Archive: May, 2013
Given that's it's Memorial Day Weekend, you might have guessed the answer to the headline.
Memorial Day Weekend is indeed the holiday weekend with the fewest under-the-influence accidents, at least on a per-day basis, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
And yet it's one of the top weekends for DUI arrests.
One way to get something off your chest is to wear a message on your chest ... or back. Here are photos of T-shirts sighted over several years. For a more serious side, see recent news story, "Did cancer hats go too far?" which pictures T-shirts with the sentiment that got two women kicked out of the King of Prussia Mall.
If you have any photos of messages to share, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We've already done two galleries of license plates, with signs and bumper stickers in our plans.
Memorial Day most frequently conjures up images of beaches and barbeques. But the holiday was created to honor soldiers who died during the Civil War. So in that spirit, here are 10 facts about America's veterans:
1. A total of 3,460 male veterans and one female veteran have received the Medal of Honor, the highest award given for valor in action against enemy forces.
2. Of veterans born in the United States, 6.6 percent were born in Pennsylvania -- the third-highest percentage in the country.
Happy Friday. Let's kick off the last day at the office before the long Memorial Day weekend with a quick look at five stories to know about:
1. Memorial Day: It is, of course, Memorial Day weekend. The Jersey Shore says it's ready for summer, even after the wreckage from Superstorm Sandy last fall. Check out the forecast for the weekend and our Atlantic City party picks, and vote in a poll about how you're spending the holiday.
2. Philly.com's newest columnist: The newest contributor to "Voices of Philly.com" is Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett. Here's why he has a column, and some opinions on it. And here are the governor's first piece and Will Bunch's "bienvenida."
Fortunately, most twisters that form in the Philadelphia area are short-lived and nowhere near as powerful as the one that killed two dozen people in Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. But some deaths have occurred, including three in Montgomery County in 1994, and some twisters have done a million dollars or more in damage. At least 15 tornadoes have been confirmed over the last decade in Philadelphia, its suburban counties, South Jersey and northern Delaware.
See more Philly Lists. Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or email@example.com.
Here's your look at five stories we're following today:
1. Life of Kai: More details are emerging about Caleb Lawrence McGillivary, the 24-year-old who gained Internet fame as "Kai the Hitchhiker" and was arrested in Philly for a New Jersey slaying last week. His family described to the Inquirer a troubled man who suffered from behavioral and mental-health problems, and possible abuse.
2. Corbett and Latinos: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has come under fire for saying he did not have any Latinos on staff during a roundtable sponsored by Al Dia News Media last week. "If you can find us one, let us know," he said. The remark comes not long after the governor was criticized for blaming company drug tests for the state's unemployment rate.
Here's your round-up of five stories to know about today:
1. Election results: In the Pennsylvania primary Tuesday, City Controller Alan Butzkovitz prevailed in the Democratic contest and will face Republican Terry Tracey in November. More election news and results: Pa. suburbs, Philly DA, judges, turnout.
2. Twister aftermath: Rescue crews have nearly finished searching for survivors after the huge tornado that killed at least 24 people in Moore, Okla. Residents are now surveying their destroyed homes and trying to find belongings.
Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:
1. Oklahoma twister: More than 50 people are dead after a large tornado ripped through an Oklahoma City suburb on Monday.
2. Kaboni Savage sentencing: Penalty hearings begin today for the drug kingpin, convicted of 12 murders last week, including ordering the 2004 firebombing at a North Philadelphia home that killed four children and two adults. Jurors will decide whether Savage, 38, should be sentenced to death or life without the possibility of parole.