December 9, 2013 |
PETER JOHN Williams is a South Philly guy from 3rd and Wolf streets, a Mummer since childhood, a lawyer, and now, a first-time author. His Philadelphia: The World War I Years (Arcadia Publishing) is a photo history of the city that sent thousands overseas to fight while an influenza epidemic killed 16,000 here. "There were so many men in the service in 1918," said Williams, 57, "there weren't enough here to dig the graves. And people were afraid they would get influenza from picking up the bodies.
December 9, 2013 |
LeSean McCoy rushed for more yards in a game than any Eagles player in franchise history. Here are the five best franchise rushing performances: LeSean McCoy Dec. 8, 2013 Lions 217 Steve Van Buren Nov. 27, 1949 Steelers 205 Duce Staley Sept. 3, 2000 Cowboys 201 Wilbert Montgomery Nov. 4, 1979 Browns 197 Steve Van Buren Dec. 18, 1949 Rams 196
December 3, 2013 |
At the start of the year, I brought you the story of two Main Line friends who, while holding down other jobs to pay the bills, had embarked on a bit of a dream: to produce a men's trench coat made in the United States. Since then, Jacob Hurwitz and David Neill have raised $19,108 through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign and have sold more than 40 of their $725 American Trench coats, made in Newark, N.J., and marketed primarily at www.americantrench.com . Their handiwork, including socks made at a Reading knitting mill, has garnered kudos from apparel bloggers and online magazines.
November 30, 2013 |
Lorraine Grochowski-Kiefer's herbal education began at age 2 or 3, literally at the feet of her two grandmothers. Babci was Polish; she grew dill and parsley for her pickles and cabbage. Mom-Mom was Italian; she favored parsley and basil for her lasagna and meatballs. And like the herbs that flourished in their large kitchen gardens, the Grochowskis and Kiefers lived intertwined lives in rural Franklinville, back when the tiny pocket of Gloucester County seemed like one seamless farm.
November 26, 2013 |
Maybe City Councilman Bobby Henon said it best on Thursday: "Right now, we have opportunity to make historic changes. " Henon, chairman of Council's Public Property Committee, was talking about the bill to create a land bank. It's a system Atlanta, Cleveland, St. Louis, and other cities have adopted and that supporters say could help cure the blight haunting many Philadelphia neighborhoods. But with history at stake, the proposal seems stuck. The bill introduced in Council last month would establish a land bank, a uniform system for acquiring and disposing of Philadelphia's 40,000 vacant and abandoned properties, a quarter of which are city-owned, and putting them to productive use - whether as community gardens or upscale townhouses or affordable housing.
November 23, 2013 |
The Flyers' Craig Berube and Buffalo's Ted Nolan became the initial coaches of North American Indian ancestry to face each other in NHL history when their teams met Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. 'It's huge," Nolan said earlier in the day. "I was pretty happy when I heard Craig Berube was the head coach here. It's really big in First Nation Territory back home in Canada. Word spreads quickly ... I'm sure there's going to be an extra crowd of people watching this game and it's good for the next generation of young kids to see that.
November 21, 2013 |
WHEN OFFICER Tamika Gross was accused of brawling with a civilian while on duty in 2009, the department disciplined her but allowed her to keep her job. But Gross, 35, has kept on fighting, according to Internal Affairs documents, and now she is under investigation for allegedly bringing her suspended daughter back to school to fight a younger classmate last month and allegedly punching the 14-year-old rival in the face when her daughter began to...
November 18, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Charles Blockson has been many things over the years: historian, scholar, athlete, and author. Yet the one title the acclaimed chronicler of African American history has held longer than any other is collector. That life's work began in the early 1940s, when he was a fifth grader in Norristown. "We were studying American history about the framers of the Constitution. . . . I raised my hand and asked the teacher, 'Did Negroes ever contribute to American history?' She said: 'No, Charles.
November 7, 2013 |
TATTLE is constantly railing on the entertainment industry's desperate need to remake properties that don't need remaking - either because they're perfect the way they were or . . . they don't need remaking. Remakes make sense only if the new technology allows for a better movie or if the first one didn't work. "Psycho"? The first one worked fine. "Sabrina"? Because you're going to improve upon Humphrey Bogart , Audrey Hepburn and William Holden directed by Billy Wilder ?
November 2, 2013 |
Ed Stanco is an actuary. If anyone's going to calculate the odds of a first-time breeder's producing North America's best female horse, it should be him. "There are no odds," said Stanco. "It doesn't happen. Period. We're in uncharted territory. " An East Goshen, Chester County, resident who has dabbled for barely a decade in the sport he discovered as a boy, Stanco was talking about his 3-year-old filly, Princess of Sylmar, the Pennsylvania-bred who won four Grade I stakes races between May and September.