November 10, 2015 |
Serafin Natal had trouble walking in Philadelphia's first Veterans Day Parade on Sunday. But he would not stop. The 65-year-old Navy man had beaten renal cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Doctors took a kidney out of him 10 years ago - only for diabetes to come along, knocking some of the feeling out of his feet. But the retired Juniata Park factory worker was on a mission Sunday. His colonial city was making history, if more than two centuries late.
May 23, 2014 |
FOLLOWING intense criticism, City Council President Darrell Clarke agreed yesterday to add a "safety-net" provision to legislation that would extend a city sales-tax increase so that, even if state lawmakers don't act on the issue this spring, the tax would be extended and the School District of Philadelphia would get $120 million next year. "What we can't do is allow ourselves to be in a position that if there are some changes in the existing state provision or some changes in the proposal that we put forth, that we're not in a position to take advantage of the extension of the sales tax," Clarke told reporters after Council's regular session yesterday.
April 23, 2014 |
SEWELL A Brooklyn, N.Y., man who died Sunday in Sewell during a skydiving jump loved the sport so much that he was willing to risk death, his son said. Arkady Shenker was to turn 50 this week. Instead, his son, Alex, 24, said his family is preparing for services to honor the husband and father of two who loved adventure. "Whatever hardships he had in life, they just melted away after a couple of jumps," his son said. "To him, the danger was just danger. He said, if he ever goes, that's the way he wanted to go. I guess he got his wish.
September 11, 2013 |
Brian Sanders' Junk's production for the 2013 Fringe Festival, Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak , swings between childhood dreams and nightmares. Set to a haunting score of familiar lullabies created by his sister, Stephanie Sanders, this show, at the 23d Street Armory, departs from his usual dark, hard, techno look and sound from past Fringe seasons. The glowy white, softly draping set consists of huge banners hung from the rafters over three white-sheeted beds, a parachute covering a raised mound of sand beneath, and an "oak tree" that reaches to the ceiling of the armory.
July 17, 2013 |
Ousted Commerce Bank founder Vernon Hill II really wants the $17.2 million golden parachute in his employment contract. So, even though a federal jury, after a two-week trial in federal court in Camden, told him no, he filed papers last month seeking a new trial. But what would have happened if the jury's May 21 verdict had been yes? Would the bank, now TD Bank, even have been allowed to follow the jury's verdict and pay Hill? That question is at the heart of Hill's request for a new trial.
May 11, 2013 |
Whether the jury will feel sympathy for Vernon W. Hill 2d, the ousted founder of Commerce Bank, and his legal quest to wrest $17.2 million in golden parachute benefits from the bank remains to be seen. In federal court Thursday, Hill explained why he didn't fight his June 28, 2007, firing from the banking empire that he had built from one storefront in Marlton in 1973. "This was my bank," Hill said in U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler's Camden courtroom. "It was obvious to me that the best thing for the bank was for me to leave.
January 24, 2013
School district buys 14 rifles FONTANA, Calif. - The school police force in this Southern California city has acquired 14 high-powered semiautomatic rifles for officers to bring to campuses. Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles in the fall, delivered the first week of December, a week before the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. "I think it just further solidified the need to give our officers the tools they need to respond to an active shooter on campus," schools Police Chief Billy Green said Wednesday about the tragedy.
November 29, 2012 |
A Bala Cynwyd man who died in a skydiving accident last week in Monroe Township did not attempt to open his parachute, authorities said Tuesday. They identified the victim as Donald Lawrence Morozin, 62. Accident investigators found that the certified skydiver, who had performed more than 3,500 jumps, had not pulled the parachute's primary or emergency chords, said Mary Pyffer, trial chief with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office....
November 22, 2012
A man was killed in a parachute accident late Wednesday afternoon in Gloucester County, authorities said. The accident occurred at Freefall Adventures, which provides skydiving lessons and activities at the Cross Keys Airport in Williamstown. The man's name was not released. His body was found about 300 feet from the parachute landing zone, authorities said. The accident is under investigation by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration. The former mayor of Rutledge Borough, Delaware County, died in 2011 during a skydiving accident at Freefall Adventures.