November 12, 2010 |
At lunchtime on May 15, 2001, CSX Locomotive No. 8888 eased down tracks in a rail yard outside Toledo, Ohio. The engine known as "Crazy Eights" picked up speed as it pulled 47 freight cars, two of them loaded with toxic chemicals, south toward Columbus. Only no one was on board. Jon Hosfeld, a native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was in the rail yard eating his lunch. He wasn't supposed to be there that day. Hosfeld, 52, ran a CSX yard 67 miles south in Kenton; he'd come north to deposit a carload of children and Ohio's lieutenant governor in Toledo for a program aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of rail crossings.
November 13, 2006 |
IT'S TIME TO say it. We've been tip-toeing around it for months, ever since Philadelphians woke up last Christmas to find that all five proposed casino sites were perilously close to residential neighborhoods. Those of us who live near one or more of these sites knew it immediately. Many more have since come to realize it. The recent passage of Senate Bill 862, which, after a long fight, ratifies Philadelphia's local zoning rights, allows us to take action on it: The currently proposed sites are the wrong sites.
May 2, 2003 |
A commemorative marking the 200th anniversary of the greatest real estate bargain for the United States - the Louisiana Purchase - was issued this week. It is the third time the Postal Service has recalled the occasion. The 37-cent stamp, issued Wednesday, is vertical in format and depicts three unidentified signers of the treaty, along with the handwritten treaty with France superimposed on a map of the United States. The purchase annexed 828,000 square miles to the fledgling United States for $15 million.
January 8, 2012 |
We are what we eat. But we are also where we live. Volumes of anthropological, criminological, and sociological research back me up on this. What results is a rich stew of eccentric flavors seasoned by our parents' housing histories and their parents' housing histories, too. Is it any wonder then that home-buying - and home-selling - decisions are often driven by emotion, that gut feeling that this is the house we were meant to live in?...
December 10, 2009 |
Visitors to New Jersey chain restaurants may soon have more information when deciding whether to add fries and a shake to their order. A bill in the Legislature would require chains to post calorie counts for all items on menus inside the restaurant and at drive-up windows. Aimed at curbing obesity by helping eaters make the healthiest choices, the bill would affect any chain that has 20 or more locations nationwide. The Senate is scheduled to vote on it today. Consumers aren't very good at guessing the calories of a cheeseburger or a bowl of fettuccini Alfredo, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health and cited by authors of the bill.
April 27, 2000 |
A former Norristown High School track and football star attending Shippensburg University was shot in the head and then set on fire in a central Pennsylvania state forest, authorities said yesterday. The charred body of Sydney Bull, 23, was discovered about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after firefighters were called out to extinguish a small blaze in Michaux State Forest in Cumberland County, about 10 miles southeast of Shippensburg. "There is no indication it had anything to do with the school [Shippensburg]
November 12, 2002
YOU OUGHTA be in pictures. Or better yet, your neighborhood oughta be. Philadelphia is now the silent co-star in two programs that have won sizable audiences: "Hack" and "American Dreams. " "Hack" has done a decent job of showing Philadelphia in all its gritty charm, with forays into Fishtown, Manayunk and West Philadelphia. (Recently canceled "Philly" never much got past Center City.) "American Dreams," on the other hand, hasn't filmed much in Philadelphia, even though there are neighborhoods that haven't changed since the 1960s, the show's focus.
December 3, 2002 |
The interior of St. Gabriel's Church at 29th and Dickinson in Grays Ferry is magnificent - a block-long, cavernous space of wooden pews, marble floors, stained glass, and three-story-high pillars. It is in an unlikely neighborhood for Hollywood types, but during the last several months, a lot of them have walked through as members of the cast and crew of Hack, the first network series to be shot entirely in Philadelphia. "It's marvelous. It's certainly no soundstage in Santa Monica [Calif.
September 23, 1993 |
While President Clinton pitches his health-care proposal on television last night, "NBC Nightly News" production crew prepares for a forum on health care hosted by NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw at Temple University.
February 29, 2012
Looking for a Dream Factory you can call your own, where your craftiest visions and niftiest notions could be realized? Check out these shared working spaces/support groups in or coming soon to Philadelphia. They offer tools, talent, cozy atmosphere and camaraderie. Hive 76: www.hive76.org . Indy Hall: indyhall.org. NextFab Studio: nextfabstudio.com. Philly CAM: phillycam.org. Philadelphia Game Lab: philadelphiagamelab.org. Philadelphia Sculpture Gym: philadelphiasculpturegym.com.