July 25, 2014
I WAS a teenage soda jerk. Nowadays, I'm just . . . a vegan columnist. Obviously, I don't drink the cow-derived milkshakes I used to guzzle at the end of a shift. But I still love the creamy goodness of a tall chocolate shake, minus the original's sad backstory. Fortunately, as I've predicted in earlier columns, vegan ice creams are proliferating in Philly. I know, ice-cream cones are fun, but those of us who want to mainline ice-cream deliciousness know that the milkshake is the format that delivers.
July 18, 2014
MAYOR NUTTER'S dangerous coddle-a-criminal executive order is bearing fruit. Maury Croussett-Garcia, 22, who had been serving 11 1/2 to 23 months for felony aggravated assault, was released from Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on July 7, despite an immigration detainer, or hold, placed on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Turning free the violent criminal - who is from the Dominican Republic - was a big middle finger to the feds and to Philadelphians from a Sanctuary City that gives foreign criminals a big, wet kiss.
May 21, 2014 |
Too many customers received mixed messages, contradictory messages - or no message at all - from their electric utilities during the massive February ice storm, according to state regulators. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Monday documented shortcomings in the way Peco Energy Co. and other electric utilities communicated with customers during the storm, which knocked out 960,000 customers, including 724,000 Peco customers. While generally commending the utilities' response, the PUC made 11 recommendations - mostly regarding outreach with customers and local governments.
May 13, 2014 |
By now, Susan Story should be moved into her new office at the American Water Works Co. Inc. headquarters in Voorhees. "My computer is the first thing I have to have," said Story, 54, who became chief executive of the $2.9 billion utility at the company's annual meeting Friday, replacing president and CEO Jeff Sterba. "I have to have a chair that doesn't make my back hurt, and I have to have a picture of my husband and myself and our two dogs and that's about it," said Story, who joined the company April 1, 2013, as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
May 9, 2014 |
ISRAEL RESENDIZ Hernandez, a Norristown businessman and father of two young girls, is afraid to return to his native Mexico because of "gangster-type" threats against his family, his immigration lawyer said yesterday. Resendiz, 34, passed a "reasonable-fear interview" with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officer. But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are keeping him locked up in the Pike County Correctional Facility. Thomas Griffin, Resendiz's lawyer, said at a protest yesterday that Resendiz should be allowed to stay in this country "to protect him from human-rights violations, a threat to his life in Mexico.
May 7, 2014
TO STU Bykofsky: As I fan, I thought you should know that your column on ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and Mayor Nutter's policy reads like the fearmongering and cliche xenophobic drivel I would expect from Fox News. I highly recommend you spend some time with actual immigrants, who are juxtaposed between corporate exploitation of migrant undocumented workers and complex legal policies that serve no one but attorneys and law firms. Our federal and state policies do not go after or apprehend criminals; ICE fills cells at for-profit detention centers similar to how the war on drugs has served as an investment platform for privatized prisons.
May 5, 2014 |
On the morning of what, to that point, would be the most important hockey game of his life, Steve Mason wasn't certain he would play until after they had removed the needles from his head. The headaches had returned the day before, that same dull throbbing that he'd lived with for a week after suffering a concussion against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 12. Only now Game 4 of the Flyers' first-round series against the Rangers was less than 12 hours away, and Mason had expected to start in goal.
May 2, 2014
WELCOME TO Wonderland, home of Brotherly Love, Sisterly Affection and kowtowing to criminals - alleged, convicted, foreign and domestic. We start with a rogues' gallery of Philly cops who were videotaped with their hands in the cookie jars (or down women's pants) who didn't seem quite guilty enough for our D.A. to prosecute. (After an uproar, he is reviewing claims women were groped.) That's domestic. From abroad, we have "immigrants" (which is what language-abusing apologists call them, foreswearing the precedent "illegal")
April 28, 2014 |
Claude Giroux's struggles have drawn considerable attention. The Flyers captain hasn't scored a goal during the first four games of the opening Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers that is tied at two games apiece. Ending the drought will quiet the critics. Coach Craig Berube thinks that Giroux has been affected by the criticism. "I think he can be more patient," Berube said after practice Saturday and before the Flyers departed for New York and Game 5 at noon Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
April 24, 2014 |
DAN CARCILLO tapped a pass through Ray Emery's five-hole and turned to celebrate in front of the same Sea of Orange at Wells Fargo Center that once swallowed him up after a playoff overtime winner in 2010. Across the ice, on the Flyers' bench, coach Craig Berube was getting ready to wave the white flag - not on this first-round series, just Game 3. He told Steve Mason, surprise backup du jour, to get up and get active. Trailing by three goals, Mason trudged into the net during a television timeout to little fanfare.