August 3, 2012 |
Police are looking for a man who they say violently assaulted and robbed an 86-year-old SEPTA passenger in an elevator at the Church Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line last month. The attack was captured on video by a surveillance camera. Around 9 p.m. July 2, according to police, the victim got onto an elevator on the westbound platform at Church Street in Frankford and was followed on by a man who pushed him into the corner of the lift, grabbed him by the throat and went through his pockets, stealing his wallet and $500 cash.
June 18, 2012 |
After 87 years at 400 N. Broad, The Inquirer newsroom is moving to rented space this month in the grand old Strawbridge & Clothier store at Eighth and Market. I don't remember when I started calling the Inquirer Building the Tower of Truth. I don't even recall if it started as a joke, as in the Tower of "Truth. " When I began communications classes at Temple University in 1970, the newspaper was still living down its reputation for vendetta journalism and the blacklisting of liberal politicians, civil rights leaders, and suspect entertainers.
May 25, 2012 |
Whoa! Someone got quite a scare this morning at the Convention Center Parking garage on North Broad Street, between Race and Cherry Streets, in Center City. A black Infiniti, with a driver inside, partially fell down a ground-level car lift before 10 a.m. Andrew Afandor, an employee with the 1st Choice Response Unit tow-truck company, who was there afterward waiting to tow the car away, said he heard this account from garage employees: A garage worker had gotten into the Infiniti G375, which was in front of a closed elevator door.
April 24, 2012 |
400 passengers had to be evacuated from a stalled train on an elevated section of the Market-Frankford El this morning. There was no fire, no one was in jeopardy, and no one was injured, said SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern. "It was a mechanical issue," she said. After the westbound train become immobile about 7:15 a.m. between the Erie-Torresdale and Tioga stations, the fire department determined that the best course of action was to use another train to evacuate the passengers.
April 13, 2012 |
The best time of day for Etta Winigrad is sundown. From the expansive windows at her condominium, she watches the sky change colors. It's never exactly the same, but it's invariably spectacular. Winigrad used to see the sky from her longtime family home in Cherry Hill, where she and her late husband, Allen Winigrad, raised four sons. More recently, she saw sunsets far from Center City when they lived as empty nesters in a ranch house in Paoli. But in May 2010, Winigrad made the leap from country to city, moving into the elegant 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street, whose name is also its address.
March 16, 2012 |
"SEEKING Justice," this week's movie starring Nicolas Cage, starts intriguingly, turning the "Death Wish"-formula inside out. Will (Nicolas Cage), a high school English teacher, is distraught after his wife, Laura ("Mad Men's" January Jones), is beaten and raped and left clinging to life. In the hospital waiting room, a sharp-dressed man named Simon (Guy Pearce) approaches Will with an offer he can't refuse. Instead of having to wait for the cops to apprehend the perp - if they ever even catch him - and enduring a drawn-out trial that could result in a lenient sentence, Simon offers to track down and dispose of the cretin, completely free of charge.
February 19, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday brought 22 Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor, cementing the Italian majority in a future conclave but also giving New York's archbishop a position of prominence. Cardinal Timothy Dolan emerged as something of the star of the consistory, delivering a highly praised speech on spreading the faith and mentioned in some Italian media as an improbable "papabile," or having the qualities of a future pope.
January 13, 2012 |
SHANTEL M. McCOY packed an abundance of accomplishment and adventure into her 32 years. But as an intelligent, ambitious and attractive young woman, she still had a long way to go. Or so it should have been. Shantel's episodic life ended tragically Sunday when she died in an apartment fire in Chicago, where she had gone in March in search of more adventure. The Philadelphia woman, who had traveled the world, was a church and community leader in Philadelphia, where her compassionate need to help others was expressed in many activities.
January 10, 2012
A Philadelphia woman was killed early Sunday when she took an elevator to her 12th-floor apartment in Chicago and was immediately overcome as the doors opened on a raging fire. Shantel McCoy, 32, lived in a high-rise building on the North Side. She had moved after losing her job at a Center City accounting firm, reported the Chicago Tribune. McCoy was returning to her apartment after picking up some takeout food, the Tribune reported. She boarded the elevator, hit the button for her floor, and sped up the 21-story building.
January 10, 2012 |
Watching a Wilt Chamberlain tribute video before covering the 76ers' home opener Friday night made me nostalgic. Got me to thinking. Twenty years ago, as a feature writer for this newspaper, I spent an entire day with Wilt Chamberlain in New York City. I will never forget it. Wilt, 55, was promoting his new autobiography, A View From Above , which was most notable for its calculation of his own sexual conquests. He claimed that he had sex with 20,000 women in 40 years - 500 women a year, a number he called modest and only a fraction of the lovemaking available to him. He told me that women just came on to him all day, every day. "They wonder if they can handle a man of my physical size," he said.