August 30, 2016 |
A woman was groped this weekend by a man as he passed her on a bicycle in South Philadelphia, police said. The assault happened about 11 p.m. Saturday on the 1600 block of Bainbridge Street, and it is similar to at least four other crimes reported this month in South Philadelphia and Center City. The latest assault was committed by a Hispanic male in his 20s, wearing a white T-shirt and tan pants, police said. In the prior acts, reported between Aug. 6 and 13, the assailant was also described as a Hispanic male in his 20s. In three of those cases, the person groped women while riding a 10-speed bicycle.
August 26, 2016 |
A bicyclist has been sexually assaulting women in dresses as he rides past them in Center City and South Philadelphia, police say - and as word spread Wednesday, another possible victim came forward. Special Victims Unit Capt. Mark Burgmann said police received four reports from Aug. 6 to 13 from women ages 24 to 42 who said they were groped under their dresses by a man as they walked on sidewalks in the two sections of the city. In three of the cases, the alleged groper was on a 10-speed bicycle.
May 9, 2016 |
A woman was found dead on a Society Hill street Saturday morning, police said. The woman, who appeared to be in her 50s, was found unresponsive on South Fifth Street near Lombard Street about 10:35 a.m., police said. She was pronounced dead 10 minutes later by medics at the scene. A police spokeswoman said the cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office after an autopsy is conducted. - Julie Shaw
March 4, 2016 |
The headlines were stormy that first week in March 1916. In Europe, thousands were dying as German and French armies battled over Verdun. At home, Philadelphia Mayor Thomas Smith was taking heat over a proposed subway line up Broad Street. Railroad workers were voting to demand an eight-hour day. Yet, for thousands of the city's recent Jewish immigrants, the most important news that Saturday, March 4, appeared on page 11 of the Evening Ledger, buried near the bottom of the "What's Doing Tonight" column: "Solomon Rabinowitz, Jewish humorist.
December 21, 2015 |
What once was lost may well be found, but with public art, there are usually no saviors, and fate is unpredictable. Take, for instance, two sets of monumental sculptures removed in 1961 from the landmark Witherspoon Building at Walnut and Juniper Streets. One group of nine-foot statues, fashioned by Alexander Stirling Calder, was taken down, stored, and re-installed in 1967 in the court of the Presbyterian Historical Society's new home on Lombard Street in Society Hill. The other, a group of 10 enormous biblical prophets created by the renowned Thomas Eakins and his friend and former student Samuel Murray, became the Lost Prophets, dealt off for a pittance in the 1960s and forgotten, but recently rediscovered.
December 16, 2015 |
E.T. Thorpe was giddy. On the same day last week, at two different corners in one of Philadelphia's most distinguished neighborhoods, he came face-to-gut with a creature of mystifying proportions. "Did you know," Thorpe said, with artful eyeglasses and a bemused smile as he teased from the doorway of a Pine Street framing shop, "there were two dueling rats?" Scabby the Rat, the two-story-tall inflatable rodent of labor-movement legend, was on double duty in Center City, serving as a monstrous prop of protest that labor leaders say is an essential ploy in hostile times.
October 31, 2015 |
William H. Logan III, 82, of Yeadon, a funeral director and former Yeadon Borough councilman, died Sunday, Oct. 25, of complications from Parkinson's disease at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Logan's life was defined by service to his family, country, church, and community. A native of Yeadon, he made his living as the owner and operator of Logan Funeral Homes, with funeral parlors in Philadelphia, Havertown, and Exton. Starting in 1895, the Logan family operated a funeral home in the 2400 block of Lombard Street to serve the Schuylkill and Devil's Pocket communities of Philadelphia.
September 28, 2015 |
It had been a parking lot and, before that, back in the 19th century, the story goes, there were four buildings there, one of them a store. But that was a long time ago. These days, no place in Center City and adjacent neighborhoods remains empty very long. Since midsummer, the spot in question at 22d and Lombard Streets has been a construction site for three townhouses, with foundations for all three in and ready for framing crews. The townhouse planned for the corner of South 22d and Lombard Streets is listed at $2.1 million.
September 23, 2015 |
IF YOU THOUGHT all those apocalyptic warnings about not parking on certain Center City streets during Pope Week didn't apply to you, then you're probably among the dozens of people looking for a ride to pick up your car. If you're looking for a hotel room, however, you're blessed. There's still room at the inn for you, according to the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, which represents Center City establishments. As of yesterday afternoon, 124 cars had been towed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, said deputy executive director Richard Dickson.
May 16, 2014 |
Police have charged a South Philadelphia man, a registered sex offender under Megan's law, in Saturday night's road-rage incident in which a vehicle's window was shot out. Police said Shaffiat Ali, 31, of the 1400 block of South 12th Street, was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses. He was accused of using a BB gun to shoot at a car with two women and a 4-year-old girl in the backseat about 7:20 p.m. on the 400 block of South Broad Street. The 28-year-old driver told police that the incident began on the 500 block of Lombard Street when a red Mitsubishi Eclipse began to follow her vehicle, and the man behind the wheel of the Eclipse began blowing the horn and hanging out the driver's side window.