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Labor Day Blues in Philly

Irony is defined as expressing one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. For an example look no further than the recent Labor Day celebration in Philadelphia barely two months after an explosion and fire closed the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex.

October 1, 2019

Pasadena, Texas: Oct. 23, 1989

Pasadena, Texas: Oct. 23, 1989

The name Pasadena remains most notably linked with a flowery New Year’s Day parade in California. If ever a disaster deserved sole rights to co-opt a community's name, it would be the explosion and fire that rocked the other Pasadena in October 1989.

September 1, 2009

Mexico City: Nov. 19, 1984

Mexico City: Nov. 19, 1984

Where possible, investigators must arrive at a consensus that eliminates any chance of the same catastrophe happening again. That did not happen at San Juan Ixhuatepec.

April 1, 2001