July 25, 2016 |
When the next "War of the Worlds" disaster sends us all careening out of town, I know where I'm going to hide out: Bensalem. More precisely, heading north on I-95 to a WWII-era industrial park on State Road and an unexpected new tech showroom that goes by the clunky name ISPBC (International Self Powered-Business Council) PHL Showcase. Although glass-walled and -roofed, this is a house you can throw stones at. It's built largely of multilayered, "hurricane resistant" photovoltaic windows, a super solar glass that takes a beating and soaks up enough energy to make the 1,100 square-foot building self-powered.
June 23, 2016 |
Violins, clarinets, trumpets, and sheet music were found in the house, along with evidence of schoolwork, a Hebrew learning book, and tens of thousands of dollars' worth of model trains. After completing a search of the Feasterville home where police say 51-year-old Lee Kaplan was living with 12 females, including two children he fathered with a teen "gifted" to him by her parents, investigators found no immediate evidence of abuse. The girls "seemed fine" when questioned by authorities, said Robert Hoopes, director of public safety for Lower Southampton Township.
December 21, 2015 |
Renee Washington's descent from financial comfort to near-homelessness took nine years. In that time, the 56-year-old West Chester resident was laid off from a $40,000-a-year job and lost her mother to cancer. Three years later, Washington, by then with no health insurance, also was found to have the disease. That devastating events exhausted Washington's finances. The administrative assistant lost her longtime family home. Within weeks of having to leave, she turned to Home of the Sparrow.
January 24, 2015 |
InterAct Theatre Company's world premiere of Jen Silverman's The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane examines the "new" South Africa. Postapartheid, it's a progressive nation (it was the first in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage) except when it isn't. With the 2010 World Cup as its backdrop, foreign journalists arrive to cheer and toast a new day, while for Noxolo and her lover Pretty, lesbians living under constant threat of violence, little has changed. Noxolo (Aimé Kelly) is a soccer star who managed to escape to London on an athletic scholarship while Pretty (Lynette Freeman)
March 7, 2014 |
THE WALLS of the rowhouse are bare, whiter than the snow on the stoop, but two friends inspired by a sad tale see a vivid future for the empty North Philly home. Rusty Doll, 32, has been pouring his own money into the house, which he bought in 2012, doing work on the weekends with whatever help he can drum up from the neighborhood. His friend Lisa Sipes has been raising money and awareness about their plans, hoping to decorate the home with the intricate, handwoven quilts she makes for a living.
February 27, 2014 |
* THE AMERICANS. 10 tonight, FX. SO, OK, two main characters were tortured - and one sustained a serious gunshot wound - but FX's splendid spy drama, "The Americans," may have been a little too much fun in its first year. The wigs. The on-the-job sex. The perfectly chosen music. And were there ever sleeper agents for the KGB who got so little sleep? Don't worry: The wigs are as wild as ever (and the sex, too), but as Season 2 opens tonight, undercover suburbanites Philip (Matthew Rhys)
September 13, 2013 |
IF ONLY all murderers were as unlucky as Montez Bethea and Rashann James. Yesterday, they each were handed two life sentences in state prison for killing a North Philadelphia marijuana dealer and a New York woman visiting him. But the murderers' luck actually ran out just six minutes after they pumped more than 20 bullets into the bodies of Jemark Daniel, 24, and Petrella London, 25, in a house on Redner Street near Oxford on Dec. 8, 2010, and...
December 19, 2012 |
TATTLE SURE HOPES Sheena Monnin has a good day job. Who's Sheena Monnin, you ask? She's the former Miss Pennsylvania who gave up her title after claiming this year's Miss USA pageant was fixed. Bad move, Sheena. Pageant owner/birther/"Apprentice" host/conspiracy theorist Donald Trump doesn't take kindly to people questioning his integrity. Now an arbitrator has ordered Sheena to pay Miss USA $5 million for defamation. In a decision signed last week, arbitrator Theodore Katz found that Sheena's comments were false, harmful and malicious.
November 2, 2012
DENZEL WASHINGTON came to the set of "Flight" every day with no idea what he was going to do. At least that's what he told his director, Robert Zemeckis, who didn't believe Washington for a minute, because every day, Washington ended up doing everything exactly right. "I love Denzel because he never really lets you know exactly what he's up to," Zemeckis said, laughing. He was in town for the city's recent film festival, which closed with his engrossing new movie, a character study about a pilot (Washington)
September 14, 2012 |
BENGHAZI, LIBYA - Heavily armed militants used a protest of an anti-Islam film as a cover in their deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate, screaming "God is great!" as they scaled its outer walls and descended on the main building, a witness and a senior Libyan security official said Thursday. The account, the most detailed yet of the rampage that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, came as the Libyan government said that four people suspected in the attacks had been arrested and more were being sought.