October 14, 2014 |
When they hear the word adoption, people often think of babies. However, the majority of children in need of permanent homes are school-age, and many are teenagers. Among them is Jordan. At 15, he is handsome, attentive, and well-mannered, and takes pride in his appearance. He also excels in sports, enjoys playing basketball with friends, and gets a kick out of testing his skills at video games. Jordan's favorite foods are hamburgers, french fries, spaghetti with meatballs, rice and beans, and salads.
October 14, 2014 |
With his time in office growing shorter, Mayor Nutter on Monday will make his case that his administration's seven-year focus on urban planning has left Philadelphia a more vibrant, first-tier city that has yet to peak. Touting the rewritten zoning code, a new comprehensive development plan, and the Planning Commission's return to primacy in development matters, Nutter will argue that the framework is set for the city's continued growth as a model urban center. He will do so in a speech to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, which invited the mayor to offer his assessment of the last seven years.
September 29, 2014 |
Last week I praised President Obama's important speech at the United Nations that urged world leaders to reject "the cancer of violent extremism. " But, like many Americans, I voiced concern about whether his strategy - including bombing ISIS and al-Qaeda targets in Syria - could achieve his objectives. I promised to examine this question in a subsequent column, so here goes. First, the president had no choice but to organize a global campaign against ISIS. We can debate whether he could have prevented the group's rise had he armed moderate Syrian rebels two years ago, as all of his top security team advised, but that is water under the bridge.
September 22, 2014 |
After each of Darren Sproles' two touchdowns with the Eagles this season, he pointed to the back of his jersey. Sproles wanted to send a message to those who undervalued him or underappreciated him: He turned his back on whoever turned their backs on him. "It's just telling some people that I still have it," Sproles said. "It's still me. That's the reason I do it. " The message is not just to the New Orleans Saints, who traded Sproles to the Eagles during the offseason. It's been a theme for much of Sproles' life as a football player.
July 27, 2014 |
Chester County contractor Jeff Morrison looked at the forgettable facade of Jennifer and Michael Mankowski's home, a stuccoed, farmhouse-style exterior. But what he actually saw was a circa-1900 house begging to emerge. His partner, designer Courtney Kish, saw it, too. They envisioned using different textures (stone, cedar shake, faux-wood siding, and some stucco) to delineate the house's existing separate sections - a style that defined the classic Chester County farmhouse look.
July 3, 2014 |
HER HAIR has grayed since her time on the lacrosse field sandwiched between Montgomery Avenue and Norris Street right off 15th. Her voice danced in a singsong melody when she spoke. Women lined up at 13th and Market streets at the Wanamaker Building to meet her, to thank her, just to see her up-close and personal. Tina Sloan Green had been a pioneer for African-American women and athletes for decades. From across the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building yesterday afternoon, she resembled the late poet Maya Angelou, from the way she walked to the way she talked, to her long, black-and-white printed gown.
April 10, 2014 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - So who embraces nostalgia any better than the Masters? A half-century ago, Arnold Palmer won himself a green jacket for the fourth time in 7 years. It was his seventh major. It would be his last. Yesterday, the folks who run the season's first major took the time to celebrate this golden anniversary. "Well, I'm happy to be here," Palmer, 84, said before heading to the annual Champions Dinner. "Let's just say that. I came here first in 1955, and I parked a trailer with my wife [the late Winnie]
March 19, 2014
The Penn women's basketball team (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade, following this year's Ivy League championship. Senior Courtney Wilson and freshman Sydney Stipanovich will write a daily diary for the Daily News throughout the team's run in the tournament. "Special. " That is the word that Coach [Mike] McLaughlin has been drilling into our heads since we arrived at Penn. "You have the chance to do something special"; "You have to be a special group and stay true to who you are"; and finally, "We did something special.
March 14, 2014 |
THE PENN women's basketball team boarded its bus from Princeton just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. Forty-eight miles stood between them and their desired destination. Music was blasting. They were dancing in the aisles. This is not typical of a bus ride back from a game, but the Quakers already had reached their destination - an Ivy League championship. Senior Alyssa Baron, who scored 23 points in the clinching game at Princeton, capped her 4 years with that elusive title. Those 4 years started with honesty from her soon-to-be head coach Mike McLaughlin.