PHILADELPHIA

Governor Corbett Signs $27.15 Billion Budget in Time

The budget closed a $4.2 billion deficit without raising taxes, acampaign promise fulfilled most notably by paring down spending oneducation and public welfare.The General Assembly also passed a law creating a centralized website for taxpayers to track how their taxes are spent.Happy 4th of July!...

Friday, July 1, 2011, 11:26 PM

Deja vu: Phillies bats fall silent

Runs have been as rare as empty seats at Citizens Bank Ballpark for the Phillies of late. The NL East leaders have scored just nine times in their last five games, including a season-high four-game losing streak that was halted last night. Charlie Manuel has no idea how to shake the slump. “I don’t...

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 4:13 AM

Philly elections: Nutter with comfortable win, but questions remain

Mayor Michael Nutter withstood an upstart campaign from Milton Street and breezed to the Democratic nomination last night on his way to a second term.Nutter’s victory came despite poor turnout and union support for Street, who painted himself as the common man speaking for the forgotten less than a...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 4:40 AM

Chance for change in Philly GOP in ’11

Reform was the most discussed topic amongst Republicans during yesterday’s primary, as young electioneers representing the traditionally-staid party at the polls were galvanized by the possibility of change.“Republicans are leaning more moderate and looking at the Tea Party with more skepticism,”...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:36 AM

NHL puts freeze on Flyers’ Carcillo

Dan Carcillo has long been known to pick fights with opposing players. Apparently, officials aren’t off limits, either.The Flyers’ agitator was suspended for the first two games of the 2011-12 season by the NHL yesterday — without pay. Carcillo verbally confronted linesman Brian Murphy at the...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:19 AM

Hangin’ with Phillies away from the park

It’s not easy to see the Phillies. Tickets for the 2011 season at Citizens Bank Park went faster than Charlie Sheen goes through call girls.If you didn’t score Phillies tickets, you can still possibly catch Charlie Manuel’s squad around town. There’s more to the life than the ballpark and home,...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:16 AM

Vick edges out Nutter for commencement honor

Two seasons ago, Michael Vick was a third-string quarterback. In February, he was given the keys to Dallas in a private ceremony. Now, he’s set to be a commencement speaker. Vick was picked over Mayor Michael Nutter in a poll among students conducted by the Camelot Schools. The graduation ceremony...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:14 AM

Phillies starters getting glory, bullpen getting results

After the Phillies’ 2010 season ended abruptly at the hands of San Francisco, GM Ruben Amaro indicated the team would bolster the bullpen in his postseason press conference.Well, after the Phillies surprised the baseball world by signing prized free agent Cliff Lee for $120 million, that idea went...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:10 AM

NHL Winter Classic: Flyers-Rangers coming to the Bank

The hype. The pageantry. The Winter Classic. Since its inception in 2008, the NHL’s outdoor showcase has been must-see TV — not just for hockey fans, but all sports fans. What better way to nurse a New Year’s Day hangover than by watching grown men pound each other into oblivion? This year, the...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:02 AM

Inzinzac acquires a bit of an edge

The unnerving sculpture by artist Tony Matelli that graces the cover of Inzinzac’s self-titled debut, a violent scene played out by hyper-realistic chimps, serves as a warning to potential listeners: The music inside will grab you by the throat, and has no intention of letting up.The Philly trio...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 2:54 AM

David Binswanger: Philly real estate market ready to move again

David Binswanger, president and CEO of the premier commercial real estate company in the city, predicts, “The economy has stabilized and is starting to pick up. During 2008-2010, corporations had a reticence about making major strategic decisions. Now we see that they are moving forward with...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 2:43 AM

Philly: Museum exhibits for everyone

This summer, the Philadelphia region hosts big exhibitions that explore history, art, nature and mummification. Here’s just a sample of the only-in-Philly events:» The National Constitution Center presents “Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon.” Among the 100 objects on...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 1:16 AM

Philly: Music festivals

For music lovers, summer doesn’t start until The Roots Picnic takes over Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, and it continues throughout the warm-weather season at open-air venues throughout the region:» Pioneering hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres to the Philadelphia...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 1:06 AM

Family fun, Philly style

Philly’s all about the love, so it’s fitting that there’s plenty for families to do here this summer. Here are just a few suggestions for some serious playtime» Giggleberry Fair at Peddler’s Village offers a world of family fun with mazes, games, a moon bounce and the revamped 1922 Grand Carousel....

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 12:58 AM

History continues to unfold in Philadelphia

Three new attractions join symbols of American freedom — the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — to help tell the complete story of our country.National Museum of American Jewish HistoryAt the National Museum of American Jewish History, intriguing permanent and changing exhibitions, rare artifacts...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 12:49 AM

Philly: Get the fever — festival fever

Philly has always been a festival kind of town, and that’s especially true in 2011:» Beer fans can quench their thirst during Philly Beer Week, 10 days devoted to all-things beer with special dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings, meet-the-brewer nights and more at area bars, restaurants and other...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 12:40 AM

Philly: Summer arts highlights

You’ll need a little culture to go with that tan. What to see and hear in Philly this summer.THEATER‘In a Daughter’s Eyes’Always up for diving into political controversy, InterAct Theatre Company presents the world premiere of A. Zell Williams’ new play inspired by the Mumia Abu-Jamal case.May 27-...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 12:31 AM

Philadelphia, the city of brewer-ly love

There’s only one place for beer lovers to be this summer, and that’s Philadelphia, the city of brewer-ly love. Here’s a look at some of the sudsy happenings:Philly Beer Week and the With Love Beer GardenNow in its fourth year, Philly Beer Week features 10 days of tastings, visits from revered...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 12:21 AM

Ryan Madson: Clown prince of the Phillies ’pen

You would never know that Ryan Madson is the cutup who keeps teammates loose, just by watching him in the clubhouse. The long, lanky setup man normally sits quietly at his locker solving crossword puzzles before games. But during a full-season-ticket holder breakfast in January, Madson held court...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 2:56 AM

College students as role models

A few years ago, Michael Wickliffe re-evaluated his life. Although he enjoyed his career as a floral and special events designer, “I decided it was time to work smarter, not harder, for the next stage of my life,” Wickliffe said.Inspired by the example of a friend, a hair stylist who studied...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 2:52 AM