July 14, 2016 |
Just grow up. Those are three words you will never hear at Christopher Phillips' dinner table, not even if everyone is grumpy or the girls are squabbling or someone topples her juice. That's because Phillips - longtime Philadelphia resident, author, and creator of the Socrates Café - believes we'd all be better off if adults worked harder to retain the best qualities of children: curiosity, forgiveness, empathy, flexibility, and hope. He details that conviction in his new book, The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Curiosity, Creativity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest . It's dense with philosophers', psychologists', and artists' takes on childhood - from Aristotle's belief that children are small brutes incapable of reasoning to Picasso's oft-quoted declaration that "every child is an artist.
July 7, 2016
A minor exterior fire was reported Tuesday night at a church in South Philadelphia, authorities said. The fire was reported at 8:55 p.m. in the rear of City Church in the 2300 block of South 13th Street, a fire dispatcher said. The blaze was declared under control 11 minutes later. No injuries were reported and the extent of the property damage was not immediately available. - Robert Moran
June 23, 2016
Authorities are seeking new clues in the suspicious death of Stephanie Rosado, whose remains were found along the Delaware River after she disappeared in 2009. Rosado, who went by the nickname Star, lived in the 1000 block of South Merrimac Road in Camden, and was last seen April 12, 2009. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office did not disclose when or where along the Delaware Rosado's remains were discovered. Anyone with information on Rosado's case is urged to call Camden County Prosecutor's Office Det. Sgt. Paul Audino at 856-225-8449, or Camden County Police Sgt. Janelle Simpson 856-757-7042.
June 22, 2016 |
As a unit, composer Tom Kitt, lyricist/librettist Brian Yorkey, director Michael Greif, and producer David Stone do not make run-of-the-mill, feel-good musicals. Next to Normal is their Pulitzer- and Tony-winning chamber ensemble work on bipolar disorder. And the tender If/Then - which comes in a national tour to the Academy of Music on June 21-26 - is a Paul Simon-meets-Stephen-Sondheim orchestrated tale of one woman's parallel lives. This creative quartet takes a complex but successful road to the Broadway musical.
June 22, 2016 |
A Philadelphia man faces a litany of charges after allegedly telling authorities Saturday that he had buried an illegally purchased loaded rifle in a city park and omitting that he had buried a homemade pipe bomb with it. Compounding the scare, according to court records, police did not discover the explosive until they had returned to the Northwest Detective Division at 5960 N. Broad St. in Ogontz because it had been buried inside a gym bag with the...
June 21, 2016 |
The political flare-up Thursday during City Council's last session before the summer break was overshadowed by the attention poured on the new beverage tax. Council members David Oh and Helen Gym wanted a final vote on their resolution, calling for City Controller Alan Butkovitz to audit the Philadelphia Parking Authority for the first time since 2009. But Councilman Bill Greenlee motioned for his colleagues to stall that vote at least until they return in September. A majority agreed with him. Below the surface of the debate about the audit, which, like the new tax, is tied to funding for education, there is a nasty political fight being waged between Oh and the PPA. Oh, a Republican, and Gym, a Democrat, want to know what happened with PPA money that had been expected to fund the Philadelphia School District.
June 18, 2016 |
The final buzzers will begin sounding for Sports Authority on Sunday as its Cherry Hill sporting-goods store closes for good. Other Sports Authority stores will soon follow. The one in Langhorne, Bucks County, on East Lincoln Highway, will close sometime in August. The retailer's predicament reflects the broader trend of bricks-and-mortar stores struggling against the migration of shoppers to the internet. Competitive sports may be cutthroat, but sports retailing is too, experts say. "Sports Authority had seriously large debt issues, but their bigger problem was not adapting and separating themselves from the other big-box retailers like Dick's," said Mark Torres of the Play It Again Sports chain in Deptford, about 12 miles from the Cherry Hill Sports Authority store.
June 4, 2016
A 40-year-old woman and a 5-year-old child were injured in a rowhouse fire late Thursday afternoon in Morrell Park section of the Northeast, authorities said. The blaze was reported at 5:26 p.m. in the 3700 block South Hereford Lane and was declared under control at 5:59. The woman and child were transported to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. Their conditions were not immediately available. - Robert Moran
June 1, 2016
Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to put a welcome end to the long-standing official fiction that ride-sharing services such as Uber are fine for most of the commonwealth (and the country) but a grave threat to Philadelphia's way of life. Unfortunately, the legislature could at the same time further empower the wayward agency that strove to propagate that myth, basic cable's own Philadelphia Parking Authority. Since the state Public Utility Commission provisionally licensed Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in the state except Philadelphia more than a year ago, ride-sharing services have constituted a busy black market within the city.
May 30, 2016 |
Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out early Saturday in a building that houses high-end vehicles for sale in Bedminster Township, Bucks County. The fire occurred at Import 1 Motorsport, 6773 Easton Road, which according to its website, sells "quality used cars. " Its inventory includes Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Porsche vehicles, according to its website. A man named Robert who answered a phone number for the business Saturday morning said he did not have time to speak, then hung up. A Bucks County dispatcher said the fire was reported at 12:20 a.m. and was placed under control an hour later.