April 5, 2012 |
The cream puff at the Philadelphia Parking Authority's auto auction was the 2000 Volvo C70 convertible. The cloth top looked nearly new, and, though the leather seats needed a scrub, the interior was otherwise remarkably fresh. For prospective bidders, it showed far better than the tired Plymouth Neons and 1990s Crown Vics sharing the impound lot underneath I-95. And it was proof you can find a drivable car among the thousands of vehicles the city seizes and auctions off each year.
March 25, 2012 |
Can't afford to vacation in Maui? Lots of people think that - and they're wrong. We have visited Maui every year for the last 20 years, and have discovered tricks and tips to make it an affordable place to stay - and 2011 was no different. Airfare is about $850 round-trip from Philadelphia in the low season (mid-April to mid-June and September to mid-December) to Kahului Airport, in the center of Maui. The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono was our first stop, and we found that this inn, just 10 minutes from the airport, is a great place to relax, unwind, and get your bearings.
March 22, 2012 |
AS THEIR STRIKE began its second full day Thursday afternoon, SEPTA's 219 unionized transit police, who had rallied heartily at City Hall Station the previous night, were invisible there. No pickets. No presence. But behind the scenes, intermediaries for SEPTA and the striking Fraternal Order of Transit Police worked to get both sides back to the bargaining table. By Thursday night, they had succeeded. All day long, a hastily assembled force of armed, uniformed SEPTA transit police supervisors, city cops and unarmed private security guards kept the peace on the bustling City Hall concourse and station platforms.
March 18, 2012 |
Dharun Ravi, a promising college student and computer whiz kid, gambled his future on a Middlesex County jury. It appears he lost. The 20-year-old Plainsboro, N.J., resident was convicted of all 15 counts Friday in the Rutgers University webcam spying case, which generated international attention and became a rallying point for gay-rights advocates concerned about the bullying and harassment of gay teens. Ravi was found guilty of invasion of privacy and bias-intimidation charges for using his laptop webcam to spy on his roommate in an intimate encounter with another man on Sept.
March 9, 2012 |
Rummage sales can be a bit like speed dating: You dash from prospect to prospect, making instant decisions about whether there's a potential love connection. In the heat of the moment, impulse reigns, opportunities are missed, sparks fly. But the thrill of the find is what it's all about. No wonder then that the spring rummage sale at the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown celebrates its 95th year on Wednesday. Since Woodrow Wilson was president, this annual event - such an occasion that people have altered vacation plans to attend - demands the sweat equity of more than 50 volunteers for a one night/one morning sale that attracts more than 600 hard-core hunters and gatherers.
February 26, 2012 |
Driving a scantily veiled race car is indelible business. I'll never forget my time behind the wheel of the fabled Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a 617-horsepower two-seater that topped out around 200 miles an hour and listed for $452,500. More recently, I spent a week with another thinly disguised track denizen, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6, a 505-horsepower two-seater that also runs out to about 200 miles an hour but lists for a bargain-basement $75,525. Granted, the Z06 is not as sophisticated and classy as the impeccable SLR was. But like its supercharged, 638-horse stablemate, the Corvette ZR1 ($111,600)
February 2, 2012 |
Three dishes at each of three restaurants in three hours for $39? That's Dishcrawl. An import from the West Coast, Dishcrawl invites the hungry hip to come out as singles or in couples for an evening getting to know one another and one of their neighborhoods through that powerful communications tool we call food. Philadelphia's inaugural Dishcrawl, Jan. 24 in Northern Liberties, brought out 60 foodies who descended first on Cantina Dos Segundos, 931 N. Second St., for quesadillas (chicken or cheese)
January 15, 2012 |
With the 2012 London Games rapidly approaching - the opening ceremony is July 27- many travelers are wondering how to have the most affordable Olympic experience possible. A number of free and low-cost options are available for visitors. Live locations: Live coverage of Olympic events will be provided on large, outdoor screens in more than 20 urban locations throughout the United Kingdom, including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, and others. Sports fans looking to combine a bit of tourism with their Olympic visit will be able to keep tabs on the games while exploring a bit of history at the same time.
December 27, 2011 |
Shoppers flocked to stores Monday to spend their gift cards, snap up deals at early-morning sales, and eat at some of their favorite restaurants. With Christmas falling on a Sunday, Monday was a holiday, but to many people, that was a technicality. "The mall is absolutely packed. We opened early, at 7 a.m., and we've been busy all day," Ashlyn Delson, marketing director for Willow Grove Park mall, said Monday. Some retailers offered one-day-only bargains or specialty items to lure shoppers.
December 16, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators reached agreement Thursday on a compromise spending bill to avert a weekend federal shutdown. They also worked toward a deal renewing the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for another year but prepared a shorter version as a fallback in case talks fell short. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) told reporters he was still optimistic that bipartisan talks on yearlong extensions of the Social Security payroll tax cut and unemployment coverage would succeed.