May 23, 2011
As weddings go, the Northern Liberties affair was somewhat atypical, what with the presence of saws and sanders, and the stockpiles of salvaged lumber. But this union, consecrated on a handmade stage built of railroad ties and bowling alley sections, was nevertheless emotional - no doubt most so for Brendan Isaac Jones. On that day last month, Jones watched his baby be joined with another - or, rather, with others. Greensaw Design & Build L.L.C., Jones' small construction business on North Fourth Street, became a worker-owned cooperative.
January 2, 2011 |
Nancy Agati and Benjamin White were virgin hip bowlers. After yoga class Wednesday, Agati, an artist, and White, who builds movie sets, went out for the evening. They had dinner at the Standard Tap on North Second Street, then walked next door to North Bowl. The bowling alley - or "bowling lounge," as these boutique versions are called - has been open since 2006, but the pair had only recently learned about it from a friend who is a regular. In the parking lot, the married couple passed a shiny BMW and, on the steps, a not-so-shiny guy hunched against the wind, trying to light a cigarette in his cupped hands.
August 19, 2010 |
Birthdays tend to be joyful occasions, but for Malika Scott, July 12 will forever be a painful reminder of the day her brother was shot to death. "We were best friends. That was my favorite brother," said Malika, who turned 19 that day. "He had planned to have a party for my birthday. " Markiese Scott, 23, was killed when someone fired multiple shots into his vehicle after he left a bowling alley at 72nd Street and Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philly. Scott was hit in the head at 11:20 p.m., and a 20-year-old woman with him suffered a graze wound to the back.
July 2, 2010
Cop aids wounded biker An off-duty homicide lieutenant rushed a bleeding victim to the hospital yesterday, after a shooting in the city's Ogontz section, police said. Lt. Norm Davenport helped an unidentified 33-year-old man who had been shot multiple times at Old York Road and Godfrey Avenue about 6:30 p.m, according to Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman. The victim, who had been riding his motorcycle when he was shot, was listed in critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Vanore said.
May 29, 2010
BRIDGETON, N.J. - A Philadelphia teenager has pleaded guilty to helping set a fire that destroyed a Vineland bowling alley. The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office said Friday that the 17-year-old boy, whose name has not been released because of his age, pleaded guilty Tuesday in juvenile court to conspiracy to commit arson. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of two years in custody. Sentencing is scheduled for June 30. Prosecutors say the teen and a 21-year-old Philadelphia man were hired by the manager of a rival bowling alley to start the fire that destroyed Loyle Lanes on Jan. 11. The others charged are awaiting trial.
May 20, 2010 |
Joseph J. Smylie, 92, of Yardley, a retired restaurateur, real estate developer, and racehorse owner, died Thursday, May 13, at Pickering Manor in Newtown. Mr. Smylie grew up in Fairmount and graduated from Northeast High School. His father was a Ukrainian immigrant, and the original family name was Smiejski. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific. He fought on Iwo Jima and was on Mount Suribachi in February 1945 when the Marines raised the U.S. flag there, said a son, Thomas.
April 4, 2010 |
Back in 1993, when Steve James was living in Chicago and working on Hoop Dreams, the acclaimed documentary that tracked two young African American basketball players' hopes of making it to the NBA, the filmmaker kept hearing about a spectacular high school athlete embroiled in a controversy that was racially dividing his hometown of Hampton, Va. "My father was sending me newspaper clips about Allen Iverson," said James. "He said to me, 'I've never seen anything like this kid.' " James' documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson will be screened as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival's Spring Preview next Sunday at the Prince Music Theater.
February 23, 2010 |
A Maple Shade man who admitted luring a teenage mother to her 2008 death while she had her baby with her pleaded guilty yesterday to murder. Douglas Mandichak, 27, admitted in Superior Court in Camden County that he fatally struck Felicia Mikels, 17, of Pennsauken, after allegedly plotting the death with the baby's father, who also was her uncle. Christopher Mikels, 28, of Pennsauken, is charged with murder. He faces a possible life sentence in the pending trial. Mandichak could have faced life but is expected to be sentenced to 30 years when he appears April 1 before Judge Anthony Pugliese.
January 21, 2010 |
Staring at his family's bowling alley as it was engulfed in flames last week, Charles Loyle knew. "That building went up so quickly that we knew it had to be an accelerant in there," Loyle, 82, said yesterday in front of the charred Loyle Lanes Bowling Center, a local landmark that would have celebrated its 50th anniversary Feb. 10. Investigators yesterday confirmed Loyle's suspicions about the Jan. 11 blaze and shocked the community with...