May 10, 2013 |
The City of Philadelphia will release a master plan Thursday for six miles along the lower Schuylkill seen as ripe for job-generating industrial and commercial uses, new roads, more green space, and added bicycle and pedestrian trails. The blueprint envisions three districts along the river's banks, stretching from University City to Philadelphia International Airport. "The area accounts for 68 percent of the city's underutilized and vacant industrial land," said Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development.
April 19, 2013 |
BEFORE sunrise Thursday, Don Ly emerged from his family's South Philadelphia home - just as he had day in and day out for nearly two decades - to prepare his fruit cart for work. But Ly didn't make it to his post at 34th and Walnut streets in University City on Thursday. A predator was lurking on the 68-year-old vendor's quiet block of Vollmer Street near 4th, and minutes after Ly stepped outside about 5 a.m., he was savagely attacked, his assailant plunging a knife seven times into his chest and neck, according to police.
April 10, 2013 |
When she arrived at the University of the Sciences, Helen F. Giles-Gee was impressed with the beautiful oil paintings in the president's office, which she was about to occupy. But something struck her: "There was no painting of a woman. So I asked: Is there someone distinctive that I could put on the wall that would be representative of the women at this institution?" Up went a portrait of Susan Hayhurst, the first female graduate of what was then known as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.
April 4, 2013 |
In some seasons, pollen is up. In others, down. And then there are those - like this one - that are all over the place, with cold following warmth following cold following warmth, nipping the buds every time they start to, well, bud. Tuesday's tree-pollen counts locally were the highest so far this season, but still less than a sixth of last year's high, and a potentially suppressing rain was predicted for Friday. Counts are rising late this spring. "Last year was a mild but quite moist winter, and the season started earlier and lasted longer," said S. Michael Phillips, director of clinical allergies and immunology at the University of Pennsylvania.
March 29, 2013
TO PARAPHRASE the movie "Network," Philadelphians are confused as hell and they're not going to take it anymore. They're confused, often angry, about AVI - the Actual Value Initiative that Mayor Nutter is using to: 1) establish true market value for property and 2) apply tax at that value. It is a massive task no other city has voluntarily attempted. Over the past two years, all 579,383 pieces of city real estate supposedly were eyeballed by experts for reassessment. Some city residents now find their property is worth far more than it used to be, others much less.
March 28, 2013
IN HIS MARCH 25th letter, Chris Isles suggested that Jack McMahon, the attorney defending Dr. Kermit Gosnell in his murder trial, is attempting to play on the sympathies of minority jury members by suggesting that Dr. Gosnell, who is African-American, is a victim of "prosecutorial lynching. " Well, of course he is, Mr. Isles; he'd be crazy not to! Jack McMahon is (literally) fighting for his client's life, as the District Attorney's Office would like none other than to see Dr. Gosnell put to death!
January 19, 2013 |
Stefanie Ulmer hit a layup as time expired to lift Franklin Towne Charter over Engineering & Science, 32-31, in a Public League girls' basketball game Friday. With Engineering & Science trailing, 30-29, Aaliyah Worley hit a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left to put the Engineers ahead by a point. With 0.7 of a second remaining, Ulmer caught an inbounds pass under the basket and converted a layup as the buzzer sounded. Ulmer finished the game with 21 points and nine rebounds.
December 25, 2012 |
Imagine a particle 1/10,000 of a cross-section of a human hair. That's the size of a protein, way smaller than a cell. Bernardo Cordovez, 29, and his partners have come up with something they call a NanoTweezer that allows them to pick up and move that kind of teeny-tiny particle using a laser beam of light. There's been a lot of talk about trying to bring high-tech, high-potential businesses to Philadelphia, and the story behind how Cordovez's very small company, Optofluidics Inc., landed here provides an object lesson.
November 29, 2012
Keeping up with Han Chiang's Sichuan machine is no small task. No sooner had I eaten at his new Han Dynasty in University City than it was no longer his newest branch, with the recent opening of HD Cherry Hill. The recent dynastic expansion of the fiery chain gives devoted regulars pause. But his West Philly perch in the old MidAtlantic is a step up, style-wise, from his 3-bell Old City lair, both in decor and service. And our food didn't suffer one bit. I even discovered a new favorite, this double-cooked flounder that gets pan-crisped once, then goes into the wok to finish with leeks, hot peppers, funky fermented beans, and a chile oil-peppercorn sauce that brought just the right touch of numbing heat.
November 22, 2012 |
Junior Robert Hall scored in overtime for his third touchdown, leading University City to a 34-28 win against Mastbaum on Wednesday night in a nonleague football game. Hall scored on two fumble recoveries, the second with a minute left in regulation to send the game to overtime. In overtime, the linebacker/running back scored on a 20-yard run for the winning points. Ronnie Kennedy scored two rushing touchdowns for Mastbaum. In other nonleague action: Prep Charter 46, Furness 12 - Sophomore Vion Dolo threw four touchdown passes to lead Prep Charter to the nonleague win. Dolo's scoring strikes covered 25, 35, 32, and 31 yards, with Ronald Stokes and John Graham receiving two each.