December 28, 2015 |
If fame is measured in name recognition, then Lew Blum must be considered one of Philadelphia's biggest celebrities. Not the most popular, mind you. He is not liked, not even a little, judging by the torrent of vitriol heaped on him in online Yelp reviews. "The lowest of the low," is one of the nicer comments you'll find there. But it's a name guaranteed to evoke a nod of recognition, and no small shiver of fear, by anyone who parks on the streets of Philadelphia. The name "Lew Blum" can be seen in large, blue capital letters on the 36-by-36-inch signs that hang by the thousands in parking lots, on garage doors, and near driveways and loading docks, from Plymouth Meeting to the Delaware state line, giving fair warning that UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED.
May 17, 2015 |
A locomotive with more than 8,000 horsepower, tugging cars carrying more than 200 people - and one man to keep it all on the tracks. On the night of Tuesday's fatal accident, that man was Brandon Bostian, a train enthusiast most of his life, an Amtrak employee for a decade, and an engineer since 2010. Bostian, 32, has remained publicly silent since the derailment of Train 188, but more details about him and his experience trickled out Friday. What also emerged was a fuller portrait of the largely solitary job that he and other engineers are entrusted to do. The training typically consists of at least six to 12 months of study and field work.
May 1, 2015 |
At first glance, Brad Guigar 's entrance to the world of webcomics seems reminiscent of the supervillain characters he creates. In 1999, his comic strip "Greystone Inn" had just been rejected by newspaper syndicates when he devised a new plan. "Although I was about a year behind the curve, I had this idea that I figured nobody else had," said Guigar, who was also a graphic artist for the Daily News at the time. "I'm going to put them up on a website, and I'm going to build a huge following, and then those guys at the syndicate will know what a mistake they made.
March 30, 2015 |
When Haverford College president Dan Weiss begins his new job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City this summer, he won't be able to see his favorite work of art. Known informally as the "Baker Dancer," the small, bronze statue, dating to ancient Greece, is on loan to the British Museum. Not to be deterred, Weiss took a visitor last week to the gift shop to see a replica of the statue, which takes its name from its donor, Walter C. Baker. Her figure is ample, her face is wrapped in a veil she draws close to her face.
May 23, 2014
RUBEN AMARO JR., from beleaguered general manager of the Phillies to commissioner of baseball? Amaro laughed a little at the thought. But a story on the New York Post's pagesix.com on Wednesday night listed Amaro as a candidate for the job of Major League Baseball commissioner, a job title being vacated in January when Bud Selig is expected to retire. The Post's story centered on Bob Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO, listing him as a favorite of MLB's succession committee.
September 24, 2013 |
Jimmy Rollins submerged his body in a hot tub Sunday morning to prepare for the Phillies' 155th game. His teammates were instructed to appear in the clubhouse. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. escorted Ryne Sandberg into the room and introduced him as the franchise's 52d manager. His players said, "I see you," to repeat a Sandberg refrain used for compliments. "I was kind of upset," Rollins said. "He pulled me out of the hot tub for that. It wasn't news to me. " The shortstop smiled.
May 6, 2013 |
When her husband left for Afghanistan in August, Heather Garay-Yoder, 25, started running to release the stress of his being away and at war. She had dreamed about running long distances, reading about how amazing people felt during and after races. Running also was something her husband, Chief Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot Jarett Yoder, 26, could do as well. Heather started running a mile, then a 5K, then five miles. Jarett set goals for her, new times to reach. Running was something they could do together, a world apart.
February 4, 2013 |
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Folks, why are we slaving in industries that adjusted for the economy and downsized, slashed jobs, and reduced salaries and benefits? We could be working in city government, which appears to be doing none of those things. Consider political operative and habitual ethics violator John McDaniel. Until last week, when his busy hands got slapped again, McDaniel made $87,125 as an assistant managing director in the Nutter administration. And what a life he had. In January of last year, after working on Nutter's reelection campaign, McDaniel landed a dream job at the airport training unpaid workers to assist travelers.
December 21, 2012 |
Adapted from an online discussion. Question: I love my job. It's the closest thing I can imagine to a dream job, in a highly selective industry where positions exist in only a few cities in the country. My husband does not particularly love his job, although, as he'll fully allow, it pays well, has a great mission, and involves nice coworkers. He just feels he has outgrown it. I support this in theory, but whenever he forwards me listings for new positions, they almost always involve huge pay cuts and locations where I have no hope of finding work in my field.
December 19, 2012 |
Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw is learning that Matt Rhule is a pretty popular coach. "It was impressive to see - not just current players, former players - but on campus, people from housing, people from admissions, people in [academic] departments who were pulling for him," said Bradshaw, who introduced Rhule Monday as the Owls' new coach. "I would walk around and kind of half-kiddingly say, 'Who should we hire?' . . . I can't tell you how many times Matt's name came up. " As an Owls assistant in 2010, Rhule interviewed for the job when Al Golden left for Miami.