August 1, 2014
THE CRIMINAL GANG was ruthless and relentless: kidnapping and beating up victims, stealing money and property, and dealing drugs. What set them apart from an ordinary criminal cabal was not their greediness. What set them apart was that they were police. In the latest black eye on the Philadelphia Police Department, a 42-page federal indictment released yesterday describes in chilling language a "criminal organization" whose six members organized for the purpose of "generating money for the members through crimes including robbery, extortion, kidnapping and drug dealing and concealing those activities from law enforcement scrutiny.
July 1, 2014 |
David Buchanan fired 187 pitches in his last two starts. Just 99 - or 52.9 percent - were strikes, a number that bothered the rookie righthander despite two five-inning starts that were decent enough to keep the Phillies in games. "I'm trying to get as many chances to win as I can," Buchanan said. "I'm taking these last two and trying to scratch them from my memory. Walking guys like that is unacceptable. " He walked six batters in his first six major-league starts (361/3 innings)
July 1, 2014 |
Luis Rodriguez knew it was the house for him and his family when he saw the rhododendron on the side, the size of a tree. He is a landscaper. His wife, Danielle, loved the size of the lot, a corner, and the five bedrooms. She was excited about all the work her husband could do! This was in Williamstown, a place to raise their family. Luis never finished high school in Camden. He worked, often seven days a week, to provide for his family. His wife worked full-time, too, first for Comcast, then for Penn Medicine scheduling appointments.
June 15, 2014 |
I've probably done worse things to our kids than drag them through innumerable ruins - Greek, Roman, Mayan, etc. - but we have been to a lot of ruins. If it was built and fell down, we'll make a detour; if it was built, fell down, buried, and dug up again, we'll book a room. Owing to their proximity to margaritas and warm beaches, we've been to a lot of big-ticket Mayan ruins in particular (Tikal, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Caracol). On a recent cruise, though, we stopped at Costa Maya, Mexico, and discovered, by circumstance and somewhat by accident, a new favorite.
May 23, 2014 |
Nearly four years after its supposed completion, the President's House commemorative site on Independence Mall is so plagued with chronic leaks, water pooling, and moisture drenching the ruins of George Washington's and John Adams' executive mansion that Independence Park may have to cover the site to protect the archaeological remains. While the memorial, at Sixth and Market Streets, is within the park's confines, the city managed its construction with the understanding that it would turn over a finished, functioning President's House to the park's care.
May 14, 2014 |
THERE IS NO POVERTY OF WAYS to tell the story of how Philadelphia became the poorest big city in America. You can tell it through images like the pictures that the photoblogger aptly named "RuinPorn" posted of the massive Budd Co. complex in Hunting Park. In the 1940s, it anchored the surrounding Hunting Park community with 7,000 well-paying jobs, but has sat mostly abandoned for a dozen years, an aging cathedral of shattered glass and stagnant water. You can tell by stories like that of Tianna Gaines-Turner, 34, a Frankford woman who photographs and chronicles her struggles to escape food insecurity with her three children for the Witnesses to Hunger Project, and writes that "a lot of times I let my well-being go for them.
October 21, 2013 |
DURHAM, N.H. - Villanova sophomore quarterback John Robertson put together another impressive bunch of numbers Saturday and led a furious rally to give his team a seven-point lead over New Hampshire with just 1 minute, 9 seconds left to play. It wasn't quite enough. New Hampshire charged back and got a 4-yard touchdown run from its own sophomore quarterback, Sean Goldrich, with 14 seconds left and added two points on a Chris Setian conversion run to pin a 29-28 loss on Andy Talley's team in Cowell Stadium.
August 9, 2013 |
PRODUCER Jerry Bruckheimer , director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp have made a lot of money together with "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. Billions. Even the sequels, which were ripped to shreds by critics, brought in piles of gold doubloons. But they're still human, and they still have a thin skin. With the box-office failure of "The Lone Ranger" (Disney estimates it could lose $190 million, which means it will probably turn a small profit) the creative trio and co-star Armie Hammer set out to find someone to blame, and since they couldn't blame themselves they instead chose movie critics.
June 18, 2013 |
PENNSYLVANIA'S Republican leaders think they can pull a fast one on us. Led by Sen. Dominic Pileggi, Republicans in Harrisburg are pushing a cynical scheme to dilute Pennsylvania's influence in the Electoral College - a thinly veiled attempt to gain party advantage in presidential elections. The top Republican in the state, Gov. Corbett, has refused to take a stand on these shameful shenanigans. We expect bipartisan leadership from our governor, not simple acquiescence to his party's most partisan fringe.
June 17, 2013 |
For the first time that night, it was quiet on the pile. The rescue dog wasn't barking. The excavator digging up debris from the building collapse at the Salvation Army thrift shop was turned off. Firefighters from the elite Rescue 1 unit, drained from eight hours of pulling bodies from the rubble, were off to the side, awaiting their replacements and drinking water. Amid the mess and ruin, Capt. John O'Neill, 50, a search-and-rescue specialist from Squad 72, stood by himself.