May 14, 2016 |
"People ask me, why did we go back?" says Scott Rosen, boss at family-owned National Wholesale Liquidators, which has returned from its own 2009 bankruptcy liquidation, and is opening the first of six planned Philadelphia stores in Frankford next week. "I'll tell you," Rosen said: "We had more than 4,000 employees. The average employee worked 16, 17 years for the company. The family had a responsibility. The story couldn't end where it ended just because the banking world collapsed. " So National Wholesale Liquidators, based in West Hempstead, Long Island, is opening a store in a former Kmart at 900 Orthodox St., in Philadelphia's Frankford section, May 17. As a gesture to the city, the chain is donating sports equipment to students at St. Martin de Porres School, which won the Pennsylvania eighth-grade boys' parochial school basketball title this year, though it doesn't have a gym. So how can Rosen open stores as chains from Aeropostale to Sports Authority are going out, under attack from internet retailers?
May 13, 2016 |
When it was installed in 1964, Philadelphia's Holocaust Memorial - a statue depicting figures consumed in fire - was the first of its kind in North America. On Tuesday, city officials and a group of Holocaust survivors announced plans for the statue at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to serve as the entrance to a memorial park - one that aims to educate future visitors as the events of the Holocaust recede further into the past. On hand at the memorial Tuesday were members of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, which spearheaded the plan, as well as local Holocaust survivors, some of whom worked to erect the original statue, by Polish artist Nathan Rapoport, more than 50 years ago. Max Shieman of North Philadelphia was among them.
May 7, 2016 |
Hydraulically fractured wells now produce about two-thirds of the nation's natural gas output, up from less than 7 percent in 2000, according to an analysis released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA's report follows on a March analysis that showed fracking accounts for about half of current U.S. crude oil production. The last decade's dramatic increases of domestic gas and crude oil production from fracking has contributed to a decine in energy prices.
April 30, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Cameron Rupp roared into second base on Thursday evening and pounded his fists. The Phillies finally found a run, breaking a scoreless tie in the ninth inning against one of baseball's top teams. Rupp skied a fly ball that soared past the reach of Bryce Harper and fell into deep right field, scoring the winning run of a 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. The Phillies - the team picked to finish as one of baseball's worst teams - had shocked the first-place Nationals again, completing a three-game sweep at Nationals Park.
April 29, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The catalyst of this Phillies team with its implausible winning record through 21 games grinned as he tugged on his Nikes after Wednesday night's 3-0 shutout of the imposing Nationals. This mishmash of flawed veterans and inexperienced youth without expectations is sparked by a Rule 5-pick centerfielder who is not supposed to be this polished. Not yet, not for Odubel Herrera. And not for this team. "I feel like if I do a good job," Herrera said, "things start working for us. " The Phillies are 11-10.
April 28, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Everyone in the ballpark, including Maikel Franco, eyed the ball he had launched deep into the night. It eluded a leaping Michael A. Taylor in center field, and the Phillies jumped ahead of the team with baseball's best record. But, as the eventual winning run in a 4-3 Phillies victory crossed the plate in the seventh inning Tuesday night, Franco's body splayed across the Nationals Park infield dirt. The franchise cornerstone tripped. He hobbled to second base, where a cadre of Phillies officials met him. He had twisted his right ankle.
April 24, 2016
Rebellion. The story of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland is told through the stories of three fictional women. Filmed on location in Dublin, it's soapier than it needs to be, but the history's there, too. 8 p.m. Sunday, 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, SundanceTV. Silicon Valley. Richard (Thomas Middleditch) tries to fight back after being removed as CEO of his own start-up in the Season 3 premiere. (On Thursday, HBO renewed the show for next year, along with Game of Thrones and Veep .) 10 p.m. Sunday on HBO. Veep.
April 24, 2016 |
Raymond R. DiPrimio, 85, of Washington Township, a South Philadelphia podiatrist and one of the foremost lower-extremity anatomists in the country, died Thursday, April 14, at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township of heart failure. Dr. DiPrimio, a former professor at Temple University and one of the founders of the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, taught more than 4,000 students over 50 years. The college, founded in 1963, operated during the years Temple did not have its own podiatric school.
April 23, 2016 |
Philadelphia's soda tax battle has gone full-on presidential. Following comments former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made in Philadelphia Wednesday in support of Mayor Kenney's a proposed tax on sugary drinks to universal fund pre-K education, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he's against the tax. "At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, it should be the people on top who see an increase in their taxes, not low-income and...
April 21, 2016 |
Pennsylvanians pay the highest motor-fuel taxes in the country, according to a ranking released Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. State gasoline taxes and fees ranged from a low of 8.95 cents per gallon in Alaska to 51.4 cents per gallon in Pennsylvania, according to an EIA survey of gas taxes as of Jan. 1. That does not include an additional federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon. Pennsylvania's state tax is 24.9 cents more per gallon than the national average, 26.5 cents.