July 31, 2016 |
A few hours before sunrise Tuesday, 66-year-old Richard Hoffman was in a remote South Jersey campground, showing off his cellphone photos, reveling in the afterglow of a hot day of protesting. "That's Jill. That's me," said the retired cabinet maker from Walla Walla, Wash., swiping to a photo of him standing behind Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, promoting herself as the ballot alternative for disappointed Bernie Sanders supporters. Hoffman, wearing a "No Sleep Till Bernie" button, then swiped to a photo of him standing next to philosopher/activist Cornel West at a march.
July 10, 2016
The Alaskan Laundry By Brendan Jones Mariner Books. 400 pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Paul Davis So, what's a nice, South Philly Italian girl doing in Alaska? Tara Marconi leaves her boyfriend, family, and job in the family bakery to venture to Alaska. She is 18, independent, angry, and tough, a Golden Gloves boxer. She decides to go to Alaska after her strict Sicilian American father kicks her out of the house. Father and daughter have issues relating to her mother's recent death.
June 29, 2016 |
A worker at a Bustleton car wash was fatally injured Monday when was struck by two vehicles. Philadelphia police said the 22-year-old man was cleaning a car's rear windows when he was hit by another vehicle, a gray Dodge Durango. The employee at Krewsin Klean Car Wash, located at 9201 Krewstown Road, was then struck a second time, by a red Honda Accord that was leaving the car wash, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene a few minutes later, at 11:59 a.m., police said.
June 23, 2016
ISSUE | TAXES Alter abatement tax Cheers to architecture columnist Inga Saffron for casting a light on what has become a tax boondoggle - the 10-year real estate tax abatement. ("With soda tax done, let's retool abatement," June 17). Philadelphia has one of the most liberal, untargeted abatements in the nation. As Saffron points out, historic and vintage buildings that define neighborhoods are destroyed to obtain the abatement, and the public school system is deprived of tens of millions of dollars in critical funding.
May 12, 2016 |
William Penn is due for a physical. Not to mention a waxing and a buffing. The City of Philadelphia plans to restore Penn's bronze statue atop City Hall in late August. The work will take three to four weeks, during which time the observation deck will be closed. Penn's statue was last restored in 2007 with funds from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and the city. This time, a different mix is involved: $125,000 in private funds, a $25,000 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA)
March 9, 2016 |
The first time, Rabbi Sarra Lev thought she'd be afraid. The young man who had asked her to teach him Hebrew before he died was laid out on a table in a funeral home, and she and six others were there to wash his body. "It helped a lot that it was somebody I loved," said Lev, of West Mount Airy. "I thought of it as just taking care of him. It was Randy lying there. " Lev was performing a sacred purification rite of Judaism and other faith traditions, the cleansing of a body shortly after death.
January 3, 2016
Question : I recently reserved a midsize rental car in Shannon, Ireland, for myself, my wife, and another couple through Hertz. At the airport, a Hertz representative upgraded us to an SUV, which sounded bigger, but was not. We were given the keys to an Opel Mokka, which was so small we could not fit our bags into it without putting two of them on our laps. I have driven stick-shift cars for 53 years, but when I started driving this car, I had trouble getting it into gear. I must say I was a bit frazzled, as the car was so small and there were four of us in it. I did get it going, but noticed a smell coming from the car right away, so I drove it around the airport block back to Hertz.
November 13, 2015 |
Water dribbled, a nozzle spun faster, and then, for a few minutes, the trickle became a jet, roaring as it blasted the tracks beneath a train. "It'd take your fingers off if you put them in there," said Dennis McAnulla, the assistant chief mechanical officer on Regional Rail maintenance for SEPTA. Oozing from a pipe a few feet farther along the train was a milky solution of sand, tiny metal beads, and oil that ran like melting ice cream over the rail. The train's three-man crew ran a few more checks, tested the brakes, and Wash 2 heaved forward from the Wayne Electric Car Shop off Germantown Avenue into a drizzly night to combat nature's bane of trains: Fallen leaves.
May 12, 2015 |
Linda Spinelli had a wedding to attend. So on a Monday in November, she took her son's 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee to the Spa Car Wash in Berwyn, where Spinelli was a regular customer. She sat in the lobby while a young worker climbed into the driver's seat. And as the Jeep exited the wash bay, Spinelli and other customers watched in horror. The Jeep suddenly lunged forward, she said, as the driver swerved to avoid pedestrians and slammed into large planters and four cars, including a Maserati.
February 27, 2015 |
A MEASLES outbreak among more than 100 children has turned political, and apparently so has hand-washing. Earlier this month, repeating the conservative trope of an over-regulated America, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., told a bipartisan group in our nation's capital that "restaurants should be allowed to opt out of certain regulations, like making employees wash their hands after going to the toilet. " This misguided belief in the primacy of individual liberty over the larger benefits of society often transcends political parties.