May 31, 2013 |
ON A HOT and sweaty afternoon, when everyone would have killed for personal water fountains, Joe Kinee emerged as a hero. Quite fitting. Away from Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, Kinee, a Maine signee, is known for his multidimensional baseball skills. Ah, but in the building, he's still famous for the successful campaign he mounted last spring to become senior class president. "Lots of kids were putting up these huge signs all over school," he said. "It was like everybody was doing the same thing.
May 30, 2013 |
REESE MURRAY loved the water. When he wasn't piloting his 25-foot boat off the coast of Atlantic City, he and his wife were on cruises through the Caribbean. "Anything to be close to the water," said his wife, the former Lisa Miller. "That's why we had a house in Atlantic City, to be near the ocean. We could see it from our deck. "When he couldn't keep up maintenance on the boat, we took cruises to keep that feel of water running through his veins. " Unfortunately, the interior of their Shore house was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy last October.
May 25, 2013 |
Jim Beam, Jose Cuervo, and Johnny Walker are in the pokey. State investigators confiscated 1,000 open bottles from 29 bars and restaurants across the state to see whether the contents were premium brands or substituted cheap booze - or worse - and being sold as the good stuff. On Thursday, state officials released new details of a yearlong investigation, "Operation Swill," that found rubbing alcohol, dirty water, and food coloring in a few cocktails sold as premium drinks. "This alleged scheme is a dishonest ruse to increase profits, and it is a slap in the face to the consumer," state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said during a news conference in Trenton.
May 23, 2013 |
A fatal shooting outside a Rita's Water Ice shop in West Oak Lane left neighbors bewildered Wednesday as word spread of a crime that took place at a spot popular with families and children. Dyrell Brown, who stopped by the shop for a cool treat amid Wednesday's afternoon heat, said he was surprised to learn that it was the site of a shooting the night before. "I didn't know about anything like that," Brown said of the slaying. Police were called to the Rita's at Stenton Avenue and Haines Street at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday, where they found Marquine Pickett, 19, in the parking lot in front of the store with a gunshot wound to the chest.
May 22, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Allegheny County Court Judge Jack McVay defeated Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph Waters Jr. on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for a vacant seat on the state Superior Court. McVay, 56, a former pharmacist who is serving his sixth year in the county's Family Court, beat Waters, 60, a retired Philadelphia police captain who is in his fourth year on the bench, in the only statewide race on primary day. McVay will face Harrisburg lawyer Vic Stabile, who ran unopposed for the Republican nomination, in the November general election.
May 20, 2013 |
SEPTA, PATCO, and the City of Philadelphia have paid millions of dollars to victims of slip-and-fall accidents in subways while failing to fix the hazards that cause the accidents. Leaking ceilings and slippery floors remain, sometimes for years after they have caused serious accidents that injured passengers. Elana Adams, a church administrator from North Philadelphia, can pinpoint where she fell on a rainy day in November 2011 in the PATCO concourse near Juniper and Locust Streets.
May 11, 2013 |
Skinny Nutritional Corp. , the local flavored-water marketer that saw most of its board resign earlier this year, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. What appeared to be a corporate- governance revolt in January has progressed into a fight to keep the Skinny Water brand from falling into the hands of a secured lender. The Bryn Mawr company listed total assets of $2.9 million and total debts of $6.0 million in documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Philadelphia.
May 8, 2013 |
In 2008, Philadelphia dancer Makoto Hirano formed a company called Team Sunshine Performance Corporation with actor Benjamin Camp and director Alex Torra . For a year and a half, the three have been working on JapanAmerica Wonderwave , which premiered Thursday at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Fans of Thaddeus Phillips' work may remember Hirano as part of the cast of 2011's Whale Optics , but in JapanAmerica Wonderwave he is the dominant spirit, with Camp as a supportive foil, in an examination of how we process distant tragic events and assimilate them into daily life.
May 6, 2013
GREENWICH, N.J . - Two men escaped serious injury when the 20-foot boat they were in sank in waters off South Jersey. State police told the Press of Atlantic City that Richard Stevens, 45, of Philadelphia, and Matthew Puglin, 21, of Plymouth Meeting, made a distress call just before 6 p.m. Saturday. The men said the boat was taking on water about a mile off the Cohansey River in the Delaware Bay. The State Police Marine Unit at Bivalve responded along with the Coast Guard and other crews, and soon spotted the men clinging to a cooler in the water.
May 6, 2013 |
BERNICE APPEL, of Northeast Philadelphia, was already well into her 70s when she told her two grown daughters, "Come hell or high water, I'm going to get my college degree before I'm 80. " Today, less than six months shy of her 80th birthday - "Oct. 30, mischief night!" she said, laughing - the graduating granny dons cap and gown, and proudly gets her associate degree in general studies from Community College of Philadelphia. As Sir Paul McCartney would put it, if he were the commencement singer, it's been a long and winding road.