January 22, 2013 |
A health-food nut Jiger Patel is not. At least not from an entrepreneurial perspective. And his certainty over Americans' continued affinity for that which is not exactly fitness fare is why he is spending his days lately in the shadow of the Market-Frankford El in West Philadelphia, amid remodeling contractors, security-system installers, and job applicants. There, on a high-profile corner at 52d and Market Streets, the finishing touches are being applied to the second of what Patel plans as a Philly-centric empire of fast-food hamburger restaurants.
November 7, 2012
By Steve Hallock Last week, a group of foreign journalists and politicians visiting Pittsburgh to learn about the presidential election wondered why we Americans and our media allow blatant lies to enter the discussion. Beyond the obvious answer that they are protected by the First Amendment, this is an important question, especially given journalists' prominent role in disseminating political information. The first tenet of the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics admonishes, "Seek truth and report it; journalists should be honest, fair, and courageous in gathering and interpreting information.
October 8, 2012
HERE'S WHAT will be making news in Philadelphia this week: POLITICS Make the debate go down easy Do you think Vice President Joe Biden is a beer-and-a-shot kind of guy? Does U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan like a stiff whiskey and soda? Sadly, those questions probably won't get answered in Thursday night's vice-presidential debate. But we've figured out some places where you can watch the action and imbibe. Here are a few Philly bars that promise they'll be airing the anticipated face-off between the feisty duo: Doobies, at 22nd and Lombard streets; The Good Dog, on 16th near Locust, and the Nodding Head on Sansom near 15th.
October 1, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Wednesday to South Philly's own Chubby Checker. Checker, born Ernest Evans, was discovered singing in the Italian Market, which led to recording for Dick Clark, which led to . . . well, you know the tune. He's 71 this week. His stars twist (couldn't resist!) a new career path, adventures and expansions in the New Year. On Tuesday, South Jersey's own Kelly Ripa hosts 42. Wednesday, GFS grad Garrett "G. Love" Dutton sings the I'm-turning-40 blues, The Roots' Black Thought celebrates a lyrical 41 and Allyson Schwartz reps 64. Saturday, Flyer Danny Briere captains 35, and "Majors and Minors" winner Michael Woodward croons 15. - Lauren McCutcheon
July 30, 2012 |
MARGATE, N.J. - Call it Margate Muscle. Actually, some people on the beach do just that. Like George Orfe of Mount Laurel, who raised an eyebrow in 100-degree heat Tuesday when approached by beach-badge checker Samantha Tepedino, 18, and her, well, backup. "Oh, are you the muscle protecting her?" he said to Tim Goodwin, 6-foot-1, 250 pounds, standing silently behind Tepedino in Margate Beach Patrol T-shirt, shorts, and visor. As a matter of fact, yes. And you should see his partner, Andrew Baumgardner, 6-2, 272 pounds.
June 24, 2011 |
ALBANY, N.Y. - A 23-year-old man accused of raping an upstate New York girl was the subject of a missing-child case that received national attention in the 1990s, including getting his photograph taken with President Bill Clinton at the White House, authorities said yesterday. Adam Croote's tangled past includes his father killing his mother, his abduction by a grandmother and a sex-crime conviction in Massachusetts. At age 7 in 1996, he was photographed with Clinton at the signing of an executive order to set aside space in every federal building for posting pictures of missing children.
January 19, 2011 |
WILMINGTON - Jose Garcia stands atop a 145-foot mountain of trash, his gaze locked on the trucks dumping pile after pile of Delaware's waste just yards from his feet. His trained eye scans the landscape for anything that doesn't belong - chemical drums, slabs of asbestos, red biohazard bags carrying used bandages or syringes. Just two weeks before, one of Garcia's colleagues at Wilmington's Cherry Island Landfill discovered the body of former Pentagon official John P. Wheeler 3d as it tumbled from the back of an arriving truck.
December 16, 2010 |
Daryl Childs says he still feels the effects of the beating he took 25 years ago outside a Norristown gym. Sometimes, he says, his mind still fumbles for words that won't come. Brain damage from the blows kept him from completing college, the unemployed Florida construction worker contends. "I can't even tell you how much I have been affected by what Dave did to me," Childs, 48, said Wednesday. "Things I was trying to accomplish, I had to put on hold. I had to learn how to read and write all over again.
July 19, 2010 |
Eleven floors above Northern Liberties, Jake Winigrad carefully studied the vast expanse of the Delaware Riverfront, bathed in the hazy sunshine of a mid-July afternoon. "The windows are like paintings that change throughout the day," said the Parkway Corp. vice president for project management, offering a nonfinancial, but hugely important reason, for why the venerable Philadelphia company chose this glass-steel-concrete mid-rise at North American and Brown Streets as its first rental apartment building.
July 10, 2010 |
CHUBBY CHECKER wowed a monster crowd outside City Hall yesterday afternoon as hundreds of people tried to "twist" their way into the record books. To mark the 50th anniversary of the popular tune and dance, "The Twist," the Philadelphia-raised Checker performed a free concert on Dilworth Plaza, adjacent to City Hall. Checker, looking slender for a 68-year-old man called Chubby, led the crowd in a number of dances he popularized, including the "Fly," the "Hucklebuck" and his most enduring, the "Twist.