June 7, 2015 |
WHAT WOULD the reaction be if there is finally a Triple Crown winner? I get that question every June after a horse wins the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The answer is unknowable, because it has been so long and so much has changed since Affirmed last won it in 1978. Think about it? ESPN did not exist then. No cellphones. The Internet was barely a thought, and certainly not a word. The anticipation has been building for 37 years - Spectacular Bid, Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Silver Charm, Smarty Jones, Big Brown, California Chrome - all wonderful horses, all Derby and Preakness winners, all unable to win the Belmont Stakes.
June 7, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A judge on Friday rejected a request that he dismiss bribery and other charges against State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop in the sting investigation after her lawyer argued that the case was too old and Bishop's memory too weak. Dauphin County Court Judge Scott Evans also turned down Bishop's bid to have any potential trial held in Philadelphia, saying he did not have the authority to make that decision. Evans did not rule on Bishop's contention that prosecutors in the sting operation selected their targets based on race and that as a consequence, the entire case should be thrown out. Bishop, 81, is among six current or former Democratic elected officials from Philadelphia who were charged with taking money from a lobbyist who sought political and legislative favors.
June 7, 2015 |
If you plan to sell your house and your wood floors look worn out, listing agents offer this advice, almost universally: Have them refinished. "Having those gleaming hardwood floors is almost always a plus when presenting a house for sale," said Gary Segal, of Keller Williams Realty in Blue Bell. Floors probably have "the single most powerful impact on the look and feel of a home," said Chris Somers, of Re/Max Access in Northern Liberties. "Hands down, hardwood floors is what the majority of people want," Somers said.
June 5, 2015 |
IF I LOOKED at these Belmont Stakes past performances in a vacuum, I would note that there is only one horse that has ever gone wire-to-wire in any race and that horse has done it four times. I would also note that none of the other horses has ever been in front at the first call of any race. The best horse with a tactical advantage is the closest thing to a sure thing as there is in horse racing. American Pharoah is obviously the best horse in tomorrow's Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah also has the best early speed.
May 28, 2015 |
Keanu Kelii's sixth-inning single drove in the go-ahead run as No. 2 Gloucester Catholic beat visiting No. 7 Notre Dame, 1-0, in the South Jersey Non-Public A quarterfinals. Tyler Mondile walked one and struck out two in a five-hitter. Tre Todd and Anthony Harrold had two hits each. South Jersey Group 3 Semifinals Dalton Burns laid down a two-run squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh to give fifth-seeded Delsea a 6-5 win over No. 8 Winslow Township. With the Crusaders down, 5-4, Burns came to the plate with the bases loaded and none out. He laid down a bunt that scored Tommy Carney and Jimmy Ruppel, whose slide was just ahead of the tag to win it. Ruppel hit a ground-rule double in the seventh for Delsea that put runners in scoring position.
May 19, 2015 |
The city commissioners' offices that line one hallway in City Hall have one of the most important civic duties come Tuesday: overseeing the election. In that same election, voters will decide whom they would like to supervise the elections in 2016 and the three following years. Given the mayor's race and some contested City Council races, there's been little talk about the commissioners race. But that doesn't mean it's not important, said David Thornburgh, CEO of the Committee of Seventy, who called what the commissioners do "significant.
May 7, 2015 |
Four Philadelphia mayors stood side by side Tuesday to back Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez's reelection and denounce her challenger as an embarrassment to the party. Mayor Nutter and former Mayors William J. Green III, Ed Rendell, and John F. Street hailed Sánchez as an independent thinker and a courageous councilwoman. Green and Street added that they believe she will one day be mayor. The news conference, outside City Hall, with onlookers gathering to snap photos, was as much about supporting Sánchez as it was condemning her challenger, Manny Morales, whose Facebook page was filled with antigay, and racist posts.
May 2, 2015 |
One hour before the draft Thursday, fans who attended the Eagles' draft party serenaded coach Chip Kelly with chants of "Do the deal!" They were in reference to the Eagles' aggressive pursuit of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, which ended unfulfilled. The dream died less than 20 minutes into the draft, when the Tennessee Titans rejected the Eagles and selected Mariota with the second overall pick. Kelly had said he would not mortgage the team's future for one player, and said the Eagles did not offer any players in trade discussions.
April 29, 2015 |
City Commissioner Stephanie Singer says she's giving up her reelection campaign, even as her lawyer continues the court fight to get her name back on the ballot. During a Monday morning rally at National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees Local 1199 headquarters, Singer said a victory in the May 19 primary was out of reach. "This is an election I can no longer win," said Singer, one of the three elected commissioners who oversee the city's elections. "I'm going to keep fighting for what's right.
April 26, 2015 |
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski officially started his U.S. Senate campaign Friday at a Montgomery County union hall, saying that he would save and create middle-class jobs. Contending he would bring "sanity back into Congress," Pawlowski became the second candidate to officially draw a bead on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, already in the crosshairs of national Democratic leaders. Pawlowski spoke to about 50 people at the Fort Washington office of the International Union of Operating Engineers, a group that represents 7,000 eastern Pennsylvania workers.