August 13, 2012 |
COURTS Kensington Strangler trial Antonio Rodriguez, who told police he raped and strangled three women in 2010, will face justice for those crimes when he goes on trial Monday. Rodriguez, 23, who came to be known as the alleged Kensington Strangler, chose a nonjury trial, an expedited format that could wrap up in a few days. The three murders in November and December 2010 stoked women with fear in and around Kensington until police were able to link Rodriguez to the attacks through DNA evidence.
August 5, 2012 |
The hollering startles me awake. "It's a great morning for skinny dipping!" I open one eye, and my froggy voice can barely croak out, "What time is it?" The answer comes from my equally comatose roommate on the bottom bunk below me: "5:25 a.m. . . .. I think. " She sighs. The ruckus continues right outside our door, with the offenders showing no concern for those of us still sleeping. Their voices get louder. My eyes are now wide open, and I know they will not close again until late that night.
July 15, 2012 |
It's the middle of July and it's hotter than hot outside. Perhaps you haven't taken your summer vacation yet, but it isn't too early to start thinking about your winter getaway. Here are the 10 Best Winter Trips of 2012 from the editors at NationalGeographic.com. Sorry, they didn't rank them. Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan Lake Placid, New York Cuba Namibian coast Chiapas, Mexico Antarctic Peninsula Miami Fernie, British Columbia Palm Springs, Calif.
June 19, 2012 |
Let's suppose you could dramatically boost the academic achievement of America's poorest children simply by sending your own kids to school during the summer. Would you? We already know that disadvantaged kids fall even further behind during the three-month summer break, and that summer school can help them keep up. But we also know that programs aimed exclusively at the poor will inevitably face cuts or elimination, especially during economic downturns. For an example of this, look no further than Philadelphia, where only 10,000 students will be enrolled in summer programs this year — down from 19,000 last year.
June 17, 2012
It's time for the 5th annual Readers' Summer Vacation Photo Contest. This is your opportunity to show where you went and what you did on vacation this summer season, May 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 3. We'll pay $25 each for 4 of the 5 best photos. The photographer of the winning photo, as selected by readers on philly.com/travel, will receive $100. We want to see sunrises and sunsets, water-skiers and zip-liners, mountain hikes and campsites, and of course maxing and relaxing.
August 10, 2011 |
AMSTERDAM - The Dutch parliament has summoned Prime Minister Mark Rutte back from summer vacation to re-debate the bailout package for Greece that European leaders agreed upon July 21. Opposition parties have complained that Rutte initially presented the package as (euro) 109 billion ($154 billion), including contributions from banks, but it later emerged that amount did not include the banks' share of roughly (euro) 50 billion more. Parliament is in recess until September, but its finance commission had a hearing Wednesday.
August 10, 2011 |
Three months. Twelve weeks. Ninety-plus days. More than 2,000 hours. Yet inexplicably, summer's expanse of time seems to increase the pressure on parents to do something special with it for their kids. There's camp, afternoons by the pool, a visit to the grandparents, and the annual trip to the zoo. But what about that flash of summer quicksilver, the "Wow!" moment they could put at the top of their back-to-school essay, the thing that would one day allow them to say, "Remember that time . . .?"
July 6, 2011 |
NEW YORK - If September is what first comes to mind when considering new television shows, there are some 82 reasons to think again. That's the number of new programs that have or will premiere on cable networks post-Memorial Day through August, based on an informal survey. That doesn't even include existing series that are starting new seasons (HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," USA's "Burn Notice," etc.) or new programs on broadcast TV (NBC's "Love Bites" and ABC's "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show")