November 27, 2013
HERBERT EGERT couldn't wait for the fixes to the health exchange in his home state of Maryland. Egert, the managing partner of Affinity Dental Associates, renewed with his current health-care provider at a significant increase in rates. Egert's practice provides health insurance to employees who work at least 24 hours a week. The insurer covering his employees offered to renew the contract, which ends in March, by the end of December at a 32 percent increase. Egert wanted to wait to see what the exchanges had to offer.
November 19, 2012
LANDOVER, Md. – Turn off the searchlights. No superhero is coming down from the skies to rescue these Eagles. No miracle is coming along to save Andy Reid and his dreadful football team. At this point, Reid can only hope the Mayans were right and the world ends before the regular season. It has gone beyond embarrassing, past sad and is on the way to scary. It is bad enough the present is tarnishing Reid's past accomplishments as a head coach. But now we've reached the stage where the present dysfunction is also threatening the future.
August 1, 2012 |
UNWAVERING support of Penn State's football program from players and recruits following the announcement of crippling NCAA sanctions was a sign of hope for a university living out its darkest days. For nearly a week, not a single transfer and just one decommitment was announced. Now it appears the dominos are slowly beginning to fall. Junior running back Silas Redd announced Tuesday afternoon that he is no longer a member of the once-fabled program. Redd, who was the Nittany Lions' leading rusher in 2011, will transfer to the University of Southern California and be eligible to play immediately for the Trojans, who are expected to be ranked among the top five teams in the country entering the season.
August 1, 2012
DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT Silas Redd announced on Tuesday that he will transfer from Penn State to Southern California. Here is a statement he made to the media: This has obviously been a very busy, emotionally draining week for me and my family. As many of you know, playing football at Penn State has been a dream of mine since I was seven years old, and I will be forever grateful that this dream became a reality. This is the reason that the decision I have made is so difficult for me: I will transfer to USC to complete my education and my college football career, beginning in the 2012-2013 year.
July 22, 2012 |
Charlie Manuel established a micro second-half goal of winning series. The bigger picture, he said, was too large to digest. His team took one step forward by starting 4-1 on a West Coast trip, only to lose the next three. They lost another home series with a 6-5 defeat Saturday and will probably play Sunday without their best hitter, Carlos Ruiz, who needs a break after a heavy workload behind the plate. The Phillies have lost seven straight at home, have the worst winning percentage at home (.370)
May 16, 2012 |
A federal advisory committee on Tuesday unanimously approved over-the-counter sale of a rapid HIV test, acknowledging public health workers' pleas for a new tool against an epidemic that is driven largely by people who don't know their status and infect others. If the Food and Drug Administation agrees with its advisers, the oral swab screening test made by OraSure Technologies Inc. of Bethlehem, Pa., would become the first infectious disease test approved for home use. The panel overcame considerable unknowns and concerns that the test cannot pick up newly-acquired infections to focus on a bigger picture.
January 27, 2012
WITH ALL due respect to the writers in the sports departments of every newspaper in Pennsylvania, including this one, Joe Paterno is not their story. They borrowed him for a few decades, making his gridiron triumphs a metaphor for their own particular interests or agendas. They dissected his strategies, his recruits, his awards, his national rankings and even his personality, to fill column space. And in these last weeks, they turned him into King Lear, the man who was too certain of his own importance and too trusting of bad characters in his retinue.
February 18, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - With all the appropriate hoopla, the curtain will rise on Game 1 of the World Series 243 days from now. That's not forever. It'll just feel like it at times. One more time: Baseball isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. The Phillies, who will conduct their first official full-squad workout tomorrow, have spent a lot of money in hopes of being part of the festivities. Their chances will increase if Chase Utley can bounce back. Even though he started for the National League in the All-Star Game again last July, he had the worst year of his career, batting just .275 with 16 homers and 65 RBI. That, by itself, isn't alarming.
December 14, 2010 |
Jamar Nicholas called on his experience growing up in West Philadelphia and Germantown when he illustrated "Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence," a graphic depiction of Geoffrey Canada's tale of growing up in the South Bronx. Social activist Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone, first wrote this memoir in 1995. That was before he became famous, interviewed by Oprah, featured in David Guggenheim's documentary "Waiting for Superman," and profiled in American Express ads. When his publisher, Beacon Press, decided this year to re-release the book as a graphic memoir, they took to the Internet to find an illustrator.
December 7, 2010 |
Most of Pat Gillick's Hall of Fame resume was built in Toronto, where he built an expansion franchise into the first and only Canadian team to win the World Series. Gillick's candidacy benefited from two other factors. One can be celebrated by Phillies fans, the other should be lamented by baseball fans everywhere. The Phillies' 2008 World Series title gave Gillick a late-career achievement that added fresh sparkle to his already distinguished body of work. There's no doubt it helped Gillick get 13 of 16 votes - one more than needed - from the expansion-era veterans committee.