December 8, 2014 |
Center City's grimy alleys are the equivalent of Philadelphia's attic, stuffed with forgotten architectural treasures. And there may be no richer trove than the stretch that runs behind the former Lits Bros. department store. There's now a parking garage at one end and a prison at the other, but with your eyes half-closed, the alley almost suggests a canal in Venice, canopied by its own moody Bridge of Sighs. Designed in 1912 by Castor & Stearns, the Renaissance-style arch is tightly notched into the narrow opening between Lits' back wall and Arch Street's Cast Iron building, connecting their second and third floors.
December 5, 2014 |
THERE WAS PLENTY of rocking around the City Hall Christmas tree last night. For about two hours, a group of protesters railing against grand-jury acquittals of cops in the deaths of two men in Missouri and New York were locked in a sonic battle with choirs, dancers and other performers at a tree-lighting ceremony in the City Hall courtyard. "We're out here protesting against the killing of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and all the other black men who are killed in our streets," Nayo Jones, a member of Black Lives Matter and the organizer of the protest, said at the base of the 35-foot Norway spruce.
December 3, 2014 |
First of two parts 'Nothing should be normal or everyday about accepting all this," says Ferguson, Mo., Democratic committeewoman Patricia Bynes. "Social media has helped ensure the images and agony stay fresh in people's minds. " Ferguson stays fresh. On Sunday, members of the St. Louis Rams did a pregame salute in protest of what they saw as police violence in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. That angered the St. Louis Police Association, which called on the National Football League to punish the players.
November 29, 2014 |
On the summer Sunday after a white policeman killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., the Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler climbed his historic Society Hill pulpit to introduce his congregants to a minister in Ferguson - via speakerphone. "I thought it was important on that day they hear from someone on the ground," Tyler remembered. "They were angry, upset, confused. " In Oxford Circle, his friend and fellow clergyman Bishop Dwayne Royster was already making plans for how the two could travel to Ferguson.
October 29, 2014 |
THE TEENS WERE clearly up to no good. I was taking a shortcut to work through the Pennsylvania Convention Center entrance on Market Street last week when I saw a bunch of teenagers having some sort of confrontation with a mentally ill homeless man. I couldn't tell what they were arguing about as I rushed by. But whatever the teens were saying or doing was increasingly agitating the man. So I stopped. When I told them to leave the guy alone, the group quickly turned on me. The young woman in the group, capturing every moment with her cellphone, said I had it all wrong.
October 17, 2014 |
A JUDGE yesterday rejected the Salvation Army's attempt to shield five employees from being questioned by lawyers who are suing the nonprofit over last year's fatal Market Street building collapse. Common Pleas Judge Mark Bernstein ruled that the Salvation Army cannot invoke Fifth Amendment privilege for the five and ordered that they be produced for depositions between Oct. 21 and Dec. 1. The decision was praised by attorneys for the victims and relatives of those who were killed or injured when part of a building being demolished fell on top of a Salvation Army store at 22nd and Market streets, June 5, 2013.
October 11, 2014 |
Upper Darby Township police are looking for a man in his 20s who they say was caught on video slashing the throat of a fellow bar patron during an altercation early Thursday. The victim, Wilson Zunija Aquirre, also in his 20s, was in "extremely critical condition" at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of police. The alleged assailant was identified as Miguel Escalon, also in his 20s, whom Chitwood described as "armed and dangerous.