January 14, 2014 |
On the way to his execution, William Johnson was paraded through camp to a large open field where 10,000 Union soldiers waited. This was a warning to them. Desert, as Johnson did, and suffer the same fate. "Saw man ride by in a wagon," Capt. Charles Hall of the Fourth New Jersey Volunteers wrote on Dec. 13, 1861. "Preceeded by his coffin & the 12 men that were detailed to shoot him. " Eight men fired, and when Johnson still showed signs of life, four more opened up. "Heard the Report & then marched round & saw the dead man lying on ground," Hall, of Palmyra, wrote.
January 14, 2014 |
In exactly one month, pitchers and catchers will walk out of the Bright House Field clubhouse and cross over to the Carpenter Complex for the Phillies' first official workout of spring training. It's understandable if that sentence doesn't rev your hunger for the start of baseball season in quite the same manner it once did. The Phillies are coming off their first losing season since 2002 and, in the blink of an eye, have gone from a team with four aces to one with two aces, no Roys, an unknown Cuban, and a stable of No. 5 starters.
January 13, 2014 |
WHILE DeSean Jackson was down in Miami, someone hit an illicit jackpot burglarizing his South Philly house. It's not clear how much was taken from the Eagles' star wideout, but he's offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the crime by tipping off police. Investigators said Saturday that Jackson's mother had discovered Friday night that his home on Pietro Way near Hartranft Street had been burglarized. Investigators believe the burglary happened earlier in the week, with a 9 mm handgun, more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry reported missing.
January 9, 2014 |
Harold Miller of Volunteers of America loops through Camden daily, meeting with the homeless. On Tuesday morning, he hoped to persuade those living in tents to sleep in a warm shelter during the frigid weather. They were bundled in layers, and some were warming by fires. Few had plans to move inside, even though the temperature was 11 degrees. "I'm trying to stay safe," Bill Martin, 61, had promised as he panhandled at 10th Street and Atlantic Avenue with a sign that read, "Homeless and Hungry.
January 9, 2014 |
The Philadelphia School District, attempting to fill part of its budget gap by selling off empty buildings, received 20 offers on properties after listing them for sale last fall on its website. The district had been seeking offers on the entire portfolio of 28 shuttered schools, or individual bids for one of the seven schools listed for "expedited sales. " The deadline for submitting proposals was Dec. 17. Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the district, said he could not provide more specific information about the offers because negotiations were pending.
January 8, 2014 |
Debbie Burgos sat outside the courtroom Monday, nervously waiting to again see the man charged with killing her son and attacking her daughter. Osvaldo Rivera, 32, is charged with breaking into Burgos' Camden home Sept. 2, 2012, assaulting her then-12-year-old daughter and fatally slicing her 6-year-old son's throat as he intervened, allowing the girl to escape. Dominick Andujar was found dead by Tiara, the eldest of his three sisters. He would be known as the city's youngest hero and posthumously given the Camden County Civilian Award for his courage.
December 26, 2013 |
Maybe you're having trouble finding your way at the edge of the digital divide. Maybe you consider yourself seriously tech-savvy, but realize you've barely tapped the power of the supercomputer you carry around in your pocket or backpack - or just received as a holiday gift. No matter your needs, the Free Library of Philadelphia may have the answer: guidance from one of its "gadget gurus," a service inaugurated a year ago that proved so popular it never ended. Though Jan. 3, the library's E-Gadget Holiday Help Desk will offer its services for four hours each weekday at the Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. After that, help will be offered every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. The gadget gurus don't take appointments or wear hip T-shirts - this isn't the Apple store's Genius Bar. But the idea is much the same, except that you don't have to own the fanciest new iPhone or iPad to qualify for aid. In fact, the gadget gurus are mostly ordinary library staffers with some special skills and training.
December 25, 2013 |
Hopefully, you've already played, and won, your league's championship. If you still have something on the line in Week 17, there's not much help available on the waiver wire. But here are a couple of recommendations anyway, along with one player who would look better in someone else's lineup. Catch 'em while you can James Starks, RB, Packers. Eddie Lacy was headed for a monster day until he reinjured his ankle in the third quarter against Pittsburgh. Starks filled in capably and could possibly draw the start in Week 17. He couldn't ask for a better opponent than the Bears' historically rancid run defense.
December 25, 2013 |
GLASSBORO Thanks to the generosity of the family after which it is named, Rowan University will start a doctoral program in engineering that offers a fellowship that will cover tuition and living expenses. A second new program will support engineering undergraduates who want to study abroad, college officials announced Monday. The Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation has donated $300,000 to start an engineering Ph.D. fellowship. Starting in the fall, one student from each of the College of Engineering's five disciplines - biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, and mechanical - will have his or her tuition paid in full and receive a living stipend.
December 24, 2013 |
Christmas musical traditions can seem like habits that accumulate as listeners hope to extend the holiday warmth of childhood into their adult lives. Yet the side effect is a relatively narrow repertoire. As wonderful as much of it is, can there be room for something new? The answer is yes as long as the Crossing is counted in. At New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia choir is creating an annual tradition with David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion . Closer to home, music director Donald Nally went out on more fragile limbs, often successfully, at the Crossing@Christmas concert Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill.