August 19, 2016
This is the third of three excerpts from Lisa Scottoline's new novel, "Damaged," now in stores. Chapter Two, cont'd 'He broke up with Suzanne when she got pregnant. She met him up at Penn State. She was in the honors program but when she got pregnant, she dropped out. Suzanne could have been an accountant, too. " Edward shook his head. "Anyway, we heard he died in a motorcycle accident, two years later. " "And when Suzanne dropped out, did she come home?" "Yes, and I was happy to have her. Patrick was born, and Suzanne devoted herself to him. Since she passed, I'm all Patrick has now. I'm his only family.
August 6, 2016 |
An app created to lessen food waste during the Democratic National Convention will continue to serve the homeless after collecting more than five tons of food over eight days. The Food Connect app, launched July 15 by Food Connect and other local antihunger organizations, allows restaurants, caterers, and individuals to enter their location and have extra food picked up by a vehicle driven by volunteers. Between July 21 and 29, the app collected 11,239 pounds of food, enough for 9,366 meals, city officials said Thursday.
July 28, 2016 |
Protests roiled Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, as thousands of demonstrators forced their way down Broad Street, with smaller crowds turning unruly and threatening as the evening wound down. The Secret Service arrested four people after they scaled a barrier at the Wells Fargo Center. The four - the first to be taken into custody in the first two days of the convention - were charged with entering restricted area and are to appear before a federal magistrate Wednesday.
July 28, 2016 |
Getting around Philadelphia on the second day of the Democratic National Convention was largely a repeat of the protests, detours, and delays that have inconvenienced the region since the event began. Once again, protests stalled service on the Broad Street Line on Tuesday afternoon from Oregon Avenue to the AT&T Station, the stop closest to the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention's evening events were held. SEPTA restored full service after 30 minutes, only to end all service between the two stations shortly before 7:30 p.m. for what officials described as security reasons.
July 12, 2016 |
If overcoming adversity leads to success, center Cole Bardreau should have a solid NHL career. Signed by the Flyers as a free agent last year, the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Bardreau - who fractured his neck while playing for Cornell in 2013 and was nearly paralyzed - looks like he has a future as a scrappy third- or fourth-line player. "He's tenacious, irritating, hard-working," general manager Ron Hextall said after watching Bardreau at the Flyers' development camp in Voorhees the other day. "Plays hard and plays physical.
July 8, 2016 |
For every $10 the city should get in taxes, a little less than a buck never shows. On Thursday, city officials thanked the 92 percent of Philadelphians who pay their taxes and announced a plan to recoup some of the estimated $492 million in unpaid property taxes that have accumulated over 40 years. The city issued a request for proposals to create a system for ongoing tax-lien sales. Councilman Allan Domb, who has been pushing for a program to address tax delinquencies since his Council campaign last year, was joined by Mayor Kenney and Council President Darrell Clarke to announce the initiative.
June 26, 2016 |
Raymond and Sandy Loewe just got back from a trip to Australia, having achieved one of their life goals: visiting all seven continents. They aren't even close to retiring, though they are in their mid-70s. "We both go to work every day, she at a nonprofit and me at my financial-planning firm. We have no plans to retire, but we take 14 to 15 weeks off a year," Raymond Loewe said. One thing they worried about was their care later in life: The couple have no children. "As I started thinking about aging," he said, "I asked myself, 'Who's going to take care of us if we can't take care of ourselves?
June 24, 2016 |
As the sun set over the Commodore Barry Bridge, a "Roland Alberg" chant broke out at Talen Energy Stadium. Subbed out, the Union midfielder walked off the pitch to a standing ovation in the 77th minute Wednesday night. "The fans, the staff, my teammates - I don't know the word," Alberg said, "but they love me. " And for good reason. Alberg continued his mid-June hot streak in the Union's 4-3 win over the Chicago Fire, overpowering defenders and scoring three goals along the way. The midfielder also made Union history with his third goal of the night, a hat trick in the 56th minute.
June 24, 2016 |
David Thomas, the longtime keeper of Pere Ubu's flame, has a reputation for being difficult. While musically and lyrically that complexity may be true - Ubu has, since 1975, been the soul of the American rock avant-garde, an art-punk ensemble inspired by early masters of the form such as Captain Beefheart, Albert Ayler, and the Red Krayola - in conversation, Thomas is as cozy as a kitten, if an occasionally craggy one. "I don't think I'm difficult,"...
June 20, 2016 |
Pete Mackanin shuffled his lineup Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, hoping to spark his listless offense. The Phillies manager batted Cody Asche leadoff for the first time in his career. Andres Blanco slotted into the No. 3 spot. And Maikel Franco was bumped down to the sixth spot. But a 4-1 loss to Arizona proved that there is little the manager can do to disguise his team's woes at the plate. The Phillies were no match for Arizona ace Zack Greinke, who allowed one run in eight innings.