July 8, 2015 |
WITH apologies to Stephen Sondheim: Send in the clowns. There ought to be clowns . . . but wait, they're already here. How many Republican candidates can one get into one of those miniature cars in the center ring of the presidential circus now playing an extended gig in various locations throughout the country? There are already some 14, or is it 15, who want to be the GOP's nominee for the job no one in his right mind would want in the first place. Among the latest, of course, are the comb-over champion of the western world, Donald Trump, and the specialist in traffic jams, Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey.
July 7, 2015 |
The first time Carli Lloyd scored, the crowd at Throwbacks Bar and Grill on Route 130 in Delran Township chanted, "USA! USA! She scored again. "Carli Lloyd! Carli Lloyd!" By the time Lloyd was done scoring - she had three goals - and the United States had beaten Japan, 5-2, to win the Women's World Cup title, the place was roaring, with staff standing on chairs, logging 360-degree views on cellphones. Carli Lloyd! Carli Lloyd! USA! USA! "I can't wait for the parade!
July 7, 2015 |
AFTER LEAVING Liberty Island in New York yesterday, Justin Miller and seven other members of the Miller family, of Manteca, Calif., needed to find somewhere to watch the World Cup final on their drive back to Fairfax, Va. It was already a July 4th weekend of celebrating after Miller, 37, won four gold medals in the men's 35-39 division at the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax. Miller, a California State Highway Patrol Officer, took gold in the pole vault, long jump, high jump and 4 x 100 relay event.
July 3, 2015 |
For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd's soccer game, as important as all of her emphasis on fitness. Getting alone in a room, finding the moment, the big moment in a game, conjuring up scenarios that include the ball on her foot. On Tuesday night when she was about to take a penalty kick in the 69th minute, a Women's World Cup semifinal hinging on the moment, Lloyd had been there before. "I basically zoned out the entire world except for the net, the ball and myself," Lloyd said Wednesday afternoon over the phone.
July 2, 2015 |
Investigators have found a car belonging to the 85-year-old East Mount Airy woman who was killed this week, Philadelphia police said Tuesday. Regina Brunner Holmes was found Monday morning in her home, beaten and stabbed, with her throat slashed, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. Her house was pristine, and investigators found no sign of forced entry. Her car, however, was missing from the driveway. Investigators found it about 11 a.m. Tuesday, parked on the 3100 block of Stillman Street in North Philadelphia - about six miles from Brunner's home on Roumfort Road.
July 2, 2015 |
THE GRIEF WILL hang over Regina Brunner Holmes' friends and family like a heavy fog for God knows how long. On Monday, they learned that the feisty, outgoing 85-year-old grandmother had been brutally murdered in her East Mount Airy home. Last night, amid rain that fell in a downpour at times, about 30 of Holmes' neighbors gathered across the street from her home, sharing stories and laughing over warm memories of the woman, an avid painter who had lived on the block since the '80s.
June 25, 2015 |
The mother of a 10-year-old Gloucester County boy struck and killed by a speeding police car in late December has filed a lawsuit against the county, Franklin Township, the police officer involved, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Attorneys for Michelle Harding of Franklin filed the suit Friday in federal court in Camden, alleging wrongful death and contending that a number of agencies acted negligently, effectively contributing to the accident. Harding had made known her intention to sue in the wake of her son's Dec. 28 death.
June 24, 2015 |
SEPTA Regional Rail trains will be more crowded than usual this summer, as crews take railcars out of service to install equipment needed for a new "positive train control" system. SEPTA said "10 or more" cars in the 351-car fleet will be out of service at any given time for the upgrades until at least November. That will mean many trains, which are often six cars long, will be shortened by at least one car. And that will mean packed conditions for passengers in the remaining cars.
June 23, 2015 |
Cars, cars, parked everywhere in South Philadelphia. On expansive lots below the Walt Whitman Bridge, on parcels at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. On Norfolk Southern Corp. rail land, and along the old Mustin military airfield now part of 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard. Since August 2010, when Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. moved their vehicle-import business from Baltimore and Newark, N.J., ports to Philadelphia's waterfront, the number of shiny Hyundai Sonatas and Kia Sorentos rolling off ships has risen from 127,406 in 2011 to 143,258 in 2012 and 151,296 last year.
June 18, 2015 |
THE HEADLINE out of West Philly last week was bizarre. A brazen gunman took a cab to a robbery on Ogden Street near 41st on June 9, shot his target twice when the man didn't comply, and then hopped back into the cab. At the time, investigators offered two possible explanations: Either the cabbie was in cahoots with the punk, or he was being coerced with the same gun seen in the surveillance footage. In reality, there was a third, much simpler, answer. That cab, along with 11 others, was stolen from Southwest Philly by an enterprising thief with an "intimate knowledge" of the city's taxi system, police said yesterday.