July 31, 2015 |
A MAN ACCUSED in a hit-and-run accident last month that resulted in a bicyclist's death was held for trial yesterday. Raymond Wands, 38, allegedly struck Julio Torres while behind the wheel of a Ford F-150 truck on Erie Avenue heading toward D Street on June 22. Torres, 55, of Hunting Park, died of head injuries two days later. Wands faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, and accident involving death or personal injury. A DUI and related homicide charge were dropped due to lack of evidence.
June 18, 2015 |
Ovella O'Neal's parenting secret is simple: no cellphones, no girlfriends. This strategy helped her raise her son, Aljelani Igwe, who is set to graduate from LEAP Academy University Charter School next week and begin classes at Rowan University in the fall. Growing up in Camden, Igwe stayed out of trouble, O'Neal said, and never had any run-ins with the law. "He's just been a super kid," she said. "If I could clone him and put him in every home. ... He just listens. " To show her son how proud she is of his success, O'Neal arranged a surprise Tuesday afternoon.
July 12, 2013 |
Lower Gwynedd's Mikey Robins, a rising sophomore at Germantown Academy, is the youngest winner of the Food Network show Chopped . He's 15 now, and was 14 in the fall when he and three other teens competed for the chance to win $10,000 in the special "Teen Invasion" edition. The episode was shown last week, and the Robins family invited a hundred or so friends and family members to watch the action on a big screen set up by the pool. A Jack & Jill ice cream truck was parked in the driveway, as was the Sweet Box Truck, whose owner Gretchen Fantini was handing out cupcakes.
September 1, 2012 |
The big, white ice-cream truck rumbled to a stop outside Solis-Cohen Elementary School, and the man inside leaned out, smiling broadly. "Come on over," Joseph Bahm shouted to parents and students who had gathered to see what was going on. "We have some free Popsicles for you!" The kids moved closer. "School is opening, and school is cool," Bahm said, reaching for an ice-cream sandwich and a bright-orange flier with back-to-school information. "We open up next Friday! First day of school is Sept.
July 31, 2011 |
An exhibition titled "Urbanism" might suggest vignettes of city life - the street scenes, storefronts, advertising signs, and crowds of pedestrians that create the daily panorama of a metropolis like Philadelphia. Yet city life as a source of narrative doesn't concern the five artists curator Julien Robson of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts chose for this show. Instead, they are engaged in evoking the energy, both constructive and destructive, and the visual details and subliminal textures of the modern city.
July 22, 2011 |
Let it be known that the cast and crew of Shakespeare in Clark Park's Much Ado About Nothing have my deepest admiration. It can't be easy mounting a free production in what currently functions as the park's dust bowl. It's enough that those involved constantly have to wrestle their audience's attention away from mosquitoes, loose dogs, wandering children, and an ice cream truck blaring a looping "La Cucaracha" refrain. It's above and beyond the call of duty to do so during a week when the mercury plans to settle on or around a moist 95 degrees.
August 25, 2010 |
For a year now, the Buttercream Cupcake Lady has happily trucked around Philadelphia, soothing the sweet teeth of her adoring public at locations she announces in advance through social networks - until yesterday. As soon as the Cupcake Lady pulled to a stop on Market Street near 33rd at high noon, "business-compliance" enforcers and Philadelphia police pounced, confiscating her fully loaded truck. "Three enforcement guys came out with badges blazing," said Kate Carrara aka Cupcake Lady.
May 20, 2010 |
Getting shipped off to a new team might help the endorsement prospects of ex-Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. "While we're not sure of how he'll do on the field, off the field, his revival has already begun," wrote Jeff Lefton of the Sports Business Journal earlier this week. McNabb's star might also be the brightest now among athletes in D.C., where he'll start for the Redskins, blogged Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post today. The prime example is a new Dr Pepper ad, shot last month, in which Michael Strahan, the New York Giants defensive end turned Fox sports analyst and flopped sitcom star, relives a bit of his glory days.
November 19, 2008 |
The library saved me. Not to sound too melodramatic, but it's true. There's no telling where I'd be without the Berkeley Public Library, South Berkeley branch. I fit the profile of so many city kids: Loves to read. Loves to write. Comes from modest means. Needs a place to focus. The solution? The library. My neighborhood branch allowed me to check out books free, not to mention gave my mother peace of mind - all within walking distance. So naturally, when I heard that Mayor Nutter had decided to close 11 libraries in response to the city's budget crisis, I couldn't help but think: There has got to be a better way. "Look, I'm a city kid, too," the mayor told me yesterday, attempting to make his case for a decision that has been grounds for citywide protests.
August 25, 2006 |
Although the regular football season doesn't open until mid-September, the 2006 Philadelphia Eagles, coaches and cheerleaders will take to the turf Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field for the 12th annual Eagles Carnival & Auction, where fans can meet the players and personalities who captivate the city every season. Kicking a field goal and running for a touchdown are among the activities designed to immerse younger fans in the football experience, while some new events promise to involve older ones.