January 30, 2011 |
The best thing about my first beat at The Inquirer was getting paid to get lost. My assignment? To roam the region's back roads and subdivisions in search of the story of suburbia. Many times, I found it by accident after a wrong turn put 30 extra miles on my Saturn. Lower Merion Township was, and remains, my directional downfall, a lovely labyrinth where only natives can find their way home after dark. Just last week, I showed up a half-hour late to an appointment in 19096.
December 21, 2010
MAYOR NUTTER needs a GPS if he believes the city is going in the right direction. The mayor and City Council raised property taxes 10 percent for residents (even though the economy is in the worst recession since World War II), they approved hiking Philadelphia's sales tax to 8 percent (to help with the city's large deficit), the mayor along with the police initiated a program in which the police can "stop and frisk" any Philadelphian "who looks suspicious" (a practice encouraged in mostly minority and poor neighborhoods of Philadelphia)
December 15, 2010 |
Thinking of buying your sweetie a GPS for Christmas? Imagine the look on his face as he plays with this big-boy toy. Imagine her no longer showing up late for important dates thanks to that friendly, mellifluous minder. Whatever you do, prepare for all this directional bliss to be fleeting. If you live in the suburbs, it's quite likely your nifty gift will be stolen. Car stereos are so 1990s. And, thanks to debit cards, loose change has gone the way of the eight-track. Police say most car thieves trolling the 610 area code today are drug addicts.
September 15, 2010 |
The driver in the bus crash that killed four people Saturday has been placed on "indefinite" unpaid leave. John Tomaszewski, 59, who police said is from the Yardville section of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, was driving a Megabus headed from Philadelphia to Toronto when he missed his exit near Syracuse, N.Y. He attempted to double back by taking the Onandaga State Parkway, where he crashed into a low-hanging bridge. Deanna Armstrong, 18, of Voorhees; Kevin Coffey, 19, a Temple University business major from Manhattan, Kan.; a Malaysian preacher; and a computer technician from India died in the early-morning crash.
August 23, 2010
Lockheed Martin Corp. said its Newtown-based team working on a new global-positioning system for the Air Force has completed the critical design review stage two months ahead of schedule. Lockheed said in a release that the successful review allows it to enter the production stage on the GPS III system, which is designed to improve position, navigation and timing as well as anti-jamming capabilities, among other features, while providing signals three times more accurate. The company is working with ITT (Clifton, N.J.)
August 22, 2010 |
LEBANON, Kan. - On a wet Monday morning, we have a two-lane road out of Red Cloud, Neb., all to ourselves, following its straight line over rolling green pastures dotted with grazing black cattle. Just across the Kansas state line, we see a sprawling patch of purple phlox under trees surrounding an abandoned, weathered farmhouse. We pull over to stretch our legs and take some photos. Ahead of us is this pinpoint town (population 303) with the claim-to-fame of being the geographic center of the lower 48 states.
August 19, 2010 |
If a caper about small-town, small-time crime in South Jersey ever makes it to the screen (and why not?), it should be filmed in black-and-white and feature a fedora-wearing newspaper columnist. Who better than a wry, seen-it-all scribe to bring to life the local parade of frailties, follies, and foibles synopsized in municipal police blotters? I've immersed myself in a summer's worth of vaguely retro vignettes about "unknown persons" observed "fleeing the area" before being "nabbed.
July 17, 2010
I KNOW WIVES think their husbands don't listen to them, and to an extent, wives are right. Sure, we smile and nod when they boss us around. But in reality, while our wives are going on about taking out the garbage, we're thinking about football season, the All-Star game or cheeseburgers. It's not like we do it purposely. Many of the things wives say to us are things we need to hear. It's just that when our wives speak to us in that high-pitched, do-it-now-or-else tone, they remind us of our mothers.
July 17, 2010 |
The Voorhees police never had a chance to investigate the theft of two GPS units from a township family this week. By the time they were alerted by Debbie Adams, her Web-savvy husband, Ron, had already found the culprits. The units were taken from each of the Adams' unlocked cars sometime after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Ron Adams realized Thursday morning that the units were missing. He went straight to his computer while his wife chased down a passing officer. "I was like, 'I'm going to go on Craigslist real quick; maybe they're stupid enough to do this,' " said Adams.