November 2, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Daniel Murphy's otherworldly postseason, the home run binge that propelled his New York Mets to the World Series, had subsided against the Kansas City Royals. It took a drastic turn late in a pivotal Game 4 on Saturday night at Citi Field. Murphy's eighth-inning fielding error loomed large when the Royals came from behind to win, 5-3, and claim a three-games-to-one lead over the Mets. Kansas City will enter Game 5 on Sunday night with a chance to clinch its second World Series title and first since 1985.
November 1, 2015 |
Phil Alvin's heart flatlined during a 2012 tour. That near-death experience resurrected his artistic partnership with his younger brother, Dave. Once noted for their disagreements and infighting, the Alvins demonstrated sibling revelry and respect on stage at World Café Live on Thursday night. The nearly two-hour set, performed with their backing band the Guilty Ones, played to the brothers' strengths. The co-founders of the roots-rock band the Blasters reunited last year for the Grammy-nominated album Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy . Their follow-up album, Lost Time , delves deeper into the American music that is part of their artistic DNA. At 62, Phil remains a powerful and versatile singer, sounding like an Old Testament prophet on "World's in a Bad Condition," a revved-up recasting of the Golden Gate Quartet's gospel standard.
November 1, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Ned Yost did not expect New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard to throw a first-pitch strike to Alcides Escobar to open Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night. But the Kansas City Royals manager surely didn't expect a 98-m.p.h. fastball that buzzed his leadoff hitter's head. "But we've got a few tricks up our sleeves, too," Yost said before Game 4 on Saturday at Citi Field, a reference to Syndergaard's comments prior to Game 3. "Let's go with that. " A day after the Mets' 9-3 win, their first of the series, it was Syndergaard's purpose pitch and ensuing comments - "If they have a problem with me throwing inside, then they can meet me 60 feet, 6 inches away," he said - that dominated discussions leading into Game 4. The Royals took immediate offense to the pitch, which sailed to the backstop and left Escobar seated on his backside.
October 31, 2015 |
The first verse of the title track to Like a Rose , Ashley Monroe's 2013 album that announced the singer as one of the very best songwriters in Nashville, goes like this: "I was only 13 when Daddy died, Mama started drinking, and my brother just quit trying/ I'm still bouncing back, heaven only knows/ How I came out like a rose. " "Like a Rose" was not a strictly autobiographical song for Monroe, who headlines the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington on Friday in support of her new album, The Blade . For one thing, the song's heroine packs her bags and heads south from North Dakota, not Knoxville, Tenn., where Monroe grew up. But the song, which was the product of a cowriting session with Guy Clark and Jon Randall, is shot through with emotional truth for the now-29-year-old Monroe, who moved to Music City with her mother when she was 15, two years after her father died of pancreatic cancer.
October 31, 2015 |
NEW YORK - On the New York Mets' flight home from Chicago after they swept the National League division series, manager Terry Collins and his staff convened to discuss their pitching plans for the World Series. Before they tabbed Matt Harvey for Game 1, the Mets tossed around the idea of having their youngest starter, a rookie, kick off the Fall Classic on Tuesday night in Kansas City. Instead, Noah Syndergaard, 23, will be tasked with saving New York's season. After losing each of the games at Kauffman Stadium, the Mets face a must-win situation in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night at Citi Field.
October 30, 2015 |
You can turn a profit and still improve the world, the University of Pennsylvania is seeking to show. Penn president Amy Gutmann said the university will give a $100,000 award - the President's Innovation Prize - to up to five seniors for a commercial innovation that promises to make the world a better place. This is the second such prize Gutmann has created. In March, the university awarded four $100,000 "engagement" prizes - believed to be the largest of their kind at a university - to seniors who spend a year after graduation on their nonprofit projects.
October 28, 2015 |
NBCUniversal's revenue surged 20 percent on the box-office take of billion-dollar blockbusters Minions and Jurassic World , boosting third-quarter earnings for its parent company, Comcast Corp. The cable/entertainment/Internet giant said its third-quarter revenue jumped to $18.7 billion from $16.8 billion a year ago. Net income, minus onetime gains or charges, climbed to $2 billion from $1.9 billion. Adjusted per share earnings were 80 cents, compared with 73 cents a share a year ago. "We see two parts of the company working together, driving these results," Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a conference call with Wall Street analysts.
October 25, 2015 |
They're everywhere. Too small to be seen by the unaided eye and too numerous to count, they inhabit our insides and outsides, our guts and the surface of our skin. They are the bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other organisms that make up what scientists call our microbiome. It's a complex environment, and scientists are only just beginning to understand and appreciate its vitally important role in keeping us healthy and signaling when we are sick. This week, Penn Vet, Penn Medicine, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will host their second annual microbiome symposium.
October 23, 2015 |
EVERY MORNING, in the empty hours between midnight and dawn, a thousand stories are told on Old York Road. Tales of desperation, isolation, resignation. Above all, tales of danger. Transgender women, about a dozen at a time, wrap themselves in body-clinging outfits, their nails long, hair crimped. They coo at passing drivers, greet them with a smile. At first glance, it's easy to reduce these women to caricatures of grinning prostitutes eager to trade their bodies for a few bucks.
October 19, 2015 |
When the first card hits the felt at the final round of the World Series of Poker next month, all the glamour of Las Vegas and glare of TV cameras will be focused on a 24-year-old Montgomery County man who insists he is an "average Joe. " He does look the part. In a sport known for eccentric personalities and brash outfits, Joseph McKeehen is partial to sweatpants and T-shirts. He drives a Prius and still lives at home with his parents in North Wales. But with years of experience under his belt and 63.1 million in chips, McKeehen will be the one to beat.