September 17, 2016 |
Dennis Nackord, a six-foot, 205-pound, ninth-degree black belt who has practiced martial arts for 50 of his 70 years, exudes devastating power even when he's standing still. Teaching an advanced class of 21 black belts at his Nackord Karate System school in a Wayne shopping center, he stared solemnly at his sparring partner, not moving a muscle, preparing to demonstrate the oneness of defense and attack. As his partner attempted to punch him, Nackord said, "This is an inward block," suddenly bringing an arm up vertically in front of his face to ward off the blow.
August 31, 2016 |
A massive fire Monday morning gutted a century-old Overbrook church that has been both a place of worship and a community center. The blaze was reported just before 9 a.m. in the basement of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church on the 6400 block of Lansdowne Avenue. It sent flames through the roof, darkening the sky with smoke and causing major damage to the building. No injuries were reported. The granite and limestone church had housed about five congregations and served about 300 people, according to the wife of Good Shepherd's pastor.
August 24, 2016
ISSUE | SUMMER OLYMPICS From Philly streets to 3 gold medals When Matthew Centrowitz captured the gold medal in the 1,500-meter final on Saturday, he became the first American to win the "metric mile" since 1908 ("U.S. cleans up on final night," Sunday). Melvin Sheppard was the American who won that race in 1908. Mel grew up in the Grays Ferry neighborhood of South Philly. He was a street tough, known for his fighting skills, but fighting rival gangs was not his only skill.
August 15, 2016 |
In 2003, George Funkhouser and Susan Nitka drove to Bridgeton, N.J., where George, who buys and sells precious metals and antiques, was going to meet with a client. At the time, the couple were living in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section in a home she had inherited from her parents. They had been together for a decade and were considering buying a larger house. That day in Bridgeton, they drove down streets lined with mansions built in the 19th century, when the city was a center for industry in South Jersey.
August 13, 2016 |
On Monday, construction workers digging at the site of the former Suit Corner store on the southwest corner of Third and Market Streets uncovered something other than a blazer and trousers. Specifically, construction worker Ery Chacon said Tuesday, they found two brick arches about 10 feet below street level - and experts say they could be from before the nation was founded. As it happens, people who were collared ended up at that location long before it became the Suit Corner, which was destroyed by fire in 2014.
August 7, 2016 |
On Thursday, hundreds of tots (and other youngsters up to age 10) will promenade down the Ocean City Boardwalk in the family resort's 107th annual baby parade. Some will walk. Others will ride in style in fanciful strollers, go-carts, and wagons. All will delight onlookers. The tradition dates back to 1909, when photoengraver Leo Bamberger - who helped organize Labor Day - founded the event. According to Michael J. Hartman, Ocean City's special events coordinator and artistic director of the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, in the golden age of the parade, attendees treated the festivities like a night on the town, dressing up in glamorous attire.
July 8, 2016 |
In 2008, news of a global hops shortage sent brewers into a cold panic. But for a few would-be farmers, it planted the seed - or, more precisely, the rhizome - of an idea. Though it had been nearly a century since this region's hops industry was decimated by a disease called downy mildew, then eradicated by Prohibition, perhaps, they thought, it was time for a comeback. Today, that resurgence is taking root in places like Oast House Hop Farm in Wrightstown, N.J., where about an acre of a former horse farm has been impaled with 20-foot poles, suspending vines bearing the flowers that give beer its bitter, floral, herbal, or fruity notes.
July 5, 2016 |
Twenty-five years after she alleged sexual harassment by a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Anita Hill will headline the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Oct. 6 at the Convention Center. And, yes, Hill plans to talk about how to address harassment in the working world today, for a generation of millennial women who either weren't born or didn't know Hill's name in 1991, the year she appeared before an all-male congressional inquiry. A renowned attorney, author, and law professor, Hill gave testimony during Clarence Thomas' Senate confirmation hearing that ignited a national debate on workplace sexual harassment.
June 11, 2016 |
Octavius V. Catto, one of Philadelphia's greatest of Renaissance men, an activist, educator, writer, athlete, and speaker gunned down in election violence in 1871, will at last be fully honored by the city where he lived and died for his beliefs and for the color of his skin. The design for a public memorial to Catto, which will grace City Hall's southern apron, will be presented to the public at a Mayor's Reception Room gathering at 11 a.m. Friday, and the artist, Branly Cadet, will be introduced to talk about his work.
May 30, 2016 |
The first job of any remake is to justify itself. Why do we need a new version of Roots , the beloved 1977 ABC mini-series whose finale more than 100 million people watched and whose most recent rerun - in high-definition on TV One - was only last fall? Because the world has changed enough in 39 years to justify more sophisticated writing and better production values, but not enough to make Roots any less relevant. Our understanding of the history underlying Roots has changed, too, though not in ways that hurt the History Channel's four-night version, which premieres at 9 p.m. Memorial Day and will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime.