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 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 23, 2016
Sally Friedman is a writer in Moorestown At a recent reunion with my "besties" from childhood - two sets of sisters - we covered a lot of ground: reflections on who we are now, who we were way back when, our parents, our worst and best romances. And then we addressed the elephant in the room: death. Only with our closest and most trusted friends does this come up. One doesn't ask a casual colleague, "So what do you think you'll die of?" Or "What's in your advance directive?"
May 22, 2016
Amy Goodman: "Democracy Now!" Noon on Monday at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Admission: Free. Information: 215-686-5322 or www.freelibrary.org . For a list of stations that televise the show "Democracy Now!" visit www.democracynow.org .
May 22, 2016 |
Police in Chester County are searching for a Philadelphia man who they say tried to run over an officer with a stolen vehicle. Tyrell A. Winchester, 28, of the 2000 block of South 20th Street, was charged Thursday with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and related offenses. According to a criminal complaint, a Willistown Township police officer ran a registration check on a silver 2000 Mercury sedan on Thursday around 4 p.m. The officer found it had been reported stolen from a man in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County.
May 11, 2016
A third man suspected in the assault on two school police officers in Northeast Philadelphia last week was arrested Monday, police said. Edwin Burgos, 23, of the 600 block of West Huntingdon Street, Fairhill, was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses for the attack May 2 on the officers in the 1900 block of Cottman Avenue near Northeast Philadelphia High School. The officers saw two men assaulting a student and intervened. A physical altercation followed and the officers were assaulted by the two men and a third that joined the attack, police said.