February 3, 2016 |
HEATHER DERONCK said biking near her South Philly store was slow, difficult, and dangerous in the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas last week. Bike lanes were blocked by snow and ice, she said, putting bicyclists in the path of motorists. "People think it's their right to drive like an extra a- when there's snow," she added. DeRonck, owner of Bicycle Revolutions, on Fourth Street near Fitzwater, is one of many bicyclists who said there wasn't enough effort by the city to plow bike lanes after the snowfall, which meant bikers had to share the streets with hurried drivers - many of whom already were frustrated and unwilling to share the road with slower vehicles.
October 6, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - While officials in New Jersey barrier island towns began tallying erosion losses Monday after a weekend nor'easter of roiling surf and gusting winds that chewed away at the beachfront, comparisons were quick to be made to the last notorious storm - Sandy, in 2012. But Stewart Farrell, an expert in coastal geology and director and founder of Stockton University's Coastal Research Center, said this nor'easter's duration - and ultimate displacement of hundreds of thousands of tons of sand up and down the coast - were more like those of a 1962 storm that has long been a benchmark for Jersey Shore weather.
September 24, 2015 |
IF PAST IS indeed prologue - I think Bronko Nagurski said that first - then there is indeed a lot at stake on Sunday when the Eagles play the Jets. The number has been quoted often in recent days, that an NFL team that starts 0-2 has a 12 percent chance of making the playoffs. That's based on this math: Since 1990, when the NFL expanded the playoffs to 12 teams, 24 teams that started 0-2 made the playoffs out of 199 teams that started 0-2. So, there's that. But this is the week where the numbers really get serious.
August 26, 2014 |
Last month, Joshua Mensah shared a meal with some of his soon-to-be Cornell University classmates from the Philadelphia area. The annual freshman send-off, at a Drexel Hill country club, focused on his new school. But Mensah found himself defending his old school district in Chester County: A parent said she had heard bad things about Coatesville. Mensah knew all too well what she meant. A year ago, hundreds of pages of racist and sexist text messages between Coatesville's superintendent and athletic director came to light.
July 16, 2014 |
In the aftermath of the fire that killed four children on Gesner Street on July 5, neighbors and relatives complained that Fire Department response was too slow, while indignant city officials castigated the father of one of the victims for his vocal attacks. As feelings hardened, there was literally a standoff with police on the sidewalk outside City Hall. But quietly, behind the scenes, a police chaplain sidestepped the acrimony. He reached out to a nonprofit to help the family, natives of Liberia, to defray funeral costs.
April 4, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Democratic and Republican leaders in the state House moved swiftly Wednesday to ban lawmakers in the chamber from accepting cash gifts from lobbyists and others with an interest in state government. The new ethics rule follows stories in The Inquirer that a now-shuttered sting investigation by the state Attorney General's Office had captured five Philadelphia Democrats, including four House members, on recordings accepting money or gifts. In imposing the ban, House leaders said its members, as well as its employees, cannot accept a gift unless it is from a spouse, relative, or friend.
March 24, 2014 |
One of the first officers to arrive at the rowdy bar on that awful night was Detective Joseph Delaney. What he saw would haunt him for the rest of his life. "I remember walking in and the tavern being very dark," Delaney recalled in 1988, 25 years after the cold-blooded killings of two officers shocked New Jersey and the country. "My foot slipped on what I thought was spilled beer or wine. "It was blood. The blood of men whom I'd known. " When Delaney entered, the smell of gunpowder lingered in the air. It was Aug. 26, 1963.
October 17, 2013 |
If the U.S. government defaults on its debt, what will be the impact in the financial world, and what does it mean for the average citizen? The answer: There would be a lot of pain to go around. Perhaps most disturbing would be universal doubt about the creditworthiness of the United States. It would be an unprecedented shattering of the international image of the nation. Right behind that comes wave after wave of fiscal uncertainty. That doubt will roil the markets, but it goes beyond just bad times for investors.
October 7, 2013 |
The Facebook message from the stranger was cryptic: I've been searching for you. I'll understand if you don't want to talk to me. Perhaps it was an old friend, Rhonda Gibson figured as she read and reread it. She messaged back. Gibson was startled to read Latonya McGorder's reply. McGorder said she was the mother of one of 10 people involved in a savage gang beating that left Gibson's surrogate son, Michael Hawkins, bloodied and dead in Camden. McGorder said she was grieving not just for her only son, Lance Fulton, 23, sentenced to a 25-year prison term in the attack, but for the victim as well.
May 18, 2013 |
The Delaware River Port Authority has finally concluded its long-running dispute with former corporate secretary John Lawless, two months after a preliminary settlement was reached. Lawless, a former Pennsylvania legislator, was escorted by DRPA police from his office at the agency's Camden headquarters on April 23, 2010, sparking a lengthy legal battle. Lawless sued, contending he was fired for taking two weeks off in December 2009 to seek treatment for alcoholism. The DRPA denied that and said that Lawless' position was a "political placement" and that he "was removed from that position for political reasons.