December 22, 2014 |
By the end of last week, Joe O'Brien was reeling. It took O'Brien, the executive director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, a few days to wade through the long-awaited 111-page grand jury report that described mismanagement, unethical behavior, and theft of student funds at the Coatesville Area School District. "It was painful," O'Brien said Friday. The release of the report by county prosecutors Monday capped an 18-month investigation that culminated in the arrests of Richard Como, a former superintendent, and former athletic director Jim Donato on misappropriation of funds and other charges.
December 13, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A city tax lien sale brought faltering Atlantic City some pre-Christmas cheer Thursday - a $22 million tax bill from bankrupt Trump Plaza and Taj Mahal will be paid - but also some coal: Nobody bid on a $32.5 million unpaid tax bill from Revel. "I'm concerned," said the city's revenue director, Michael Stinson, after the four-hour sale, with a total of nearly $59 million in owed taxes on 1,000 properties, yielded at most half of that. Stinson said the tax sale plus an imminent $40 million note sale should be enough to get the city over the immediate 2014 budgetary crisis.
September 26, 2014 |
FOLLOWING his first season as a head coach, Brett Brown has become addicted to a bracelet he wears on his left wrist that tells him every detail about his night's sleep and monitors how many miles he logs on his feet per day. Sleep, to say the least, would appear to be way down on the list of priorities for the overexcited coach. Nineteen-win seasons usually will create some deprivation in the sleep department, but having to totally rebuild an organization and do it with two first-round picks from this summer who most likely won't play this season will add to it. But he preaches "career-best fitness" to his team constantly, and if he doesn't take care of himself, then what's the point?
August 30, 2014 |
Bad times keep coming for Malaysia Airlines, the majority-government-owned carrier that lost airplanes in two tragedies this year. With a heavy financial hit expected in the second half of the year, the airline said Thursday that it lost $95 million in the second quarter, ended June 30, compared with a loss of $58 million in the same period last year. After the mysterious disappearance of Flight 370 in March with 239 passengers and crew members on board, the carrier's revenues decreased by 5 percent, to $1.1 billion.
August 15, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Absorbing wave upon wave of bad news about the resort town they are paid to promote, Atlantic City's beleaguered marketers have reached into their quiver to fire back. "Atlantic City Responds to Negative Press with what else, an ad," is how Jeff Guaracino, chief strategist and communications officer with the Atlantic City Alliance, put it Wednesday, a day after the stunned town absorbed the blow of the announcement that the big glass ball-topped Revel would be closing Sept.
July 9, 2014
AFTER A LONG day at Geauga Lake (Aurora, Ohio), my cousins and I headed over to our neighbors' house. I was about 8, but they were teenagers and wanted to spend time with my better-than-average-looking neighbor. It was about 10 o'clock when we came home to my mom and grandmother freaking out, terrified that something had happened to us. We came inside and my mom told me a story I had never heard before - she told me about my Aunt Sandy, and how she had run away when she was young and we never found her. After that day, I recall talking about Sandy and the entire situation much more often.
March 7, 2014 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - Twenty-four days from today, in Arlington, Texas, two teams will take the field as living testaments to the importance of roster depth. In the home dugout, the Rangers, their rotation missing two of its top three starters, Matt Harrison recovering from back stiffness, Derek Holland on the DL with a knee injury. In the visitor's dugout, a team whose trials and tribulations increased yesterday with the news that lefthander Cole Hamels had hit a bump in his road to recovery from biceps tendinitis.
March 2, 2014 |
DO YOU want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that area meteorologists are shooting down the much-promoted forecast that Philly will be buried under a foot of snow this weekend. The bad news is that the snow is still coming to the city: about 6 to 8 inches of it, according to the National Weather Service's Mount Holly office. "Only one model shows a potential fall of a foot of snow, but most of our other forecast tools indicate less than that," said Mitchell Gaines, a NWS meteorologist.
February 14, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In the second half of their first losing season in 11 years, Phillies starting pitchers were downright dreadful. The non-Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee members of the woeful rotation were a combined 7-23 with a 7.59 ERA in 41 games. They allowed 29 home runs and walked 91 batters in 182 2/3 innings. They were unwatchable for even the most ardent of Phillies fans. With an eye on 2014, they were, as a collection of starters behind Hamels and Lee, undependable.
October 28, 2013 |
Bill McGovern remembers everything about the moment he learned Mark Herzlich might die. It was the spring of 2009. He had started driving away from a Staten Island high school, one more stop in a string of recruiting visits for Boston College's football program. He noticed a voice-mail message on his cellphone. It was from Herzlich's father, Sandy. McGovern was Boston College's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach then, and his best inside linebacker - hell, the best player on the team - was Herzlich, a native of Wayne, a graduate of Conestoga High School, a certain first-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft.