ALEXANDRA WIGGLESWORTH

Obama's, Romney's 49/49 chance to get elected

According to the latest poll numbers released Monday, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are in a dead heat for the presidential seat, with an average of about 49 percent of voters committed to each candidate.By way of comparison, Obama led John McCain by more than 7 percentage points at the same point...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 12:57 AM

Dusting off some relics

Laurel Hill Cemetery, accessible by a steamboat ride up the Schuylkill River in the 1840s, was a popular Sunday afternoon destination for picnics and carriage rides.A stretch of homes on the 1500 block of North 17th Street that currently have boards in lieu of windows were built as 1886 mini-...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 1:27 AM

Nothing dusty about Philly’s museums

With this summer's reopening of the newly-renovated Rodin Museum, the relocation of the Barnes Foundation and the proliferation of niche exhibitions like Fishtown's Pizza Brain, it seems that Philadelphia is experiencing a culture boom. But neither creating nor maintaining a museum is easy -- for...

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 10:31 PM

Abolishing abatement sparks some backlash

Councilman Wilson Goode, Jr., after introducing legislation last week that would change the city's 10-year real estate tax abatement on all newly-constructed or improved properties to five years, was blunt in his motive."The most direct beneficiaries of 10-year abatements are real estate developers...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 1:40 AM

Volunteers, even horses to rescue of city parks

You may soon see nonuniformed town watch volunteers on motorcycles, bikes and horseback patrolling Philadelphia's nearly 10,000 acres of parks and rec centers, especially in the evening hours when recreational activities cease and tend to give way to illicit ones."Violence is having an impact in...

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 11:17 PM

Chorus of meows, barks grow louder at city shelter

ACCT Lifesaving Manager Natalie Smith scooped a handful of mewling kittens from one of the cages lining the North Philadelphia shelter's walls earlier this month -- when the drop-off center was flooded by an influx of animals large even for the always-bountiful cat breeding season."We've seen...

Monday, July 30, 2012, 1:42 AM

Sarah Gersbach: Moore student collects strangers' underwear in online art

Sarah Gersbach wants you to mail her underwear. And then tell her what she looks like wearing them. No, she's neither fetishist nor vendor of illicit services. She's a 29-year-old graduate student at the Moore College of Art and Design working on a performance art thesis about the search for the...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 2:54 AM

Alicia Keys to sing Obama’s praise in Philly next week

Alicia Keys will be here Monday for an Obama campaign event to discuss the impact of the upcoming election's outcome on women's issues.The Grammy award-winner will join senior Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to host the...

Thursday, July 12, 2012, 2:27 AM

Which warehouse will be next to go?

The latest in a series of warehouse fires in the North Philadelphia area has residents guessing which vacant building will be the next to burn."Every time a warehouse is empty, you know what's going to happen," said Diane Mason of Kensington as she gestured toward the smoking shell on North Front...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 2:57 AM

Thousands participate in Independence Day Parade

More than 5,000 people from across the country marched in Philadelphia's annual Independence Day Parade in the city's historic district this year.Especially poignant was a "Hero's Salute" commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Active members and veterans of the U.S. military including the...

Friday, July 6, 2012, 1:11 AM

Philly's not a popular destination for Fourth of July travelers

Philadelphia's highly-touted Wawa Welcome America! festival features 10 days of events culminating July 4th with what organizers call the nation's largest free concert, expected to draw 500,000 people this year. The event's magnitude is fitting to celebrate the Declaration of Independence in the...

Monday, July 2, 2012, 1:43 AM

Bill Green: New budget feels like ‘water torture’

City Council voted Thursday to pass a budget for next fiscal year in what President Darrell Clarke called "a true compromise" on which nearly all members agreed. The most notable exception was Councilman Bill Green, who voted against the 3.6 percent real estate tax increase and approval of the...

Friday, June 29, 2012, 1:15 AM

City budget to go down to the July 1 deadline

Residents who haven't been following the budget battle moving its way through City Hall will no doubt take notice if an agreement is not reached by its quickly-approaching June 30 deadline. In that case, the city will be stripped of its spending power, including the ability to make payroll and...

Friday, June 22, 2012, 1:27 AM

Alan Butkovitz: Cop cameras expose city tech ‘missteps’

City Controller Alan Butkovitz lambasted Philadelphia's $13.9 million video surveillance network yesterday, claiming that an independent audit concluded in May revealed less than half of the 216 installed cameras actually work, amounting to a $136,000 price tag per operational camera."The cost is...

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 2:23 AM

Officials brainstorm how to create citywide youth courts

A sophomore high school honors student was on her way to a Philadelphia job fair recently when she was thrown in jail, Cathy Weiss of youth nonprofit The Stoneleigh Foundation testified before a City Council committee yesterday.The girl's only offense? She was carrying a canister of pepper spray...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 2:14 AM

Occupy Philly loses in Wells Fargo protest trial

Though seven members of Occupy Philadelphia were acquitted of defiant trespass charges Monday stemming from a sit-in at the Comcast Center in November, protesters arrested at a Center City Wells Fargo bank branch and tried yesterday on similar offenses were not so fortunate.A judge found twelve...

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 1:41 AM

Occupy Philly basks in court victory

Occupy Philadelphia scored its first major victory against its sworn enemy -- the wealthy corporate culture -- in court Monday when seven protesters were acquitted of defiant trespass at the Comcast Center and the movement seeks a second win today as twelve more demonstrators go to trial for the...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 1:52 AM

Fire union, City Hall in war of words

Officials at firefighters union Local 22 said Thursday that representatives from Mayor Michael Nutter's administration and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers' office were lying when they gave statements to the media last week about the Kensington warehouse blaze that killed firefighters Lt. Daniel...

Friday, June 1, 2012, 1:02 AM

Lawmakers still exploring ‘point-to-point’ bicycle sharing

The same day legislation to extend the city's concession agreement for bicycle rentals in Fairmount Park was introduced, City Council President Darrell Clarke said Thursday that the governing body is also looking into another model of bike sharing citywide.While bikes can currently be rented in...

Friday, May 18, 2012, 12:38 AM

Jay-Z, Mayor Nutter expected to hype music fest

By now, everybody's heard the news -- Mayor Michael Nutter is making a "major announcement" this morning on the Art Museum steps with none other than Jay-Z. Yes, that Jay-Z.While public relations agents and city spokespeople remained tight lipped yesterday over the exact details to what will come...

Monday, May 14, 2012, 1:43 AM