August 18, 2016 |
For 19 seconds, Chase Utley circled the bases as an opposing player in South Philadelphia, and an entire ballpark stood. Utley did not slow his emotionless jog after he touched home plate. As he returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout, a nearby fan held a sign that read, "CHASE UTLEY, A PHILLIE FOREVER. " Utley disappeared into the dugout in the fifth inning of a 15-5 Phillies loss. The home fans kept yelling. His Dodgers teammates mobbed him. The cheers at Citizens Bank Park endured.
August 5, 2016
This time, it was a woman in flip-flops who robbed a bank. About 3:15 p.m. Friday, the woman, dressed in a pink shirt, walked into the Washington Savings Bank at 2548 E. Lehigh Ave. in Port Richmond and handed a note to a teller, the FBI said. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, she fled in flip-flops, the agency said. The robber is described as white or Hispanic, in her early 30s, about 5-foot-7 and of medium build. She also wore a pink baseball cap, orange-and-black shorts, and dark sunglasses.
July 31, 2016 |
Citizens Bank has agreed to pay $115,000 to settle a complaint that it told a woman who was on maternity leave with full pay that she would have to return to work before the bank would approve a home-equity line of credit, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Friday. As part of the settlement of the alleged Fair Housing Act violation, Citizens Bank will pay the woman $40,000, provide fair-housing training to its staff, and make a $75,000 donation to a HUD-approved fair-housing or advocacy organization.
July 24, 2016
Voyager Travel Writings By Russell Banks Ecco. 288 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Peter Lewis There is travel involved in Russell Banks' Voyager : the Antilles, Senegal, the Seychelles, Himalaya, the Everglades, a college reunion; places and events come, they go, clamorous and chromatic, brimming with progressive commentary. But just as often, the road fades and Russell Banks looms: Enough about Dakar, let's talk about me. A memoir, then, in this case corrosive and dodgy, a travel memoir in which the two braids spark if rarely twine.
July 21, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been together for eight years. When we first met, I was in the military, and she was a bartender. Needless to say, she made far more money than I did at the time. Six months into our relationship, she got pregnant and quit her job. For the next seven years, she raised our children and went to school while I did whatever I had to do - working two jobs - to make enough to pay the bills. I am now out of the military. I have been at a company for six years, and we are finally reaching a point where we don't worry about money as much.
July 18, 2016 |
A 45-year-old Newtown Square man with a taste for luxury has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia for defrauding banks and homeowners out of $13 million in a series of mortgage-finance schemes to pay for his lavish lifestyle. George Barnard was charged with 24 counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, and three counts of filing a false tax return. The indictment charges that Barnard, one of two owners of Capital Financial Mortgage Corp., from 2005 through 2013 refinanced mortgages for clients, but instead of using the money to pay off existing loans and fund new mortgages, kept it for himself.
July 14, 2016 |
In times of trouble, you could find yourself in far more unpleasant places than South Philadelphia on a breezy summer evening listening to Paul McCartney sing Beatles songs. Which is what a privileged-to-be-there sold-out Citizens Bank Park crowd got to do Tuesday evening, finding refuge from the 24-hour bad-news cycle with the master of the cheerily melodic pop song just three nights after Billy Joel had filled the Phillies-stadium-turned-senior-citizen-rocker showplace, which will also host Bruce Springsteen later this summer.
July 8, 2016 |
KIDS 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Pleasant Playground, 6757 Chew Ave., free, 215-685-2230. The lovable - if a bit lethal - little yellow henchmen from the Despicable Me series star in their own film, a prequel that explains how they came to be Gru's helpers. Along the way, there's a plot to steal the crown jewels, a calamitous coronation, and one really big Kevin. The outdoor screening is at 8:30 p.m., but come early for story time and a book swap, plus the gourmet food truck. - Michael Harrington 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Brandywine Zoo , 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington.
July 4, 2016 |
When her husband died, life began all over again for Birtan Aka Collier. A former banker and mayoral adviser, she had been married 30 years to Ralph Collier, a sophisticated voice in local radio who interviewed celebrities and newsworthy figures. He worked for seven decades in radio, wrote a weekly travel column for the Main Line Times , and hosted a travel program for listeners until he died in 2013. That's when she stepped up to the microphone: She took over her husband's interviews and began recording the shows.
July 4, 2016 |
An alleged serial bank robber nicknamed by authorities the "Straw Hat Bandit" struck again Saturday in Montgomery County, authorities said. Around 10:10 a.m., the man - who concealed his appearance with a tan hat and a makeshift mask of fabric with eyeholes - robbed the PNC bank at 1216 Welsh Rd. in North Wales, the FBI said in a statement. After brandishing a black semiautomatic handgun and ordering customers to the floor, he demanded money from tellers, then fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash.