August 6, 2016
As a result of Thursday's incident in which two elevators malfunctioned, injuring two employees, the Criminal Justice Center at 1301 Filbert St. in Center City will be closed Friday for most events. The only exceptions will be preliminary arraignments, bail acceptance operations, and emergency protection from abuse services. Anyone in need of these services may still report to the basement of the CJC. All jurors already seated for a trial that is already in progress, as well as any witness, victim or defendant involved in any trial or matter already in progress should report to the CJC on Monday, unless otherwise notified.
August 6, 2016 |
The city health department during the last week grounded several "frequent fliers," its term for eateries with a history of failing numerous health inspections. Vermin -- rodents and roaches -- proved the undoing of many of the restaurants and grocery stores ordered by the city to close down for at least 48 hours. An infestation of rodents temporarily closed a Primo Hoagies franchise in Port Richmond. Roach invasions shut down Bella T's Pizza in Mayfair, the Santana Deli in Feltonville, El Coqui bodega in Fairhill and Jin Hous e in West Philadelphia.
August 5, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My younger sister won't let me meet her boyfriend of three months. I've invited them over for dinner, she's declined. I've asked if I can meet them out, she's declined. She says it's because they aren't serious, and she doesn't think you introduce boyfriends to family unless it's serious. That's her prerogative, I know, but she's got a history of dating dishonest men (all have ended badly, naturally), and so I worry that her hiding him from me is a red flag.
August 5, 2016 |
Geets Diner, a landmark in Williamstown for nearly 75 years, abruptly closed its doors during a routine lunch hour Monday. "It was where you had your hometown people," said Monroe Township Mayor Dan Teefy. "It was 15 minutes of saying hello to everybody before you sat down. " On the morning of the diner's closing, owner NJK Hospitality L.L.C.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was converted to Chapter 7, which calls for liquidation of assets. Teefy said a bankruptcy court order called for the immediate closure.
August 2, 2016 |
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Jason Day wanted to give Jimmy Walker something to think about Sunday at the 18th hole of the PGA Championship and he did, making an eagle at the 18th hole that put the pressure on Walker to make a par there in order to capture his first major championship. Walker did convert the par, however, and celebrated the title, the same one that Day took last year. "I just said, 'Let's just try and finish this off with a bang, try to give him something to think about and just keep pushing forward,' " said Day, who congratulated Walker behind the 18th green.
July 30, 2016 |
Vanguard closed to new shareholders one of its most popular dividend mutual funds Thursday, saying it topped out at $30 billion as yield-hungry investors sought to earn income on their portfolios. Current investors in the Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund can still put money in, but new investors are out of luck. It's yet another sign that dividend-paying stocks have become the new bonds. Currently, 300 of the S&P 500 index companies yield more than the 10-year Treasury note, a phenomenon that has not occurred since 2009, according to data from asset-management firm Nuveen.
July 30, 2016 |
You have to walk past the Beanie Boo stuffed animals and up a flight of stairs to find the last vestige of recorded classical music in the city, but you'll have to hurry. F.Y.E., the big chain that has become more about pop merchandise and less about music, is closing its flagship store at Broad and Chestnut Streets. After Aug. 31, the Beanie Boos will be gone, and so will the nicely curated collection of new and used classical CDs, DVDs, and vinyl in the southeast mezzanine space just above the Land Title post office.
July 29, 2016 |
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust plans to close most of the still-operating portions of the Gallery at Market East shopping mall before the end of the summer to work on the property's redevelopment. The closure is to come as PREIT nears completion of demolition work in the already-shuttered section of the mall between Eighth and 10th Streets along, chief executive Joseph Coradino said during a conference call with analysts Wednesday. The section to close this summer accommodates Old Navy, Burlington Coat Factory and Five Below locations.
July 19, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: With summer here, many families will do at least some traveling, which involves spending significant amounts of time in the family car or truck. I'd like to remind your readers that it is now illegal in many states to leave a child, a disabled person or a pet unattended in a vehicle for ANY length of time. The reason is that temperatures inside a vehicle - especially with the windows rolled up - can rise to dangerous, even deadly, levels very quickly. Tests by the National Weather Service have shown that when it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the interior of a vehicle with the windows rolled up, or just cracked open, can reach 123 degrees within 60 minutes!
July 18, 2016
Orlando R. Barone is a writer in Doylestown The woman's twin daughters were 8 months old when her pimp took them away. "Kidnapped them," she told me. Human trafficking is all about control, according to Sister Terry Shields, one of the cofounders of Dawn's Place, a Philadelphia-based safe haven where those prostituted can reclaim their lives and voices. The woman told me she came from a dysfunctional home where no one ever listened to her. "I was always screaming but never heard," she said.