March 9, 2014 |
ASTON They talk funny. They drink Labatt beer, and they are incredibly friendly. They also love cowbells. At least that's how some of the locals described the out-of-town visitors at this year's U.S. National Curling Championships in Aston, Delaware County. Apparently, those with Minnesota and North Dakota accents seem quite foreign - but endearing. "There was a guy, I felt so bad. I think he was trying to order a hamburger," said Teagen Holzhauser, who works at the bar and café at IceWorks Skating Complex, where the tournament is being held through Saturday.
March 6, 2014 |
The Boots were homely to begin with. Women's footwear, like 19th century literary heroines, tends to split decidedly into two camps: fetching and impractical, or plain and sensible. The Boots - dirt-brown, scuffed, salt-encrusted, attempting to be both biker and cowboy, yet failing at both - are decidedly of the second camp. Also, The Boots were not cheap. A friend sniffed, "Not my favorites. " Then again, what does she know? She wears hand-painted clogs. Now, more than a decade later, The Boots verge on antique.
February 24, 2014 |
Now is not the winter of our discontent. Now is the winter of our stressed-to-the-max, pull-out-our-hair, if-we-get-more-snow-I'll-move-to-Florida - because we have lost heat, electric, and Internet, and we have salted, shoveled, and plowed through snow, sleet, and ice. But to me, the problem isn't heat. It's ventilation. As in, we need to vent about how much this winter sucks. Who says talking about the weather is boring? All I want to talk about is the weather.
February 21, 2014 |
IMMIGRANT advocates and City Council members yesterday called for the city to stop honoring requests by federal immigration authorities to detain noncitizens in jail longer than U.S. citizens would be held. Such holds by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are not mandatory and cause fear in immigrant communities, Blanca Pacheco, an organizer with the New Sanctuary Movement, said at a news conference organized with Juntos, the Latino immigrant-rights group. ICE holds can be placed on people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally or of being green-card holders previously convicted of a felony.
February 21, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Mayor Nutter is poised to sign an executive order largely ending a controversial agreement that allowed federal agents to detain undocumented immigrants arrested in the city on even minor offenses. City Councilman James F. Kenney, who called for a hearing on the policy, said letting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold prisoners based on their immigration status has "a chilling effect on people who would think of coming here, documented or undocumented.
February 19, 2014 |
SOCHI - The borders of their uncertainty were broad, from Vancouver to Sochi. From the moment in 2010 when Meryl Davis and Charlie White won an Olympic silver medal, many in the ice-dance world were certain they'd get gold four years later. As splendidly as the American pair performed during that span, there was one stubborn ice rival, and four years was an eternity to wonder. Monday night, as they stood motionless on the Iceberg Skating Palace ice, waiting to start their free skate in the 2014 Olympic finals, they knew, one way or another, there were only four minutes left in their eternity.
February 16, 2014 |
This month's ice storm may be the most expensive in Peco Energy Co.'s history. The Philadelphia utility estimated that restoration from this month's ice storm will cost between $90 million and $120 million. Hurricane Sandy in 2012 cost upwards of $91 million, according to filings by Peco's parent company, Exelon Corp. The utility will spend $60 million to $80 million in operating and maintenance expenses and $30 million to $40 million in capital expenses related to the ice storm, said Cathy Engel Menendez, a Peco spokeswoman.
February 9, 2014 |
The region's school superintendents are confronting decisions that could determine whether your children show up late for summer camp in the Poconos, or if that spring-break family trip to Clearwater falls off the table. With this week's snow and ice storms and massive power outages coming atop an already-eventful winter, districts are facing the problem of how to make up for lost time to meet the state minimum requirement of 180 classroom days. It's giving administrators nasty cases of agita.
February 7, 2014 |
Update: The Red Cross opened a 400-cot emergency shelter late Wednesday in West Chester that could be expanded to hold up to 1,500 people if needed, according to a spokesman from the organization. The shelter, which opened at 9 p.m., is at the West Chester University field house, 855 S. New St. Red Cross spokesman Dave Schrader said state officials decided to open the shelter, which the Red Cross is operating, anticipating that many people who spend Wednesday night at home without heat will be looking for somewhere warm to stay Thursday if their power has not yet returned.
February 7, 2014 |
JUST AS PHILADELPHIA was recovering from Monday's winter storm, the region was slammed with a devastating icy mix overnight Tuesday into yesterday. The storm caused power outages affecting more than 623,000 PECO Energy customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, the utility's second-biggest failure on record. More than 1,000 PECO utility-crew members were put to work trying to restore power. It could be days before all power is restored, officials said. Shortly after 9 p.m., Gov. Corbett declared a state of emergency in Pennsylvania to help authorities deal with the weather.