March 13, 2014 |
If you are sick of dodging the axle-busting, tire-flattening potholes that seem to be everywhere, get over it - the craters are likely here until late spring, experts say. "We are fighting Mother Nature," said Leslie A. McCarthy, a Villanova University engineering professor whose research includes pavement design and construction. This year, pothole season began early, on Jan. 6, when temperatures in the region went from freezing into the 60s and back into the teens, according to state Department of Transportation spokesman Gene Blaum.
July 18, 2012 |
THE POOPGATE SAGA in Southwest Center City continued Tuesday, as Thomas Van Der Grift continued waiting for Freedom Taxi to send a cleaning crew to pressure-wash the pavement where a cabbie was caught on surveillance video defecating beside his parked taxi early Friday morning. A camera recorded the cabbie at 5:08 a.m. on Bainbridge Street near 18th. A company representative said he was fired. The Philadelphia Parking Authority taxicab and limo division is considering whether his license to drive in Philly should be revoked.
July 17, 2012 |
A cabbie squatted outside his taxi and defecated onto the street in Southwest Center City Friday morning, and a homeowner who caught the incident on camera says all sorts of things have happened since — except what he's been asking for since he called the company and posted the surveillance footage on YouTube. "The only thing I've been asking since Friday is, ‘Can somebody come clean this up?'" said Thomas Van Der Grift, who owns a rowhouse on Bainbridge Street near 18th. The pavement near his house was still spotted with brown smudges Monday evening.
May 10, 2012 |
Today, the school district makes an announcement that — at least for a moment — allows it to transcend the current messy and complicated conversation about its plans to cope with fiscal and systemic crises, and makes a positive step toward the future. At the William Dick Elementary School in North Philadelphia, city and school bigwigs will announce a plan to replace acres of pavement with acres of green. The Dick School and the neighboring Hank Gathers Recreation Center will give the city more green space and its residents more room to breathe.
August 8, 2011
A WARM, MUGGY day of campaigning nearly starts off badly. Karen Brown, the Republican nominee for mayor, is ready to leave her South Philly block when her righthand man, Rick Modglin, goes to dump a cup of lemonade on the street by the car. Don't do it, Brown warns. The drink will draw flies and then the ire of Gracie, the woman who keeps clean the block of tidy two-story rowhouses. Most of them have her campaign poster in their windows. All politics are local. Brown and a few volunteers in three cars head to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where the fifth annual SheROX Triathlon is under way. She spent the weekend buying all the rally towels she could find - about 1,000 - and having them printed with her name and campaign website.
November 19, 2010 |
Personal struggles propel some runners, others love the thrill of competition or view races as paths to self-discovery and accomplishment. This range of inspiration is what the 17th annual Philadelphia Marathon brings to town. This weekend, 23,000 athletes will participate in several races: 11,000 are expected in the marathon, 9,000 in the half marathon, and 3,000 in the Rothman Institute 8K. If you wanted to really stretch your legs for 26.2 miles, it's too late. The full marathon is closed to competitors, selling out every year since 2007.
September 20, 2010 |
Plotting a pop-culture comeback is a perilous business. Other 1990s entities haven't done so well in 2010: the femme-fest Lilith Fair struggled mightily at the box office over the summer, and rap-rock knuckleheads Limp Bizkit canceled a reunion tour before it began. Pavement, however, timed its return perfectly. In its '90s heyday, the indie rock outfit led by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Stephen Malkmus (with assistance from Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg) was a 1,000-ticket band.
September 17, 2010 |
They were one of the more influential indie-rock bands back when the scenesters still called it "alternative," and two of their albums consistently rank in critical tallies on the best of the '90s. One thing Pavement never quite gained a reputation for, however, was being a solid live act. The quintet from Stockton, Calif., often left fans underwhelmed or even scratching their heads. Since the smart-alecky, slacker-ish rockers openly complained about touring and generally eschewed all things nostalgic and predictable, Pavement's 70-date reunion tour - coming to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts tonight with rising local star Kurt Vile as the opening act - stands out as quite an interesting and perhaps even questionable venture.
March 31, 2008 |
"Ah-ooo!" Stephen Malkmus said back to the whooping, sold-out Fillmore at the TLA crowd Saturday night, two songs into his 85-minute set. "Phil-lay!" enthused the Jicks bandleader. "Filet mignon; Philadelphia mignon - that's what kind of steak this town is. " Still pegged from his days leading the defunct Pavement as "the slacker prince of 1990s indie rock" (as the New York Times called him Friday), Malkmus may still exhibit the winning nonchalance that likely prompted Courtney Love to dub him "the Grace Kelly" of same last decade - but the Stockton, Calif.
November 9, 2006 |
The worn-out soles of newly elected Democrat Patrick Murphy's shoes told the story of his surprising victory in an Eighth Congressional District race that was too close to call election night. Showing reporters the holes in the shoes he has worn since he launched his campaign more than a year ago, Murphy, a 33-year-old political newcomer, said yesterday that it was old-fashioned, door-to-door stumping that enabled him to clinch a key seat for his party. "We knocked on 160,000 doors on Election Day alone," he said of himself and volunteers who canvassed the district, which includes all of Bucks and slivers of Montgomery County and Philadelphia.