October 5, 2012 |
BARRY Le LAND knows a man who talks of kicking a skull around when he was a boy after the Queen Lane Apartments high-rise was built in 1955. "A couple of fellows said they were playing kickball and thought they were kicking a rock, but then they saw it was a skull," Le Land said. "I have seen bones over there. But we didn't know it was a potter's field. " Residents said the bones started to appear after the Philadelphia Housing Authority finished building the high-rise in 1955, at Queen Lane and Pulaski Avenue, the site of an all-but-forgotten burial ground for African-Americans.
September 27, 2012 |
MADRID - Spain's government was hit by the country's financial crisis on two fronts Tuesday as protesters, enraged with austerity cutbacks and tax hikes, clashed with police near Parliament while the nation's borrowing costs increased in an auction of its debt. More than 1,000 riot police blocked off access to the Parliament building in the heart of Madrid, forcing most protesters to crowd nearby avenues and shutting down traffic at the height of the evening rush hour. Police used batons to push back some protesters at the front of the march attended by an estimated 6,000 people as tempers flared, and some demonstrators broke down barricades and threw rocks and bottles toward authorities.
September 12, 2012 |
Bomboy is editor-in-chief of the nonpartisan National Constitution Center . The U.S. government's role in the detention and trial of alleged terrorists at its Guantánamo Bay Naval Base is still under debate on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. On Monday, the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Said al-Shihri, was reportedly killed in Yemen. That group is considered one of the world's most dangerous terrorist groups by U.S. authorities. Al-Shihri was a Guantanamo prisoner, officially #327, who was released by the U.S. in 2007, and it appears he was killed Monday in a drone attack in southern Yemen.
August 28, 2012 |
FRANKFURT, Germany - Debate raged on among Europe's top bankers Monday over the merits of a proposed plan for the European Central Bank to buy government bonds to lower borrowing costs for financially troubled governments. Germany's national central bank, the Bundesbank, is increasingly isolated in its opposition to the plan, saying it would expose taxpayers to risks and could leave countries dependent on the financial relief as though on a drug. Bundesbank head Jens Weidmann says bond purchases would also be too close to an outright bailout of governments, which the ECB is forbidden from doing by treaty.
August 17, 2012 |
DiNIC'S ROAST PORK - sliced thin with broccoli rabe and extra-sharp provolone on a seeded Carangi's roll - is a damn good sandwich. But the best in America? A day after the Reading Terminal Market stalwart was named the best sandwich in the country by a Travel Channel show, some competitors and their devotees questioned whether host Adam Richman had cast a wide-enough net. Richman announced the winner Wednesday night, after sampling 28 sandwiches throughout the country and naming 10 regional finalists and two wild cards.
August 13, 2012 |
Detectives continue to investigate the beating death of a Philadelphia man found lifeless beside his vehicle in Kensington, possibly after a road-rage incident. Roberto Perez, 41, of the 1600 block of Fillmore Street in East Frankford, was pronounced dead beside his white Chevrolet Suburban at Emerald and Cambria Streets just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday. A window of the Suburban had been broken, authorities said. Police said no arrests had been made. Investigators have spoken to witnesses and believe the victim was beaten in the head with a crowbar after a dispute with others.
August 2, 2012 |
A two-alarm fire ripped through a garage building in Kensington today, sending black smoke billowing into the sky and damaging or destroying at least 15 classic cars. One firefighter was taken to a hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion suffered while battling the blaze at Jasper and East Cornwall Streets. The fire was reported around 9:30 a.m. and escalated to a second alarm about 9:45 a.m. as 150 firefighters and 22 pieces of equipment responded to the blaze, officials said.
July 31, 2012 |
A 52-year-old Medford man has been arrested and charged with shooting another motorist's vehicle after a dispute in Cherry Hill, police said today. The incident started when two motorists got into an argument over one of them not moving fast enough in the area of North Kings Highway and Chapel Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Friday, police said. The dispute moved to a nearby parking lot after which one motorist, identified as Charlie Williams, followed the other, identified as Timothy Strunk, 42, of Maple Shade, into a nearby neighborhood, police said.