February 27, 2015 |
FEW THINGS in daily life are scarier than being trapped on a train with no heat or power that's draped with live wires. Except maybe a puddle of unidentified goo on the seat or the floor, but this story is not about that. Instead, about 500 rush-hour commuters found themselves stranded on SEPTA's Warminster Line after the live wire came down on the Center City-bound train just before 8:15 a.m. south of the Roslyn Station in Montgomery County. The passengers kept their cool - and their sense of humor - until SEPTA was able to scramble a "rescue train" to the disabled train to retrieve the marooned riders.
February 10, 2015 |
Why has Chris Tucker, big-screen comic foil, been crisscrossing the country doing stand-up shows? This is a guy who at the height of his popularity, when the Rush Hour movies made him for a time the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, never worked a day more than he had to. As he explained at the Tower Theater on Friday night, he owes a towering sum in back taxes. He joked that IRS agents were backstage as he performed, tallying the box office and eating chicken. His tax troubles are both the impetus and the foundation of his act. He complained about TMZ reporting his debt as more than $14 million.
January 27, 2015 |
A storm forecasters warned could become a "crippling and potentially historic blizzard" for New York City and New England might dump as much as two feet of snow around the Philadelphia region. The wintry blast was expected to begin softly overnight into Monday morning, with one to three inches of snow certain to complicate the early rush hour. The National Weather Service said a second, behemoth storm would arrive Monday evening, slamming the region with 14 to 24 inches into Tuesday, with wind gusts as high as 30 m.p.h.
February 12, 2014 |
PATCO officials have started a "lessons learned" session on Monday afternoons to figure out how to improve service on the troubled commuter line between South Jersey and Center City. They had plenty to work with Monday. During both the morning and evening rush-hours, trains were disabled on the lone working track on the Ben Franklin Bridge, forcing evacuation of the trains and causing significant delays on a line already slowed by construction. The morning breakdown was over the Delaware River, while the evening failure was on the approach to the bridge on the Philadelphia side.
January 29, 2014 |
Winter's prolonged toll included overcrowded PATCO trips during rush hour Monday morning - so much so that some travelers could not board the trains. The packed trains became a reality after 7:30 a.m., when several cars' electric motors failed, forcing cancellation of some trips, according to the Delaware River Port Authority. DRPA spokesman Timothy Ireland attributed the motor problems to accumulated snow in the engines, which can cause short circuits when it melts and freezes. Ireland said the circumstances were not unusual given the weather.
August 2, 2013 |
If the Blue Route seems packed now, just imagine what it will be like in 2040, when the region's population has grown by 600,000 people, an 11.5 percent bump. More cars. More Shore traffic on Friday nights in summer. More logjams when the Phillies are in town. But relief may be on the way. Regional planners are floating a plan to convert the shoulders of I-476 during rush hour, easing traffic flow during the busiest times without spending money to widen the road. During peak hours in the morning and afternoon, vehicles would be allowed to drive on the shoulder, creating a bonus lane for the estimated 90,000 drivers that use the road each day. The plan was mentioned in a recent report on managing growth from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
July 26, 2013 |
It's difficult to overcook salmon when you prepare it this way: lightly seasoned with a touch of ground ginger, rolled and wrapped in prosciutto. Crusted Salmon With Avocado and Red Onion Salad 2 or 3 servings 4 thin slices prosciutto One piece (8 ounces) skinless center-cut salmon fillet, about an inch thick Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper Dash ground ginger 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil For the salad: 1/2 lime 1/4 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard 11/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 6 cups mixed greens 1/2 ripe avocado 1/2 small red onion 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
June 27, 2013 |
With today's meat-on-the-side, vegetables-in-the-middle sensibility, it's time for an update on the steak dinner. Slice that steak thin and mix it with vegetables for a beautiful main-course salad. Teriyaki Steak, Snow Pea and Shiitake Salad For the steak: 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 pound flank steak, 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick For the salad: Kosher salt 6 ounces snow pea pods 3 tablespoons olive oil 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, sliced into 1/4-inch strips 1/2 medium sweet onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
June 20, 2013 |
With this sandwich-inspired salad, you get to enjoy a classic flavor combination, skip the bread, and cut way back on the bacon. The basil-balsamic dressing is lighter than a mayonnaise-based spread. Chopped Turkey Club Salad With Basil Balsamic Dressing 4 to 6 servings 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons red winevinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon sugar, or to taste Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 12 ounces lettuce(s)