May 31, 2015 |
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families is reportedly under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reported bought a 14th-century castle in Umbria at an artficially low price with the intention of reselling it for a profit a full market value. "The alleged scam would have netted a profit" of about $4.4 million, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
May 31, 2015 |
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia this year, is under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reportedly bought the 14th-century San Girolamo castle in Umbria, Italy, at an artificially low price with the intention of reselling it at market value. "The alleged scam" would have netted a profit of about $4.4 million, the London newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
May 29, 2015 |
NEW YORK - If the U.S. women's national soccer team is as adept in the World Cup next month as it was on the podium Wednesday, the group just might earn its first title in the sport's signature event since 1999. Amid the scandalous stories involving FIFA, soccer's governing body, the U.S. women never flinched when that topic or others such as the team's World Cup drought were introduced during a news conference at a Manhattan hotel. Many were questioned about the widespread corruption charges against FIFA, but veteran defender Christie Rampone gave the standard reply.
May 28, 2015 |
SIXTY years after his death, Charlie Parker's status as a jazz alto saxophonist supreme remains one of American music's most enigmatic legacies. Plagued by drug abuse, racism, the compulsive need for female guidance and the burden of musical genius, the man known as "Yardbird" - or simply "Bird" - lived a brief life filled with passion, tragedy and unforgettable characters: the core ingredients of opera. "Yardbird," Opera Philadelphia's first world premiere since its first season 40 years ago, is told in flashbacks after Parker's death at only 34, in 1955.
May 27, 2015 |
"T OMORROWLAND" had Memorial Day weekend to itself (except for the nice weather), and still pulled in only a modest $41.7 million in its first four days in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. It's a disappointing debut for a film that cost a reported $180 million. Disney put its full weight behind the Brad Bird -directed film with an ambitious George Clooney -led promotional campaign. The problem: The "Tomorrowland" audience has no idea who Clooney is. But Disney's takeaway from the lower-than-expected opening is scarier, claiming that this is the gamble that studios must take when trying to introduce an original film to the marketplace.
May 27, 2015 |
When softly dramatic singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons verbalizes the woe of the devastated "Centralia" or the loss that conjures images of "Ghosts of Penn Hills," he's speaking from deeply rooted experience. The 37-year-old, whose music is familiar to fans of ABC's Grey's Anatomy (don't hold that against him), may be based in Illinois, but he grew up around Pittsburgh. He knows well the industrial swell of Heinz City, the spookily earthen feel of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains, and the low, mossy Cumberland Valley.
May 25, 2015 |
My father, Maurice "Moose" Berry, was in the 104th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division and fought in the Ardennes, where he was wounded, and in the Battle of the Bulge. Over the years, he revisited places where he had seen combat, and he toured American Battle Monument Cemeteries with my mother and my husband. In 2005, he photographed the grave markers of all the men of the 26th who lost their lives in Europe. When my father told me in November 2013 he wanted to return, I wanted to go with him. We planned our visit to coincide with the 2014 Memorial Day ceremony at the Lorraine Cemetery in St. Avold, France; with more than 10,000 military dead interred, it's the largest American burial site in Europe.
May 22, 2015 |
SEAN COUTURIER arrived back in Quebec on Monday night with a World Championships gold medal, a new coach for the Flyers and a brimming level of confidence. He just didn't have any clue that his solid three-week run for Team Canada in Prague with teammates Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn turned so many heads around the hockey world. "There weren't many North American media covering the tournament, so I didn't have that much of a sense," Couturier said. "The only thing I felt as the tournament went on was that I gained more and more trust from the coaching staff.
May 19, 2015 |
When Rutgers University wants to organize a massive community service event through its Camden campus, it turns to its "civic scholars," dozens of undergraduate students who have committed to dedicating a large part of their college lives to civic engagement. The Rutgers-Camden students put in at least 300 hours each year: working with neighborhood groups, attending conferences and workshops, organizing campuswide days of service during student orientation and Martin Luther King's Birthday.
May 11, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It isn't as well known as Haddonfield or as hip as Collingswood, but these days Haddon Township is much more than a pass-through from one borough to the other. This Camden County community has a life of its own - from the businesspeople, retirees, and friends who start the day with breakfast at the Westmont Diner at Haddon and Maple Avenues to the long line for sticky buns Sunday mornings at the venerable McMillan's Bakery at Haddon Avenue and Cuthbert Boulevard.