December 4, 2013 |
POLICE say the Valencia, Calif., area where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a car crash is known to attract street racers. Walker and his friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas died in the one-car crash Saturday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department already has said speed was a factor. The street where the crash happened forms a loop amid commercial buildings that is isolated from traffic, especially on weekends. Fans of Walker continued to gather yesterday at the site, leaving flowers and memorabilia from the movie franchise about fast cars that made him famous.
December 2, 2013 |
At what used to be the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, dozens of workers are taking apart some of the same ships that thousands once built there. The Navy is paying $8.5 million to Philadelphia Ship Repair L.L.C. to pull out the marine jet engines, propellers and shafts, power transmissions, sonar systems, and compressors from five 1970s-era guided-missile frigates. The Navy is salvaging those systems so they can be used in surviving frigates - some in U.S. service, some in the navies of Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, and Turkey.
November 26, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL Costco Wholesale has set its sights on a parcel of prime South Jersey real estate to expand the megastore chain's presence in the region. The Issaquah, Wash., retailer has put down a marker to build a 157,845-square-foot warehouse in Garden State Park, site of the former horse racetrack. In addition to a warehouse, a proposed site plan recently filed with the township calls for retail space, a restaurant, and a bank on the vacant 18-acre site. "We're excited about Costco," Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn said.
November 26, 2013 |
There was, understandably, some grumbling in the Langhorne area over the weekend. That's when No. 4 seed Neshaminy, following a 35-14 victory over Abington, learned that its clash Friday night in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA final with No. 11 North Penn, which advanced with a 40-19 defeat of Perkiomen Valley, would be played at Souderton High. That struck the folks at Neshaminy as a bit unfair, since Souderton is about a 45-minute drive from Old Lincoln Highway. North Penn, despite being the lower seed, has an approximate 10-minute bus ride from Lansdale to the stadium.
November 23, 2013 |
Anna L. Aagenes, district director for State Sen. Brian Sims (D., Phila.), offered a caution to constituents who turned out this week to learn about the Affordable Care Act. "These are not the people to complain to about the website," she said Wednesday evening, referring to Moshe Bitterman and Elizabeth Rosario, two ACA counselors with the Public Health Management Corp. "They are not from the government. They are here to help. " Against the backdrop of the uproar over the troubled federal ACA website and canceled health care policies, grassroots efforts to educate and register consumers for insurance policies under the ACA continue.
November 18, 2013 |
DEVON For decades, the Devon Horse Show has stood as a symbol of the old Main Line, overseen by well-heeled volunteers and drawing a champagne-and-caviar crowd for its internationally renowned equestrian events. Now the horse show finds itself entangled in a different kind of spectacle. Last week, the organization's board of directors convened an emergency meeting to address concerns that its president, Wade McDevitt, left them in the dark while he spearheaded a plan to build a hotel, shops, and parking lot next to the Lancaster Avenue fairgrounds, including on parcels it owns.
November 10, 2013 |
Philadelphians who sneered the Brooklyn Flea Market out of existence in Northern Liberties will soon get something that may be nearer to their hearts: a diplomatically redubbed Franklin Flea, inside a dormant portion of the former Strawbridge & Clothier store in Center City. The bazaar of antiques vendors, vintage-clothing peddlers, jewelry merchants, and more is to debut on a onetime sales floor of Strawbridge at Eighth and Market Streets next Saturday and be open for six Saturdays and the Friday before Christmas.
November 10, 2013 |
Philadelphia police have identified a 17-year-old who they believe is behind an anonymous Instagram page that for months identified witnesses in violent crimes across the city in an effort to "expose rats," law enforcement sources said Friday. The sources did not name the teenager, but say they suspect he outed more than 30 witnesses in dozens of cases on an Instagram account called rats 215. Before it was shut down Thursday night, the account regularly posted photos, police statements, and witness testimony on the photo-sharing website.
November 9, 2013 |
To hear the champions of Philadelphia's university district tell it, the west bank of the Schuylkill is poised to give Center City's skyline a run for its money. Last week, Brandywine Realty Trust announced plans for its third riverfront skyscraper, a sharply faceted, 47-story office-and-apartment tower at 30th and Walnut Streets. West Philadelphia office space now commands higher rents than the aging behemoths in the city's legacy downtown. Such is the clamor to live close to the big campuses that at least five residential high-rises are in the works.
November 1, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN – What started as a klieg-lit dream to put a movie studio in Norristown ended Wednesday with the old Logan Square Shopping Center being bought at a sheriff's auction by its main investor. Now that the foreclosure suit that spurred the sheriff's sale is over, Montgomery County officials can pursue "whatever remedies are open" to the county to recoup some of the $24.5 million in public funds it put into the project, said the county's chief financial officer, Uri Z. Monson.