September 14, 2014 |
Two gay men were attacked by a group Thursday night in Center City in what might have been a hate crime and robbery, police said. The victims, ages 27 and 28, were walking in the area of 16th and Chancellor Streets around 10:45 when they were confronted by two males and six or seven females, said Capt. Frank Banford, commanding officer of Central Detectives. Someone in the group asked whether the men were a couple, Banford said. "Yes, do you have a problem?" one of the men replied, Banford said.
September 12, 2014 |
Fritz Blank, owner and executive chef of the legendary Deux Cheminées restaurant in Center City, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Thailand. Records and reports indicated he was in his early to mid-70s. Mr. Blank, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died in Bang Saray, said Lynne Farrington, rare-book curator at the University of Pennsylvania, to which Mr. Blank donated thousands of cookbooks and other culinary-related material. Born and raised in South Jersey, Mr. Blank had a science career that started in agriculture and led to his becoming chief microbiologist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
September 11, 2014 |
ELEVEN OF THE 164 Philadelphia police officers accused of domestic abuse since 2011 - or fewer than 7 percent - were fired and criminally charged, according to the Police Department. Of those, just three have been convicted, and half are back on the job. Here's the list: * James Graber Jr., an 11-year veteran assigned to the bomb-disposal unit, was arrested after he allegedly punched his ex-wife in the face in a Mayfair pub in February 2011. At his ex-wife's request, Graber entered and completed a diversion program.
September 11, 2014
C ARL WHITE, 46, of Bristol Borough, is CEO of Think Brownstone, an experience design firm he co-founded in 2007 with Brian McIntire, 38, of Downingtown. The Conshohocken firm opened an office in July on 15th Street near Sansom, in Center City. Fifteen of the firm's 50 employees relocated there. Q: Why'd you decide to put an office in Center City? A: We needed new space to attract talent as well as retain the talent we had. We also had more clients in Philadelphia that we didn't have before.
September 7, 2014 |
SERIOUS NEEDS are being met at a modest new health clinic in town - the folks inside just aren't ready to scream it from the rooftops yet. They started with a soft opening in mid-August, but word is quickly spreading, and the patients are rolling in. Philadelphia FIGHT has had a long-standing reputation for advocating for individuals with HIV and AIDS, and the John Bell Health Center, one of its offshoots at 13th and Locust streets, is taking...
September 6, 2014 |
Richardson Dilworth was a Pittsburgh-born lawyer who adopted Philadelphia as his home and fought as a Marine in World War I, earning a Purple Heart. He reenlisted at age 43 to fight in World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for bravery at Guadalcanal. That alone would be a remarkable life, but Dilworth had political aspirations. He and reform ally Joseph S. Clark ended nearly seven decades of Republican rule when they were elected district attorney and mayor, respectively, in 1951.
September 6, 2014 |
Nine fast-food workers were among 11 people arrested Thursday for blocking traffic on Arch Street near a Center City McDonald's, part of a national campaign pushing large restaurant chains to pay workers at least $15 an hour and seeking greater attention for income disparities. Dozens were reported arrested at similar rallies planned in about 150 cities Thursday. Organizers of the "Fight for $15" campaign said they planned civil disobedience to highlight an effort that has made little headway since it began with a small New York strike after Thanksgiving in 2012.
September 5, 2014 |
Few can resist the hullabaloo and fanfare of a bright new playground opening, and why should they? Yesterday's opening day for Dilworth Park was accented with fireworks and illuminations, musical ensembles and dancers, and bunny hoppers through the ground-level geysers outside City Hall. But beyond all the pomp and circumstance, The People Paper surveyed several passersby to see if they knew why the park is called Dilworth. Below are a few gems that turned up. "Actually, I don't know why it's named Dilworth because I'm originally from Miami.
September 5, 2014 |
Having brought modern Israeli cuisine to Philadelphia at Zahav, Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov are focusing on Jewish cuisine from the rest of the world at the contemporary Abe Fisher , at 1623 Sansom St. (215-867-0088), next to their new hummus shop, Dizengoff. Yehuda Sichel, a Zahav veteran who won great notices when CookNSolo ran the kosher Citron & Rose in Merion Station, is billed as co-chef with Solomonov. The menu of small plates is divided into dishes based on vegetable ($10)