December 13, 2013 |
BEFORE ADJOURNING for its five-week holiday vacation, City Council yesterday passed a flurry of important bills. Here's a wrap-up of what went down: * After years of proposals, months of negotiations and weeks of uncertainty, Council unanimously passed a bill to make Philadelphia the largest city in the country to create a land bank. Lawmakers hope the new agency, intended to streamline the process of selling land now handled by an array of agencies, will breathe new life into the tens of thousands of abandoned, vacant and blighted buildings throughout the city.
November 27, 2013 |
ATHLETES ARE fond of saying they will play the game until someone peels the jersey from their backs. Well, after a soggy, frigid and sometimes ugly football game last night at Marcus Foster Memorial Field, the cliché was likely apropos for some seniors. Mastery North out-slopped Simon Gratz, 7-6, and gave its last-timers the ending they wanted. "It's a good way to finish off," said senior Armani Fuller-Williams. "I'm just so happy to have this feeling of victory with me as I leave this high school football thing.
September 13, 2013 |
IT LOOKED AS though Steve Robinson might have pulled out his table and photo displays for nothing last night as the rain poured and people scattered on Baltimore Avenue. Fortunately for Robinson and other business owners, the brief showers did not dampen spirits as hundreds of patrons weathered the storms for University City's third Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. "The night was really successful. A lot of people came out," said Robinson, who opened You Photography Studios on Baltimore Avenue near 46th Street nearly two years ago. For $1, he offered a photo shoot, a frame and one 8x10 photo, a deal he said many people can't believe.
September 4, 2013 |
ONE TOP official at the Labor Day festivities said yesterday's monsoonlike rainfall was actually God crying over how city unions are being treated by Mayor Nutter. Another was less poetic on how he felt about Nutter, calling him "a no good dog" who must be fought. And City Controller Alan Butkovitz said Gov. Corbett's response to the school district's financial crisis smacked of a Ponzi scheme. What else did you expect several thousand labor unionists and their supporters to talk about at Philadelphia's 26th annual Labor Day parade, at a time when organized labor feels that it is under siege?
September 4, 2013 |
THE GRAY clouds socked in over the Jersey Shore may have been a disappointment to those who had hoped for a sunnier holiday, but yesterday's gloomy skies were certainly appropriate as folks bid a sad goodbye to the 2013 summer vacation season. The weather had persuaded enough people to beat a hasty retreat, so that by 10:30 yesterday morning, westbound traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway was moving sporadically at best. Stretches of easy cruising were replaced by a stop-and-go crawl exacerbated by rainfall that hopscotched between gentle and monsoonlike.
September 4, 2013 |
It was not a happy crowd at Philadelphia's annual Labor Day parade Monday. And that's even overlooking the rain, which was impossible, since downpours soaked a bigger-than-usual crowd, turning Philadelphia's union members into a brigade of the plastic-ponchoed. Nothing builds labor solidarity faster than seeing how many union brothers and sisters, and their kids, can crowd under one umbrella, or squeeze under roof overhangs at the sheet metal workers union hall on Christopher Columbus Boulevard, where the group rallies for speeches before marching north to the annual picnic at Penn's Landing.
August 15, 2013 |
Update : The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF 0 scale tornado (winds 65 to 85 m.p.h.) touched down in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, Ocean County on Tuesday. Earlier story: treets from Coatesville to Ship Bottom went Venetian, flash flooding was ubiquitous, and "rush hour" became even more of an oxymoron than usual. On Tuesday morning, the soggiest summer on record added dramatic twists to its growing legacy, with potent storms that took down trees, closed roads, and put the brakes on mass transit at the height of the morning commute.
August 2, 2013 |
Finishing at 13.24 inches, a July record, last month's rain all but drowned the official gauge at Philadelphia International Airport. But that record might merit an asterisk since it was so localized. One symptom evident Thursday: The National Weather Service has posted flash-flood watches until midnight, but no widespread major flooding is expected, despite additional downpours. Arguably more impressive than the July rain was the overnight warming during the month. The average daily low at the airport came in at 73.1, No. 2 on the all-time list for lows in July, behind 1994's 73.4.
July 31, 2013 |
Flights slowly returned to normal Monday at Philadelphia International Airport after record rainfall caused flooding and power failures, and delayed and canceled flights Sunday. Electricity was restored by 10 a.m. Monday in Terminal A-East, where operations ground to a halt and severe weather wreaked havoc on departures and arrivals airport-wide a day earlier. American Airlines said it canceled 10 flights Sunday and about a dozen Monday because of electrical and storm-related problems.
July 23, 2013 |
Four tiny, fluffy heads perked up in an oversized cardboard box, glancing around with wide eyes as people lined up to surrender them and other stray cats and dogs to the animal shelter. The kittens - one tan, one orange, two black-and-white - carried in by Sheena Ragin, 28, were among 134 animals that arrived at the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) of Philadelphia facility Saturday, 92 of which were cats. It's "kitten season," the annual, sudden surge of animals caused by mating feral cat colonies - whose numbers, by some estimates, exceed 350,000.