September 5, 2016
Tom Wilk is a former Inquirer copy editor In the hit song "American Pie," Don McLean mourned the loss of Buddy Holly at 22 in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959, as "the day the music died. " The crash, which also killed Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, has overshadowed Holly's short, but influential, life and the role Philadelphia played in it. Holly, who would have turned 80 on Sept. 7, was a rock-and-roll pioneer. He and his band, the Crickets, wrote, arranged, and performed many of their songs, including the hits "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue," and "Maybe Baby.
September 4, 2016 |
Donald Trump said here Friday that Philadelphia reflects the dire straits of major American cities, leaving African Americans with poor schools, unsafe neighborhoods, and a lack of jobs. "I know the city so well, because I went to college here, but it's very sad to see what's going on inside Philadelphia," the Wharton School graduate told the Inquirer in an interview. "It's gotten so much worse than when I was going. It's dangerous; the crime numbers are up. Your mayor is doing a terrible job. " As often is the case, Trump's barbs drew a challenge.
September 4, 2016 |
Peter H. Berman, 84, of Philadelphia, an eminent senior neurologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor emeritus at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, died Thursday, Sept. 1. His wife, Lynne, said Dr. Berman died of a heart attack at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Berman's areas of expertise were clinical child neurology and pediatric epilepsy. Among those he treated were young patients with brain disorders and vision problems.
September 4, 2016 |
A bicyclist died after an overnight hit-and-run crash in Northeast Philadelphia. The victim, identified as 42-year-old Matthew Matteson, was riding his bike in the northbound bicycle lane on the 5700 block of Frankford Avenue, on the border of the city's Mayfair and Wissinoming sections, when he was struck at about 12:45 a.m. Friday, Philadelphia police said. The driver, who was also heading north, fled the scene after the crash. Police said later Friday that a person of interest was being questioned.
September 3, 2016
The $160,050 in cash and gifts District Attorney Seth Williams belatedly decided to report raises a host of ethical, if not legal, questions for the city's top law enforcement officer. But one gift in particular stands out for its sheer sense of entitlement: two sideline passes Williams received to five years' worth of Eagles home games. Even more breathtaking: After Williams finally got around to disclosing the gift pile that dates back to 2010, he had the gall to claim the Eagles passes had "no face value.
August 29, 2016
In-house researchers at the global real estate giant Hines were crunching data on U.S. cities three years ago - incomes, ages, education levels - to decide which markets to invest in. Their top two picks, Manhattan and Chicago's West Loop, were expected. The third, not so much: Philadelphia's Center City. "Were we surprised? Yes, a little bit," said Chuck Watters, Hines' senior managing director for Mid-Atlantic operations. "But when you kind of walk around the streets a little bit and see what's going on, it's less surprising.
August 28, 2016 |
So here we are again at the third week of the NFL exhibition schedule. It was at this point a year ago that the Eagles' expectations spiked during the brief and fascinating tenure of Charles Sherman Kelly. New quarterback Sam Bradford had just led the team to three touchdowns in three series in a rout over the highly regarded Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. You would have thought afterward that the Eagles' charter flight was headed straight to Santa Clara, Calif. - site of Super Bowl 50 - instead of back to Philadelphia.
August 26, 2016
A headline Wednesday gave the wrong birth year for former Philadelphia homicide prosecutor Roger King. He was born in 1944.
August 26, 2016 |
Sara Garonzik, who has helmed the Philadelphia Theatre Company from its tentative days as a professional troupe in 1982 to its status as a well-regarded and highly visible anchor for the Avenue of the Arts, has decided to step down from her post as executive producing director. "This will be my 35th season and my last," said Garonzik, 65. "I tell people this, and they are surprised, and I am like, 'Really? It's been 35 years?' " Garonzik said she will stay on as long as necessary - until the national search for her successor is complete and the company's future is set. "I am not running out the door, I will work at least through the middle of the next season," she said.
August 24, 2016 |
The same group that invested in Uber - and proudly claims it has disrupted the taxi and limo business - will soon, through one of its companies, open an office in Philadelphia with the aim of disrupting recruitment in niche fields of technology. TPG Growth, which has invested in Uber, Airbnb, and Spotify, is the majority owner of Frank Recruitment Group, the British-based company that chose Philadelphia for its third U.S. office. "You have a high density of bright college graduates who are up for a challenge," said Frank chief executive James Lloyd Townshend, explaining why his company picked Philadelphia.