May 25, 1991 |
Officer checks Daily News truck in which a driver was shot during a robbery on his delivery route yesterday. Police say Darryl Larkens, 33, of 51st Street near Dakota in West Park, was shot in the arm at 11:10 a.m. near 12th and Huntington streets. Larkens was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital.
January 7, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has approved the mergers of six parishes in West Philadelphia, the Archdiocese announced Sunday. The mergers are the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures undertaken by the Archdiocese as it wrestles with declining membership in the city and a persistent shortage of clergy. The Archdiocese said the following parishes are affected: St. Callistus (Overbrook/Morris Park) and Our Lady of Lourdes (Overbrook/Morris Park) will merge at Our Lady Lourdes and keep its name.
May 12, 1989 |
Shortly after an infant was deemed stillborn, three doctors debated for almost 45 minutes over whether to try to resuscitate the 3-pound, 9-ounce infant, Dr. Joseph Melnick, the Overbrook doctor charged with infanticide, testified yeterday. "They (doctors) didn't do anything other than talk about it," said Melnick under cross-examination from Assistant District Attorney Andrea Foulkes. "I did not stop them from doing anything. It was their conversation about what should or should not be done, and they decided to do nothing.
June 11, 1998 |
Under the leafy canopy of Fairmount Park, scientists and school children will go calling this week on the snakes, frogs, grasses and other species. Their mission: to attempt to count how many types of plants and animals live in the park. "I think there is a fair chance we may be finding things that were never recorded in the city," said Richard Horwitz, a fisheries expert with the Academy of Natural Sciences who will lead teams searching for fish. No one knows exactly how many species lurk in the earth, air and water of Philadelphia's urban park.
January 20, 2010
TONIGHT, THE newly formed Commission on Parks and Recreation meets in public for the first time. This is a command performance for anyone who is a) a lover of the parks; b) a lover of the city; c) a voter who helped contribute to this amazing development by voting to create this new body. It's also close to the hearts of this editorial board, which provided scrutiny of Fairmount Park and its governance in 2001. After detailing the history that had transformed parts of this 9,700-acre urban gem into a cash-starved graveyard for trash, abandoned cars and public neglect, we championed dissolving the existing commission, merging the Parks and Recreation departments, and making the mayor more accountable for its health.
November 15, 1986
The issue of banning bicycles from parts of Fairmount Park is very interesting to me. Having been born and raised years ago near the Strawberry Mansion portion of Fairmount Park I was of course very familiar with the bicycle era and the first automobiles. I recall clearly, as the Nov. 7 article stated, the tremendous opposition by Philadelphia leaders to permitting automobiles to use the Fairmount Park roadways. I remember also that many of the roadways in the park, especially in West Park, which were unpaved for horse and carriage use, had flat brick edges laid for smoother travel by the many cyclists.
April 11, 2001 |
Sister Ursula Infante, who founded Cabrini College when she was 60 and was its president for a decade, died Monday at Saint Cabrini Home in Philadelphia. She was 104. Founding the college was no easy task. In 1955, the Cabrini Sisters bought the Radnor estate of Campbell Soup founder John T. Dorrance to start a college. But Philadelphia Cardinal John F. O'Hara told Sister Ursula that the archdiocese already had enough Catholic colleges. Undeterred, she secured approval from the other colleges, then convinced O'Hara.
May 15, 2001
MARK Alan Hughes (column, May 8) thinks Center City has traffic problems. Well, suppose you lived in Mantua, Parkside, Overbrook, Wynnefield or West Park, and every weekend from April to November, a major traffic artery is closed off so a few people can roller-blade and bicycle. You can't picnic, park and read by the river, or ride leisurely on the drives. It's one thing to close the drive for a few hours now and then for an "athon," but something else to block this off every weekend from 8 to 5. Concourse Drive from about 36th Street and Girard Avenue to 41st Street becomes a Zoo parking lot. The area along South Concourse Drive from 41st Street to Belmont Avenue is blocked off for parking for carnivals, fairs or other events in front of Memorial Hall.
January 10, 2006
RE YOUR recent editorial "Acres of Excuses": If the task force organized by the Fairmount Park Commission recommends a sensible plan, with widespread community support, for predictable funding to maintain all 9,200 acres of Fairmount Park in first-rate condition, the sale of bonds to make needed capital improvements to the more than 200 historic structures in the park, and a governance system to accomplish these two goals, will the editorial board...
February 6, 1993 |
After delaying it for three weeks, a City Council committee yesterday decided to agree with a Rendell administration plan to spend $875,602 on an anti-gang program at 13 PHA projects. Irked that they hadn't been included in dividing the spoils, in this case a federal grant, members of the Appropriations Committee held up its approval in mid-January. But yesterday, after a series of private meetings, the committee approved the otherwise routine bill without even hearing from the administration.