May 20, 2015 |
THE DARKEST of clouds hovered over the Wells Fargo Center at noon yesterday, threatening a downpour of epic proportions. Inside, though, the sun's high beams were on. Accolades for a coach who has never dipped his toes into the NHL, from a first-year general manager who has never hired a head coach before. Accolades for both from an 82-year-old chairman whose very approval of it clearly indicates a mindset that is now all-in. Give the old man credit for this. Ed Snider defended the hiring of a career college coach yesterday by referencing the humble starts of Fred Shero and Mike Keenan, reminding us not only that his stewardship has not always been about hiring known quantities and former players, but also how long his tenure as head of this team has been.
May 17, 2015 |
Many know James Cuorato as the silver-haired CEO of the Independence Visitor Center, or as chairman of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, now working to revive the Market East corridor. Few know he lives a second, secret life: He's a Beatle. In fact, he's Ringo. At the Hard Rock Cafe this month, Cuorato, 61, banged a driving beat on the drums, transformed in a dark wig and Ed Sullivan-era suit as his tribute band, the Beat Tells, performed an exacting re-creation of the lads from Liverpool.
May 15, 2015 |
Eight corporate and civic leaders have joined H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, owner and publisher of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, to serve on a board of directors for the Philadelphia media company. Philadelphia Media Network L.L.C., the corporate parent of the news operations, announced the formation of the board Wednesday. Lenfest said the board would meet quarterly and provide him with guidance on the management of the company. The new members range from a former newspaper publisher to one of the region's leading philanthropists, from the Philadelphia founder of a top venture-capital fund to two leaders of prominent city law firms.
May 12, 2015
The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia has appointed the following members to its advisory board of directors: Judy Lynch , senior vice president, employee services, GlaxoSmithKline; Scott C. Borowsky , founder and executive editor, Kane Communications Inc.; and Stephen M. Spaeder , senior vice president, acquisitions and development, Equus. Stephanie Taylor , managing director of Dunleavy & Associates, has joined the board of Ready, Willing and Able , a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and implement cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism.
May 10, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State University's trustees agreed Friday to add four female board members, increasing the board's gender diversity, an issue that several female members had raised. But the way things stand, come July the state's flagship university will lose its only African American trustees. Both Merck CEO Ken Frazier, the board's liaison to former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose investigative report faulted university leaders for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, and Adam Taliaferro, a lawyer and former Penn State football player, are leaving because their terms are up. The board also has only one Hispanic member, acting state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and one Asian American, David Han, vice president of the department of surgery at Hershey Medical Center.
May 10, 2015 |
Philadelphia's Board of Ethics and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson settled a complaint Friday over $3,900 wrongfully contributed to his reelection campaign. Johnson received the money before he announced his campaign and failed to apply campaign contribution limits to it when he directed the money to his reelection bid, the board said. In the settlement, Johnson agreed to transfer that money out of his campaign coffers, and pay a $1,000 fine for other misstatements and omissions in his finance reports.
May 8, 2015 |
WHEN A nobody cozies up to a celebrity in the black comedy "The D Train," the photobombs go off in all directions. Lighting the fuse is Dan (Jack Black), a dweeb planning his 20-year high school reunion, which is going badly until he recruits class heartthrob Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), now a Hollywood actor. Lawless - it's an apt name for the sexually voracious Oliver, who bunks with Dan and his wife (Kathryn Hahn) in the days leading up to the reunion. Along the way, there's an incident (beware spoilers)
May 7, 2015 |
A Methacton school board candidate is under fire and has lost the Republican endorsement after parents drew attention to what they said were racist and anti-Semitic posts in his name on social media. Scott Misus, a self-employed financial consultant, is accused of making numerous offensive remarks regarding black people, women, and "the real reason that Jews got their comeuppance after Hitler came to power. " Misus, 52, of Worcester, hung up when called for comment Tuesday, and his Facebook page appears to have been deleted.
May 1, 2015 |
THE PHONE rang, as it does dozens of times a day, but this call was different. It was a bustling afternoon here in the office, I remember that much. This particular conversation, however, I will never forget. It was Feb. 5, a Thursday, and Stan Hochman was calling in to check with the sports editor about some bit of business or another. I just happened to answer the phone. "Eddie," Stan said with that unmistakable raspy voice, "I got our Derby winner. But hold yer ticket.