October 18, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday to close a loophole that for years has let repeat drunken drivers legally stay behind the wheel. The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association applauded the passage. "It is always gratifying when the legislature comes together on a bipartisan basis and takes steps to protect the public, and that is exactly what happened here," said Greg Rowe, the association's legislative liaison. Gov. Corbett's office said he would sign the bill.
October 18, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The state Senate closed out its 2013-14 session by passing more than a dozen pieces of legislation, many of them crime-related, including bills covering local gun ordinances, domestic violence, and animal cruelty. Most of the bills approved Thursday are headed for Gov. Corbett's desk, but others must receive final votes in the House, which returns for its last voting day Monday. Among the most controversial pieces of legislation moved by the Senate was a measure to give legal standing to "membership organizations," including the National Rifle Association, to sue municipalities if they enact gun laws stricter than state law. Philadelphia is one of 30 municipalities that have enacted ordinances mandating the reporting of lost and stolen weapons over the last several years since efforts failed to win passage of state gun-control laws.
October 13, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It was a more optimistic time 11 years ago when David Welsh, a city tree trimmer in search of a house, heard of one about to go on the market and raced over to make an offer. After haggling, Welsh was able to buy the 1925 two-story house just over the Albany Avenue Bridge in Chelsea Heights for $190,000. Now, two years after Hurricane Sandy dumped four feet of water into his carefully furnished house, Welsh, 58, and girlfriend Francine Tiemann, 64, are finally past the trauma of the contractor who left them in the lurch after blowing through $62,000 worth of insurance payments and past the Hail Mary help from the Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group, which finished the bulk of the rebuilding.
October 11, 2014 |
The St. Peter Claver Center for Evangelization in Center City, which has served black Catholics for nearly 30 years, will close at the end of this month, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced. The center, housed in the former St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church at 12th and Lombard Streets, a historically black parish, was originally slated to close two years ago amid major archdiocesan cutbacks, including the layoff of a quarter of the staff at headquarters. But the archdiocese's Office for Black Catholics, part of the Secretariat for Evangelization, appealed the decision, and the center was given a reprieve because grants from outside the archdiocese were supporting its programs.
October 10, 2014 |
JUST HOW WELL is Philadelphia prepared for a public-health scare of epidemic proportions? City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. will introduce a bill today calling for hearings to evaluate the city's preparedness in case of an outbreak of an infectious disease like Ebola. "There's a lot of misinformation out there," Jones said. "We need to be assured that at the airports, there is a process by which people are identified [who] may be sick, and then isolated. And that the respective emergency rooms and hospitals are capable of handling these types of situations.
October 10, 2014 |
MUHAMMAD ALI has a big heart, a kind heart, a generous heart. Loves kids, especially his own, which number seven or nine, or more, depending on who is doing the counting. Heavyweight champion in a brutal sport, loves his kids, nice story line, but you can't stretch that into a 2-hour documentary, no matter how many cute-as-a-cupcake phone conversations you include. They try in "I Am Ali," which opens in theaters today. It is no more a complete and honest depiction of Ali than any of the books, magazine articles, films and documentaries that preceded it. Maybe next year.
October 3, 2014
NEW ORLEANS Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is close to joining the ownership group of the Philadelphia Soul. Colston owns the Harrisburg Stampede, a franchise in the Professional Indoor Football League, which is a lower level than the Arena Football League in which the Soul plays. Colston's ownership share in the Soul couldn't be determined. The 31-year-old holds every significant receiving record for the Saints, and was a key player when New Orleans won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.
September 27, 2014 |
The sign in the window reads, "Save Meadow Brook Golf Club," but there seems to be no fight left. The carts are gone. The pro shop is a vacant stretch of green carpet. The phones go straight to message-less voice mail. On Friday, the club along Route 29 just outside Phoenixville became the property of the Phoenixville Area School District. That marked what might be the final chapter in a story that inflamed emotions last year when the district seized the 50 acres by eminent domain, saying it needed the land for a new school.
September 25, 2014 |
HE ISN'T a turbocharged, larger-than-life character, like Jerry Blavat. Nor is he a benign presence still embracing the peace-and-love ethos of the 1960s, like Pierre Robert. Or an agent provocateur, nonchalantly hurling verbal Molotov cocktails, on the order of Angelo Cataldi or Howard Eskin. Nonetheless, there's no question that Barry Reisman is as much a local radio institution as any of the above-named broadcasters. Since 1965, Reisman has occupied a unique niche on the local airwaves as the Delaware Valley's go-to source for Jewish music, playing records by an eclectic roster of performers, from Yiddish theater icon Molly Picon and mid-20th-century cantor/recording star Jan Peerce to the Klezmatics, a leading act of the contemporary klezmer scene, and Mordechai Ben David, a major Hasidic pop star.
September 24, 2014 |
You think sports crowds in this city are rough on visitors? Michael Lahoud, a midfielder for the Union, described how he played in an African Nations Cup qualifier earlier this month in the Congo to the accompaniment of a crowd chanting, "Ebola! Ebola!" "For 90 minutes," Lahoud said, "playing away in Africa is the toughest thing to do in the world. " Lahoud was representing his native country, Sierra Leone, which Monday ended a three-day lockdown after government officials had ordered everyone in the country into their homes to try to stem the spread of the Ebola virus.