September 7, 2013 |
Horace Pippin deserved better. That's all librarian Christina McCawley and her husband, Dwight, could think of as they pushed away the branches. The West Chester couple had gone in search of the grave site of the self-taught artist whose work hangs on the walls of major museums. On their second visit to Chestnut Grove Annex Cemetery in West Goshen Township, they found Pippin's resting place. It was buried, the couple said, beneath the branches of a tree-size bush that dwarfed McCawley and her husband.
August 31, 2013 |
In a new twist in the aftermath of the Woodcrest Country Club bankruptcy, the Fair Share Housing Center is taking the state to court, seeking to allow development of affordable housing on the Cherry Hill golf course. The center filed a notice of appeal Wednesday, arguing that state environmental officials were wrong to exclude the property from a sewer-service plan, hindering development of affordable housing. The action drew the fury of Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash, who during the club's bankruptcy proceedings had vowed to preserve the 178-acre course as open space.
August 30, 2013 |
Daquan Crump, the 19-year-old who was shot 10 times in the head and face and then left in a Northeast Philadelphia construction site nearly two weeks ago, was killed by a childhood friend over $60, the proceeds of a stolen PlayStation 3 video-game system, police said Wednesday. "In their mind, this is worth a human life," Homicide Capt. James Clark said at a news conference announcing the arrest of 18-year-old Malik Anderson. "Because I didn't get a cut of a $60 profit from a used PlayStation game, I'm going to stand over top and shoot a kid that I've been friends with since I was 10, 11 years old," Clark said.
August 26, 2013 |
In heavily developed Cherry Hill - considered by many the commercial epicenter of South Jersey - prime real estate doesn't come cheap or in plenty. So it's not surprising that a battle is brewing over an undeveloped 10-acre parcel on Route 70. The dispute pits the owners, who obtained approvals more than a decade ago to develop an off-track betting parlor at the site, against Cherry Hill Township and its mayor over what the land could become in a hot market. The current owners dream of the day when a federal ban is overturned and they can offer lucrative sports betting at the site.
August 16, 2013 |
IN POLITICS, a crisis is also an opportunity, according to Clout's Compendium of Cliches. City Council President Darrell Clarke sure seems to think so. There was Clarke yesterday at City Hall, flanked by colleagues eagerly supporting his longtime plan to sell off city land, now to solve a $50 million funding crisis for the school district, rather than Mayor Nutter 's plan to borrow the money. Clarke looks like the man in charge at City Hall as candidates size up the 2015 race for mayor.
August 6, 2013 |
The tombstone of 26-year-old Amelia Brown was the center of attention at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church on Sunday, even though no one in the room knew who Brown was. She died in 1819, and her headstone - which sat in a display case in the church on Sunday - was only recently dug out of the old Mother Bethel burial ground. That sits beneath a portion of Weccacoe Playground at Queen and Lawrence Streets in Queen Village. An unknown number of people are buried at the site - previous estimates have placed the total between 1,500 and 3,000 - and a panel discussion at the church Sunday, attended by more than 100 people, shed light on some of the work carried out by archaeologists there.
August 5, 2013 |
COMMON PLEAS Court Judge Ellen Ceisler granted an attorney's request yesterday to inspect, photograph and record evidence at the site of an explosion that leveled three properties in South Philly earlier this week. Demolition and cleanup work will be halted at 426, 428 and 430 Daly St. until Aug. 7, according to the order. "We're going to do an inspection on Tuesday morning, along with another law firm," said Christopher Moyer, an attorney who is representing Daly Street resident Sekeya Fields.
July 31, 2013 |
They might not fit Camden's or Newark's notion of "blight," but Evesham has officially identified three neglected commercial properties for possible condemnation under its new redevelopment plan. The township also identified a dozen other properties as candidates for "rehabilitation," which entails no condemnation. Properties on both lists will be eligible for long-term tax incentives to encourage their improvement. The three long-vacant properties identified for "redevelopment with eminent domain option" are Olga's Diner at the intersection of Routes 70 and 73; Tri-Towne Plaza, east of Olga's on Route 70; and the former G-Boys Garden & Christmas Center to its west.
July 28, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - Government forces captured a historic mosque in the central city of Homs on Saturday, expelling rebel forces who had been in control of the 13th-century landmark for more than a year and dealing a symbolic blow to opposition forces. State-run news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that troops took control of the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in the heavily disputed northern neighborhood of Khaldiyeh. Syrian TV aired a report Saturday night with footage from inside the mosque, showing heavy damage and the tomb's dome knocked out. The footage showed debris strewn on the floor, and a portion of the mosque appeared to have been burned.
July 26, 2013 |
Intact grave sites from the old Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church burial ground lie beneath a large swath of Weccacoe Playground at Queen and Lawrence Streets, archaeologists excavating the ground said Wednesday. The people interred there - perhaps as many as 3,000, according to one estimate - were buried when the ground was owned by the church and designated as a cemetery. "They're stacked one on top of another," said Douglas Mooney, an archaeologist with URS, a historical archaeology firm.