April 4, 2014 |
Since the early 1970s, all-news radio KYW-AM (1060) had been broadcast from "here on Independence Mall" - a touchstone for the region. KYW anchors peppered the radio waves daily with that location as they fired off news bulletins that informed listeners of "the world" in 22-minute stretches. "We had a gorgeous view," morning anchor Carol MacKenzie said recently of KYW's 10th-floor studios at Fourth and Market Streets. "The sunrises there were spectacular. I had so many pictures on my cellphone.
March 7, 2014 |
Pennsylvania is seeking $2.4 million in civil penalties against Sunoco Logistics Partners for alleged Clean Streams Law violations related to a November 2008 spill of 12,000 gallons of gasoline near Pittsburgh. The spill in Murrysville, Westmoreland County, killed virtually all the aquatic life in a three-mile stretch of Turtle Creek, according to a complaint filed Friday by the Department of Environmental Protection with the Environmental Hearing Board. The DEP said a valve in the company's eight-inch pipeline ruptured shortly after a maintenance crew worked at the site, near a strip mall on Route 22. The rupture unleashed a 20- to 30-foot geyser of gasoline.
February 14, 2014 |
Learning taste College students want real food and want to develop their sense of taste, says chef Rick Bayless. He says the bold flavors and scratch cooking of Tortas Frontera , his quick-service Mexican cafe, are a good fit for the University of Pennsylvania. It opened last week in the ARCH Building at 3601 Locust Walk on the center of campus, former home of the Palladium and Gold Standard Cafe. Tortas Frontera espouses sustainability and local sourcing. Even the Penn location's coffee supplier, Rival Bros., is local.
February 12, 2014 |
CASEY ICHNIOWSKI was an esteemed economist with numerous research papers behind him and a teacher highly regarded by his students, but when it came to fantasy football, he could trash talk with the best of them. "His fantasy-football opponents were awed by his moves and his good-natured trash talk," his family said. A graceful shortstop in high school, Casey never lost his love of sports, even when he became a distinguished professor and researcher at Columbia University. " 'Casey at the Bat' may have failed, but the brothers and teammates of our Casey know that he was the one player you wanted in the clutch," his family said.
January 30, 2014 |
Joseph V. Dadamo, 93, of Marlton, a former certified public accountant for a Bala Cynwyd firm, died Monday, Jan. 27, at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, where he had spent the previous week. Mr. Dadamo's wife of 62 years, Anna, 95, entered Kresson View on Christmas 2013 and died there Saturday, Jan. 18, a nephew, Michael Melograna, said. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Dadamos lived in a rowhouse on 21st Street between Morris and Tasker Streets that, typically for South Philadelphia, sheltered three generations of their family, Melograna said.
January 16, 2014 |
Mary C. Block, 80, of Gulph Mills, a homemaker and later an executive secretary and District Court clerk, died Friday, Jan. 10, of respiratory failure at Paoli Hospital. At age 44, Mrs. Block experienced a daunting family tragedy, but it never extinguished her zeal for life, said her son, Radnor Township Police Lt. Andy Block. Born in the coal region, in Mahanoy City, Pa., she graduated from Mahanoy City High School. She moved to Philadelphia and began working as a secretary for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. There she met the love of her life, Andrew G. Block.
December 15, 2013 |
Frank E. Jackson Sr., 89, a retired Philadelphia Police Department auto mechanic whose musical talents gave rise to the Frank Jackson Big Band, died Friday, Dec. 6, of cardiac arrest at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough. Mr. Jackson, a longtime resident of West Philadelphia, retired after 29 years with the department in 1988. His true passion, though, was music. A gifted, self-taught performer on multiple instruments, he also composed and arranged music. After retiring, he formed a 15-piece band consisting of three trumpets, three trombones, five saxophones, a standing bass, drums, guitar and piano.
November 28, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Jurors in Dorothy June Brown's federal fraud trial heard Tuesday about multiple salaries paid to Brown and money she received from management firms she controlled. Brown is accused of defrauding the four charter schools she founded of $6.7 million and then conspiring with two former administrators to obstruct justice by orchestrating a cover-up. Francis L. Gizaza, an accountant who began preparing tax returns for Brown's schools in 1998, reviewed several years of nonprofit tax forms for the schools.
November 22, 2013 |
After one of Dorothy June Brown's former top aides testified in federal court Wednesday about creating bogus documents to help Brown profit from the four charter schools she founded, another former key employee came forward to say he had done the same. Joan Woods Chalker, 75, who has pleaded guilty to obstruction charges in the case, conceded during cross-examination that she hoped her cooperation with prosecutors would spare her time in prison. "It would be a hope," Chalker told Gregory P. Miller, one of Brown's attorneys, when pressed about any benefits of her plea agreement.
November 20, 2013 |
LOWER MERION The Lower Merion school board on Monday turned the clock back to 2009, restoring the full size of a school-choice zone that had been the subject of a failed discrimination lawsuit. The 5-4 vote came during a sometimes combative three-hour meeting. The plan attempts to maintain an even balance of students at the two district high schools in the face of a sharp and unanticipated rise in enrollment. It does so by expanding the areas where students can choose to attend either Lower Merion High School or Harriton High School.