February 23, 2015 |
FRANK DONATUCCI should've died on Dec. 9, 1998. It was 3:30 a.m. and he was driving from his South Philly home to his 4 a.m. shift as a loader at UPS, out by the airport. He was 21 and stupid, into booze and drugs, breaking his parents' hearts. That night, he'd been partying before his shift, and he nodded off behind the wheel on Hog Island Road. When he awoke, he was headed into oncoming traffic. He yanked his Toyota onto the shoulder, right into the back of a UPS tractor-trailer parked there.
February 3, 2015 |
With each album since 1999's Monday Morning Cold , Erin McKeown has crafted folk music with a twist. Her genre-jumping sounds increasingly have been enriched by country swing, Dixieland, conjunto, and bossa nova arrangements. And on 2013's Manifestra , her smartly lyrical songs had new, stronger political content. McKeown's is an elegant yet aggressive conversational voice, with a passion and poise that truly stood out during her packed-tight night at the Tin Angel on Friday.
January 31, 2015 |
Josh Haden has had it good. The genre-bending bassist, singer, and songwriter has moved his band Spain through distanced, noir-pop efforts (as in 1999's She Haunts My Dreams ) tinged by abstract jazz and slow-core country toward the moody yet direct sound of 2014's Sargent Place . One of Haden's most haunting songs, "Spiritual," has been covered by dance-electro acts (Soulsavers) and classic C&W crooners (Johnny Cash). Plus, Haden was graced with a father, Charlie Haden (who died in July)
January 6, 2015 |
EVERY DAY for five excruciating weeks, Shane Montgomery's mother and father scoured the banks of the Schuylkill where their 21-year-old son vanished on Thanksgiving, clinging to hope, praying, resolving that they wouldn't rest until their son was found. On Saturday - finally - their prayers were answered: The Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, a special team of volunteer divers called in by the family last month, recovered the young man's body about 12:15 p.m. in the river behind Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, on Main Street near Shurs Lane.
December 27, 2014 |
For Christmas, Cliff Hunter got an invaluable gift - a reminder that there are generous, good-hearted people in the world. He just wishes he knew the name of one of them in particular, so he could offer thanks. The inspiring story began on SEPTA's Route 17 bus shortly after 9 a.m. Dec. 18. Hunter, 79, a single retired social-services worker, had boarded at 20th and Wharton Streets, near his South Philadelphia home, bound for Center City to do several errands. He had placed a Christmas package - a sweater - ready to be mailed to a sister in Florida in the parcel bin at the front of the bus. Then he made his way to a seat farther back.
November 12, 2014 |
A 57-year-old man fatally shot in the city's Germantown section this weekend was identified Tuesday as the father of a player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Police said no motive was known for why Wayne R. Ellington, of the 400 block of West Mount Airy Avenue, was shot inside a car Sunday night. "My family and I are devastated by the news of my father's murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia," Wayne R. Ellington Jr. said in a statement. "We appreciate everyone's support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.
October 10, 2014 |
THE CEMETERY tucked behind the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church seems at first glance like any other. Neatly tended graves sit inside a fenced grassy area amid the rural, rolling hills of West Rockhill, upper Bucks County. Flowers bloom and a stone cherub greets contemplative mourners in a memorial garden at the cemetery's entrance. But beside one tombstone, Elmo and Mickey Mouse balloons bounce on the breeze, while Tonka bulldozers crowd a stuffed blue elephant on another.
August 15, 2014 |
ANAHEIM, Calif. - For the second straight night, this one a 4-3 loss to Los Angeles, the Phillies unraveled in the sixth inning. The Angels sprung ahead Wednesday even before their Rally Monkey appeared on the Angel Stadium scoreboard. It resembled a typical A.J. Burnett implosion: double, hit batter, walk, bloop single. So it goes. Burnett's ERA crept to 4.35. He walked four more batters to raise his league-leading total to 72. His 10 hit batters are tied for second most in the league.
August 14, 2014 |
ANAHEIM, Calif. - When the Phillies called Jerome Williams Sunday to tell him he would start Tuesday at Angels Stadium, the 31-year-old pitcher missed the call. It was his son Tai's fifth birthday; the Williams family visited a water park near Dallas to celebrate. He threw 60 pitches to complete five scoreless innings against Los Angeles, which entered Tuesday with the second-best record in baseball. Kole Calhoun bashed Williams' 63d pitch for a solo homer, and Ryne Sandberg came with the hook in the sixth inning after the 72d pitch.
July 27, 2014 |
When he was growing up in Moorestown, Bob Flynn often pondered a military career. He attended Army-Navy games, asked questions about the service, and later entered the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. But Flynn never imagined the life that lay ahead - the rush of flying S-3B Viking twin-engine jets, deploying on three aircraft carriers, then serving in Iraq, where he cleared IEDs around Basra. Now, after years as a professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., he has received another surprise.