July 30, 2015 |
THE MOST interesting part of Chip Kelly's hour-long session with reporters last month was something that won't make it into many accounts of the interview. Somehow the writers and Kelly got into friendly banter about the Philadelphia media and fanbase. To us, the reason the Eagles have an unusually large media corps is pretty obvious - this is a huge market where people care more about their NFL team than anything else in sports, or maybe even in their lives. There isn't another market this size whose passion compares, except maybe Dallas.
July 29, 2015 |
Nonprofit literary magazine Philadelphia Stories will launch PS Teen, an offshoot of its existing biannual PS Junior publication, this fall. PS Junior will serve writers 12 and under, while PS Teen will cater to writers 13 to 18. Each will be published once a year. The first issue of PS Teen will be released this fall, while PS Junior will be released in the spring. Keeping with tradition, every issue will be accompanied by a free release party for the contributing writers and artists.
July 28, 2015 |
From his cell on C block, Eric Jackson could hear the whirl of a nearby fan but couldn't feel the breeze. As the temperature in Philadelphia ticked into the 90s Monday, Jackson ripped the sheet from his bunk at the House of Correction. He said it had started to stink of sweat. "You lay there soaked in sweat, just laying on a bare mattress," Jackson, 31, said while waiting for a bus outside the prison after serving six weeks for theft. "You see cockroaches running up the wall, mice running across the floor.
July 25, 2015 |
Two more retired Philadelphia School District administrators have surrendered their academic credentials as part of the continuing investigation into cheating on state standardized tests. Darlynn L. Gray, 54, a former principal at Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School in South Philadelphia, has surrendered her professional certifications in the face of allegations she violated the "integrity and security" of the PSSA exams, according to the state Department of Education. The state did not provide details of the alleged misconduct.
July 24, 2015 |
A NORTH PHILADELPHIA woman was held for trial on attempted-murder charges yesterday for allegedly running down a rival and her uncle with a car in April - causing the amputation of the rival's leg. Precious Coleman, 29, of Van Pelt Street near Somerset, will also face trial for aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in the incident in which she allegedly pinned Beatrice "Dee Dee" Spence and...
July 24, 2015 |
Pack 1.5 million people into a one-mile stretch of Philadelphia and there could be some issues with cell service. With Pope Francis coming to highlight the World Meeting of Families in late September, Philadelphia's thousands of visitors will need information at their fingertips, from where to find the nearest restaurant to the closing time of a museum. Anticipating swelling crowds and huge demands on bandwidth, the World Meeting of Families has created the "Go Philadelphia!" mobile app in partnership with IBM. The app, announced Wednesday by Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, is already available free on the Apple App Store and Google Plus.
July 23, 2015 |
Four Israeli companies plan to open offices in Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday, following his return from a three-day business visit to Tel Aviv. The trip was a continuation of a trade mission in November 2013 and this time included a stop in Frankfurt, Germany. Nutter signed a sister-city agreement with Frankfurt - Philadelphia's first in 23 years - before traveling to Tel Aviv, which has been a sister city to Philadelphia since 1967 and is also a sister city to Frankfurt.
July 21, 2015
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the neck Sunday evening in Northwest Philadelphia, police said. The teenager was shot once at about 8:20 p.m. near the intersection of Morton and Duval streets, Officer Tanya Little said. He was taken to Einstein Medical Center and was in critical condition. Police are investigating and looking for the weapon used in the shooting. No arrests have been made, Little said. - Claudia Vargas
July 21, 2015 |
More than 100 congregants of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Philadelphia marched in Sunday's swelter to the church's former burial ground to protest the arrest and subsequent death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail. Bland, 28, of Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, was driving through Wallace County, Texas, to begin a new job as a student ambassador at Prairie View A&M University, from which she graduated in 2009. She was arrested and jailed, police say, after she assaulted an officer during a traffic stop.