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.
October 13, 2013 |
A small group of protesters huddled in the pouring rain outside U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan's office in Springfield, Delaware County, office Friday and urged him to help end the government shutdown. Their message to the Delaware County Republican: You're vulnerable, and don't forget it. "If Rep. Meehan decides to follow party ideology instead of standing with his constituents on this critical issue, Rep. Meehan can be sure constituents like me will not forget this moment once Election Day rolls around in 2014," Innes Forbes, 62, of Ridley Park, said to the group of about 20 people.
June 30, 2013
3 plane crash victims found ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Officials have confirmed that three people have been found dead in the wreckage of a small plane south of Cantwell in the Alaska Range. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Clint Johnson said preliminary information indicated the pilot was the plane's registered owner. No names or hometowns were released pending notification of relatives. The Federal Aviation Administration says that the twin-engine Beechcraft BE55 crashed about 11:45 a.m. Friday near the Summit Airport en route from Fairbanks International Airport to Homer.
June 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An IRS manager and self-described conservative Republican said the close scrutiny of tea party groups' tax forms originated in his Cincinnati IRS office and not in Washington, according to a full transcript of his interview by congressional investigators released Tuesday. John Shafer, who oversaw a small group of IRS workers who screen applications for tax-exempt status, told the investigators that the initial tea party application was spotted by one of his workers in February 2010.
May 22, 2013 |
For the last two years, the meeting held monthly in a bare Trenton conference room determined the fates of hundreds of New Jersey public employees, including scores of teachers and school administrators. But the process has nothing to do with disciplinary actions or tenure or anything like that. The meetings of the five-member Employee Residency Review Committee are all about where people can live if they want to hold onto their jobs. Under the New Jersey First Act, enacted in 2011, all New Jersey public employees must reside in New Jersey.
March 25, 2013
George Lowe, 89, the last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, has died, his wife said Thursday. Mary Lowe said her husband died Wednesday at a nursing home in Ripley, central England, after an illness. Mr. Lowe and his friend Edmund Hillary were the only two New Zealanders on the 1953 British-led attempt to climb the world's highest peak. Mr. Lowe was part of a small group that established the final camp 1,000 feet below the mountain's summit on May 28, 1953.