September 8, 2016 |
Wins have been difficult to come by for Strawberry Mansion's still-fledgling football program. Entering its third season of varsity play, coach Steve Quigley's crew has gone 1-7 in the Public League and 3-16 overall. At least for Week 1, however, Strawberry Mansion knows only victory, and perhaps most impressive it won with just 15 players in uniform. "We've been stressing conditioning," said Quigley, who took over four years ago in Mansion's inaugural junior varsity only season.
September 4, 2016 |
IF YOU KNOW Philly, then you know Philadelphians like to keep things real. I was reminded of that Friday when Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump arrived in North Philly to meet with a small, select group of African Americans. It was intended as a private lunch meeting with the presidential hopeful who has been reaching out to minorities in recent weeks. I didn't score an invitation inside so I wasn't privy to the happenings inside the church. But the political theater that took place on the sidewalks outside the closed-door gathering was a free for all, the likes of which doesn't hit North Philly often.
August 28, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm 15 and my parents won't let me date. I try to talk to them about it often, but they are convinced I'm going to get hurt or lose my virginity. I think I'm old enough to have a small relationship. I don't believe in premarital sex, and neither does the guy I like. I know I'm mature enough to date. I don't want to date just because everyone else does. I want to date this guy because we are best friends and we want to see each other, hang out like teens and have a normal relationship.
July 29, 2016 |
Hundreds of Sen. Bernie Sanders' most devoted followers vowed Wednesday to keep their political revolution alive, returning to the streets with renewed energy on the third day of the Democratic National Convention . For more than six hours at a plaza near City Hall, speakers including dozens of Sanders delegates yelled out to a crowd that swelled to more than 400 people. Despite pleas for unity , including one from Sanders himself, many said they would not fall in line.
July 29, 2016 |
Small-business advocates attending a champagne brunch and panel discussion on the state of micro-business and microfinance in Philadelphia Wednesday got a shot of inspiration from a surprise guest. An hour into the 90-minute event, held in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention, Rhett Buttle hurried into the meeting room at the Hotel Monaco on Independence Mall. A familiar friend to small business, most recently as president of the Small Business Majority, Buttle was coming with added clout.
March 17, 2016 |
Appearances to the contrary, Justice J. Michael Eakin wasn't horsing around. The case before the state Supreme Court involved two men from rural Mercer County arrested for riding a horse on a public highway while drunk. The men said Pennsylvania's motor vehicle laws were unconstitutionally vague, at least as they applied to their case, and asked that the charges be thrown out. Eakin disagreed and in a dissenting opinion lapsed into verse, borrowing from the theme song of the 1960s television show, Mr. Ed . "A horse is a horse, of course of course But the Vehicle Code does not divorce Its application from, perforce, a steed, as my colleagues said.
August 5, 2015 |
THE TWO MEN argued loudly inside Tustin Playground in Overbrook. One accused the other of ogling a young girl. The other denied it and said people needed to mind their business. They went at it for several minutes. Everyone in the park watched and waited to see what would happen. The guy who eyeballed the girl stormed off, but paused on the street overlooking the park to yell once more. Standing by a memorial for a man who had recently been shot 13 times while children played and swam nearby, he warned: "This ain't over!"
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.
May 4, 2014 |
KENNETT SQUARE The Cinco de Mayo festival in Kennett Square started in a parking lot. Behind the library, a few representatives from local nonprofits sat at tables and pushed their good causes to the few hundred who showed up. On Sunday, 13 years later, at least 15,000 are expected to crowd the Chester County borough for this year's festivities, now held on Kennett Square's main street. The festival, which commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, has become a streetscape of colorful costumes, foods, and music, and it is in the throes of a transition, just like the group that organizes it. The members of Casa de las Culturas (House of Cultures)
January 24, 2014
WHETHER it's craft-brewery cans or longnecks of Yuengling, beer has long dominated the barroom conversation in Philadelphia, leading to one of the most sophisticated draft-tower environments in the country. Cocktails, too, have found a permanent foothold in the sipping landscape, with a small but smart roster of savvy drink-crafters earning attention for their efforts. So, where does that leave wine? Unfairly relegated to the bottom of the list, at least in terms of how often the topic leaps off the nuanced tongues of local drinkers.