Nostalgia is a strange and wonderful thing

Opinion | July 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

The Netflix show “Stranger Things” has been a cultural phenomenon. When the show’s third season was released on July 4, Netflix claimed 824,000 of its subscribers streamed all eight of its episodes in the first day. On July 8, Netflix said the show had been watched by 40.7 million subscribers. My son, who just turned […]

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Best weapon to fight climate change? Trees

Opinion | July 11th, 2019 | Leave a comment

In their book on the history of the Wissahickon, “Metropolitan Paradise,” authors David Contosta and Carol Franklin included a photo taken from the air over the Wissahickon Valley. The image, looking southeast at the distant skyscrapers of Center City is striking for the sea of trees between the camera and the city. One of northwest […]

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Sonic warfare against teens?

Opinion | June 27th, 2019 | Leave a comment

I was likely not alone in being pretty surprised to learn last week that the city had opened a campaign of sonic warfare against loitering teens. The story, from the now-WHYY-owned web news outlet Billy Penn, reported last week that Philadelphia officials had installed 30 mosquito sound machines at recreation centers and playgrounds around the […]

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Women’s sport demonstrates power of equal opportunity

Opinion | June 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Even if you’re not paying attention to this year’s Women’s World Cup, you’ve probably heard the story of how the U.S. Women’s team utterly thrashed Thailand 13-0. It was a score line that broke nearly every international record for goals scored in a single game, for both men and women. Aside from that lopsided score […]

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Philly Reign handle Sting in Cherry Hill

Sports | June 13th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Greg Starks Continuing their domination of the WBDA Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Reign moved to 5-0 on the season with a 115-68 victory over the New Jersey Sting in Cherry Hill on Sunday afternoon, June 9. Before the game, Coach Tanae Davis-Cain of the Reign spoke about whether her team might be a little […]

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