May 7, 2015 |
IT WAS LATE SATURDAY, about 9 p.m., when James Hall double-parked in front of his home in West Philly. He had just gotten back from a shopping trip with his two daughters, his fiancee, Lakisha Robinson, and Robinson's daughter, Aniyah Curry. The group was getting ready to go back out, Robinson said yesterday, so Hall left the car's hazard lights on as he ran inside to grab something. He'd only be gone for a few minutes, he told the others. But in that short span, the family was nearly torn apart by a careless punk in a black sedan.
April 25, 2015 |
Allison Warner bought a vowel. The letters on the makeshift Wheel of Fortune tiles spelled out "PROM?" Warner pointed to herself in surprise as her face broke into a smile. And she said yes. Warner, a senior at West Chester Rustin High School, was emceeing the Sir Rustin pageant in front of about 200 students last week when her cohost, senior Liam Doyle, turned the event's intermission into Warner's own Wheel episode. "Nowadays, you need to find a creative way to ask. It can't just be 'Do you want to go to prom?
March 4, 2015 |
Firefighters are battling a 3-alarm blaze in Upper Moreland at what is believed to be a sheet metal plant. A Montgomery County emergency dispatcher said the building was quickly evacuated, and no injuries were reported. But due to the building's large size and industrial character, the flames were formidable. Crews from around Montgomery and Bucks Counties responded and were still battling the blaze around 6 p.m. Monday. The fire is on the 2300 block of Wyandotte Road in Willow Grove.
February 15, 2015 |
What goes around, comes around, and the fact that white kitchens are back in style vindicates a 16-year-old decision to add one to our last house. The cabinets were white, but the countertops were black, as was the floor. We couldn't do an island and settled for a peninsula. I did it myself, with some help from our electrician and venerable plumber, and I vowed, when it was done after two years, to never do another one. These days, or at least the trend for 2015, is all-white kitchens: white cabinets, topped with white countertops, finished off with white backsplashes and white trim.
February 13, 2015 |
During Sunday's Grammy awards show, rapper Kanye West pulled a Kanye and jokingly interrupted Beck, who was at the microphone to accept the award for best album. Beck's win was the upset of the evening: Many, evidently including West, had expected Beyoncé to take the award home. In a post-show interview with E!, however, West said, "Beck needs to respect artistry. He should have given his award to Beyoncé. At this point, we tired of it. " In his statement, West seemed to oppose the "he" (white pop star Beck)
January 15, 2015 |
IT'S HARDLY stop-the-presses news that we love old TV shows. There probably hasn't been a day in three decades or more that didn't see some outlet showing reruns of such classic fare as "I Love Lucy" or "M*A*S*H. " But for fans of classic TV, these are high times indeed, with the explosion of new channels specializing in vintage programs from the 1950s through the '80s. And we're not just talking the pop culture touchstones, either. For every "Gilligan's Island" or "The Brady Bunch," there is a far more esoteric but no less-entertaining program to be found, from the cerebral 1960s drama "Route 66" to the "Twilight Zone"-ish "One Step Beyond.
November 21, 2014 |
THE SCHOOL Reform Commission got an earful last night from school-choice supporters as it voted not to renew one charter and gets ready to consider applications for dozens of new ones. The commission voted 4-1 for non-renewal of Imani Education Circle Charter in Germantown. Sylvia Simms was the lone dissenting vote. Officials cited poor performance on state standardized tests and financial woes at the K-8 school, which serves roughly 450 students. Imani supporters, which included board members and staff, refuted claims about academic struggles and said families would be hard-pressed to find better options.
August 28, 2014 |
RICHARD WATSON still remembers the moment he woke up. It was Aug. 28, 1964 - a Friday night wrapped in a humid layer of late-summer heat. Watson, 18 and a budding art student, could have been out on what folks called "Jump Street" or "The Ave," a thriving commercial strip of Columbia Avenue in the heart of North Philly where weekend crowds scurried between movies at the Rex or the Liberty and a neon string of pool halls and taverns. But as midnight approached, Watson was simply trying to get some sleep, a couple of blocks away from the strip in his family's apartment at 22nd and Master.
August 3, 2014 |
Authorities have long monitored social media postings of criminals for incriminating comments and other clues. Now one criminal - or at least his lawyers - have turned the tables. Imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill's lawyers on Friday renewed their legal campaign to get him paroled, criticizing a city prosecutor for boasting on Facebook about Mill's probation violation. On Monday, Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis responded to Mill's first parole petition in a court filing quoting pop music legend Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to urge the 27-year-old Mill - whose real name is Robert Williams - to take responsibility for his conduct.
July 12, 2014 |
A Nic Cage revenge opera. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Rage . It means that at several intimidating points, Cage will bark out his lines at the top of his lungs. He is, after all, the big screen's Big Screamer. His roar is so forceful, it flattens the ears of whoever is the recipient. It means there will be more blood than at a Red Cross drive. And it means there will be moments of anguish as Cage silently contemplates his sins. Or maybe he's thinking about his career.