December 12, 2014 |
FORMER CITY Councilman Frank Rizzo, who made a high-profile switch last year from Republican to Democrat with heavy hints of a 2015 mayoral campaign ahead, will not enter that race. Instead Rizzo, 71, will visit City Hall today during the last Council meeting of the year to announce a comeback bid. Rizzo says he will run as a Democrat in the May 19 primary election for one of the five at-large Council seats. That should be of interest to the five Democrats who now hold those seats and the many other candidates planning to run. Rizzo, who served four terms on Council as a Republican, acknowledged one of the biggest threats to his comeback.
December 11, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - After defeating Temple on Nov. 15, Penn State became bowl-eligible, and from that point forward, the question of where the Nittany Lions would go in their first postseason opportunity since 2011 was a waiting game. First-year head coach James Franklin, athletic director Sandy Barbour and the rest of the Lions found out on Sunday that Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) is Big Apple-bound, slated to play Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium.
December 9, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Happy Valley is in a "New York State of Mind. " A few days after Billy Joel performed at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State kept the theme going when it was announced last evening that the Nittany Lions will play in the Pinstripe Bowl. Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) will face Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium in its first postseason appearance since 2011. "I think there are a lot of unique opportunities that go with this," Penn State coach James Franklin said.
December 9, 2014 |
TEMPLE THOUGHT it had done what it had to do, by winning 10-3 at 3-9 Tulane on Saturday night to get to 6-6. But being bowl-eligible for the first time in three seasons still wasn't enough. So, for the second time in five seasons, the Owls won't be having a postseason even though they were qualified. In 2010 they lost their last two to finish 8-4. Only one other team, 6-6 Western Michigan (which was also in the MAC), didn't make the cut. This time they finished sixth in the AAC, which had affiliations with five bowls.
December 7, 2014 |
Of the 83 players who have appeared in Temple's 11 games, senior participation has been very scarce. With just eight seniors on the roster, the Owls have the fewest seniors on their roster of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. And of these eight, just five are on the two-deep roster. Receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick and running back Kenneth Harper have played the largest roles. Both were a little melancholy last Saturday after their final home game at Lincoln Financial Field ended in a loss to Cincinnati.
December 6, 2014 |
UIL Holdings Corp. has terminated its $1.86 billion offer to buy the Philadelphia Gas Works, ending Mayor Nutter's ambitious two-year effort to privatize the nation's largest municipal gas utility. The Connecticut utility announced Thursday that it was pulling the plug on the deal, moribund since City Council President Darrell L. Clarke's surprise announcement Oct. 27 that the legislative body would not hold hearings or a vote on the proposal. "We are extremely disappointed that no ordinance was introduced to approve the acquisition, and we're equally disappointed that we were not afforded a hearing to present the facts regarding our bid proposal," said James P. Torgerson, UIL's president and chief executive.
November 20, 2014 |
DOUG OLIVER, former press secretary for Mayor Nutter and currently an executive at Philadelphia Gas Works, is considering a run for mayor. From a fourth-floor office at the Bellevue yesterday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee that will work to gauge his chances of succeeding Nutter in 2015. The "DO2015" exploratory committee is what Oliver describes as a "grass-roots, crowd-initiated and crowd-funded effort to re-engage the Philadelphia voter. " Oliver took some heat when, in 2012, he changed his voter registration to Republican.
November 18, 2014 |
It took less than an hour, and Murat Guzel was persuaded to break out his checkbook. With his signature, the Bethlehem, Pa., purveyor of organic foods put up $100,000 to try to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia in 2016. "We need to remember our founding fathers and our nation's founding principles, and Philadelphia is the best place for that," said Guzel, a frequent donor to Democratic campaigns. "Those principles need to be remembered. I think this is the best time in many years to send the message about those values across the United States and the international community.
November 17, 2014 |
Sensing that the city has an increasingly good shot at winning its bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, local party leaders - including Gov.-elect Tom Wolf - plan to brace top donors on Monday for upwards of $5 million in pledges toward the convention's costs. The pledges are meant to show the Democratic National Committee the city has the wherewithal to back up its claim it can handle the convention, which could cost up to $100 million to produce. Much of that money would come from national corporations that can be expected to be part of such an event.
November 12, 2014 |
UIL Holdings Corp. is not ready to pull the plug on its embattled bid to buy Philadelphia Gas Works. The Connecticut energy company announced Monday night that it would continue to pursue the $1.86 billion purchase of the nation's largest municipal gas utility, despite City Council's refusal to hold hearings on the sale. The deal expires at year's end if it is not approved by Council. "The transaction made strategic sense for UIL when we announced the agreement in March of this year, and continues to make strategic sense today," James P. Torgerson, UIL's chief executive officer, said in a statement.