September 9, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Only about a half-dozen artifacts from Flight 93 are displayed in the intimate alcove at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. But each small item tells a powerful, emotional story of the Pennsylvania chapter of the 2001 tragedy: The smashed Rolex, its date indicator frozen on the number 11, that belonged to Todd Beamer, who rallied fellow passengers with the words "Let's roll!" as they steeled themselves for a cockpit assault. The mangled piece of a galley stove that became a weapon as quick-thinking flight attendants boiled water to attack the terrorists controlling their plane.
August 27, 2014 |
JOSE DAVID ORTEGA of Camden liked to work with his hands. In July, Ortega and two other men, all three of them day laborers, were razing a defunct Blockbuster in Cherry Hill. A wall collapsed on Ortega, killing him, said his mom, Odily Castro. When she buried her son a week later, she said, the expense was shouldered entirely by the family. That's because Ortega, 40, a father of two, was an undocumented immigrant brought to the U.S. in the '80s by his mother, who was granted political asylum after fleeing the Contras in Nicaragua.
August 15, 2014 |
FOR SEVERAL DAYS, I've been thinking about how to approach the racing tragedy that occurred Saturday night when Kevin Ward Jr. died at a small racetrack in upstate New York after being struck by Tony Stewart's car. There are so many sides to what happened. This isn't the time to pass many judgments. Video shows Ward climbing out of his sprint car at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after his car had contact with Stewart's car during a race. Ward walks onto the track, toward the cars moving during a caution period, and angrily gestures at Stewart.
July 19, 2014 |
Call it a sign of change: From now on, all Philadelphia construction and demolition sites must have large signs alerting the public to the work in progress and listing numbers to call to report a dangerous site. Mayor Nutter and Carlton Williams, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, held a news conference Thursday to announce enforcement of the sign rule passed by City Council last summer after the fatal Market Street building collapse. The requirement took effect Thursday, Nutter said.
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.