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.
May 12, 2013 |
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - Cranes and bulldozers have joined seagulls and surf as the new sounds of the season in the Jersey Shore town hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Workers have started demolishing the first of 50 storm-damaged homes in Mantoloking, where all 521 houses were damaged or destroyed in the Oct. 29 storm. On Thursday, crews began tearing down a home that was floating in Barnegat Bay and had come to rest against the side of the Mantoloking Bridge. By Friday morning, a crane was scooping the last boards from the water where the house sat for six months.
April 25, 2013 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The minaret of a landmark 12th-century mosque in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was destroyed Wednesday, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard. President Bashar al-Assad's regime and antigovernment activists traded blame for the destruction to the Umayyad Mosque, which occurred in the heart of Aleppo's walled Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was the second time in a little more than a week that a historic Sunni mosque in Syria has been seriously damaged.
March 24, 2013 |
A FORMER MEMBER of the board of directors of a federal credit union that had been founded to serve low-income Hispanics pleaded guilty Friday to embezzlement and money-laundering, which caused the bank's collapse. Miqueas Santana, 43, who served on the board of the Borinquen Federal Credit Union, at Allegheny Avenue and Front Street, faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, five years of supervised release and more than $1.2 million in fines when he is sentenced in federal court on June 21. Between July 2009 and June 2011, Santana stole more than $500,000 from the bank, aided by a former manager, and used the money to buy real estate around the city, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.