I first visited Kensington during the winter of 1992. I didn't want to be there.
I remember stepping out of a white van with at least three other girls near the intersection of Frankford and Girard. Our driver said he would be back in two hours, and then he drove the white van away, leaving us — a group of suburban teenage girls — to evangelize random people on the street.
When it was announced that Chink's would change its name to Joe's Steak Soda Shop, I was delighted: Finally, I would taste what is thought of as one of the finest steaks in Philly and decide where it fit into the cheesesteak pantheon. A gap in my food knowledge would, at last, be filled.
Our 21st-century family courts in the state of New Jersey are systemically dysfunctional and can no longer be trusted to mete out fair and unbiased judgments. I have no confidence in our court system as it is currently operating. The judges use neither statute law nor case law in handing down their judgments.
When I received my new property assessment as part of the city's AVI initiative, I could not help feeling like the perfect fool for having behaved responsibly when I was getting married and buying my home in a nice, but struggling, Germantown neighborhood five short years ago.
"You will be making a video. And you have only two days in which to finish."
This was the message delivered to the 21 teenagers participating in the American Graduate Flash Festival held at WHYY on March 9th and 10th.
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert weren't a comedy team, but they played one on TV. The Laurel and Hardy of movie criticism worked something like this: Ebert, the big one, would construct an eloquent argument on behalf of a new release only to watch Siskel, the skinny one, destroy it with a flick of the thumb.
TheDailyMeal, a blog that highlights notable food and beverage trends from around the world, has named South Philadelphia's own Ultimo Coffee best in America. The blog asked coffee experts to nominate their favorite shops, then a panel voted and the site published the top 33.
A recent "This American Life" story and NPR serieson the growth in the number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits has generated a lot of buzz. But as a slew of economists and Social Security experts have pointed out, it also got a lot wrong.
Eric loves living in South Philly and is very happy to be working in public media again as a NewsWorks web producer. Before moving to Philadelphia, he spent some time on the “dark side” producing web content at MTV Networks in New York. Eric did some freelance work for WNYC, but prior to that he lived in Minneapolis and produced websites and email newsletters for many of Minnesota Public Radio’s programs. Highlights from that time include meetings with a barefoot Garrison Keillor in his office, biking around the beautiful lakes of Minneapolis, and eating plenty of cheese curds, corn dogs and pronto pups at the Minnesota State Fair every year. Eric is originally from Michigan and wears his Detroit Tigers cap with pride.
William "Bill" Mohr, thought to be the second-oldest World War II veteran in the United States, celebrated his 104th birthday late last year, surrounded by friends, family, Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, and other members of More »