February 23, 2015 |
In the late 19th century, when thousands of Italian immigrants were pouring into South Philadelphia to make their fortunes, Seventh Street was transformed into a bustling bankers row. By 1897, there were 25 rowhouse-size banks between Bainbridge and Washington Avenues, all competing to provide newcomers with loans, money transfers, even railroad and steamship tickets. The immigrant bankers soon began erecting more substantial buildings, typically on corners where they would have maximum visibility.
August 14, 2012 |
LONDON - With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun. The closing ceremony offered a sensory blast including rock 'n' roll rickshaws, garbage can percussionists, an exploding yellow car and a marching band in red tunics and bearskin hats. There was a show-stopping reunion of the Spice Girls and a comedy sequence featuring Monty Python's Eric Idle performing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" accompanied by Roman centurions, Scottish bagpipers and a human cannonball.
June 18, 2012 |
After 87 years at 400 N. Broad, The Inquirer newsroom is moving to rented space this month in the grand old Strawbridge & Clothier store at Eighth and Market. I don't remember when I started calling the Inquirer Building the Tower of Truth. I don't even recall if it started as a joke, as in the Tower of "Truth. " When I began communications classes at Temple University in 1970, the newspaper was still living down its reputation for vendetta journalism and the blacklisting of liberal politicians, civil rights leaders, and suspect entertainers.
March 24, 2012
In Mali, fears rise of a countercoup BAMAKO, Mali - Television screens throughout this landlocked country went black momentarily Friday, as residents near the state broadcaster's building saw troops erecting barricades against a possible countercoup a day after a military takeover. On Thursday, mutinous troops seized control of the TV and radio stations and announced a coup. The country's democratically elected president has not been heard from since. The television signal went dead for around an hour, then flickered back on. Facing the camera was a group of a dozen soldiers who read a prepared statement denying that the leader of their coup had been killed, or that the station had been taken back by troops loyal to the country's legitimate government.
February 16, 2012 |
THE CENTENNIAL Bell will toll again. An 18-month rehabilitation of Independence Hall's iconic clock tower was mostly completed in December. On Saturday, the results will be heard. Mayor Nutter and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah will join National Park Service Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod in unveiling the renovations at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. After years of rain rusted the iron rods that secure the tower, they were replaced with stainless-steel rods. "Towers are a lot more sensitive to the environment than the rest of a building," said Jane Cowley, a Park Service spokeswoman.
January 24, 2012 |
LONDON - Time stands still for no one. In London, it doesn't even stand straight. Big Ben, perhaps the most iconic structure in all of Britain, is leaning, and lawmakers who work in the shadow of the famous clock tower are trying to figure out what to do about it. Members of Parliament gathered at the House of Commons on Monday to discuss a report containing some drastic solutions to deal with the problem, even though it will be thousands of...
January 9, 2012
DANA DiFilippo's "Cops net big bounty via court overtime" article offers an incomplete picture of the Philadelphia Police Department's efforts to reduce overtime expenditures for the past three years. The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) has made significant inroads in monitoring and reducing overtime expenditures with the establishment of the Overtime Management Unit in January 2009. This unit is an excellent example of inter-agency collaboration. Our personnel, working with the Courts and District Attorney's Office, are providing oversight and real-time feedback about overtime expenditures to all involved parties.
November 6, 2011 |
Maxine and Michael Kam's triangular, early-1900s house on Fitzwater Street is more than just a colorful place to live. "It is an icon of more than 100 years of South Philadelphia history, as well as a wonderful home," Maxine says. Her family lived in the area long before she was born, and when she was a child, her grandfather owned a shop that made men's caps. "My parents and I lived in Wynnefield Heights, and we used to come once a week to visit my grandparents," she says.
September 9, 2010 |
For 104 years, the bell at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in hilly, blue-collar Manayunk has joyfully summoned the faithful to prayer, celebrated marriages, and marked the ends of wars. Now, in a city whose many sacred symbols include a cracked bell, someone has filed a complaint to silence St. John's 5,000-pound bronze casting. Not completely. Just in the morning. At 7. That's when it rings 18 times for the Angelus. The official reason: It's too loud. The Rev. James A. Lyons, pastor of St. John's, received a warning letter last week from the city Health Department.