June 10, 2015 |
WHEN America's sweetest heart and most mega of chart-toppers hits town this weekend, she won't need to ask for directions. Wyomissing native Taylor Swift spent the greater part of her 25 years a hop and a skip from Philly. As a girl, the future singer-songwriter and her family spent summers down the Shore in Stone Harbor. At age 11, she sang the national anthem at a Sixers game. Later, Swift won multiple Grammys; beat out Beyonce for a bunch of awards (sorry, Kanye )
June 5, 2015 |
Three people were killed and more than a dozen were injured Wednesday when a tractor-trailer truck collided with a bus of Italian tourists in the Poconos. The tourists had left New York City early Wednesday on their way to Niagara Falls. Four were reported in critical condition. Others suffered minor to moderate injuries. Academy Bus said its driver, who had more than 10 years of experience, was among those killed. Witnesses told WNEP-TV in Scranton that the truck driver was "up and walking around" after the crash.
May 4, 2015 |
"Want to go to Iceland?" I asked my husband and 14-year-old daughter. She immediately said yes, but my husband looked at me quizzically and asked, "Why Iceland?" I responded, "Why not?" I had gotten a brochure from my alma mater, detailing an "Iceland Weekend Getaway" scheduled during my daughter's spring break in March. She had never been to Europe; this would be a good opportunity to get her feet wet. But I wasn't sure how being vegetarians would go over in Iceland, which is known for unusual food options such as rotten shark and puffin.
April 17, 2015 |
WHEN TATTLE mentioned a couple of days ago that Tim McGraw had announced The Concert for Sandy Hook Promise, with proceeds benefiting an organization with the crazy, un-American goal of protecting kids from guns, we wondered how that might play with a portion of his fans. Uh, not well. The Washington Post reports that McGraw (along with his openers , Billy Currington and Chase Bryant ) have received a backlash from gun-rights advocates. Tim's motives seem reasonable.
January 24, 2015
ISSUE | FOOD SAFETY Gents, Ladies wit? The analysis of which is cleaner, Pat's or Geno's, neglected to mention that neither has public bathrooms ("Which Is Cleaner: Pat's Or Geno's?" Jan. 18). How does the city permit this when they each have seating for in excess of 50 people? I was at Geno's once and a tour bus from Cleveland pulled up. Ever been on a tour bus? Then you know that after riding for hours, people head right for the bathrooms before eating. In this case, several people went back to use the bus toilet and, of course, could not wash their hands.
January 19, 2015 |
After years of putting off our trip to the Old Sod, my wife and I agreed that I would do all of the driving on our Ireland visit, while she would do all of the navigating - and all of the laughing at my driving. Which tells you that, in Ireland, we would rent a car. No tour bus for us; our agenda would be our own. Anywhere, any time, just get in and go. I was, however, forewarned by veteran travelers of a difference that must be experienced to be appreciated. It is the reason for my wife's laughter.
September 23, 2014 |
One woman died and several other passengers were critically injured when a tour bus overturned Sunday afternoon in Bear, Del., according to state police. About 50 passengers were aboard the unmarked tour bus when it veered off southbound Route 1 near Red Lion Road and turned over on its side, according to Delaware State Police Sgt. Paul Shavack. "It was a tour bus with no markings and we do not know yet where it was coming from or headed," he said. The accident, which he said did not involve any other vehicles, occurred at 4:20 p.m. Many of the injured were taken to Christiana Hospital, but other hospitals were also accepting them, Shavack said.
August 27, 2014 |
AS TATTLE reported yesterday, Wiz Khalifa canceled his concert Saturday night in California after a person was shot and killed backstage at his Friday-night show. Wiz is currently on tour with Jeezy . As a follow-up to that story, TMZ.com reported that police searched Jeezy's tour bus after the shooting . . . and found an assault rifle. As of last night, Jeezy was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He was arrested with five others at the Verizon Amphitheatre, in Irvine.
April 17, 2014 |
PARIS - There's no such thing as a casual stroll through the streets of Paris with former Philly girl Karen Reb Rudel. Rudel, 45, is the proprietor of Sight Seeker's Delight, a company offering walking tours of Paris with a theatrical flair. She passes a brick building in her old neighborhood, Butte-aux-Cailles, renowned for its examples of art nouveau design, and explains that it holds three swimming pools fed by a thermal spring. A fountain across the street in Place Paul Verlaine, with graceful, arced silver spigots, is fed by the same spring and, she says, the water that runs beneath this part of the city is said to hold rejuvenating qualities.
April 13, 2014 |
Eddie Berner's tour bus was running late. Inside Durand Academy and Community Services headquarters in Mount Laurel, administrators milled about, waiting to meet their new fund-raising partner. They were happy to wait: Durand, which provides housing, schooling, and support services to people with autism in South Jersey, had never been visited by a rock star before. Fifteen minutes after Berner's publicist said his tour bus would arrive, a black RV, its sides plastered with red vinyl flames, squealed into the lot outside the headquarters on Gaither Drive.