August 22, 2016 |
In 2002, Dr. Murray Schwartz worked very briefly as a radiologist at Valley Hospital in Palmer, Alaska. He was there only from July 1 to 19 and from Sept. 16 to 21, with an August stint at a hospital in Anchorage. But Palmer convinced him that he had made the right decision to work in Alaska, even for only weeks. "He stayed at a little hotel in Palmer," a son, Jason, said. "And he would walk out the front door of the hotel and there were the mountains. He loved it there. " On Thursday, Aug. 18, Dr. Schwartz, 72, of Cherry Hill, a radiologist who from 2000 to 2008 worked brief terms at several hospitals in Kentucky, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, died of complications from pneumonia at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
August 21, 2016
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis. Who'd blow up a mathematician? That's what Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) and James Hathaway (Laurence Fox) have to determine in the final installment of the Inspector Morse spin-off's concluding season. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. Halt and Catch Fire. Two-hour Season 3 premiere of the best show about the early days of personal computing that you're probably not watching picks up in 1986 as Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna (Kelly Bishé) take their company, Mutiny, to California, trying to get a foothold in the sometimes-shaky world of the Silicon Valley.
August 21, 2016
Name: Safeture. What it does: The global safety app gives travelers real-time alerts about flight delays, fires, floods and other natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, political protests, and terrorist acts such as bombings and shootings that would cause them to change their destination or reroute their travel plans. Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In Google Play, requires 4.0.3 and up. Cost: From $3.99 for two weeks of service to $21.99 for one year.
July 31, 2016
Q: While I was visiting Los Angeles recently with my husband, I received an email from United Airlines that our flight back to Cleveland in two days was canceled because of "severe weather conditions in our route network. " We were scheduled to fly to Chicago and then Cleveland, but we were rebooked home through Newark with 36 minutes between connecting flights. We later discovered others on the flight got their original schedules back, thanks to their travel agents. Because I had booked online at United.com and had no travel agent, I spent nearly four hours on the phone, much of it on hold, trying to get our original flights.
July 30, 2016 |
Consider it a tale of two transportation modes. Go to JFK Boulevard in University City and you'll see travelers huddled on the sidewalk like refugees, in the scorching sun of summer and the chilling wind of winter, while they wait for buses to New York or Washington. Then walk across the street to the soaring waiting room of 30th Street Station , where Amtrak riders heading to the same destinations relax in climate-controlled comfort, sipping lattes until their trains are called.
July 28, 2016 |
Getting around Philadelphia on the second day of the Democratic National Convention was largely a repeat of the protests, detours, and delays that have inconvenienced the region since the event began. Once again, protests stalled service on the Broad Street Line on Tuesday afternoon from Oregon Avenue to the AT&T Station, the stop closest to the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention's evening events were held. SEPTA restored full service after 30 minutes, only to end all service between the two stations shortly before 7:30 p.m. for what officials described as security reasons.
July 27, 2016 |
The first day of the Democratic National Convention saw travelers by car, train, and bus delayed. Officials at transportation agencies said it was likely that traffic jams, bus detours, and unexpected disruptions would continue to be part of getting around Philadelphia until the donkeys leave town. The first troubles came on I-95 during the morning commute. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had initially planned to keep all lanes open to passenger vehicles, but over the weekend found that truckers were not aware of a ban on vehicles weighing five tons or more and were still using the highway, said Eugene Blaum, a PennDot spokesman.
July 25, 2016 |
It won't be like when the pope came to town. Sure, there are protests planned, cracks in some SEPTA trains, and any number of presidential motorcades whizzing through Philadelphia. But all in all, officials say, getting around the region during this week's Democratic National Convention shouldn't be too difficult. Shuttle buses, subways, and Ubers will move guests at the convention, and all of it should only mildly inconvenience people who couldn't care less that the donkeys are in town, organizers say. They plan to close streets only around the stadiums and keep highways open to passenger autos.
July 25, 2016
Q: I recently took a sevenday trip to the national parks in the Florida Keys with Road Scholar. Travel insurance was included in the price of the trip. Road Scholar contracted out the trip to a tour operator in Orlando, which provided the vans and tour guides. On the last stop of our trip before heading to Miami airport, at Biscayne National Park in Homestead, we were advised by our guides that it was OK to leave our carryons in the vans. When we returned to our van, it had been broken into, and several of us had lost our bags.
July 18, 2016
Q: I have tried in vain to get a refund from American Airlines. On a recent flight back to Bermuda, we experienced hours of delays caused by weather. Finally, our flight was canceled, and chaos ensued. The line to see an agent was two to three hours long, and I was carrying a sleeping child. Agents were yelling, "Call American Airlines!" I had an international cellphone, but called and was told there was a wait time of two hours. Then the agents were yelling at the crowd to use AA.com to rebook their flights.