June 20, 2014 |
Christopher Tripoli was just trying to inspire his then-12-year-old son to read some fiction when he introduced him to the books of Lloyd Alexander, a literary giant in the enchanted world of fantasy writers. Now the mechanical engineer from Perkasie, Bucks County, has a mission: to get every sixth-grader in Upper Darby Township, Alexander's hometown, to read the works of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winner. And he's doing it at a cemetery. For the last six years, Tripoli - a fan of the author of children's and young-adult fiction, who has been compared to J.R.R.
June 13, 2014 |
FINALLY, THE 2014 World Cup begins today when host nation Brazil plays Croatia at the new Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. And if you are FIFA president Sepp Blatter or Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, this match could not come soon enough. Once the games begin in an event like a World Cup, they take precedence. The drama on the pitch jumps to the forefront of the public's eye and pushes other issues to the background. And while it may be for different reasons, Blatter and Rousseff are eager to have the eyes of the world focused away from off-the-pitch World Cup concerns.
June 11, 2014 |
A man whose skeletal remains were found in a red trash can off I-676 in Camden in December was killed after he allegedly stole $2,000 worth of drugs from a Camden drug set he was part of, according to a probable cause affidavit read in court Monday. The family of Adrian Rivera, 23, of Camden, cried as Assistant Prosecutor Christopher St. John described what he called the "utter disrespect" given to Rivera's remains. Lashaun Brown-Bunch, 21, of Camden, was arrested Friday in connection with Rivera's slaying and charged with murder.
May 31, 2014 |
The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked the New Jersey legislative committee investigating September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge to postpone its plans to take testimony from the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a committee spokesman confirmed Thursday. Patrick Foye was scheduled to testify before the committee on Tuesday, along with Port Authority Commissioner William "Pat" Schuber. Federal prosecutors are investigating the lane closures, which tied up traffic for four days in September and were allegedly orchestrated by former allies of Gov. Christie.
May 24, 2014 |
Richard R. "Dick" Nicolai, 81, of Philadelphia, promotion director for Fairmount Park and spokesman for the Fairmount Park Commission for 27 years, died Sunday, May 18, of Alzheimer's disease at Nazareth Hospital Hospice. Mr. Nicolai retired in the mid-1990s after a career as the public information officer for the 8,900-acre parkland and its governing panel. In that role, he encouraged visitors to tour the parkland's offerings, reported on the illegal activities of tree rustlers in the park, and sat in on the official meetings of the Fairmount Park Commission.
May 13, 2014 |
Stanley H. Rosen, 84, of Philadelphia, a scholar and emeritus professor of philosophy, died Sunday, May 4, of pneumonia at Cathedral Village in Roxborough. Dr. Rosen was an influential writer and teacher known for his thinking and writing on Plato, Heidegger, Hegel, and Nietzsche. He served on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University for 38 years and Boston University for 14 years before retiring to Philadelphia to be near family. He was the author of 20 books, recipient of numerous honors, and a former president of the Metaphysical Society of America.
May 8, 2014 |
Just minutes before Delaware County, state, and federal authorities gathered Tuesday to announce a new plan to combat increasing gun violence in Chester, another man was shot there. The victim was gunned down near 21st Street and Edgmont Avenue around 1:30 p.m., District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "We don't expect him to survive," he added. The man would become Chester's 12th homicide victim this year. Forty-two other people have been shot and wounded, Whelan said. Those shootings are why "Operation City Surge" was launched.
May 8, 2014 |
In 1973, Philadelphians Barbara and Stephen Gold became part-owners of a 100-acre property in Sullivan County, in the Endless Mountains region of north-central Pennsylvania. Its cabin was more than a vacation getaway. In an era of antigovernment protests, the politically passionate young urbanites figured, only partly in jest, that it could be a refuge should revolution and chaos come to the city. Instead, a revolution came to Sullivan County. An energy revolution. The cabin sat atop one of the world's largest shale formations: the Marcellus.
May 1, 2014 |
TRENTON - As multiple investigations continue into lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, Gov. Christie named a former state attorney general Tuesday as the new chairman of the authority that runs the bridge. The governor nominated John Degnan - who most recently worked as a senior executive at Chubb Corp., an insurance company based in Warren County - to lead the troubled bistate agency that controls bridges and tunnels connecting New Jersey and New York, as well as airports and the World Trade Center.
April 28, 2014 |
TRENTON When he took office in 2010, Gov. Christie made liberal use of a previously little-employed tool to exercise control over state authorities, including the Delaware River and Bay Authority. Three times in 2010 and 2011, the Republican governor vetoed meeting minutes of the bistate authority, which operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Last week, he took out the veto pen again - this time, to nix pay raises for the authority's employees. The action - which officials at the authority said did not come as a surprise - provides an example of how Christie has asserted his powers as governor.