December 5, 2013 |
POP STARS of all stripes hit the Wells Fargo Center last night for Q102's annual Jingle Ball, including comparative music-industry vets like Avril Lavigne , and newcomers like Swedish duo Icona Pop and neo-Bieber Austin Mahone , who clearly needs to up his diva game. When I asked what his biggest extravagance has been so far, he gave a decidedly sweet answer. "This summer, I played a lot of state fairs and Six Flags," said Mahone, who stopped by Pat's King of Steaks before the show.
December 5, 2013 |
DETROIT - Sean Couturier is the Flyers' third-line center, but lately he has been playing like the team's best all-around skater. Couturier had a career-best four points - two goals, two assists - as the Flyers overcome a two-goal deficit Wednesday and jolted the injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings, 6-3, at a place that is usually their house of horrors - the Joe Louis Arena. The Flyers scored the last five goals and are now 2-16-2 at The Joe since 1988. Third-period goals by Claude Giroux (power play)
November 29, 2013 |
Born in South Vietnam in 1959, Mark Chew was adopted in 1971 by a man who lived with his parents in Wallingford, Delaware County. He was educated locally, graduated from West Chester University, prospered as a restaurateur, went bust and boomed again. In 2011 came a phone call he never expected. Decades after the Vietnam War fractured his country and family, after the adoption that changed his name and lifted him from chaos, the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania had startling news: The seven siblings Chew left behind - the family he presumed had died after the 1975 fall of Saigon - were trying to reach him. The Red Cross asked if he wanted to hear from them.
November 22, 2013 |
When Sophie Tucker called herself "the Last of the Red Hot Mamas," the plus-size ragtime café singer-turned-Ziegfeld Follies vaudevillian-turned radio and TV personality crafted an archetype, a sassy icon of traditional Yiddish song and bawdy comic tunes whose catalog was dwarfed only by her outsize personality. Tucker (1884-1966) was brassy, bodacious, loud and proud - Mae West and Fanny Brice rolled into one big lady. In her time she made hits of such songs as the slow, jazzy "Some of These Days," "Real Women Have Curves," and "Hula Lou," and in her wake she inspired the likes of Bette Midler.
November 20, 2013 |
The speed limit on Kelly Drive near Fountain Green Drive is 35 m.p.h., but the average speed of motorists is nearly 55. In an attempt to slow everybody down, the city has installed sensors in the roadway that determine the speed of vehicles approaching Fountain Green, about a half-mile north of the Girard Avenue Bridge. If a vehicle passes the sensor going above the speed limit, the light at Fountain Green turns red. Previously, the light turned red only if a car was waiting to turn onto Kelly Drive or a pedestrian pushed the crosswalk button.
November 13, 2013 |
Within hours of the typhoon that decimated central islands of the Philippines, the International Family Tracing center at the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania exploded with calls. Working atop a raised command deck in the Philadelphia office, about a half-dozen operators trained in disaster support fielded scores of queries from people trying to reach relatives in the islands. Operators listened. And they offered hope against the helplessness that many Filipino Americans, and others with loved ones in the Philippines, are feeling.
October 30, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The streets around City Hall produce the most red-light-camera violations - and revenue, AAA Mid-Atlantic says in a new analysis of Philadelphia red-light-camera intersections. In 2012, the automated cameras resulted in 22,611 tickets to motorists who ran lights at South Broad Street on the south side of City Hall, while the cameras at Broad Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard on the north side were responsible for 20,084 citations, AAA said. Each ticket carries a $100 fine, so those intersections produced $4.27 million in fines.
October 26, 2013 |
As red-light cameras move into Philadelphia's Pennsylvania suburbs, motorists and local officials who have long focused on safety issues face a new question: Can the cameras pay for themselves? Abington Township, in Montgomery County, is preparing to install 10 cameras at three busy intersections before the end of this year, hoping to reduce accidents. It has agreed to use revenue from fines to pay Gatso Inc. of Beverly, Mass., $504,000 a year to install and operate the cameras. The money left after expenses will go into a state fund for highway safety projects around Pennsylvania.
October 25, 2013 |
ABINGTON The AAA Mid-Atlantic office, which covers the Philadelphia region, issued a news release this week that reads more like a hard-charging policy paper from a think tank than the traditional price-at-the-pump and road-hazards missives from the folks you call to tow your car. The fuel for the AAA's ire are red-light cameras in Pennsylvania - an issue set to expand beyond Philadelphia as Abington Township in Montgomery County gets ready to install...
October 25, 2013
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, what's with all the pricey wines with twist-off caps? I'm all for getting at my wine faster, but don't people know to look for corks if they want a good wine? Marnie: You're a little behind the times, Buzz. It's true that a screwcap signified a cheap bulk wine 20 years ago, but times have changed. Nowadays, the technology and research behind screwcaps is much more solid. They're most common on affordable white wines, but you can even find top-of-the-line $100 red wines with screwcaps.