July 11, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter confirmed Thursday that parts of Philadelphia will be fenced in for security during the visit by Pope Francis in September, but dismissed speculation that the whole of Center City will be behind chain links. "Whoever is saying that somehow all of Center City is going to be shut down has no idea what they're talking about," Nutter said at a news briefing at City Hall following a trip to Mexico. "There's never been any discussion with me where the idea of all of Center City being enclosed, encapsulated, shut down, has ever been discussed," he said.
July 8, 2015 |
Federal officials and organizers said Monday that they are discussing the possible construction of a fence as high as 8 feet around parts of Center City as security for Pope Francis' visit in September, but that talks are still preliminary. A source involved in the event planning said portions of Center City would be surrounded by fencing, but that the footprint of the security perimeter is being worked out and is largely contingent on the pope's Philadelphia itinerary, which could change in the next three months.
December 13, 2014 |
A Philadelphia jeweler who fenced diamonds worth more than $3 million for a group of thieves who targeted shops across the country was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 71/2 months in prison. Eric Janovsky, 44, also was sentenced to 71/2 months of home confinement by U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez in Portland, Ore., where the case was prosecuted. And Hernandez also ordered Janovsky and his Jewelers' Row business, Three Gold Bros., to pay $539,843 in restitution.
September 17, 2014 |
As someone who grew up with only a sister, plays about brothers (like True West ) have never spoken to me. But plays about fathers and sons? Hoo boy. So take it with the smallest grain of salt when I say People's Light and Theatre Company's staging of August Wilson's Fences is one of the best productions I've seen in years. No small part of this success stems from Wilson's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning script, whose conflicts could have constituted three separate plays.
July 26, 2014 |
When the veteran rockers who make up the Baseball Project first got together, their ambitions were pretty modest. "Once Scott [McCaughey] and I decided we were going to write those songs . . . we just wanted to get them recorded and maybe, maybe, just maybe put them out on a 100-LP vinyl release," Steve Wynn recalls. "We felt a calling, a need, a compulsion to have these songs exist, and we didn't even have a band name when we made the [first] record," says the former leader of the Dream Syndicate, who now fronts the Miracle 3. "If you had told me in 2007 that we would still be doing this and touring and on our third record, I would have been surprised and delighted.
October 30, 2013 |
MAYBE THE biggest surprise in the Eagles' loss to the Giants Sunday was that the Birds weren't able to break LeSean McCoy loose, after talking all week about making adjustments to reverse a monthlong downward trend in rushing numbers. Even if Michael Vick hadn't reinjured his hamstring, the Eagles were hardly going to put everything on his back; McCoy was a focal point in this game, and his struggle to gain 48 yards on 15 carries might have had as much to do with keeping the offense scoreless as did the rookie mistakes of QB Matt Barkley.
August 15, 2013 |
When 12-year-old Trystan Nash felt misunderstood by the other kids at school, her mother realized the Oreland tween's aggression needed some channeling. "She drew a picture that was a little bit on the violent side - it involved a blade," recalled Sara Nash. Perhaps fencing might be a way to handle those blades productively? Trystan discovered the sport was, indeed, her passion. In just a year, she became an advanced fencer who takes two-hour lessons three days a week. She's not the only one. Fencing, a full-contact martial art that involves fighting with swords - foil, sabre, and épée - has caught on nationwide, most notably among kids younger than 14, and especially in the Philadelphia division.
August 9, 2013 |
As practice ended Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex, Patriots defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich passed by Eagles receiver Greg Salas. He tapped him on the shoulder pad, then mimed a one-handed grab by throwing one hand upward. Salas smiled. His play during practice moments earlier had impressed even the Patriots. Salas is fighting for a job at wide receiver. Near the end of practice, Matt Barkley threw him a 40-yard pass down the sideline. Logan Ryan was between Salas and the ball, so Salas went over Ryan with one hand and brought in the catch.
August 8, 2013 |
No Shakira. No Black Eyed Peas. No Kanye West. In addition to having Tom Brady and the New England Patriots lining up on the other side of the ball, Eagles practice was a little different from usual on Tuesday. The loud, up-tempo music that regularly blares overhead during training camp at the NovaCare Complex was missing. "No music was weird," linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "It was like, 'Why is it so quiet out here?' " Kelly barks A testy Chip Kelly became a bit more vocal on the practice field than he typically has been at training camp.
June 21, 2013
A BICYCLIST was critically injured after he was found impaled on a fence in Fairmount Park, police said. Police found the man about 2 a.m. yesterday after receiving a call that led them to Martin Luther King Drive. There is a dip in that section of the road, police said, and the man maight have lost control and fell. He had apparently been cycling toward the thoroughfare down Black Road. According to Howard Hochheiser, president of the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, Black Road is steep and often covered in gravel.