November 24, 2013 |
THE MAYOR'S OFFICE has chosen the highest bidder to purchase the parking garage under JFK Plaza, but a Nutter-backed bill sent to City Council on Thursday morning saw no introduction, and a spokesman for the administration says Council is dragging its feet on what could be a huge windfall for the city. Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald said the city plans to award the contract to Chicago-based Interpark LLC, which already runs a garage at 13th and Locust streets. The plaza above the garage, at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, commonly known as LOVE Park for its iconic statue, is set to be rebuilt as the parking structure is repaired.
November 24, 2013 |
Any university-level opera operates by particular rules, with casting dictated by who's available rather than what's possible, and by where student singers are in their vocal metamorphosis rather than what wows audiences. In Curtis Opera Theatre's The Elixir of Love , however, all priorities fused - singers, production, repertoire - with the kind purpose that leaves everybody happy, at least at Thursday's opening at the Prince Music Theater. Those who wonder why such a silly opera is performed at all (the Donizetti score is enjoyable but rarely great music)
November 23, 2013 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) The flames of budding romance could warm you up the next few days. Break away from routine and you could meet a new crowd. In a new setting with new people, someone comes along that makes your heart pound. Get to know this potential sweetie better. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (****) Head home Friday night. Invite others over this weekend, for a fun time. No one can host a party like you do, and your friends are only too happy to appear. Sometimes you are happiest at home, feeling content with your pals.
November 21, 2013 |
Hello there Kathryn and Gordon met for what was supposed to be an early dinner in January 2011. But when dinner was over, their conversation wasn't. "We moved from our table to the bar and continued talking," said Kathryn, a financial representative with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and owner of the Eventchic event management company. They stayed at Derek's Restaurant in Manayunk for eight hours. About a week earlier, Kathryn had started their dialogue with an electronic wink on Match.com.
November 19, 2013 |
Nasir is an energetic 3-year-old who smiles often. He loves music and likes to sing along and clap his hands while listening. He also enjoys playing with his toys, running, going to the park, playing outdoors on the swing, and attending church with his foster family. Cheerful and good-humored, Nasir is a morning person who sings when he wakes up. Nasir benefits from speech therapy and other services. His teachers say he has made huge gains in development in the last year. Nasir is in the same foster home as his sibling, 5-year-old Ameerah (profiled last week)
November 18, 2013 |
ASK DISTRICT Attorney Seth Williams about prosecuting crooked cops and he'll first throw in this disclaimer: The "supermajority" of Philadelphia police officers are honest, hardworking men and women. Which is true. It just doesn't always seem that way. Not in a city where a police officer has been charged with a crime every three weeks, on average, for the last four years. Last week, for instance, a lieutenant was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, a homicide detective was fired amid an investigation into whether he covered up murders, and more than 50 drug convictions were thrown out because they relied on testimony from a veteran narcotics cop who was arrested in an FBI corruption probe.
November 18, 2013 |
Same-sex marriage is now legal in 14 states and Washington D.C. An estimated six million children are being raised by gay or lesbian parents. More than twenty million are growing up with a single mother or father. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the traditional nuclear family - mom, dad, children - accounts for only 20 percent of households. This is the first in an occasional series of stories about the new modern family, one that may be living next door to you. On Sept.
November 14, 2013 |
Hello there It was spring 1998 and the end of her 8th grade year at Greenberg Elementary when Stephanie, who lived in Pine Valley, sneaked onto friend Melissa's bus to hang out in Fox Chase after school. The girls were talking to friend Will when Tim, Will's friend who lived across the street and attended St. Cecilia's School, spotted them. Nothing could keep Tim from joining that conversation. "I had some excuse to be a part of it," he said. "We were [both] enthralled with the possibility of socializing with girls.
November 11, 2013 |
I had pronounced myself "magic-proof" before even setting foot on the plane. Our family's fifth annual Disney World vacation was imminent and I was lost in a sea of checklists, confirmation numbers, notes to teachers pleading for mercy, and packing perfection. My husband and children lived to be transported to Neverland each year to escape the spin of business ownership and the suburban school-practice-homework shuffle. It was my job to have this mighty mouse mastered. After a half-decade of mouseketeering it, I had impressed myself with Disney know-how.
November 7, 2013 |
Hello there First in Los Angeles, then in Fishtown, online dating went so comically bad for Abby that she turned her experiences into a blog: Hehadpotential.com. But it was dating a man who OKCupid ranked a 99 percent match that made Abby wonder if it was time to log off the dating sites. "I thought it should work, on paper, but we didn't click," she said. It was after that ended, in early November 2011, that a message popped up on OKCupid: "It looks like we live in the same neighborhood," Chris wrote.