If Donald Trump hopes to have a fighting chance at winning the White House in November — a prospect that is increasingly far fetched, according to recent polling data — he’ll have to turn up huge numbers in the suburbs of Philadelphia. On Tuesday, his campaign rallied supporters in Bucks County with a speech by Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate and the former governor of Indiana. Read more »
Pence Rallies Republicans for Trump in Bucks
Trump's running mate spoke at a warehouse in Pipersville, a few miles north of Doylestown.
There’s So Much Wrong With 97.5’s Fake Caller
"Dwayne from Swedesboro" turned out to be the invention of the station's producers. Why that's really troubling.
5 Years Ago: An Earthquake Shook Philly
Dan McQuade looks back.
Oliver Blasts Philly Charters, Cheesesteaks
He chides a school that once functioned as an illegal nightclub on weekends.
More than 15,000 people tuned in to CNN’s live video today of Mike Pence getting a haircut in Norristown. The barber, you may note, has a similar haircut to the one Pence has.
Pence today got a 20-minute haircut at Jones Barber & Hairstyles on East Airy Street. If you don’t have time to watch the entire video, please go to the end, where Mike Pence applauds his haircut and this exchange takes place: Read more »
Eric Bruntlett only played two seasons with the Phillies. They were his last two seasons in Major League Baseball. And with good reason: The backup utility infielder and outfielder hit just .202 in his two seasons with the Phillies.
But he had quite a few incredible moments as a member of the Phils. He hit a home run in the 2008 World Series, and scored the winning run in Games 3 and 5. He also, amazingly, is just one of 15 players to turn an unassisted triple play. He’s just one of two whose unassisted triple play ended a game.
It happened seven years ago today, a feat even more impressive than an earthquake. (After all, there have been more than two earthquakes in Philadelphia, but only Bruntlett and Mickey Morandini turned unassisted triple plays for the Phillies.) Read more »
Five years ago today, my world shook — literally.
Five years ago today, I worked on the 17th floor of the Comcast Center. I worked a 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. shift, which was almost up. Then, the shaking started.
I actually knew it was coming. While scanning Twitter, I saw a handful of tweets from people in Washington, D.C. They reported shaking. When my desk started to shake ever so slightly, I knew we were getting an earthquake.
It was over quickly. It was not that bad. The main sight I remember was the rooftop pool across the street from the Comcast Center — the water was going back and forth for minutes after the quake ended. Some of my coworkers were terrified — a few people just left, immediately. But once people figured out it was just a small earthquake, and not something more serious, we were fine.
The neatest thing is the water in the roof pool across the street from the Comcast Center is still going back and forth a lot.
— Dan McQuade (@dhm) August 23, 2011
Then came an announcement over the loudspeaker. Whoever was making it seemed out of breath. “There has been,” the voice said, and then a loud pause and an exhale, “an earthquake.” This person now sounded terrified. There hadn’t been any structural damage to the building, the voice said, and work could continue. Those who evacuated should return to the office to finish the day. We shouldn’t be worried.
The tone of his voice said otherwise. Some of my coworkers, previously calm, were now scared. What did the Disembodied Comcast Voice know that we didn’t? Read more »
An anti-gun violence PAC led by U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords announced its endorsement of Republican Senator Pat Toomey yesterday.
Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, wrote an op-ed published on CNN outlining why their PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, chose to endorse Toomey and fellow Republican Senator Mark Kirk, among other politicians.
Leonard Boyer III, a staffer in the Philadelphia City Commissioners office, was shot to death outside his North Philadelphia home on Saturday. He was 25.
Per police reports, Boyer was killed on the 600 block of North 12th Street — the Daily News says he was outside of his mother’s North Philadelphia home. He was shot in the back and head by two unidentified men. Read more »
At the rate things are going, a cable network might be able to get away with a 24/7 Seth Williams channel.
The sky has been falling on Philadelphia’s embattled district attorney ever since the Inquirer reported last week that Williams forgot to disclose more than $160,000 worth of personal and professional gifts he received between 2010 and 2015. The gifts ran the gamut from a new roof to fancy vacations for his family to this, uh, striking portrait.
The paper also reported that federal agents have been interviewing members of the D.A.’s staff. (The website Philadelinquency, meanwhile, noted that the Water Department was preparing to shut off the water to Williams’s house. Earlier this summer, Williams told Philadelphia magazine that he has to work a handful of side jobs to “eke out an existence,” despite the $175,572 he makes annually as district attorney.)
And on Monday, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that it’s been contacted about an odd little incident that occurred last fall outside of Williams’s home in Overbrook.