November 25, 2015 |
THE PERPETUALLY congested lanes of the Vine Street Expressway were transformed into a terrifying hellscape yesterday morning, as flames devoured a school bus' skeleton and Pennsylvania State Troopers exchanged gunfire with an armed suspect. The hair-raising episode began with a routine car stop over an expired registration tag, and ended with Trooper Patrick Casey taking a bullet to the shoulder - and a 17-year-old alleged gunman behind bars. The teenager, identified Wednesday morning as Giovanni Cotto, was charged as an adult last night with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assaulting a law-enforcement officer and related offenses.
November 7, 2015 |
Colwyn Borough measures just a third of a square mile, but it might have more problems per square foot than any other town in the nation. It has virtually no tax base. It is severely in debt. It is the subject of a large-scale investigation by the Delaware County district attorney. On Thursday, Colwyn added two more issues: It no longer has a mayor. And it's missing three of its seven council members. Hours before state financial planners were scheduled to meet with residents to present a long-term recovery plan, the mayor and two Borough Council members resigned, citing a need for extreme action to protect the town from "future destruction.
September 25, 2015 |
One person was killed and another wounded in a broad-daylight shooting in Kensington on Wednesday morning, police said. The shooting took place on the 1800 block of East Monmouth Street around 11 a.m., police said. Neighbors on the narrow block said they heard five gunshots, and then screams. Morgan Gorman, 30, said he opened his front door to "chaos. " He saw a man lying in the doorway of a house five doors down, with other people on the block rushing toward him. Others ran from the scene screaming.
August 21, 2015 |
JOINT PRACTICES are "organized chaos," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said after the first of the three days of welcoming the Baltimore Ravens to NovaCare, in advance of Saturday's preseason game. "Both teams are teetering on being under control, but out of control at the same time. It's real thin ice, but I think cooler heads prevail. We're all professionals. We're out here trying to compete. I think we all have that understanding and mutual respect for each other, and we're out here just trying to get work done.
June 27, 2015 |
Actor Alan Rickman helms A Little Chaos , his second film as a director, with Kate Winslet as a royal landscaper helping to design the vast gardens of Versailles in the court of King Louis XIV (played by Rickman himself). Winslet's powerhouse performances holds up A Little Chaos , a movie that cannot necessarily support her inherent force. She plays Sabine de Barra, a fictional landscaper employed by André le Nôtre, mastermind behind Versailles' gardens. Matthias Schoenaerts, as le Nôtre, is getting mileage out of costume drama this summer: He also stars in the Thomas Hardy adaptation Far From the Madding Crowd . De Barra's life is not the only fudged part of history.
June 23, 2015 |
Barbara Butler takes home $250 a week for driving a school bus with blind children to a Catholic day school part time. Her health insurance premiums are $517 a month. She pays 76 cents, and Washington picks up the rest. The Supreme Court is expected to rule within a week on whether that subsidy, a key part of President Obama's health-care law, is legal in 34 states. If it decides not, then the West Philadelphia resident's premiums would swell to half her income. "Fortunately for me, I'm pretty healthy," Butler said.
April 12, 2015 |
Dysfunction evidently rules again in tiny Colwyn Borough, Delaware County. On Thursday night, its manager was fired at a raucous council meeting; she disputed the action and then locked herself in Borough Hall overnight. "I don't believe I am out of a job," Paula Brown said Friday. The latest episode followed a contentious council meeting during which Brown and council members shouted at each other and traded accusations - and they still don't agree on the outcome.
March 9, 2015 |
Someone was screaming over the police radio. "Shots fired. Officer down. Give me some help!" In the quiet of a snowy Thursday afternoon, dozens of officers heard it. In squad cars and on bikes, from the 22d District, the 39th, the Highway Patrol, they rushed to the GameStop at 22d and Lehigh and into chaos. Inside the store, blood trailed to the door. Broken glass and shell casings littered the floor. And Officer Robert Wilson III was lying a few feet from the counter that shielded a group of shoppers and store workers who crouched down, terrified.
February 24, 2015 |
The council members sat quietly and cast their votes, unanimously agreeing to seek state assistance to manage Colwyn Borough's finances. Moments later, they started screaming. Again. They shouted, pointed fingers, and paced the room. The council president - who had forgotten his gavel - banged an eyeglass case on the table in a futile effort to quiet the group. It was a typical Thursday evening at Colwyn Borough Hall. The Delaware County borough government is fraught with infighting, lawsuits, allegations of wrongdoing, and an investigation by county detectives into potential financial mismanagement.
January 26, 2015 |
A year before Healthy Pennsylvania's rollout, Michael Harle, president and CEO of Gaudenzia, the drug and alcohol treatment center, was assured by top state Medicaid officials his clients would not see their health insurance change. Harle has been around. So he asked for that guarantee in writing. He didn't get it. A high-placed executive "promised me that they would get it right," he said. But "they" didn't. After Medicaid recipients began shifting to the new program on Dec. 1, "all hell broke loose," Harle said.