February 15, 2015 |
It's not easy belonging to a snowboarding club at a snowless, landlocked urban university - with no hills to speak of. So Temple students brought the mountain to their campus. Armed with a dozen shovels, two cases of Monster energy drinks, and a 40-foot U-Haul, the students trucked 10 tons of snow from the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest skating arena at Penn's Landing onto the heart of their flat North Philadelphia school. They shoveled the shavings in and they shoveled the shavings out. Three times in all. It took more than eight hours - almost an all-nighter.
May 8, 2014 |
This being spring, the season of renewal, the idea was to be a good citizen, clean the block, rent a truck, and haul the trash to a designated sanitation site. Or so Celia Pretter believed. "I thought I was doing a community service, doing this all nice and legal," the Mount Airy horticulturist said. She wanted to help, "given that the city is in crisis and has no money for schools. " But logic quickly took a backseat to red tape, time was wasted, officials were phoned, funds were squandered, and, truth be told, emotions flared and unkind words were uttered.
August 14, 2012 |
The numbers have been much ballyhooed, that the United States won the most medals at the 2012 Summer Games - 46 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze, for a grand total of 104 hunks of shiny hardware. But every member of each victorious team sported a personal gleaming medallion, which raises the question: Was each one counted among the oft-reported tally? Nope, that 46 golds is the number of events won. The actual medal handout was much higher: 147 gold, 63 silver and 46 bronze, for a total of 256, according to a Team USA list at nbcolympics.com ( http://ow.ly/cVyEi )
June 8, 2012 |
A Philadelphia judge Thursday sentenced a former city cop to jail rather than probation because, he said, the defendant lacked remorse for the serious offenses he had been convicted of and because he undermined the criminal-justice system. Common Pleas Judge Earl W. Trent sentenced Aleksande Shwarz, to one to two years in jail and eight years of reporting probation for roughing up a U-Haul-store manager and then lying to make it look as if the manager had assaulted him. The sentencing terms indicate that he could be eligible for patrol after nine months.
November 20, 2011 |
A driver of a U-Haul truck carrying beer kegs through a tailgating area before the Yale-Harvard game in New Haven, Conn., Saturday suddenly accelerated, fatally striking a 30-year-old Massachusetts woman and injuring two other women, police said. It's not clear why the driver sped up, New Haven Police spokesman David Hartman said. The truck then crashed into other U-Haul vans in the lot, an open playing field used for pregame tailgating parties before Yale home games. People huddled around the victims trying to help, according to a video that appears to have been recorded shortly after the accident and posted online.
September 19, 2011 |
IF YOU put a football in Tyler Ramirez' hands, don't expect him to keep it. He won't try to rumble for several yards. Won't try to whip it downfield. Won't even beg for the kicking block with the hope of nailing a PAT. The 6-foot, 295-pound Ramirez, a senior guard and defensive tackle for Monsignor Bonner High, has never dreamed of playing a so-called skill position. In fact, getting such an opportunity would pretty much resemble a nightmare. "I love what I do. No need to do anything else," Ramirez said.
January 8, 2011 |
A 21-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department has been arrested on charges of lying to police about an arrest he made last March in which he claimed a man assaulted him. Instead, police said Friday, Officer Aleksande Shwarz was the aggressor, and Shwarz himself has been charged with assault for his role in the arrest. Shwarz, 54, has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said in a statement. Shwarz, who was assigned to the Second District, was arrested Wednesday on charges of simple assault, unsworn falsification to authorities, and abuse of office.
February 22, 2007 |
Many say my decision to become a Philadelphian was unusual. They note that most transplants move here for work and only then fall in love with the city, but I took a different route before driving my U-Haul along Broad Street. I had often thought about leaving my native state of Georgia, and I decided the time was right to find another city to call home shortly after my father and best friend died unexpectedly. I sought vibrant street life, a walkable commute, cultural opportunities, an urban lifestyle, a sense of living history, a fun nightlife, and greater career opportunities.
August 11, 2000 |
It's an experience as gut-wrenching as divorce, or losing a job. Moving is considered by experts to be one of the most stressful experiences a person will endure in their life. Yet we all go through it sometime. . .or many times. The national average is about 11 moves in a lifetime, once every seven years. And more than 21 million Americans will move between May and September, according to Allied Van Lines, which calls summer prime moving time. If you've ever rented a serve-yourself truck and hauled a zillion boxes up and down stairs and in and out of rooms, you are probably one of many who would rather have a weekend of painful root canal than do that again.
November 24, 1998
Car drivers also behind tractor-trailer tie-ups Police Commissioner John Timoney is right to finally address the issue of tractor-trailer accidents on the Schuylkill Expressway and I-95, but he is wrong to single out trucks. Many times I have heard of and witnessed motorists cutting in front of trucks without signaling or even looking, often 10 feet or less before an exit ramp. The operator of the rig is forced to swerve or apply the brakes quickly to avoid a collision, causing his truck to jackknife or overturn.