October 23, 2015 |
Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. challenged his former roommate and ex-business partner in federal court Wednesday, a day after the man offered unflattering testimony against Fattah in his bank- and tax-fraud trial. In a tense cross-examination, Fattah - the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) - confronted Matthew Amato, 33, about their efforts to launch a personal concierge service in 2005 and government allegations that they blew thousands of dollars they borrowed to support the business to outfit themselves with the trappings of a luxury life.
December 24, 2014 |
THE CALENDAR can sting for some in Camden, on birthdays with no cakes, Thanksgivings without turkey, or a cold day in December called Christmas that mostly just feels like another Thursday. On some days, though, the calendar can surprise, as it did Dec. 18, when Christmas came early for about two dozen young adults and kids sitting inside a Caribbean restaurant on Federal Street, thanks to a local nonprofit and sacks of donations. Toddlers were bouncing off one another inside the Reggae Grill, and mothers held babies on their hips with one hand while carrying heaping containers of curry oxtail or jerk chicken back to their tables with the other.
December 20, 2013 |
This season's biggest-selling Christmas albums are both reality-TV-connected. One comes from the original American Idol winner, and another, more improbably, is a spinoff from a cable series about a family of bearded duck hunters. Both collections are represented in the playlist of recommended holiday music that follows, which gathers tunes traditional and nontraditional, sung by marquee names like Mary J. Blige and cult heroes such as Joe King Carrasco. Current and former Philadelphians are sprinkled throughout.
December 28, 2012
Friday-Monday Catch the train The Morris Arboretum's fantastic Garden Railway Display features model trains on a quarter-mile of track with loops, tunnels, and nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under). But it's just about at the end of its run, finishing on New Year's Eve. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Admission: $16; $14 seniors; $7 students and ages 3 to 18; children under 3 and members free. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 215-247-5777.
December 23, 2012
A 73-year-old Bensalem woman whose body was recovered Thursday from the Delaware River accidentally drowned, Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell said Friday. It was not immediately clear, he said, if alcohol was a contributing factor in the death of Jean Carson. Toxicology results will not be known for a month. Carson, a legal secretary, attended a Wednesday night Christmas party at a house on Haunted Lane in Bensalem. She was last seen smoking near the Neshaminy Creek, which runs behind the house and flows into the Delaware.
October 18, 2012 |
Rana Walker had recently finished breast cancer chemotherapy and was healing from a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery when she first laid eyes on him. Kevin Savage was tall, good-looking, and 13 years younger. He had come to her aid when she was lost in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. As Savage, a telemetry technician, guided her through the long corridors, Walker, 45, never thought he was doing anything but being helpful. At the time, dating wasn't exactly at the forefront of her mind.
October 17, 2012 |
The front lawn of Dave Sulock's house in Haddon Heights was looking like a Halloween-theme bicycle showroom. But the real fun was out back. Upward of 100 cyclists, a few walkers, and even a driver or two partied there under the stars as they kicked off the third annual "Tour de Heights. " By the time the 2012 tour finally wound down early Sunday, some in the crowd had cycled onward to three more backyard bashes within a few blocks of each other on the east side of the White Horse Pike.
September 13, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio Amish man who fired a shot into the air that killed a 15-year-old girl driving a horse-drawn buggy more than a mile away will go to jail for 30 days, a prosecutor said Wednesday. As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Marion Yoder, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of negligent homicide, said Steve Knowling, the prosecutor for Holmes County in northern Ohio. A judge sentenced Yoder to the maximum 180 days in the county jail, but suspended all but 30 days of the term.
August 21, 2012 |
It was a Sunday in the park for children in West Philadelphia, a day of free cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, and pony rides. Five barbers gave dozens of boys free haircuts, and the girls got complimentary manicures and jewelry-making lessons to craft their own bracelets. About 300 youngsters who came to Malcolm X Park at 51st and Pine Streets received complimentary school backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, folders, and paints - everything they might need for the first day of classes.