January 22, 2016 |
MY FIRST TIME was on a late winter Saturday evening. The details remain hazy. Two of my high school friends from Baltimore were at Villanova and had been telling me I needed to get up to Philadelphia to see a Big 5 doubleheader at the Palestra. I got on a bus from College Park, Md., one Friday afternoon and somehow ended up on a train out to the Main Line. The next night, the first game, a k a the prelim, was already on when we got to the Palestra. Villanova was in the second game.
June 2, 2014 |
For months, Nancy Winkler and Jay Bryan went out of their way not to pass by 22d and Market Streets. They lived only three blocks away, so it wasn't easy. But avoiding that corner forever would be almost impossible. When the couple did finally find themselves there in April, what they saw only deepened the sadness in their lives - a barren lot, long and narrow, strewn front to back with accumulated garbage. "It was depressing to see that people were trashing it," Bryan said.
October 4, 2013 |
CITY HALL staffers and elected officials should take a moment Monday to look at their office ceilings and ponder a question: Is someone listening in on all this? Monday marks the 10th anniversary of the discovery of a FBI listening device in the ceiling of then-Mayor John Street 's City Hall office, right above his desk. If that seems like a long time ago, think of what it must feel like for Corey Kemp . Kemp, the city treasurer appointed by Street and eventually convicted on corruption charges in the probe, won't be released from prison until next May. Kemp wasn't the only person to go to jail, just the guy with the stiffest sentence.
June 13, 2013 |
Running Philadelphia can look like a child's game. Rock, paper, scissors: After landlord Richard Basciano hired a bankrupt contractor recommended by a formerly bankrupt architect to hire a marijuana-smoking ex-offender to knock down a building on Center City's main street, a few knowledgeable and conscientious citizens - an architect, bricklayers, people capable of recognizing knuckleheads at work and dangerous structural elements threatening collapse...
June 8, 2013 |
It was an ordinary moment of commerce transformed into random catastrophe, as workers and shoppers from different backgrounds and classes died together Wednesday in a Salvation Army thrift shop. They perished after a building being demolished next door collapsed onto the store, owned by a nonprofit whose normal function is to help victims such as these in disasters such as this. Among the dead were: Two best friends from the suburbs hunting fashion bargains on a rack of second-hand skirts - one the daughter of the city treasurer, the other the daughter of a doctor.
October 25, 2012 |
A complex financial strategy that was supposed to save Philadelphia money on bonds it sold investors in the mid-2000s could end up costing the city up to $186 million, compared with what issuing simple fixed-rate bonds would have cost, city treasurer Nancy Winkler told City Council members at a hearing Tuesday organized by Jim Kenney (D., at-large). According to testimony from Winkler and other experts, the city arranged interest-rate swaps with Wall Street banks in exchange for up-front cash and to protect taxpayers from the risk of rising interest rates.
June 10, 2012 |
A former Temple University, city, and School District executive has been named interim president of Girard College, officials announced Friday. Clarence D. "Clay" Armbrister, 55, will take the helm at the private boarding school in North Philadelphia on July 1. Mayor Nutter's former chief of staff, Armbrister most recently was senior vice president and chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, a post he left after six months....
November 25, 2011 |
William Bridgman Churchman III, 89, of Gladwyne, a retired insurance executive, died Sunday, Nov. 20, of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital. In 1947, Mr. Churchman joined the Guardian Life Insurance Co. in Philadelphia. He later told an Inquirer reporter, "I went into the insurance business, where literally anybody could get a job," and noted that salesmen were paid solely on commission. He told The Inquirer in 1986 that he got into management "by default," after peddling insurance door to door in Levittown.
August 24, 2011
How Vince Fumo's prison sentence stacked up to other prominent federal corruption cases: * Fumo, ex-South Philadelphia state senator Convicted: July 14, 2009 What He Did: Used Senate staffers as personal and political minions and defrauded two nonprofits of $2.3 million. Sentence: about 4 1/2 years * Rick Mariano, former Philadelphia city councilman Convicted: July 13, 2006 What He Did: Took $23,000 in bribes from two businessmen in his district in exchange for official favors, and helped a developer obtain city land in exchange for $5,400 in gym fees.
July 24, 2011
With a high-profile crackdown on two city workers over free meals and scoring TVs and other goodies through dealings with Verizon and other city contractors, Mayor Nutter reminded Philadelphia voters that he meant what he said with his 2007 campaign pledge to "throw the bums out. " By firing a top technology officer, and demoting and suspending another aide, Nutter offered a case study last week on the risks of an often too-cozy relationship between...