July 11, 2016 |
On a gritty block on Berks Street in Kensington just west of the El, the land speculators come knocking - knocking on the doors of men trapped by love. There's factory owner Michael DiPietro, an escapee from corporate, in love with the idea of being a man who makes things and who makes things happen, who handles deals, sales, and loading docks, and has a fresh idea every minute. "A builder told me he could put eight houses in here," said DiPietro, whose factory has recently been sold and whose businesses, Penn Scale Manufacturing Inc. and DuraCart USA, may soon be evicted from the two-story plant he has rented since 2011.
January 28, 2016 |
When former Mayor Michael Nutter ordered an about-face on Philadelphia's immigration enforcement policy days before he left office, immigrant-rights groups cried foul, suspecting a quid pro quo. Surely, they said, though offering no evidence, Nutter would be rewarded for his pivot in adopting the 14-month-old Priority Enforcement Program, a pet project of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, with whom he spent much time in preparation for...
August 6, 2015 |
The search for whoever assaulted hitchBOT over the weekend, tearing the little globe-trotting robot limb from limb, took a dark turn Tuesday on social media, where speculation grew that video of the attack may have been a prank - and, late in the day, two pranksters appeared to say as much. Typical of the prevailing sentiment was this post from Metro Philly: "The surveillance vid of #hitchBOT's demise was just a crude ploy by 2 local funnymen to further their own fame. " The main focus of the posts was Jesse Wellens, who early Saturday tweeted a picture showing the bot in the backseat of a car, and later that night chastised the city for the attack on hitchBOT.
May 16, 2015 |
In the courtyard of City Hall, behind the cover of a temporary chain-link barrier, artists have spent the last few weeks constructing a monument within a monument - a scrap-wood counterpoint to the ornate marble of City Hall and the slick granite of Dilworth Park. The installation, a suggestion of a classroom by way of benches and an empty chalkboard frame, marks the home of Monument Lab - a thought-experiment-as-public-artwork that opens today and that will occupy the courtyard for three weeks, bringing together artists, civic leaders, and the public to share ideas on what would be an appropriate monument for 21st-century Philadelphia.
March 11, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - It was business as usual Monday for New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez - at least in public - just days after reports surfaced that he could face federal corruption charges in the coming weeks. Menendez, the top Senate Democrat on foreign affairs, spoke about Russia policy at a think tank's afternoon talk, then voted to confirm President Obama's nominee to become the country's coordinator of intellectual property enforcement. But when he walked through the crowd of reporters after his vote at the Capitol, they weren't asking about Russia, his bills on Iran, or forthcoming votes.
November 12, 2014 |
PHOENIX - If Ryan Howard is going to have any chance to revitalize his fading big-league career, he'll have a better chance of doing so with an American League team, which can use him as a designated hitter. So why shouldn't the Phillies try shipping Howard to the reigning AL champs, who happen to play in the former MVP's home state? Ryan Howard, Kansas City Royal? Probably not. Yesterday, a baseball source with knowledge of the situation shot down a USA Today report that Kansas City's front office had discussions about trading for Howard.
October 28, 2014 |
New Jersey political fixture John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, died a month ago today as emergency workers fought a deliberately set fire in their home and tried to revive the couple. And yet almost as little is known about who or what killed them now as on the morning of Sept. 28. Especially in light of Sheridan's long-standing prominence as chief executive of Camden-based Cooper University Health System and a onetime member of New Jersey's cabinet, the dearth of information about his death is remarkable and disturbing.
September 4, 2014 |
He has not been charged with any crime, and the plea memo summarizing the wrongdoing of his onetime top aide does not even name him. Even so, some political leaders around Philadelphia already are talking about potential replacements for Rep. Chaka Fattah - a.k.a. "Elected Official A" - just in case the federal corruption investigation that has reached the Democrat's inner circle eventually forces him from office. They can't help themselves. It's how politics works. Among the names under discussion are Mayor Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and William Green, chairman of the School Reform Commission and a former councilman.
June 14, 2013 |
* MAGIC CITY. 9 tonight, Starz. * MAD MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. SOME OF THE PEOPLE watching "Mad Men" are being driven a little mad themselves. Starved of sensation by a show that's so far failed to deliver a Red Wedding, a la "Game of Thrones," or even a measly serial killer, they've begun spinning theories on the Web about Charles Manson, the murdered actress Sharon Tate and a certain T-shirt worn by Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) - theories that, if true, would turn the show into something I doubt it was ever intended to be. I blow hot and cold on "Mad Men," but even I appreciate that it's not that screwed up. I think.
February 12, 2013 |
Now that Pope Benedict XVI has made (modern) history by stepping down from office, so begins one of the Western World's oldest parlor games: Guessing who will be the next pope. Close watchers of the Vatican say the 118 cardinals who will select Benedict's successor are watching the media-savvy leader of the massive Milan archdiocese, Cardinal Angelo Scola; top Vatican administrator Marc Ouellet of Canada; and Peter Turkson of Ghana. Also in the mix is jovial New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who would make history, as a superpower pope has been frowned upon thus far. The list is highly speculative.