March 29, 2014 |
The trash looked as if it had been dropped off in a hurry. Someone apparently drove down the isolated sandy road in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Burlington County, found an open spot, then tossed the construction debris from the back of a pickup truck. On Thursday, the longer, more tedious process of cleaning up the refuse and other nearby garbage sites was undertaken by volunteers, including state officials, as part of efforts to draw attention to a new state crackdown on illegal dumping.
February 14, 2014 |
AIMING TO crack down on losers who point lasers at aircraft, the FBI announced yesterday they'll give rewards of up to $10,000 for tips leading to the arrest of illegal laser pointers. Such incidents have skyrocketed 1,100 percent since 2005, when the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration began tracking the deliberate targeting of aircraft by people with handheld lasers. In 2013, 3,960 laser strikes were reported, averaging almost 11 incidents a day, according to the FBI. The FBI's regional reward program will run for 60 days in 12 FBI field offices, including Philadelphia's.
February 1, 2014 |
Anna Thompson is a mess. Acne hotspots are breaking through the thick makeup she slathers on first thing every morning. She's a lifelong bulimic who purges on fast-food burgers. Her husband is a passive-aggressive bully, and her sister constantly criticizes her as a failure. Portrayed by Jessalyn Gilsig ( Nip/Tuck , Glee , Vikings ) with an implosive intensity that both alarms and delights, Anna is the unlikely heroine of Somewhere Slow , a terrific low-budget indie romantic dramedy from Wilmington-born writer-director Jeremy O'Keefe.
December 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Drexel University president John A. Fry made the million-dollar-plus club. Fry is one of 42 private college presidents nationwide who were paid more than $1 million in total compensation in 2011, the latest year for which data are available, according to the annual salary survey published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. With a salary of $1.02 million, he placed 41st in compensation among the nation's private colleges. Total compensation includes base pay, bonus pay, deferred compensation, benefits, and other miscellaneous pay. It's the first year Fry's full salary at Drexel has been made public in the report, which draws data from public tax forms.
December 4, 2013 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball team, coming off an unexpected Sweet 16 appearance as a 12 seed, started the 2008-09 season ranked 23rd. The next time the Wildcats weren't in the Top 25 was the last week of February in 2011. They haven't been back since, even though they beat three Top 5 opponents last season. In fact, the best they did was get one vote in the final regular-season poll last March. Now they're back, at No. 14, after beating No. 2 Kansas and No. 23 Iowa on Friday and Saturday to win the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.
October 18, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER - A public works crew pulling up the sidewalk in the heart of West Chester last week heard an unexpected crack. What the workers uncovered is a mystery that has since perplexed the borough. Beneath the bricks on Church Street, they found a glass manhole cover. And beneath that opaque window, they looked down on a hidden room. Another layer down, beneath a film of dirt and dust, they saw a metal chair, a few bottles, and an archway long ago closed by concrete.
October 10, 2013 |
A 4-YEAR-OLD preschooler brought cocaine and $173 in cash to his East Falls school yesterday. The boy had packed his pockets with the money and eight baggies of what appeared to be crack cocaine, police said. Just before 10:15 a.m., he showed the money to a classmate, who alerted a teacher at Thomas Mifflin School, on Conrad Street near Midvale Avenue, said Fernando Gallard, a school district spokesman. The boy turned over the drugs to a classroom attendant, and school officials called police, who then found the money on the boy, police said.
September 11, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Fifteen years ago, the sidewalks around Eastern State Penitentiary were uneven, with weeds growing between the cracks. The sliver of land between the concrete and the former prison's stone walls was in even worse shape. The soil "had pieces of rebar sticking out of the ground, lots of trash, and a lot of leaves. . . . It was just a mess," said Heidi Siegel, president of the Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park. What's more, parts of the land had been used as an informal dog run. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, thanks to hours of work by volunteers and money from the city, the Friends of Eastern State, and others, a patch of land along Corinthian Avenue from Brown Street to Fairmount Avenue will be dedicated as the city's latest community project: Corinthian Gardens, a collection of individual plots, grassy areas, picnic benches, and a stone path.
August 28, 2013 |
WHEN BUS DRIVER Trulio Arias stopped at the National Constitution Center in Center City yesterday morning to drop off 36 Chinese tourists, he figured he'd have a quiet hour to himself before he retrieved them and headed to New York City, their next stop. Instead, Arias became the surprise star of a news conference held by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to announce a national blitz of bus inspections. As TV cameras recorded and the Chinese tourists waited nearby, city police inspected Arias' bus and ordered it out of service until a mechanic could arrive to replace a well-worn rear tire.
August 25, 2013 |
'Innocent until proven guilty. Four words to live by. " So criminal defense barrister Martha Costello declares with conviction to a fresh-faced intern in a particularly cringeworthy scene in the first episode of Silk . There are other missteps, tired cliches, and moments of silliness to follow. Happily, Masterpiece Mystery's latest British import improves considerably over the course of its three weekly feature-length episodes. Created by former attorney Peter Moffat ( North Square , Criminal Justice )