January 27, 2016 |
SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel, who announced Monday that 75 percent of the blizzard-battered public-transit system was running again, said he was teased by a reporter earlier this winter after buying gigantic snow-fighting machines. The 28-year SEPTA veteran, who has battled the four biggest snowstorms in Philadelphia history, oversaw the purchase of a rail-riding, snow-throwing monster truck with a rotating arm that looks like something out of Mad Max: Fury Road . "It was the age-old situation where you buy a snowblower and there's a winter with no snow," Knueppel told the Daily News, laughing.
January 18, 2016 |
Meriwether Falk, 32, of Portland, Ore., lived in Istanbul, Turkey, in summer 2012 and now has moved there to teach writing and language arts at a private high school. But during that summer, she learned an invaluable lesson about women traveling solo. She had been staying in what she called a "cheap hotel in Izmir" when, she says, "I was awakened by a phone call in the middle of the night, some man saying, 'Sexy, let me in.' " She hung up, but the next thing she knew, she heard a key turning in the door.
January 10, 2016 |
IN HIS former career with the Coast Guard, Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett braved rough waters directing boats and crews through their missions, but the waters were never rougher for Hartnett than they were Thursday night on a piece of asphalt in West Philadelphia, when he was ambushed in his patrol car by a gunman determined to take his life. However, the shooter had no idea with whom he was dealing. Hartnett - a man described as "tough" by his father and a "warrior" by his boss - not only survived three gunshot wounds to his arm at point-blank range, he got out of his patrol car and returned fire, striking his assailant in the buttocks.
January 8, 2016 |
In his former career with the U.S. Coast Guard, Philadelphia police Ofc. Jesse Hartnett braved rough waters directing boats and crews through their missions, but the waters were never rougher for Hartnett than they were Thursday night on a piece of asphalt in West Philadelphia when he was ambushed in his patrol car by a gunman determined to take his life. But the shooter had no idea who he was dealing with and Hartnett - a man described as "tough" by his father and a "warrior" by his boss - not only survived three gunshot wounds to his arm at point-blank range, he got out of his patrol car and returned fire, striking his assailant in the buttocks.
January 7, 2016 |
Martin Luther King coach Sean Colson barked at senior guard Nasir Bell and implored him to drive to the basket. "Get there! Get there!" Colson yelled during Tuesday's Public League overtime thriller against visiting Del-Val Charter. With less than 45 seconds left in regulation, Bell finally got there after navigating congestion in the lane and scoring a floater high off the backboard that sent King's crowd into hysterics. "That's what we play for," the 6-foot-2 wing said. "My mom [Sabriya Blair]
December 21, 2015 |
With 3.6 seconds left in overtime, Penn Charter senior Harrison Williams stepped to the free-throw line with the game tied. Boys' Latin's Jibril Noble-Pagese had just made two free throws, so the pressure in the Make-A-Wish Showcase at Germantown Academy fell squarely on Williams. "Basically, I'm a senior, I've been doing this for four years and I just have to knock these down and show everyone else that in big moments like that, you can't let the crowd or the stage get to you," Williams recalled thinking.
November 25, 2015 |
MARY JONES didn't just practice her religious faith - she lived it. Her membership in the historic Holy Temple Church of God in Christ was her entryway into a life of service to others, especially the sick, the elderly and the incapacitated. Mary Jones, onetime clerk for Saks Fifth Avenue, where she developed her well-known fashion sense, a world traveler, and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Nov. 15. She was 93 and lived in Merion Station, but had lived most of her life in West Philadelphia.
October 24, 2015 |
Boys' Latin's Javon Oglesby-Rice was flat on his face on the grass at West Philadelphia with the football at least 35 yards away. It wasn't exactly the most athletic pose a player could strike on a football field, and one of his coaches couldn't help but give him a ribbing. "I thought you were an athlete," Warriors assistant Mario Dattilo joked. Oglesby-Rice had tripped and fallen en route to attempting another punt block. The Boys' Latin players were all smiles Thursday night after they came from behind to defeat Mastery North, 22-13, and earn their first Public League AAA victory this season.
October 15, 2015 |
IT SEEMS THE Golden State Warriors are facing a bigger battle off the court than on it when it comes to defending their NBA championship. Comments popped up yesterday after the Warriors' Steph Curry and Draymond Green were asked about people discussing whether their team "deserves" its title. The question was in response to Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc River harping on the fact that the Warriors didn't play anybody en route to the title. Green, the Warriors' outspoken forward, said that teams questioning the title is just sour grapes, adding that you don't hear such talk coming from teams like the San Antonio Spurs.
October 8, 2015 |
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL team has played once at home this season. The unbeaten Owls trailed in that one for a little over 38 1/2 minutes. In their three on the road, they've been behind for a total of just under 7. Nobody ever proclaimed this stuff has to make perfect sense. "I love being on the road, I don't know why," senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. "Don't get me wrong. Playing in the Linc is great, but going to another team's stadium and having an opportunity to show them how good of a team we are . . . Of course, to just hop on the bus and go right down to the hotel to relax and get ready for the next day works, too. " Whatever.