January 2, 2014 |
WACO, Texas - Maybe it was fate that drew Shawn Oakman to Baylor, a school built on the promise of redemption, one whose athletic program itself has undergone a conversion as dramatic as any sinner's. "When I got here," said Oakman, gazing at the endless Central Texas horizon, "I had a lot of growing up to do. " Twenty-one months ago, the Penn Wood High graduate, a large and highly touted freshman lineman, was booted off Penn State's football team. His GPA was low, his penchant for trouble high.
December 31, 2013 |
Under a steady rain Sunday, Judy and Chuck Miller took up spots that have often been occupied by child-abuse victim advocates: the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Judy Miller leads the Delaware branch of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a group that hosted regular protests after the 2011 grand jury report about clergy sex-abuse in Philadelphia. Her return Sunday was prompted by last week's Superior Court ruling that overturned the conviction of Msgr.
December 30, 2013 |
Mike Campbell arrived five minutes before his 10 a.m. practice at Collingswood's Sam Coursen Wrestling Center on the day after Christmas. He was wearing an orange Flyers hooded sweatshirt with a dirt mark on the front and corresponding orange and black pajama pants. Campbell, a senior and defending District 28 champion, spoke in a quiet, unemotional tenor that reflected the slow pace at which he walked into the dimly lit gym. Coach Dechlin Moody described the two-year captain as soft-spoken and well-mannered, not a vocal kid and definitely not the kind of personality to come in yelling.
December 16, 2013 |
For supporters of comprehensive immigration reform, 2013 kicked off with great promise. "Now is the time," President Obama said after a bipartisan group of eight senators released its overhaul proposal in January. Their blueprint, most of which was adopted by the Senate in June, includes beefed-up border security and a 13-year path to citizenship for many of the nation's estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants. Analysts agreed that Latino voters expected reform, Democrats wanted it, and Republicans needed it to be viable with Hispanics, who constitute the country's fastest-growing voting bloc.
December 8, 2013 |
ONE MONTH AGO, there was nothing but excitement for Temple baseball coach Ryan Wheeler and his players as the team announced it would play all but one of its 2014 home conference games at Campbell's Field in Camden, home of the Camden Riversharks. That excitement turned into anger yesterday after Temple's Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from athletic director Kevin Clark to eliminate seven intercollegiate sports, including the school's history-rich baseball program. "It was just unbelievable," said Matt Hockenberry, a senior pitcher and team captain.
November 1, 2013 |
CHRIS BROWN has checked into an unspecified rehab facility to be treated for anger issues. "Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility," a statement from a Brown rep said. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point. " Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos , said the singer "just decided he wanted to take some time off and do some introspection.
October 3, 2013 |
NEW HOPE Judy Finn's fingers are sore. For weeks, the 40-year-old New Hope resident has been handcrafting blue-and-gold ribbons to hand out at New Hope-Solebury High School sports events. She's burned through about 220 yards of material, she said, creating ribbons for fans to pin to their clothes. At Friday night's football game, she gave out 150. "Everybody was wearing them," she said. That support, however, is not directed toward the football team. Instead, Finn's ribbons are to advocate another cause: keeping the school's sports games under the lights, as they have been for more than a decade.
September 11, 2013 |
USUALLY prosecutors and crime victims are on the same team in court. But the family of Shane Kelly, 27, exited a Philadelphia courtroom yesterday grumbling with disgust over how Kelly's two confessed murderers were treated by the criminal-justice system. Ryan McManus, 22, the gunman, and Richard Smith, 20, his accomplice, each could have received prison sentences of 100-plus years if a jury convicted them on all counts in the fatal shooting of Kelly during a botched street robbery in Fishtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2011.
July 22, 2013 |
For the first time in 40 years, Congress has decided to give subsidies to farmers - many of them rich - while offering nothing to fund the food-stamp program that experts believe keeps poor Americans from starving. The decision last week comes after conservative Republicans in the House blocked a bill that would have slashed $20 billion from the food-stamp budget, saying the cut was too small. The antipoverty community in Philadelphia and throughout the nation is convulsed with anger.
July 21, 2013 |
Detroit's historic bankruptcy filing aroused opposition from angry investors, public employees, and retirees Friday, as state leaders framed the action as their best shot at putting the ailing city on a road to recovery. Flanked by posters of the city's skyline with the words "Reinventing Detroit," the state-appointed emergency manager said Friday that he hopes the roughly $19 billion bankruptcy will provide the fiscal breathing room needed to repair the city's infrastructure and restore basic services.