June 30, 2015 |
A year and a half ago, most of the Camden County Historical Society's three-building complex was closed by water damage, the result of broken pipes during a severe winter cold snap. Leaks sprouted in the Camden County Museum, then in the Charles S. Boyer Building, where the Richard Hineline Library and administrative offices are located; and later in Pomona Hall, an 18th-century plantation house. But the setback didn't stop the institution from hosting visitors and researchers even as repairs got underway and plans were made for the future - now with help from the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
June 19, 2015
SO ENDS A week bracketed by strange, conflicting bookends: On one end, the news of a white woman appropriating a black identity. On the other, the news of a white man bent on eliminating black lives in a horrible shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C. And while Rachel Dolezal sparked many conversations, let's call that story what it was : a novelty, an aberration. The other story - the hatred that led to a mass execution of nine black lives who had gathered to study the Bible in an historic black church in Charleston - is, alas, not an aberration.
June 19, 2015 |
THE SHOOTING that killed nine people Wednesday at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., which officials are calling racially motivated, isn't the first tragedy to strike the congregation since it separated from a predominantly white church over a land dispute in 1816. White supremacists burned down the church in 1822 after learning one of its founders was planning a slave revolt. Some parishioners fled north to Philly, to Mother Bethel AME Church on 6th Street near Lombard, the first of many driven out as tensions rose over slavery in the South, according to Mother Bethel's the Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler.
June 18, 2015 |
Domenic and Tommy are the closest thing to royalty at the Reading Terminal Market. Domenic M. Spataro, owner of Spataro's cheesesteaks. Tommy Nicolosi, owner of DiNic's Roast Pork & Beef. Some afternoons, the two old friends allow themselves a liquid lunch at the Terminal bar, Molly Malloy's. Who's going to tell them otherwise? Between them, they have about 85 years of experience at the Terminal. Domenic started working weekends and summers at his father's buttermilk stand when he was 8, then went full time the day after graduating from Northeast High.
June 10, 2015
THIS WEEK CNN rolls out a documentary on the '70s, following its remembrance of the '60s, a decade regarded as the most revolutionary in American history, aside from the Revolution itself. Wrong. The most revolutionary period in American history is now . The '60s brought a sea of changes to music, movies, fashion and to what had been largely a patriarchal society. (Think "Mad Men. ") It was the beginning of feminism and an attempt to dismantle institutionalized and discriminatory American laws and customs.
June 10, 2015 |
The metal detector was beeping, and that meant it was picking up an object in the ground. Was it an artifact from the Battle of Red Bank in 1777? A lead musket ball? A cannonball? A button? Tim Reno of Toms River, N.J., dug about three inches down and carefully extracted a piece of grooved brass shaped like a bow tie. The find in National Park had probably been there 238 years, ever since England's Hessian allies massed for an attack on the Americans at Fort Mercer during the Revolutionary War. Mercer - along with Fort Mifflin on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River - had prevented British ships from supplying the Redcoat army occupying Philadelphia.
June 7, 2015
I'm Glad I Did By Cynthia Weil Soho. 272 pp. $18.99 Reviewed by Katie Haegele Only real music nerds can tell you the names of the writers behind hit songs, but there are some everybody knows. Take "Don't Know Much," which should be playing in your head, in Aaron Neville's voice, right about now. Or "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," which is, incredibly, the most-played song of the 20th century. Both of these, plus hundreds of others, were written by a woman named Cynthia Weil.
June 7, 2015 |
ELMONT, N.Y. - All eyes at Belmont Park on Friday morning were on the lookout. A man and a woman together at the rail, each with their own set of binoculars, spotted him first. "He's by himself . . . There he goes. " Eventually, here he came, American Pharoah, taking his last gallop, his final preparation for a bout with history in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, as the colt tries to become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown, ending a 37-year drought. Trainer Bob Baffert has been right here before, with three horses that had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to fall short – "I think I'm responsible for the drought," Baffert said Friday after American Pharoah returned to the barn.
June 2, 2015 |
The planned demolition of an 1890 mansion once owned by a founder of U.S. Pipe may pale in comparison to another razing that took place at the Burlington City site about 100 years ago, after the stately home had been converted to company offices. The mansion, a three-story Colonial Revival-style building on the Delaware River, was occupied by Andrew McNeal and his family until 1899, when he sold his company to the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry, according to an application the city submitted to have the building placed on the state and federal Registers of Historic Places.
May 31, 2015 |
Sarah Norris couldn't believe her luck. The new Arcadia softball coach was putting together her first recruiting class and things were going well. Then, Norris and the Knights got themselves a steal. They got Jackie Bilotti. "I'm still kind of on cloud nine and wondering 'How did this happen?' " Norris said. Bilotti, a North Penn standout, was the kind of player that wouldn't hesitate before diving off the mound to make a catch. A player that wouldn't avoid a collision if it meant she may be safe.