July 11, 2014 |
A YEAR AGO, 47 lives were lost in Quebec during a fiery explosion caused by a derailed oil train, and yesterday, about 50 activists demonstrated in Center City to make sure that same kind of tragedy doesn't happen here in Philly. "The only way to truly halt oil trains is to keep it in the ground and turn away from the self-destructive development of fossil fuels," said Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and one of the speakers. "We have to move towards investment on a national scale of renewable, sustainable energy sources and energy efficiency that will support clean and healthy communities.
July 1, 2014 |
IT SOUNDED like a shotgun blast and was equally deadly - an entire ton of rolled-up metal plummeting from the front of a Rita's Water Ice onto the sidewalk of Girard Avenue. Wynter Larkin was 3 years old. If she had been standing anywhere else in the world at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, even a couple of feet away, she might still be smiling as brightly as in the photo that was circulating yesterday. Instead, Larkin was crushed by the 2,000-pound security gate after it somehow became dislodged from the building in Brewerytown.
June 3, 2014 |
YESTERDAY morning, the Philadelphia region woke up to a Sunday Inquirer op-ed piece co-written by Lewis Katz, the new majority co-owner of the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com, promising "a new level of ambition and journalism excellence. " But by the time the piece headlined "New era in journalism" landed on hundreds of thousands of front porches, Katz was already gone - killed in a private-jet crash Saturday night in Massachusetts that also claimed six other lives.
May 23, 2014 |
CANNES, France - In retelling the sad, crazy murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz by chemical-fortune scion John du Pont 18 years ago, Bennett Miller has delivered a rare American film in Foxcatcher . It's his fourth directorial project, and his first to play in competition at Cannes, emerging from its festival premiere this week as Oscar bait. Foxcatcher - named for du Pont's 800-acre suburban Philadelphia estate, the scene of terror on a cold January day in 1996 - is a study in young, middle-class talent imported like big game into the state-of-the-art wrestling preserve of an old-money maniac.
May 1, 2014 |
Growing up in the '50s in the Jewish neighborhood then centered on Rising Sun Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, Charles Sherman had an insulated, even charmed, childhood. "My whole life as a kid was within three blocks," he said. "You walked to the grocery store, to your synagogue. I had four or five aunts who lived within one block. I had cousins. It was a different kind of way of looking at community. " He went as far as Jenkintown, where the family's business, Botwinick's, outfitted a generation of bat mitzvah girls in taffeta and tulle; and Bryn Mawr, for Akiba Hebrew Academy.
March 11, 2014 |
Scott Rucci was at the movies when he got word that his friend Dante DeSimone had been killed in an accident. When, the next morning, Rucci and many of his fellow Upper Darby High School classmates were summoned one by one to counselors' offices, he dreaded having to talk about the accident. But the counselor didn't push Rucci to talk about his feelings of loss and fear. She simply said, "If you want to talk, I'm here. " "It wasn't what I expected," Rucci, 17, said. "But it really helped.
February 16, 2014 |
WAYNE In a civil rights anthology of heroes and defining moments, the story of Ossian Sweet is a tragedy. The Detroit physician just wanted a nice house for his family. But the neighborhood didn't want him. So, as in urban centers across the United States, including Philadelphia, an unruly mob surrounded a home. But in the Sweet incident, there were shootings, a legendary lawyer, a future Supreme Court justice, and, eventually, a suicide. Gordon Bennett, a playwright and emeritus professor at Eastern University in St. Davids, has taken the relatively unknown story and transformed it into a play that will make its Philadelphia area debut next Saturday and Feb. 23. My Name Is Ossian Sweet is a portrayal of an unassuming doctor who had no intention of becoming an activist or symbol.
February 16, 2014 |
In the middle of Friday's horrific crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Bensalem and Willow Grove, scenes of concern and compassion were everywhere. Friends and strangers alike came together to take care of one another, both at the site of the accidents and in the miles-long backup that resulted. An 11-month-old girl was delivered from her mother's cold car to her warm day-care center by a group of friends. Strangers shared food and drink. A few men helped a woman recharge her car's battery after another woman provided jumper cables.
February 12, 2014
MOMENTS AFTER I walked up to Saturday morning's Handbags 4 Peace rally at 53rd and Market streets, a male onlooker turned in my direction to point out all the other men in the crowd of about 100. Looking around, I could see that about as many men as women were standing around, huddled inside heavy coats and listening to speakers outside the Tropical Heat nightclub, where Melissa Thomas was senselessly gunned down after a night of karaoke with friends....
February 5, 2014 |
THERE ISN'T a hint of a silver lining to the April 2012 Kensington factory fire that claimed the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters. A grand-jury report released yesterday by the District Attorney's Office laid the blame for the deaths of Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney at the feet of Michael and Nahman Lichtenstein, the arrogantly reckless owners of the former Thomas Buck Hosiery factory, and the gang that couldn't shoot straight...