March 5, 2014 |
THE MAN who shot off-duty Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Penn early Sunday remained at large yesterday and his motives remained unclear, but what was certain was that he couldn't keep Penn down. Penn, shot once in the shoulder as he got out of his car shortly after midnight near his Overbrook Park home, was released from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania last night, said Lt. John Stanford, police spokesman. Stanford said homicide detectives - who are handling the case because it involves a police officer - had not been able to interview Penn properly because he was under sedation.
February 28, 2014
"I CAN'T remember the exact name. Mart something. It's a red wine . . . " "What part of the world is it from?" "I think it's from us?" That's all the info Rob Peters needs. After a lickety-split visual scan and a series of quick steps through the Ardmore Plaza Wine & Spirits store, he's got his hands on the exact bottle - a Cabernet Sauvignon from Louis M. Martini out of Sonoma County, Calif. - that his customer is seeking. Peters has been presented with such cryptic oenophilic conundrums for 20 years, and it's his job to field them.
February 18, 2014 |
When Phil Racobaldo wanted to expand his 85-worker Deluxe Italian Bakery in Runnemede last year, he did it the old-fashioned way: He borrowed $2 million from Fulton Bank. When Chad Vilotti and James Liscio wanted to update their 176-worker business, Liscio's Italian Bakery , in Glassboro, they also went to their bank. Then they took an extra step: They threatened to move to Pennsylvania. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority responded by giving Liscio's up to $13.5 million over 10 years, under the Grow New Jersey tax credit program.
February 15, 2014 |
Terry Adkins, 60, a University of Pennsylvania art professor whose works have been exhibited at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere, died of heart failure Friday, Feb. 7, at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Adkins lived there with his wife and two children, and also kept an apartment in Philadelphia, where he taught at Penn's School of Design. A native of Washington and the oldest of five children, Mr. Adkins was exposed to the arts early. His father, Robert, was a singer and organist, and his mother, Doris, played piano and clarinet.
February 15, 2014 |
A Norfolk Southern Corp. train bound for the Philadelphia area and carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed in Vandergrift in Western Pennsylvania on Thursday, the company confirmed. Twenty-one tank cars came off the track and at least three tank cars leaked crude oil onto the ground, said a Norfolk Southern spokesman. There were no injuries or fire. The thick, heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands is not as explosive as the light, volatile North Dakota crude that has been involved in several recent rail accidents that caused explosions.
February 9, 2014 |
How do you summarize 50 years of performance in 105 minutes? Pennsylvania Ballet, celebrating its half-century this year, did it Thursday night with a mini-tour of its repertory as it opened a four-day run at the Merriam Theater. The program began with "Serenade," one of the company's signature ballets. Founder Barbara Weisberger was a child in 1935 when she sat under a piano at the newly formed School of American Ballet and watched George Balanchine create it. The choreographer later gave "Serenade," along with a number of his other masterpieces, to Weisberger to get her young troupe on its feet.
February 8, 2014 |
(Updated at 12:00 p.m.) The White House on Thursday made the obvious official: The region's epochal ice storm that darkened entire communities, shut down businesses, and turned schools into emergency shelters was, indeed, a certified disaster. With the presidential declaration, Philadelphia and the four suburban Pennsylvania counties became eligible to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid. York and Lancaster Counties also were included. In all, 715,000 Peco Energy customers lost power as a result of the storm - the second-highest total for any one event, said Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong.
January 30, 2014 |
Nine area players were tabbed Tuesday to play for the Pennsylvania squad in the 57th annual Big 33 Football Classic. The selections were Coatesville fullback-linebacker Tyler Burke, Cardinal O'Hara wide receiver Thaddius Smith, Episcopal Academy tight end Evan Butts, Council Rock South offensive lineman Eric Gallo, Neshaminy defensive end Luke Carrezola, La Salle linebacker Zaire Franklin, Imhotep Charter defensive back Deandre Scott, Downingtown East...
January 24, 2014
WHETHER it's craft-brewery cans or longnecks of Yuengling, beer has long dominated the barroom conversation in Philadelphia, leading to one of the most sophisticated draft-tower environments in the country. Cocktails, too, have found a permanent foothold in the sipping landscape, with a small but smart roster of savvy drink-crafters earning attention for their efforts. So, where does that leave wine? Unfairly relegated to the bottom of the list, at least in terms of how often the topic leaps off the nuanced tongues of local drinkers.
January 21, 2014 |
In the six months since the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on same-sex marriage, a flood of lawsuits and legislation has pushed the United States to a tipping point - and Pennsylvania this year could be the state that shifts the balance. In 2013, the number of states (along with the District of Columbia) allowing same-sex marriage doubled, to 18. In the last month, judges struck down same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. If those two rulings are upheld, nearly 46 percent of the U.S. population would live in places that allow same-sex marriage or civil unions.