June 24, 2015 |
James Pickup burned down a Frankford factory to get rid of fingerprints from a burglary. But instead of throwing off investigators, the arson led authorities to Pickup - and, on Monday, landed him a federal prison sentence. U.S. District Judge Darnell Jones II sentenced Pickup to five years behind bars and three years on supervised release - what prosecutors had sought - for orchestrating what raged into a four-alarm fire at 2211 Wakeling St. on Dec. 16, 2012. The arson at Arco Sales Co. shut down Amtrak and SEPTA service on the Northeast Corridor line for three hours, and left the naval products manufacturer reduced to ruins.
June 24, 2015 |
SISTER MARY Scullion yesterday announced a campaign to address poverty in Philadelphia in time for Pope Francis' visit. Scullion's Project HOME and the World Meeting of Families Hunger and Homelessness Committee unveiled the three-pronged Mercy and Justice Initiative outside the Free Library. "The Pope could come - as he's done - to many countries, and it's an amazing experience, but when he leaves, it's all over," said Scullion, executive director of Project HOME. "We hope the Francis Fund and bipartisan legislation will be a lasting impact, a concrete way of affecting the lives of people that are hungry and homeless in our communities.
June 21, 2015 |
Standing on Independence Mall on Friday afternoon, Mannwell Glenn doused two Confederate flags with lighter fluid and stood back to watch as the flames licked at the fabric. "If you burn a Confederate flag, to some people, that's painful," he had said earlier to a small cluster of TV news cameras. "But whatever you're feeling about us burning your sacred flag, we feel that about 100 times more when nine people are killed. " The deaths of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. - killed by a white gunman who reportedly told police he wanted to start a race war - had been weighing on him, he said.
June 15, 2015
WHEN POPE FRANCIS comes to Philadelphia in September, there will be one man by his side the entire time - Archbishop Charles Chaput, who should be a fascinating tour guide. Chaput, 70, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, was the second Native American to become a bishop and the first to be appointed an archbishop. He was ordained 45 years ago and said that, aside from brief dreams about a career as a stunt actor or a doctor, he has wanted to be a priest "from the time I remember being conscious.
June 12, 2015 |
City Council set the stage Wednesday for a wave of tax increases designed to produce $70 million for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District. But the plan still falls far short of the district's $103 million funding request, and it appears to come with strings attached. Council plans to hold $25 million of the projected $70 million in its own budget - because it isn't keen on the district's plan to possibly outsource the hiring of substitute teachers and nurses, a move that has angered unionized teachers and their political allies.
June 8, 2015 |
Since the Salvation Army began serving on Camden's front lines in 1880, perhaps 100 commanding officers have headed the city corps. But the arrival of Majors Terry and Susan Wood and the departure of Majors Paul and Alma Cain is big news for the city and region. The reason is the $90 million, 120,000-square-foot Camden Kroc Center, a magnificent complex of recreational, human service, and worship facilities that has attracted 7,000 members - and a visit from President Obama - since opening in October.
June 7, 2015 |
The Philadelphia School District is poised to pay a Cherry Hill firm up to $34 million to provide substitute teachers for its classrooms over two school years. Expected to be enacted later this month, the move to privatize 1,324 jobs will save the school system $10 million annually and mean fewer lost learning opportunities for students, officials said. But the action has already ignited controversy. Outraged over the outsourcing of substitute spots and other positions now held by its members, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has planned informational pickets for Friday.
June 5, 2015 |
Flyers scouting director Chris Pryor thinks this year's NHL draft, which is loaded with gifted forwards, may be as good as the star-studded 2003 class. "Obviously we don't want to be picking this high every year," Pryor said in a conference call Wednesday from Buffalo, site of the NHL scouting combine. "But if we had to, we're fortunate to have some nice options. . . . It's a good year to have the picks we have. " The Flyers have two first-round picks and seven selections in the first four rounds of the draft, to be held June 26-27, making this year's combine more intriguing than usual for the team's scouting staff.
June 4, 2015 |
A Chester County man who allegedly attacked an acquaintance with a sword, and then set himself on fire inside his car after he was pulled over by police on a New York highway, remained hospitalized on Tuesday. Darren Roy Desruisseaux, 31, of East Goshen Township, was airlifted to a hospital on Friday with burns mostly on his face, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said. He was reported in guarded condition. Desruisseaux allegedly banged on the apartment door of an acquaintance in Uwchlan Township early Friday.
June 3, 2015 |
LANCASTER - The United States Golf Association has conducted 82 championships at 29 venues throughout Pennsylvania but none at Lancaster Country Club, which is on many top-10 lists when people rank the state's courses. Lancaster will add to the state's record for most U.S. championships hosted next month, getting its chance to shine for the first time when it welcomes the 70th U.S. Women's Open. As USGA officials put the finishing touches on the course, some have questions. "I keep saying to the members, 'I wonder what took us so long to get to Lancaster,' " championship director Ben Kimball said Monday at a media day for the event.