June 4, 2015 |
Gary and Patricia Marino of Franklin Township have seemingly developed a "dive-in" approach to business - perhaps fitting for a couple who also go by Mr. and Mrs. Penguin. With no relevant experience, the Marinos decided on a whim in the spring of 1995 to buy a struggling roadside ice cream stand on Route 40 in their rural hometown. They renamed it the Purple Penguin and added a full menu, including cheesesteaks and hot dogs. People "thought we were nuts," Patricia Marino, 61, said this week inside the Gloucester County shop.
May 29, 2015
WHO DRIVES through a blizzard to pick up an ice-cream cake? Me, apparently, and I'm glad I did. I'm also glad I lived to eat it. This past February, my wife surprised me with my kind of birthday present: a "Mustachio Pistachio," from the Beese Knees, a new frozen confectionery based in Powelton Village. The beautiful cake, in all its vanilla-cardamom'd, pistachio'd and choco-crunchified glory, was ready for us. All we needed to do was go get it. As we "Tokyo Drift"-ed from South Philly to West Philly and back, tires spinning and kicking up slush every time I braked and swerved to avoid plowing over bundled-up pedestrians and manic children in mittens, I couldn't help but think: Dessert better be worth it. Oh, it was. And now that the local forecast is a little less arctic, the Beese Knees is emerging from the igloo to make brain-freeze believers out of the rest of you. Kids' stuff reimagined Leave it to two Jersey Shore kids to start an ice-cream company.
April 8, 2015
Phillies ace Cole Hamels continued a recent trend regarding his first start of a season. He is 1-7 with a 5.13 ERA in his 10 season debuts. He has lost his last five. Year Inn. Hits ER 2006 5 1 0 2007 7 4 0 2008 8 5 1 2009 32/3 11 7 2010 5 5 3 2011 2 2/3 7 6 2012 51/3 8 3 2013 5 7 5 2014 6 6 2 2015 5 5 4
March 30, 2015 |
Lawyers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia have nearly doubled their use of the sparingly used prosecutorial discretion to close deportation cases this year, a new study shows. The trend, which grants relief from deportation to a larger pool of undocumented immigrants, won praise from some local immigration lawyers, and concern that it could end abruptly if President Obama's executive actions on immigration are nullified in the hotly contested federal court challenge playing out in Texas.
March 26, 2015 |
When Kimmo Timonen was working out and trying to return to the lineup after being sidelined by blood clots, he dreamed of skating onto the Wells Fargo Center ice this spring and being in the thick of a playoff race. On Wednesday, the veteran defenseman will get that chance. Timonen had hoped to do it for the Flyers. Instead, he and his Chicago Blackhawks will be facing the Orange and Black. The Flyers dealt Timonen, now 40, to Chicago last month for a second-round draft pick in June and a conditional selection that could be a second-rounder in 2016.
March 20, 2015 |
CALGARY - Normally, the return of yet another defenseman to the Flyers' lineup would induce a quiet groan from the stall of Carlo Colaiacovo. Just about every time one has healed up enough to get back on the ice, Colaiacovo would receive a tap on the shoulder, letting him know he's the odd man out. But when Michael Del Zotto returned last night, Colaiacovo beat the numbers game for the first time all season. In fact, he has played so well over the past 2 weeks that he changed the numbers, with Craig Berube opting to go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards last night against the Flames rather than the usual six and 12. Vinny Lecavalier sat instead as a healthy scratch.
March 13, 2015 |
At night, after John Gallagher prosecuted gang and drug violence, his sporadic search resumed. The assistant U.S. attorney, based in Philadelphia, scoured the Internet for hints of Val James, the first American-born black man to play in the NHL. There were no interviews, zero traces, and Gallagher suspected that James confronted cruel backlash in his attempt to crack a sport dominated by whites. A tip buried in the comments beneath video showing James in a hockey fight led Gallagher in 2012 to Great Wolf Lodge, a water park in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
March 7, 2015 |
About half of Pennsylvania's 67 counties have stopped honoring federal demands to detain county jail inmates beyond their eligible release dates, ending the practice of holding them solely to accommodate Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations, according to "A Changing Landscape," the first comprehensive study of "ICE holds" in Pennsylvania. The 51-page study, released this week by the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, is based on a survey sent to county officials in August.
March 5, 2015 |
The sun will set at 7 p.m. Sunday, and astronomers are calling for a 100 percent chance of an equinox in a little over two weeks. So why is the atmosphere stuck in January? After the second ice-shellacking in two days Tuesday, the National Weather Service was warning of the possibility of several inches of snow from Wednesday night into Thursday. "I'm very confident Thursday is going to be a difficult day," said Walter Drag, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.
March 5, 2015 |
A federal agent assigned to drive deportees from Philadelphia to the York County Prison has been charged with theft and related offenses for allegedly stealing hundreds of dollars from the vulnerable immigrants he transported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin M. Ford, 32, of Stratford, was arrested Feb. 24 in an elaborate sting that involved marked bills, an undercover officer who posed as a non-English-speaking immigrant, cooperation from the prison's intake unit, and the takedown of Ford by a Philadelphia Police Department SWAT team.