December 10, 2014 |
AN ISLAMIC advocacy organization is suing a Bucks County township for discrimination after the town's zoning board rejected an application to erect a mosque. According to the lawsuit filed yesterday by CAIR-Philadelphia in federal court, Bensalem Township is demonstrating "burdensome, discriminatory and unreasonable land use regulations" by blocking local Muslims' ability to build a mosque. The proposed Islamic worship site would be the first in the suburban town just north of Philadelphia.
December 9, 2014 |
A plan to replace beloved Center City diner Little Pete's with a glitzy boutique hotel is on hold until early next year amid opposition to a bill that would clear the way for the massive proposed redevelopment at 17th and Chancellor Streets. The concerns of a hospitality labor union, a Center City civic group, and restaurant loyalists have stalled a rezoning bill sponsored by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson that would allow a 12-story Hudson Hotel to be built on a block that has been home to the restaurant since the 1970s.
December 5, 2014 |
THE EAGLES were rolling, first-and-10 at the Dallas 20, leading 14-7 in the second quarter of what would become their 33-10 Thanksgiving victory over the Cowboys. Jeremy Maclin had just toured the entire width and more than half the length of the field on a diagonal path, taking a short Mark Sanchez pass 58 yards. The Cowboys were reeling. First snap after the big play, Sanchez dropped back, looked at Darren Sproles on a screen to his right, saw there were blue shirts in front of Sproles, and fired farther down the same sideline to a wide-open Brad Smith, who had thrown a perfunctory block on the screen setup and now had maybe one Dallas player between him and the end zone.
November 1, 2014 |
All week, the questions about how the Eagles are going to handle J.J. Watt this Sunday were numerous and persistent. Center Jason Kelce, preparing to play for the first time since undergoing Week 4 abdominal surgery, said all the usual things about how smart and fierce Watt is, how hard it is to prepare for an opponent who moves around the line so much. Finally, though, after question number eleventy-billion about Watt, Kelce said this: "We don't care who we're playing, we're playing our offense.
October 29, 2014 |
THERE ARE a ton of statistical reasons why the Eagles shouldn't be 5-1 right now. Start with a quarterback who is 28th in the league in passing, 29th in interception percentage, 29th in completion percentage and 27th in yards per attempt. Move on to a defense that is 23rd against the run and is on pace to give up a franchise-record number of touchdown passes. This a team with the fifth-worst turnover differential in the league and the third-most number of giveaways. Their star running back was averaging just 2.9 yards per carry until the Giants came along wearing a red suit and black boots.
October 15, 2014 |
A bill expected to pass this week in the legislature would gut protections for Pennsylvania's cleanest streams, critics say. The proposal, which would remove a requirement that developers leave a 150-foot forested buffer along some streams, has drawn the opposition of environmental groups, land conservancies, and wildlife groups such as Trout Unlimited. It is backed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association and officials in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, who say that the requirement is arbitrary and that they need flexibility.
October 4, 2014 |
Sunoco Logistics Partners and its proposed Marcellus Shale Mariner East project have public utility status, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ruled Thursday. The decision was a victory for Sunoco, which is repurposing a petroleum pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale ethane and propane to Marcus Hook. The commission noted that Sunoco's pipeline routes and services have been certificated as public utilities since the early 1930s. "Sunoco's amended petitions adequately plead sufficient facts for the commission to find that it is both a 'public utility' and a 'public utility corporation,' " said PUC vice chairman John F. Coleman Jr. and commissioner Pamela A. Witmer in a joint motion approved 4-1 by the commission.
October 4, 2014 |
You may think that Philadelphia is run by the mayor in City Hall. In fact, there are 10 mini-mayors around town who rule their turf with near-absolute power: City Council's district representatives. They alone determine what projects get built, where bike lanes are located, whether residents can nominate their neighborhoods for historic status, and much, much else. Their power comes largely from their ability to veto zoning bills. That may explain why some Council members remain intent on undermining the new zoning code, which was designed to simplify development in Philadelphia by reducing the need for special bills and variances.
September 8, 2014 |
Federal housing Secretary Julián Castro visited the West Philadelphia Promise Zone on Friday, but not everyone went along on the tour. Angry members of the Mantua Civic Association, one of the main local groups working for change, said they weren't invited. "I thought it was supposed to be collaborative," said association president DeWayne Drummond, who stood, steaming, outside the tour starting point at the Mount Vernon Manor apartments while Castro, Mayor Nutter, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and others went inside.