April 22, 2013 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in this region's communities. Way back when, Queen Village was the place to buy a house if you couldn't afford Society Hill. Joseph P. Fanelli Jr., who moved from the suburbs in 1985, readily acknowledges that Queen Village was his second choice. "But looking at it today," says Fanelli, president and CEO of Quaker City Manufacturing Co., the new townhouse in the 100 block of Catharine Street he bought 28 years ago for $175,000 "was a great buy. " It was a lot of money in 1985, especially when you could buy what veteran real estate agent and Queen Village native Kathy Conway calls "a grandmom house" for $50,000.
April 11, 2013 |
VELIKA IVANCA, Serbia - He went from house to house in the village at dawn, gunning down his mother, his son, a 2-year-old cousin, and 10 other neighbors. Terrified residents said that if a police patrol car had not shown up, they all would have been dead. Police said they knew of no motive in the carnage Tuesday that left six men, six women, and a child dead in Velika Ivanca, 30 miles southeast of Belgrade. After the rampage, police said suspect Ljubisa Bogdanovic, a 60-year-old who saw action in one of the bloodiest sieges of the Balkan wars, turned his gun on himself and his wife as authorities closed in. Both were in grave condition.
April 9, 2013 |
IT WASN'T long ago that Philadelphia fire Capt. Michael Goodwin - a popular veteran with nearly three decades in the department - took the test for a promotion to battalion chief. Now, Goodwin will receive his promotion posthumously - after he died Saturday evening fighting a three-alarm blaze in Queen Village - the third firefighter killed in the line of duty in the past 12 months. Goodwin, 53, a 29-year veteran described by neighbors as a dedicated family man, was killed after a third-floor roof collapsed beneath him as he battled a fire in a fabric store at the corner of 4th and Fitzwater streets Saturday.
April 9, 2013 |
BEIRUT - After weeks of rebel gains in the south, the Syrian regime launched a counteroffensive on Sunday with widespread air strikes and an operation that reclaimed a northern village on a strategically important route. At least 20 people were killed in heavy air strikes that targeted rebels trying to topple the regime in at least seven cities and regions. To underline their resolve, the government called on opposition fighters to surrender their arms and warned in cellphone text messages that the army is "coming to get you. " State television said the aim of the counteroffensive was to send a message to the opposition and its Western backers that President Bashar Assad's troops are capable and willing to battle increasingly better armed rebels on multiple fronts.
March 24, 2013 |
Melanie Miller used to love walking from her home on Spruce Street to Rittenhouse Square - until 2008, when she became chronically ill, disabled, and in constant pain. Miller that year was diagnosed with a litany of problems, including multiple sclerosis and transverse myelitis, a spinal cord disorder. "It's in my joints, it's in my bones, it's in my brain," said Miller, 37. If she was going to stay at her beloved home, she needed help. So she joined Penn's Village, an organization of Center City residents who work to support elderly, ill or special-needs neighbors who want to remain in their homes.
February 17, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - A power outage plunged Damascus and southern Syria into darkness late Saturday, Syria's state news agency said, while anti-regime activists reported a string of tit-for-tat, sectarian kidnappings in the country's north. The news agency, SANA, quoted Electricity Minister Imad Khamis as saying that the failure of a high-voltage line had left the country's south without power. The blackout affected the capital, Damascus, and the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida, which abut Jordan.
February 16, 2013 |
It's a great place for dogs, Bakhtia. In winter, when the Yenisei River is frozen over in this remotest patch of Siberia (accessible only by helicopter or, in summer months, by boat), the huskies go hunting with their masters, or tag along behind undulating snowmobiles, or curl up in a patch of sun in an opening between massive firs. When the ice thaws, they help to catch fish. The males and females breed. Puppies are born, and the cycle continues. Although Happy People: A Year in the Taiga isn't really about the dogs, documentarian Werner Herzog is fascinated by these keen-eyed beasts, and their relationship with man. But per the title, this engaging film - which Herzog cut down to size from a four-hour Russian TV program by Dmitry Vasyukov - is about the human residents of the village in the Taiga boreal forest.
January 29, 2013 |
CARLTON BRISCOE sat in the mahogany pews at the venerable Mother Bethel AME Church in Society Hill on Sunday, as he normally does. But on this particular Sunday, the Rev. Mark Tyler's sermon really hit home. The message was not about miraculous healing or overcoming improbable odds. It was about breaking the cycle of violence in the black community, a topic ignored in many churches despite what has become an epidemic. Tyler's message was part of "Gun Violence Prevention Sunday," being marked by more than 100 congregations nationwide.
January 18, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad swept through a mainly Sunni farming village in central Syria this week, torching houses and killing more than 100 people, including women and children, opposition activists said Thursday. The reported slayings fueled accusations that pro-government militiamen are trying to drive majority Sunnis out of areas near main routes to the coast to ensure control of an Alawite enclave as the country's civil war increasingly takes on sectarian overtones.