September 19, 2016 |
WAYNESBURG, Pa. - Jim Popielarcheck's dad was a coal miner for 40 years, and he followed the old man underground. In turn, when it was time, his son J.W. descended into the earth. That's been the story for generations in Greene County, a piece of Appalachia in the farthest southwest corner of Pennsylvania, one of the biggest coal-producing counties in the nation, a point of blue-collar pride. But in a place where houses and settlements cling to the sides of mountains, mist rising from the hollers, the way of life coal has provided, and even the promise of America itself, can feel precarious here in the final weeks before the nation elects a new president.
September 14, 2016 |
Soosung Whang has a long memory. The Central junior defensive back was denied his first high school touchdown last year after his interception return was negated because of a penalty. Monday afternoon, however, Whang couldn't be denied early - then nearly got another score - in the Lancers' 30-6 mauling of Martin Luther King. The game was part of the Public League's makeup slate after the weekend's heat-related postponements. Whang, also Central's kicker, gave the Lancers (2-0)
September 10, 2016 |
Teachers at the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School in King of Prussia have unionized. After a long wait that included a controversial decision by the National Labor Relations Board, ballots showed that teachers at the school voted, 57-15, in favor of being represented by the PA Virtual Education Association, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Teachers voted in 2015, but the ballots were immediately impounded when the school challenged the NLRB's jurisdiction.
August 26, 2016 |
Roger King, 72, a towering figure in Philadelphia law enforcement during a decades-long career as a top homicide prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, in hospice care in Wyndmoor. The cause of death was metastatic kidney cancer, said his wife, Sharon Wainright. He had battled the disease for two years. "Roger had a heart of gold," Wainright said. "He was very proud of the work that he had done. " Mr. King spent three decades prosecuting homicides in Philadelphia, including some of the city's most notorious cases, such as the conviction of David Dickson Jr., a former Drexel University security guard with a foot fetish who strangled a 20-year-old student in 1984.
August 22, 2016 |
Deb Lutz was making a high-six-figure salary at Johnson & Johnson as vice president of marketing just three years ago. But her entrepreneurial spirit (she bought and sold professional baseball cards to help pay her way through Wharton undergrad, Class of 1991) and her other life as a foodie got the best of her. She ditched corporate America and went for a fresh start. Two years ago, at age 45, she opened a b.good franchise - a healthy, fast-casual restaurant that serves in-house-ground burgers, vegetable/fruit smoothies, and other fresh dishes in Marlton.
August 20, 2016 |
Good bye, Plaza. So long, Court. At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, King of Prussia Mall was officially declared "one mall" by owner Simon Property Group. Hello Bonobos and Calligaris. Bring it on, Jimmy Choo, Vince, and CH Carolina Herrera. The East Coast's premiere shopping mall just grew by about 500,000 square feet. It now includes a 155,000-square-foot connector that ties together the two former sections for the first time, and an added 250,000-square-foot wing, home to 50 new retailers and restaurants.
August 20, 2016
When it comes to attracting upscale retail in the region, it was clear King of Prussia had an advantage over Center City. But as of Thursday, we can say - in the fight for luring top fashion brands here - the mall has been victorious. King of Prussia unveiled its gleaming, 155,000-square-foot expansion Thursday morning that looked more like New York's Fifth Avenue than the wing of an indoor suburban mall. With brands like Carolina Herrera, MCM, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, and Diane von Furstenberg - my New York Fashion Week designer favorite opening its first location in Pennsylvania here - it's a high-end shopper's dream.
August 15, 2016 |
It took more than half a century, but who's counting? King of Prussia becomes one humongous mall on Thursday. Normally, there's a ribbon cutting at these things. Not this time. Execs at powerhouse mall owner Simon Property Group plan to connect two ribbons. They'll take one ribbon from the Plaza, one from the Court, and connect them at Savor, the new food pavilion, and announce the Plaza and Court as "no more," only King of Prussia. "We're giving that to you early," David Contis, president of Simon Malls, said in a giddy manner over the phone on Aug. 5. "It's going to be pretty neat.
August 12, 2016 |
BORN AT THE START of the Great Depression in 1929, Pauline King Blakney grew up in a family of strivers, business owners and civic-minded people who made sure their children were exposed to music, art, and cultural opportunities. Ms. Blakney, 87, who sang opera as a teenager and won an award for her painting as a young woman, died Saturday, July 30, at her home in Northeast Philadelphia. She was among the first African Americans to be hired by John Wanamaker and the very first to be hired locally at an F.W. Woolworth Co. store, family members said.
August 11, 2016 |
John Dougherty did exactly what you'd expect John Dougherty to do Friday as federal investigators hauled box after box of evidence from his Moyamensing Avenue home: The powerful union leader and political kingmaker played it cool. Sure, he paced. But he also offered swarms of reporters wilting in the summer sun iced tea and doughnuts, and cocksure confidence. "I've had many, many subpoenas and many, many visits. I'm not making rookie mistakes. I've been doing this for 25 years," he said in his Cagneyesque rat-a-tat, while G-men carted away their boxes and a computer.