Rikard Larma

Emergency. Frankford fire Sunday - Two-alarm blaze guts brick building

Smoke from a blaze at a two-story former apartment building next to the Frankford Post Office in the 4400 block of Paul Street could be seen a couple of miles away on Interstate 95 shortly after noon yesterday. No one was injured in the blaze, and officials were still trying to determine a cause...

Monday, May 21, 2012, 6:43 PM

PHOTOS: Philly's 2012 Race for Cure

More than 40,000 people took part in Philadelphia’s 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure along the Schuylkill River.The Philadelphia Art Museum’s front steps served as the meeting spot for thousands who walked the route, which included Martin Luther King Drive.Organizers said 100,000...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 1:19 AM

PHOTOS: ‘Sister Cities’ Park opened to public

A monument to Philadelphia’s “Sister Cities” was originally dedicated in 1976 to recognize the city’s participation in the global program. Philadelphia’s first two sister cities were Florence, Italy, and Tel Aviv, Israel, named in 1964 and 1966, followed by Torun, Poland; Tianjin, China; Incheon,...

Friday, May 11, 2012, 12:34 AM

PHOTOS: Over 40,000 runners participated in 33nd annual ten-mile Blue Cross Broad Street Run

An estimated 40,000 people are filling Broad Street this morning fromSomerville Avenue in Logan to South Philadelphia's Navy Yard for the33nd annual ten-mile Blue Cross Broad Street Run, which began at 8:30a.m. The race, one of the most popular ten-mile road races in thenation, sold out in five...

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 4:15 PM

PHOTOS: Occupy Philadelphia protests on international workers' holiday

As part of May Day events internationally, Occupy Philadelphia protesters blocked traffic on Market Street today and walled off a Wells Fargo bank on Walnut Street. At least two people were arrested. The day marks the international workers' holiday.Video by Rikard Larma/Metro:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 8:33 PM

A step up from tailgating for Phils fans

The main event may have been over at Citizens Bank Park, but Phillies fans got the party started earlier in the afternoon at the new Xfinity Live! entertainment complex across the street. After the game, there would be less to celebrate: The Cubs defeated the Phillies 5-1. metro

Monday, April 30, 2012, 12:36 AM

Philly gets the royal treatment: Prince Edward in City

Deep caption: Prince Edward paid a visit to Girard College yesterday to plant a tree to honor the Royal Family’s relationship with the school for low-income Philadelphia students. During a visit in 1860, his great-great grandfather — who would later become King Edward VII — planted a Buckeye Tree...

Friday, April 27, 2012, 12:54 AM

PHOTOS: Dancing with the Birds future stars at Kimmel Center

Sixty finalists strutted around a sold-out Perelman Theater last night,each one stating their case to be Eagles cheerleaders. The lovely ladieswere aiming for one of 38 coveted spots on the 2012 squad. Theycompeted in swimsuit & physical fitness, beauty, dance and on-stageinterview. A panel of...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 2:51 AM

The Philadelphia Science Festival 2012 (PHOTOS)

The Philadelphia Science Festival returned for a second year this weekend, with a large exhibit at Logan Circle near the Ben Franklin Museum kicking off numerous events across the city.More than 100 events will take place and explore a wide spectrum of current issues in the realm of science, from...

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 10:35 PM

2012 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia ceremony in LOVE Park (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

2012 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia (now throughApril 21) announced today in LOVE Park. The festival is celebratingits 15th year and is a project of the Japan America Society of GreaterPhiladelphia (JASGP), with the support of the City of Philadelphia.Tube By Rikard Larma/...

Monday, March 26, 2012, 10:54 AM

Mayor Nutter delivers budget address to tough crowd as DC33 rallies from the rafters (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

Mayor Michael Nutter delivered his annual proposed budget addressed to atough crowd this afternoon. The balconies of City Council were packedwith workers from AFSCME's District Council 33, the city's largest unionof municipal workers. DC33 has been locked in a battle with theadministration over a...

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 10:10 AM

Harlem Globetrotters player Herbert "Flight Time" - Unique way to cross the Ben Franklin (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

Harlem Globetrotters player Herbert "Flight Time" Lang chose a unique way to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge yesterday, dribbling and spinning a basketball across the 7,920-foot span. The event was to promote five upcoming games in the area from March 9-11.Tube By Rikard Larma/Metro:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 1:43 PM

Smells of Flowers Show 2012, but Hawaiian (PHOTOS)

The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, themed "Hawaii: Islands of Aloha," has overgrown the Convention Center with a tropical plant canopy, floral volcanoes, bamboo – and technology. The city's largest annual tourist draw, which is expected to attract 300,000 visitors this week, opened to...

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 3:04 PM

Next month’s grand opening of Xfinity Live! (PHOTOS)

Snider said he is not worried about filling Infinity Live, which will be open seven days a week from 11am to 2 a.m. and that he thinks the sports complex's newest addition will be a destination for more than game ticketholders.Ed Snider excited about next month’s grand opening of Xfinity Live!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 9:03 AM

First 2012 Council meeting ( PHOTOS )

Today’s first City Council session of 2012 were marked by an infusion of new blood, with six new members joining the fray and Councilman Darrell Clarke taking the helm as president.

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6:34 PM

Agassi serves up winner for city school students (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

KIPP, a national charter school provider, had a ribbon-cutting for the opening of their first elementary school in the city. The school leases a former factory in Allegheny which was purchased and renovated by an organization co-founded by tennis legend Andre Agassi.Tube by Rikard Larma/Metro:...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 1:15 AM

Veep Biden at Philly's Girard College for MLK Day of Service (PHOTO AND VIDEO)

Philadelphia, home to the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service in the country, also hosted a symbolic ringing of the liberty bell by Malcom X's daughters Malaak Shabazz and Ilyasah Shabazz. Mrs. King first requested that a bell ringing ceremony be hosted in Philadelphia to celebrate the...

Monday, January 16, 2012, 8:15 PM

Construction. City Hall

Another city massacre: trees hacked down in Dilworth Plaza to make way for constructionOne of the first steps in a $50 million renovation of the concrete expanse of Dilworth Plaza, west of City Hall, took place yesterday when trees were cut down. The project is expected to last until spring 2014.

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 11:17 AM

Philadelphia third annual No Pants Subway Ride (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

CENTER CITY. Sunday was the city's third annual No Pants Subway Ride.About 75 people met and rode the Broad Street line, casually removingtheir pants at the Walnut-Locust stop, where they were met with bothsideways looks and belly laughs."I think it's great. It's funnythat so many people are...

Monday, January 9, 2012, 10:59 PM

2012 Philadelphia third annual No Pants Subway Ride

CENTER CITY. Yesterday was the city's third annual No Pants Subway Ride. About 75 people met and rode the Broad Street line, casually removing their pants at the Walnut-Locust stop, where they were met with both sideways looks and belly laughs."I think it's great. It's funny that so many people are...

Monday, January 9, 2012, 8:32 AM