February 28, 2015 |
Here's a different kind of meet-cute: She's a real-life (real-death?) vampire, he's a mere mortal dressed as Dracula, fake fangs and cowl. They're at a costume party. Their eyes lock. The music rumbles. They move closer. If Ana Lily Amirpour has her way - and why shouldn't she?; she's the director - the couple will drive off into the moonlight together. But stuff could happen to thwart them in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night . Drug dealers and junkies, pimps and hookers abound.
March 12, 2013 |
Joseph Miele sat in a living-room chair by the front window of his Lower Merion home and waved his hand toward St. Charles Borromeo Seminary across the street. "We've been here since 1954," Miele, 86, said. "All my four boys growing up, we used the grounds for playing ball. " That was years ago. He might have been upset then if there were no open space, "but not now," he said. Miele's serenity is just as well, considering the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's announcement last week that it would sell or lease the 45 acres of the 75-acre campus closest to City Avenue.
December 21, 2012 |
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - The bridge into town looked as if it led to nowhere, arching over a slim waterway before disappearing into darkness. There was no traffic Sunday night, no sign of life except for a few police cars that gave the mist an eerie glow. You couldn't tell, from atop the bridge, where the town ended and the Atlantic Ocean began. But after the bridge curved down into town, past the piles of debris and the house slumped in the shallow water, a large crowd appeared, anxiously staring at a pile of dirt.
November 5, 2012 |
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. - Nancy and Mike Davis were more afraid to leave than to stay. Nancy's grandfather had built this home in 1929, and it had prevailed against hurricanes in 1944 and 1962. She felt confident - foolishly or not - that it would survive Hurricane Sandy. She loved her home, and her town. At 68, and a member of the town council, "I just felt I should stay. " As the hurricane hit, the dunes in front of her block eroded badly, but they held. Instead, the rising ocean gushed through openings between the dunes, turning her street into a rushing river.
June 15, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Deserted streets, scorched buildings, the stench of death - that was the now-familiar state of affairs that U.N. observers found Thursday in Syria's battered town of Haffa, which the state-run media said was "cleansed" of "terrorists" this week. U.N. personnel were finally able to enter the desolate town after more than a week of heavy combat as government troops sought to oust rebels ensconced there. Insurgent forces, commonly referred to by the government and its media as terrorists, say they pulled back, and on Wednesday officials declared that "security and calm" had been restored.
June 4, 2012
3 Ohio teens die, 2 hurt in crash CINCINNATI - A car carrying five teenagers went airborne as it sped over railroad tracks in Ohio early Sunday and crashed, killing two passengers and the driver, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Two others were hospitalized. The driver was a senior football player whose Brunswick High School graduation was scheduled Sunday afternoon. The 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling at a high speed just after midnight when the driver lost control, troopers said.
June 1, 2012 |
As Mexico's first lady and the U.S. ambassador to the country were speaking there early last month, David Suro felt and heard the rumbling of the nearby Popocatépetl Volcano. Suro, owner of Tequilas restaurant in Center City, was on his foundation's third annual trip to the town of San Mateo Ozolco in the Mexican state of Puebla, from where many Mexican immigrants who live in South Philly hail. He asked a student who attended about the noise, and she replied: "Don't worry.
May 21, 2012 |
ROME - An earthquake struck the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring dozens, leaving thousands homeless and damaging historic buildings as well as warehouses and factories, officials said. The earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said had a magnitude of 6.0, crumbled church roofs and Renaissance-era towers, according to Italian television reports. Large cracks riddled apartment blocks in dozens of small towns. And Italy's national Civil Protection Department said that at least 3,000 had been left homeless.
April 13, 2012
RE: Stu Bykofsky's column about his health: I have taken it upon myself as a mission to inform my friends for the last couple of years about going to the ER. If you feel something abnormal, go. It's best to get a battery of tests and get a follow-up referral than not address the feeling at all. Thank you for encouraging the men of our age (I'm 55)! This will save lives! Michael Black Philadelphia In the minority Re: James Lynch's letter about the article on minority contracting: You accuse the article of not offering an explanation for the lack of minority contractors.
February 29, 2012 |
MARCUS HOOK has long been a quintessential company town, joined at the hip with the iconic Philadelphia company Sunoco for more than a century. With imminent closure of Sunoco's refinery there, most of the 590 workers get their last paychecks today. Now, fear is seeping into this quaint, tight-knit, working-class burg in Delaware County - fear that it could turn into a modern-day ghost town. When Sunoco said in September that it would dump the last of its remaining refining operations and focus on oil pipelines and fuel retailing, local workers and residents hoped that a buyer would emerge for the 110-year-old, 175,000-barrel-per-day refinery.