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.
May 5, 2016 |
Carmine Appice started drumming with the neo-psychedelic Vanilla Fudge in 1966 and hasn't stopped pounding the skins since. Now 69, he's probably seen just as much - more, even - as you'd imagine. The drummer worked as Rod Stewart's kit-man in the '70s and '80s, cowriting Stewart hits "Young Turks" and "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy. " Appice played with Ozzy Osbourne and got thrown off tour by Ozzy's wife, Sharon, for overshadowing the star on stage. He's kept time for Bo Diddley, David Gilmour, Stanley Clarke, and dozens of other big names and super groups.
May 4, 2016 |
Craig E. Burgess - patriot, poet, proud Audubon resident - has always lived in the bungalow his parents bought in 1938. But on 41 occasions, he's happily left the little house on Washington Terrace behind and gone off to Hawaii. The retired teacher is showcasing his beloved vacation destination in a new book, A Fleeting Glimpse of Paradise - Photographic and Poetic Images of the Hawaiian Islands (Dorrance Publishing). A paean to the Hawaiians whom the gregarious author, prolific public speaker, and lifelong bachelor has embraced, and vice versa, the heartfelt book is something of a family album.
May 2, 2016
David Lapp is the director of policy research at Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based education organization ( www.reserachforaction.org ) A good charter school law must ensure that authorizers have actual authority over their charter schools. That's the conclusion to be gleaned from a recently released "performance" audit of the School District of Philadelphia's Charter School Office by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The report finds the district compliant with state law "in all significant respects" on charter authorization, but suggests changes are needed to ensure quality.