Michael Martin

Fun summer classes for adults

One of the better things about modern adulting is that, these days, you're never too old to go to summer camp — whether your taste runs to continuing education, artistic exploration, or literal tent-related hijinks in your own personal remake of Meatballs. If you're looking to express yourself...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 4:03 PM

Business schools, companies getting creative to stem decline in MBA enrollment

One of the obstacles to getting an MBA has always been time. Getting an advanced business degree often means taking time away from the job in which you want to grow. And in today's all-consuming work culture, who can afford to take a break? As the cost of higher education grows, that time has...

Monday, April 22, 2019, 2:36 PM

New delivery service Loop makes a stylish case for reusable containers

What if you combined Amazon Prime with a 1950s milkman and Target's democratic design? That pitch might make the judges on Shark Tank scratch their heads, but it's the exact premise of a grocery delivery service that will debut in the Northeast next month, with potentially revolutionary...

Friday, April 19, 2019, 5:53 PM

Just Salad aims to reduce takeout food waste with new programs

Grabbing a salad for lunch used to be the ultimate guilt-free choice. But amid recent headlines about the plastic-waste crisis and the limitations of recycling, it's become less of a feel-good meal. There are those disposable plastic bowls. And plastic lids. And plastic forks. So much plastic,...

Friday, April 19, 2019, 3:39 PM

Sean Kratz in court for pretrial motions in Bucks County murders

Sean Kratz, the 22-year-old Philadelphia man charged in the 2017 murder of four Bucks County men, was in court Monday for a pretrial hearing. Kratz's cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, pleaded guilty to the four slayings last May and was sentenced to four consecutive life terms in prison. Kratz is accused of...

Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:13 PM

MTA: L train repairs could take 15 months, not 20

The MTA announced Monday that the L train repair project may be shorter than expected. After the L's total shutdown for tunnel repairs was canceled by Governor Cuomo earlier this year in favor of a reduced schedule, the MTA said work would last 15 to 20 months. Now the agency is estimating repairs...

Monday, April 15, 2019, 5:03 PM

Jury selection begins in 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz murder trial

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of five men accused in the machete slaying of a 15-year-old boy at a Bronx bodega last summer. Five suspected gang leaders face multiple charges in the murder of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz, who was killed in an apparent case of mistaken identity....

Monday, April 15, 2019, 4:09 PM

Iconic Atlantic City bakery files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Formica Brothers, the 99-year-old company which makes bread for some of Atlantic City's most famous sandwich shops, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy was forced by two lawsuits filed after workplace accidents, said former owner Frank Formica in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The...

Monday, April 15, 2019, 3:14 PM

Measles outbreak in NYC has Northeast on guard

New York City declared a public health emergency over an outbreak of measles on Tuesday, requiring unimmunized people in one neighborhood to get vaccinations, as health officials weighed in on chances of the disease spreading through the Northeast corridor. Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at a press...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 5:09 PM

Funeral held for Nick Flacco, hours after slaying suspect arraigned

A funeral was held Thursday for Nick Flacco, the son of a high-ranking Philadelphia police official, hours after a suspect in his shooting death was arraigned. Early Thursday morning, 19-year-old Tyquan "Fats" Atkinson, was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy and firearms offenses. He is...

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 5:49 PM

Congestion pricing may come to Philly streets

After New York City approved congestion pricing last week, Philadelphia officials are looking into whether such a policy could be applied to Philly's traffic-choked streets. The city is considering congestion pricing for the first time, watching the process unfold in New York “to see how this can...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 1:53 PM

Mumps outbreak at Temple University reaches 105 cases

The mumps outbreak at Temple University is now in the triple digits. Officials are reporting 105 cases of the contagious viral disease: 15 confirmed and 87 suspected. All of them are associated with the university, which first reported the outbreak at the end of February with four cases. To stem...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 4:34 PM

Conor McGregor being investigated for sexual assault in Ireland

Mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor is being investigated by Irish police over a claim of sexual assault, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Early Tuesday morning, McGregor announced on Twitter that he was retiring from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which has made him one of the...

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 5:45 PM

Powerball drawing climbs to $750 million

This year's biggest Powerball jackpot is almost one for the all-time record books. The prize for Wednesday's multistate drawing has risen to $750 million. No one picked enough correct numbers to claim $625 million last Saturday. The odds of winning are a totally doable 1 in 292 million. If...

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 4:59 PM

NYPD investigating recent rash of group ambushes, assaults

Surveillance cameras captured a group of men beating an Uber Eats delivery man in the Bronx — one of several recent group assaults on unsuspecting New Yorkers. According to police, the 36-year-old victim was making a delivery when four men pushed him off his bike, punched him and threatened him...

Monday, March 25, 2019, 6:50 PM

Philly officials creating plan for urban farms and gardens

Philly officials are developing an urban agriculture plan to encourage the city's booming farming and gardening culture, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The city has about 500 urban gardens, many of which have been started by African Americans, immigrants and refugees on abandoned lots....

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 5:51 PM

Questlove creating meatless cheesesteaks for Phillies home games

Questlove, the Tonight Show bandleader, is partnering with vegan company Impossible Meat to create a plant-based cheesesteak sandwich. The "Questlove Cheesesteak" will be sold at all 81 home Phillies games this season, beginning March 28, the Philly Voice reported. The sandwich will also be on the...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:06 PM

Record-breaking Philly bust nets $18 million in cocaine

Federal authorities made a record-breaking drug bust on Tuesday afternoon, seizing almost a thousand pounds of cocaine from a ship at the Port of Philadelphia. The shipment was aboard the MSC Desiree, which was traveling from Colombia to Europe, ABC News reported. Bricks of the narcotic were...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 5:00 PM

Joe Biden is running in 2020, says Joe Biden, reports say

He's running. No, it's not quite the satiric Twitter meme (a leftover from the 2016 race, in which commentators attempted to parse potential candidates' vague-yet-grand statements that really weren't that vague at all): Joe Biden really appears to be planning a 2020 run, according to Joe Biden....

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 8:16 PM

Coffee can is key to Philly's political future

A coffee can with two Twitter accounts is one of the most important players in Philadelphia politics. And there are no plans to loosen its stranglehold on power. For decades, candidates in local primary elections have drawn a number out of a coffee can — for years a Folger's, currently a Horn...

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 5:18 PM