January 1, 2014 |
The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia's bid to lease its 13 cemeteries to StoneMor Partners L.P. for $89 million to be paid over 35 years has a date in Orphans' Court next week. Officials with the archdiocese and StoneMor have said they expect to easily clear the hurdle Monday, but there has been one hitch. The hearing in Orphans' Court, which must approve certain deals involving charitable assets, was originally scheduled for Dec. 11, but Judge John W. Herron pushed the hearing back to allow more time to publicize the deal, announced in September.
January 1, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett said Monday that he was dropping his controversial plan to transfer management of the state lottery to the British firm Camelot Global Services, stepping back from one of his legislative priorities. The governor said he would not extend the $34 million deal with Camelot, but would "take what we've learned to make our successful lottery even better - expanding the player and retailer base, improving player loyalty, and implementing strategies that will grow our lottery responsibly and efficiently.
December 22, 2013 |
HARRISBURG A conservative businessman and activist from Ardmore is exploring a challenge to Republican Gov. Corbett in next year's primary. Bob Guzzardi, known in political circles for his financial backing of conservative antiestablishment candidates, said Friday he would begin gathering signatures to get on the May ballot. In an interview, Guzzardi said he did not plan on raising money or spending his own. But, he said, Republicans deserve an alternative to Corbett, who he said has abandoned his conservative principles and strayed from his campaign promise of limited government and no new taxes.
December 13, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Late for another meeting, Ruben Amaro Jr. dashed from the ninth-floor Phillies suite at the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. The general manager is searching all corners of the winter meetings for starting pitching. Two more options, Bartolo Colon and Edinson Volquez, were snatched by other teams within the next two hours. "We've laid some groundwork," Amaro said. "That doesn't mean we're necessarily going to get anything done. " The Phillies may leave here Thursday with nothing but a player taken in the Rule 5 draft (they are undecided on whether they will even select someone)
December 11, 2013 |
The bells tolled solemnly as congregants sang "Hail, Holy Queen," and priests, nuns, and Bishop Dennis Sullivan filed out of the stone chapel for the last time. After 113 years, the Monastery of the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary offered its final public Mass on Monday. Its four remaining cloistered sisters will move to a convent in Elmira, N.Y., in coming weeks, leaving behind, parishioners say, a powerhouse of prayer, countless memories, and quite a few miracles. "The monastery here in Camden became the center of the Perpetual Rosary movement in America," Sullivan said at the altar, flanked by 18 priests.
November 22, 2013 |
"NEBRASKA" director Alexander Payne and prestigious awards have formed a happy partnership in recent years. His movies tend to open during Oscar season, and tend to accrue nominations -"Sideways," "The Descendants" and "About Schmidt" account for nearly 30 Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and several wins. This is good for the box office, and good for casting Payne's next movie. Still, it's a partnership that Payne embraces reluctantly. "Do I wish the world were this way?
November 20, 2013 |
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has denied New Jersey's petition to have the state's challenge to a federal sports-betting law heard by all the judges on the court in Philadelphia. A panel of three Third Circuit judges in September upheld a lower-court ruling with a 2-1 decision that the 1992 federal law barring sports betting in all but four states, including Nevada, is constitutional. The state's only recourse now is the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Christie signed New Jersey's sports-betting law in January 2012, after a question on the issue passed in a referendum in November 2011.
November 15, 2013 |
LIKELY OSCAR nominee Matthew McConaughey devours another plum role in "Dallas Buyers Club," playing a homophobic, straight rodeo hand who gets HIV back in the 1980s. The man's bigotry erodes, of course, when he enters the orbit of AIDS patients, most of whom are gay, but the movie is less about empathy than defiance - defined by the way McConaughey embodies his character's Texas-sized streak of independence. When doctors (Jennifer Garner, Dennis O'Hare) tell him he has a month to live, he yanks the tubes from his arms and walks bare-ass out of the emergency room.
November 8, 2013 |
The judge who sentenced former Magisterial District Judge Rita Arnold to 16 to 32 months in prison for concealing a citation filed against her son has agreed to weigh at a hearing next month whether the punishment was appropriate. Arnold was sentenced by Senior Judge John Braxton on Oct. 15. Her attorney, Heidi Eakin, had requested house arrest in part because Arnold is undergoing treatment for a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. "This sentence was way over the top of the guidelines," Eakin said.
November 7, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH — Gov. Corbett announced his reelection campaign for a second term Wednesday, saying he had made tough decisions over the last three years and that leadership is not about being "politically expedient. " "We are not finished," he told a crowded room of supporters at the Sen. John Heinz History Center. "Were the decisions I made to get here tough? Yes. Were they politically expedient? Never," the Republican governor said. "But leadership and governing is about doing what's right, not what's easy.