August 30, 2015 |
As part of the U.S. national rugby team's preparation for the World Cup next month, the Eagles will host Harlequins F.C. on Sunday in a warm-up match at PPL Park. "We look forward to welcoming Harlequin to the USA," said Nigel Melville, chairman and chief executive of USA Rugby. "This fixture is an exciting opportunity for both teams. Philadelphia has become a rugby hotbed and we are excited to be back there. " This is the first appearance by the USA Eagles in Philadelphia since they faced the Maori All Blacks in Nov. 2013.
August 27, 2015 |
Maybe you haven't heard, but Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia. And conveniently for the people organizing a two-month-long series of events designed to showcase Philadelphia as an international city, the pope's visit occurs in the midst of the 60-plus-day GlobalPhilly 2015. "It's the global event par excellence ," said Zabeth Teelucksingh, executive director of Global Philadelphia Association, the group producing GlobalPhilly, which will include 150 events from Sept.
August 27, 2015 |
Don't ever question Philly's star in the firmament. Not in front of Edward A. Mauger, anyhow. In true Philly fashion, Mauger, considered by many the city's preeminent tour guide, never shies away from a historical throw-down. He invites it. The Boston Massacre. Ehh - overrated. Paul Revere's midnight ride. Come on, he didn't even finish. Long before the massacre or the ride, or even the Declaration, it was here in Philly that the American character was established, Mauger will tell you. With smart guys like William Penn, who insisted on religious freedom a century before it was in vogue, and a young Ben Franklin, who, along with creating and founding just about everything someone could create and found, advocated endlessly for the primacy of the common man. These Philly guys set the table for the Revolution - and for the country America would become, says Mauger.
August 21, 2015 |
In his martial arts studio in a strip-mall in Bensalem, Ryan Wagner, 29, is better known as "Master Ryan," the teacher who gives out gold stars to "A" students and drills disciples on core values such as humility and respect for parents before teaching them how to, gently but firmly, slam an opponent to the ground. In very different circles, though, Wagner is better known as Napalm - a b-boy (the preferred term for break-dancer) who's among the best in the world. On Saturday, he'll compete against 15 of the best breakers from the U.S. and Canada in the Red Bull BC One North America Final in Orlando, the premier one-on-one competition in the country.
August 21, 2015 |
A retired plumber in Magnolia who is a Civil War buff, his musician/optician brother from Barrington, and a Voorhees video editor have teamed up to make a documentary. And it's a powerful piece of work. The South Jersey premiere of Civil War Prisons - An American Tragedy is set for Civic Hall on the Blackwood campus of Camden County College at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Featuring professional voice actor Scott R. Pollak's polished narration, 300 evocative historical images, and a wistful soundtrack, the 77-minute movie is elegiac and unequivocal.
August 19, 2015 |
A coalition of four national groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics has been told it cannot use space it had been promised at a Catholic church in Center City for alternative workshops and gatherings next month during the World Meeting of Families. So the coalition, known as Equally Blessed, is turning to the Methodists. Equally Blessed had secured the use of St. John the Evangelist Church's parish center at 12th and Ludlow Streets this spring, said Francis DeBernardo, head of the Maryland-based New Ways Ministry, one of the groups in the coalition.
August 18, 2015 |
By day, Kermit Roosevelt toils as a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is known as an expert on law governing the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo, the Voting Rights Act, and the legal debate over President Obama's health-care plan. But after hours, he has an entirely different line of work. Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, is carving out a parallel career as a novelist. His first novel, In the Shadow of the Law , a tale of intrigue centered on young Washington lawyers, was published in 2005 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
August 17, 2015 |
As the World Meeting of Families, the world's largest Catholic gathering of families, draws near, there's a split in the family. Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics say the meeting is missing an opportunity by offering just one session on LGBT concerns out of dozens of panels over four days in Philadelphia. The event's organizers say the one-hour session - led by a gay, celibate man - is part of their efforts to keep the programming balanced. The tension reflects the church's ongoing struggle to test the waters on how to talk about same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues, while frustration grows among some Catholics who plunged into that conversation years ago. "The entire Catholic Church in America is having the discussion about LGBT issues, and yet there's no real discussion happening at the World Meeting of Families," said Francis DeBernardo, head of New Ways Ministry, a national group pushing for greater inclusion of LGBT parishioners.
August 15, 2015 |
It was a pipe dream hatched by firefighters at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida: to build a 9/11 memorial at the NASA center to honor the hundreds of firefighters and others killed when the World Trade Center towers collapsed in a terrorist attack. And they wanted to add an artifact - a 7-foot-long steel beam - recovered from the rubble at the towers. The space center firefighters raised the money to build a pair of concrete scale replicas of the twin towers. But persuading the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to give them the relic took several years.
August 11, 2015 |
IT WAS OK to be afraid; it was not OK to panic. Fear was natural for the men who flew the bombers over Germany in World War II. It rode with them in their planes like a living entity. But if you panicked, you couldn't do your job. That was the way Joe Blinebury described what it was like in those B-17 Flying Fortresses that carried the war to the enemy with dangerous daylight bombing. Oddly, Joe, who flew 35 missions over Germany, said he calmed down when he slipped into the ball turret, his position under the belly of the plane.