June 28, 2015 |
The Phillies weren't able to take advantage of Washington righthander Max Scherzer on an "off night. " At least judging by his recent performances, Scherzer was downright hittable Friday night. Beatable is another story. Scherzer pitched eight innings and allowed two runs on five hits in a 5-2 win over the Phillies to kick off the Pete Mackanin interim managerial era at Citizens Bank Park. Mackanin replaced Ryne Sandberg, who surprisingly resigned on Friday. Scherzer's two previous outings were an awful lot to live up to, and he entered Friday's game bringing the name of Johnny Vander Meer back into the public consciousness.
June 12, 2015 |
As recent weeks have shown, Gov. Wolf has a wealth of arguments on his hands in the politically divided state capital. He might even have the facts on his side in a few of them. Not so his wrongheaded effort to break the agency that enforces the public's right to government records. If Wolf has any interest in picking his battles, he should begin by dropping this one. A Commonwealth Court panel gave the Democratic governor another opportunity to do so Wednesday, ruling that he exceeded his authority when he fired the executive director of the state Office of Open Records, Erik Arneson, shortly after his inauguration in January.
June 12, 2015 |
ANYWHERE IN the world where injustice reared its ugly head, it wouldn't have been surprising to find Sheri Rosenberg there, fighting it. Sheri roamed the world lecturing on human-rights law and spoke tirelessly about the evils of genocide and the plight of all victims of intolerance. Much of her motivation stemmed from the fact that her late father, Marcus Rosenberg, survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz as a child, and her mother, Ann Pappenheim, escaped Vienna in 1939, a year after the Nazis took over.
May 31, 2015 |
Greg Crawford's right wrist is covered with a half-dozen multicolored plastic bracelets. "Race for Adam," reads one, for a teen in Bethlehem, Pa. "Dillon's Army," reads another, in honor of a Maryland boy. "Fight for Jessica," reads a third, for a girl in Los Angeles. "I told them I'd never take them off until we have a cure," Crawford, 50, said. The children's families gave Crawford the bracelets in 2011, the second year he biked across the country to raise money for Niemann-Pick Type C Disease, a nervous system disorder that typically strikes children.
May 25, 2015 |
A dwindling group of elderly Philadelphia veterans wants to build a Battle of the Bulge memorial in Washington Square, a site within the city's Historic Mile they believe is a fitting place to remember the key World War II confrontation. In the process, they are fighting a new battle - against bureaucracy and time. They need money, political will, and permission from local and federal government agencies. "We're the only major city in the country that doesn't have a monument to the Battle of the Bulge," said Norbert McGettigan, 89, who grew up in Overbrook and lives in Woodside Park.
May 23, 2015 |
The Algerian-born terror suspect accused of recruiting Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose of Montgomery County into a 2009 plot to assassinate a Swedish artist won a two-year legal battle Thursday in Ireland to avoid extradition to the United States. A federal grand jury in Philadelphia charged Ali Charaf Damache in 2011 with one count each of terrorism conspiracy and attempted identity theft. The indictment is part of a case that has already sent LaRose and two others to prison. In the Dublin High Court decision Thursday, Justice Aileen Donnelly cited concerns over prison conditions in the United States and found that Irish state prosecutors had ignored their responsibility to attempt to try Damache first on terror charges in Ireland, where he holds citizenship.
May 21, 2015 |
Darlene wasn't looking for a husband. But she was a caregiver, by profession and by nature, and one of her home health-aide clients was McKinley's grandmother. "It was an automatic spark," he says. "I didn't even know her. But I left my parents' house, got a sandwich and came right back. Then, every time she came there to care for my grandmother, I made sure I was there. " For Darlene, the spark was slower to catch. Divorced just two years, with three children under 11, she felt wary.
May 7, 2015 |
It was something old for Ernie Alvino. It was something new for Luke McLoughlin. Alvino, a senior goalie and Air Force Academy recruit, played another strong game in powering St. Augustine Prep to a 10-4 victory over Moorestown on Tuesday in a battle of South Jersey's top-ranked boys' lacrosse teams. The twist for the Hermits on a warm afternoon on their turf field was the offensive production of McLoughlin, a junior who has spent most of the season as a defensive midfielder.
April 27, 2015 |
ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan - At Kurdish forward command headquarters, not far from the Syrian border, President Massoud Barzani is planning the next stage of the battle against ISIS. The headquarters, a collection of white trailers, is nestled in an isolated stretch of green and brown land in the northwest corner of Iraq, where Syria, Turkey, and Iraq meet. On the flight up from Erbil, the helicopter pilot points out hills where there are still skirmishes with Islamic State fighters, but the mood here is very different from eight months ago. In August, the jihadis were moving toward Erbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, after seizing Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, only 50 miles away.
April 18, 2015 |
Lawyers for Gov. Christie's administration argued Thursday that a state court lacks the authority to order the governor to propose a larger contribution to the public worker pension system. The filing with Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson is in response to a lawsuit by public sector unions, which want the state to comply with a 2011 law that established a schedule of escalating contributions. Christie has proposed a $1.3 billion payment for the fiscal year beginning July 1. To comply with the 2011 law, the payment would have to be more than $3 billion.