July 14, 2016 |
About a year ago, when Jenna Collins looked at what was to become her home, on Ernest Street near Ninth Street in South Philadelphia, the street sign on the block was misspelled "Ernst. " "For a second, we weren't sure if we were in the right place," Collins, 30, recalled Monday with a laugh. "Even now, sometimes guests on their way to the house will call me up and say, 'Wait, is this the right street?' " Misspellings on street signs happen, as it happens. Richard Montanez, chief traffic engineer with the Streets Department, said such mistakes are among the reasons that signs are replaced at the department's sign shop on Ramona Avenue in Juniata Park.
October 19, 2015 |
ATHENS, Greece - I am a paper guy, always have been. I read this newspaper in its paper version, the dead-tree form you can hold in your hand, fold, use to swat flies, clean glass, and line birdcages. I work for the other newspaper in town. I am a paper guy. Similarly, I've always liked, and used, paper maps. I know how to perfectly fold them. Not bragging, just saying. I love their look, their feel, their smell. Still - it's a new age, the machines have arisen. There are new ways.
February 28, 2015 |
Call it a mayoral race mystery. Just how did former State Sen. T. Milton Street Sr. come to sign the nomination petition for former City Councilman James F. Kenney last week? Both are candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the May 19 primary. Brian Villa, a Democratic committeeman from West Philadelphia's 27th Ward, said he attended a "petition party" last week at Ladder 15, a Center City bar. There, Villa said, he circulated nomination petitions for Kenney's mayoral campaign, Helen Gym's bid for City Council at-large, and Carol Jenkins' bid for the Board of City Commissioners.
July 27, 2014 |
TUMON BAY, Guam - It's a tropical island where the streets have no names and the trees have no birds. The place "where America's day begins" (as they like to say), Guam is a Micronesian dot 1,200 miles east of the Philippines, known mostly to those Americans who served in the Pacific during World War II, or to Vietnam-era military who passed through. A U.S. territory since it was ceded after the Spanish-American War, hot and hilly Guam is small (180,000 population) and manageable (30 miles long and 9 miles wide)
October 25, 2012 |
BANI WALID, Libya - Libya's government declared Wednesday that it had taken control of one of the last strongholds of deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists, as its fighters in the heart of the city fired their guns into the air to celebrate victory after fierce battles that left dozens dead and thousands displaced. The capture of Bani Walid, about 90 miles southeast of Tripoli, was a triumph for the government that replaced Gadhafi's regime. But the length of time it took the government to secure the town - a full year - underlined the difficulties faced by the new regime in imposing its authority over squabbling tribes and heavily armed militias.
October 8, 2012 |
NEW YORK (not really) - On a crisp April day in 2010, Bradley Cooper could be found at the corner of 19th and Market, outside Philadelphia's Marathon Grill, making a movie. A bystander edged across the cables, through the phalanx of walkie-talkie-slinging production assistants, and approached the star. "We were rolling film, and right as he walked by he whispered 'Fake! ' - and then he walked away," Cooper recalls with a laugh. "Only in Philly. " As it happens, the guy had a point.
August 10, 2012 |
Wharton, Morris, Meade, Rittenhouse, and McKean. The names were familiar to Pete Hoskins when he was Philadelphia streets commissioner in the 1980s and '90s. They topped signposts that flashed by as he drove through the city. Hoskins saw the names again while touring Laurel Hill Cemetery as its president and chief executive officer three years ago. They were cut into ornate headstones, obelisks, and mausoleums. And that gave him an idea. Why not tell the stories of these movers and shakers who were honored in Philadelphia by having streets and institutions named after them?
April 25, 2012 |
IN 1965, Mel Dorn was a 21-year-old husband and father who had just gotten fired from his job as a spot-welder after 29 days. "The manager told me I was the best worker he'd ever had," said Dorn. But the company's owner didn't want to pay the union wages required if welders worked for 30 days or longer. "I was so mad, I wanted to do something before I blew up," Dorn, now 67, said this week. That anger led Dorn - the same day he was fired - to join a protest that famed civil-rights activist Cecil B. Moore was leading outside a bar that had refused to allow a black truck driver to make deliveries.
April 1, 2012
We travel lovers of a certain age and experience already know most of the rules: Pack light - you likely won't need that foofy blouse or any of the family jewels anywhere, but don't forget the sunscreen and passport. But here are our "10 Travel Commandments for Seniors Who Want a Trip to Remember (In a Good Way, of Course). " 1. Thou shalt study up before you go. For starters, read everything you can put your hands on about your destination. It will enhance the trip no end if you know something about the culture, history, and food you will encounter.