. Starting Monday, about 70 female inmates will be moved from the Correction and Work Release Center in Pemberton Township to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing, more than 40 miles away. "This is a substantial distance for people who are being charged in Burlington County," said Kevin Walker, an assistant public defender in Trenton who oversees regional offices.
June 11, 2015 |
Burlington County will close its aging women's jail Monday and transfer the female inmates to a jail in Mays Landing, Atlantic County, more than 40 miles away, officials confirmed Tuesday. The move is "a cost-saving initiative," projected to save Burlington County about $2 million in annual operating costs, according to Eric Arpert, county spokesman. He said the Corrections and Work Release Center in Pemberton Township houses an average of 70 to 75 female inmates a day. They are scheduled to be moved to Atlantic County's Justice Facility, which has beds for more than 1,000 male and female inmates.
June 9, 2015 |
NEW YORK - During a much earlier part of her career, U.S. women's national team forward Abby Wambach never would have considered watching the game from the sideline. In those days Wambach would impose her will on many overmatched defenses for the entire 90 minutes. But as she enters the twilight of a record-setting career, Wambach is not willing to concede much except that maybe she doesn't always have to be on the field for every minute. The United States opens the World Cup Monday against Australia in Winnipeg.
June 6, 2015 |
An advisory panel on Thursday recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve the first-ever medication for premenopausal women with low libido, but only with special safety precautions. The 18-to-6 vote was a victory for Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which has pugnaciously pushed for flibanserin - proposed brand name Addyi - despite two previous rejections by the FDA. After the last denial in 2013, the Raleigh, N.C., company and its allies created an Internet-based advocacy campaign dubbed eventhescore.org that accused regulators of sexism and a double standard.
June 3, 2015 |
LANCASTER - The United States Golf Association has conducted 82 championships at 29 venues throughout Pennsylvania but none at Lancaster Country Club, which is on many top-10 lists when people rank the state's courses. Lancaster will add to the state's record for most U.S. championships hosted next month, getting its chance to shine for the first time when it welcomes the 70th U.S. Women's Open. As USGA officials put the finishing touches on the course, some have questions. "I keep saying to the members, 'I wonder what took us so long to get to Lancaster,' " championship director Ben Kimball said Monday at a media day for the event.
June 1, 2015 |
HARRISON, N.J. - As the national anthem concluded before the U.S. women's soccer team kicked off against South Korea, the American Outlaws fan club raised a giant banner in front of the stands at its end of the field. It depicted the Women's World Cup trophy along with a simple message: "BRING IT HOME. " But Saturday's scoreless draw at a sold-out Red Bull Arena showed that there is still work to be done if the Americans are to accomplish that mission. In part because stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe were out injured, the attack lacked fluidity.
May 31, 2015 |
The Lindenwood women's rugby team sat in a circle with their legs crossed and their eyes closed. First-year head coach Billy Nicholas paced around them and told them to visualize what went right in their last win against Boston University. While doing so, he placed a full water pistol behind each of their backs. "When I say go, I want you to turn around and use what's behind you," Nicholas said to his team. And when he did, the players whipped around confused before screaming and shooting water at each other, cooling off physically and mentally at the same time.