August 24, 2014 |
Like to finish your race with a beer? You may want to add the Flying Fish 5K to your calendar. The race, which will be held on Sept. 6, begins at Flying Fish brewery in Somerdale, Camden County, and finishers 21 and over will get a beer at the finish line. The race is part of Great American Brewery Runs, a new series being put on by local breweries and Carl Ewald, who puts on the ODDyssey Half Marathon, a race held in Philadelphia in June. This race series started in May of this year with the Foxtrot 5K, which was held on the grounds of Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown.
August 22, 2014 |
Thousands of members of the National Black MBA Association will gather in Atlanta next month for their annual convention, reserving a combined total of more than 10,000 nights in Atlanta's hotels and eating in Atlanta's restaurants. They would have been spending their money in Philadelphia, except that in 2012, worried about labor hassles and inefficiencies at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the group canceled its September 2014 convention here and moved it to Atlanta. Now they've rebooked for Philadelphia - in 2017.
August 22, 2014 |
Was it sabotage? A federal judge didn't think so. He called it a case of the "broker wars" at the Port of Philadelphia. Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, one of the world's largest third-party logistics companies, sued when 10 employees left to start a rival U.S. Customs brokerage in Philadelphia. Customs brokers help importers clear perishable produce through customs inspections at U.S. ports before it is delivered to grocery stores. Philadelphia is a major perishables port, and about 150 companies ship fresh produce through here, noted U.S. District Judge L. Felipe Restrepo.
August 22, 2014 |
About a decade ago, when Melissa Monosoff was working as a sommelier at the Four Seasons, she faced plenty of tests - some from the Court of Master Sommeliers, where she obtained the highest possible certification, and others tableside, from skeptical customers. "A lot of times I did have to prove myself," she recalled. "I'd approach people and say, 'I see you're looking at the wine list. Can I help you?' And they'd say, 'Yes. If you could get the sommelier, that'd be great.' " Since then, the city's wine landscape has evolved, and more women are assuming prestigious sommelier posts than ever before.
August 22, 2014 |
For the Hearts on a Wire Collective, a grassroots movement to support transgender people in and out of prison, the fate of their fall 2013 newsletter seemed proof that logic was lost in Pennsylvania's correctional system. A member reported that the newsletter, a compendium of drawings, poems, essays, homegrown legal advice, and obituaries, was confiscated at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Fayette - because it contained "information regarding the manufacture of explosives, incendiaries, weapons, escape devices or other contraband.
August 21, 2014 |
It was a matter of inches or less, police said - the distance between a minor wound and an officer killed in the line of duty. That's how police described an early morning exchange of gunfire at a Tacony intersection Tuesday that left a veteran officer with a deep graze wound to his head, and his assailant dead. "We are just very, very fortunate," Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said. "Another quarter-inch and we'd be talking a different story. " The incident began around 12:45 a.m. when Officer Stephen Korpalski, a 14-year veteran of the force, responded with his partner to a radio call of a person with a gun on the 6400 block of Ditman Street.
August 20, 2014 |
While the Archdiocese of Philadelphia insists it is not an official announcement, Pope Francis stated flatly Monday that he expected to visit Philadelphia in September 2015. Francis told a news conference that he was considering a three-city U.S. tour next year that would include at trip to New York City to address the United Nations, to Washington to address Congress, and to the international World Meeting of Families gathering in Philadelphia. "Next year I'd like to go to Philadelphia for the family meeting," he said when asked about his travel plans for next year.
August 17, 2014 |
An iconic part of the Philadelphia skyline since the 1950s, the "PNB" letters on top of the One South Broad building will be removed by helicopter Sunday, city officials confirmed Friday. The building recently changed hands, and the new owners requested and received approval from the Philadelphia Historical Commission last month, said Mark McDonald, spokesman for Mayor Nutter. The 16-foot-high letters spell out "PNB" on all four sides of the high-rise built by the Wanamaker family in 1932.
August 15, 2014 |
In Philadelphia, any time is the right time for a cheesesteak - which is why, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, members of the committee deciding whether the city will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention found themselves at Pat's King of Steaks, eating wit or wit'out under the glare of television cameras. It's a political ritual usually reserved for candidates, but in this case, Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat's, ponied up the sandwiches for the greater good. "I think it's amazing for Philadelphia," said Olivieri, who believes the city will reap economic benefits if the Democrats choose it over rivals Birmingham, Ala.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix, Ariz.