June 1, 2012 |
A woman whose body was dumped in a wooded area near train tracks in East Germantown on Monday had been strangled, Philadelphia police said Thursday. She was identified as Candace Holmes, 27, of the 6700 block of North 17th Street in West Oak Lane. A passerby spotted the body wrapped and tied in bed sheets about 5:30 p.m. Monday in a wooded section on Rufe Street near Collum Street, a short walk from SEPTA's Wister train station. The woman had nothing on her feet but was dressed.
May 13, 2012 |
In July 2010, my boyfriend Eric and I were five days into our first trip together. After two days in Marseille, France, we planned to take a train to Nice. From there, we'd fly to Rome. When we got to the train station, Eric asked a conductor (in French!) which train went to Nice. We boarded, settled into comfortable seats, and pulled out our books for the trip. As we pulled away from the platform, the conductor began announcing the stops. After a minute, I realized the cities were going the wrong direction.
April 27, 2012 |
It's not the image nor the label one often associates with dedicated doctors. But on Sunday afternoon, "Rockin' Docs" will be rockin' out at the Electric Factory, complete with special effects and pretty impressive music sets offered by five bands. The unusual element: Most of the rockers are area physicians. For Drs. Jeremy Jaffe and Ken Einhorn, founders of Rockin' Docs for Diabetes Cure, this second annual event has deep personal significance. Their event's purpose is to raise both awareness and funds for Type 1 (juvenile diabetes)
March 17, 2012 |
He is 80 years old now, but Paul Beller still remembers his interrupted childhood in Vienna. He remembers the good times, when his father and grandfather owned a plywood business and he went to school with the other neighborhood children. And then everything changed in 1938, when the Nazis marched into his city. "They took the business away from my father and I wasn't allowed to go to school with non-Jewish children," said Beller, a retired federal employee who now lives in Monroe Township, Gloucester County.
February 3, 2012 |
NJ Transit's modern train station in Hamilton, just north of Trenton, is a favorite with commuters, with lots of parking and easy access to I-295. The station is also a favorite among death-seekers. Five people in two years have been killed by trains there, all apparent suicides. Amtrak trains, which don't stop at Hamilton, speed by the station at up to 135 m.p.h. on their way to and from New York City. In each of the five Hamilton deaths, the victims stood or jumped in front of Amtrak trains.
January 22, 2012 |
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia has gone to imaginative extremes to try to stop commuters from illegally riding the roofs of trains - hosing down the scofflaws with red paint, threatening them with dogs, and appealing for help from religious leaders. Now the authorities have an intimidating and possibly even deadly new tactic: suspending rows of grapefruit-size concrete balls to rake over the top of trains as they pull out of stations, or when they go through rail crossings. Authorities hope the balls - which could deliver serious blows to the head - will be enough to deter defiant roof riders.
December 29, 2011
PHILADELPHIA Tasco DROPs the bomb City Councilwoman Marian Tasco will retire tomorrow, collect a $478,057 pension payment, then return to work Monday after she is sworn in to serve her seventh term. Francis Bielli, executive director of the city's Board of Pensions and Retirement, said that he was recently notified of when Tasco, who is enrolled in the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), would retire. Tasco did not respond to requests for comment.
December 25, 2011
Murray Dubin is coauthor, with Daniel R. Biddle, of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America As a calendar year ebbs, we find ourselves looking back and trying to take a measure of its flow. What kind of year was it? Who died? Was a job lost or gained? Health problems? The kids? Fall in love? In the end, was 2011 a good year or not? Often that is an easy question (Vince Fumo had a bad year, for instance), but it can be complicated, a balancing act between what life gave you and what was taken away.
December 10, 2011 |
About 50 people gathered for a brief Occupy Philadelphia demonstration at 30th Street Station on Friday that was followed by a guest appearance at a labor rally. Shortly before 6 p.m., the movement's familiar call to attention - "mic check!" - was shouted inside the station as the participants congregated near the main train-schedule board. For several minutes, they chanted that their "fight for fairness will never die" while Amtrak police tried to figure out what was going on. The only negative reaction they received came from a man in the taxi queue as the demonstrators left the station.
December 6, 2011 |
FREEHOLD, N.J. - Things had not been going Arthur Morgan 3d's way recently. He had been quarrelling with his girlfriend over their 2-year-old daughter, with each taking the other to court. He had not seen little Tierra Morgan-Glover in a month, and he had gotten fired from his job at a lumberyard a week earlier. On Nov. 21, Morgan made arrangements with the girl's mother, Imani Benton, to take his daughter to see a movie about dancing penguins. When they failed to return after a few hours, Benton called police.