September 2, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Introducing the person they had all come to see, the PA announcer at Arthur Ashe Stadium didn't mention the words Grand Slam, merely pointing out that in addition to being defending U.S. Open champion, Serena Williams was defending champ at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Williams isn't hiding from her historic aspirations, though. She refers to her drive for the Grand Slam as "this journey" and likes that the last stop is on American turf. "I am literally enjoying the moment," Williams said.
August 31, 2015 |
When Keta Brown's daughter, Naomi, was born seven months ago, Brown knew almost nothing about breast-feeding. "My parents didn't breast-feed, so they didn't know" either, she added. But the North Philadelphia woman found support where many people do in 2015: Facebook. Through a group that chats online and meets in person, she received technical advice, commiseration, and encouragement. "If I didn't have that group, I think I would have been done at two weeks," she said. That type of community-building was the goal of Black Breast-feeding Week, a nationwide initiative running Aug. 25 through 31 to encourage African American women to try to stick with breast-feeding.
August 14, 2015 |
An Uber driver accused of raping a 24-year-old passenger who had called for a late-night ride from Manayunk will stay in jail after a judge on Wednesday rejected his plea for lower bail. Calling the charges "very serious," Montgomery County Court Judge William T. Nicholas kept bail at $1 million cash for Abdellah Elkaddi, turning aside pledges of support from a dozen of the defendant's friends and family members, including his pregnant wife. Elkaddi, 46, of Northeast Philadelphia, was arrested hours after the woman said he attacked her early June 11. He has denied the charges, and his lawyer, James Lyons, promised a vigorous defense.
August 12, 2015 |
Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman is ending his reelection campaign. Hofman, 78, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday that he would return to private practice in January, after his second term ends. Monday was the last day to withdraw from the November ballot. Marcel Groen, chairman of the county Democrats, said the party has two weeks to submit a replacement and has begun informal talks with several potential candidates. Hofman's campaign manager, Sherry Marcus Milano, said he will assist in that search.
July 20, 2015 |
Nearly five years after former Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman steered a major no-bid contract for surveillance cameras to a minority firm not approved for emergency work, the Philadelphia School District could be spending at least $3.6 million to defend and make amends for the move. The cash-strapped district already has paid $1.8 million to outside lawyers to represent it in four lawsuits stemming from the contract, according to information The Inquirer obtained from the district under the state's Right-to-Know Law. In the first case to go to trial, a federal jury found that Ackerman, her former head of human resources, and the district had wrongfully suspended and recommended firing Francis X. Dougherty, a top administrator, for exposing the contract.
July 17, 2015 |
The City Council race between incumbent Kenyatta Johnson and Ori Feibush delivered fireworks. But you wouldn't know that from the results of Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary. In the end, the freshman councilman outpaced Feibush by nearly 2-1. The Inquirer sat down last week with Feibush, who made headlines long before his self-funded foray into politics as a brash businessman and a staunch critic of Johnson. Feibush, 31, who owns a real estate business and a chain of coffee shops that bear his initials, OCF, is best known as a developer, having helped build hundreds of homes in the rapidly changing Second District, which includes Grays Ferry, Point Breeze, and part of South Philadelphia.
July 10, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - If Katie McGinty runs for the Senate, the chief of staff for Gov. Wolf has at least one big supporter. U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman, says he is "100 percent in her corner. " "Honorary campaign manager, anything she needed me to do," Brady said Wednesday after speaking to her earlier in the day. McGinty's name is the latest to emerge as a possible Democratic challenger to the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey, in a widely watched race that could help determine control of the Senate.
July 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski suspended his campaign for the Senate on Monday, four days after FBI agents executed search warrants at Allentown City Hall. In a statement, Pawlowski said he was pausing the campaign "to fully focus on assisting in the federal investigation of Allentown contracting practices both prior to his being elected and since. " He said he would reevaluate when he had a clearer picture of the investigation. The news came after agents raided the office Thursday, seized documents, and interviewed Pawlowski and city Managing Director Francis Dougherty, according to a source close to the investigation.
July 2, 2015 |
Craig Angelos believes his expertise in building a football stadium and in fund-raising will benefit him in his new job as Temple's deputy director of athletics. Temple announced his hiring on Tuesday. Angelos comes from Florida International University, where he was the senior associate athletic director for revenue enhancement since June 2014. He has worked 24 years in intercollegiate athletics administration. When Angelos served as director of athletics at Florida Atlantic University from 2003 to 2012, he led the effort to build a 30,000-seat football stadium that opened on campus in 2011.
July 2, 2015 |
LIVINGSTON, N.J. - Gov. Christie launched a bid for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, betting that his blunt brand of politics and promise to campaign on big ideas will overcome conservative skepticism and a vulnerable record as the steward of New Jersey's flagging economy. On a stage in the center of the gymnasium of the high school he attended in this North Jersey suburb, Christie - with his wife, Mary Pat, and their four children by his side - invoked lessons taught by his strong-willed mother and his parents' successful efforts to improve their lives, the sort of possibility that Christie argued has waned.