February 4, 2014 |
On calendars and in his head, Stephen Gallo tracks the number of days that have passed since his 19-year-old daughter, Nicole, was killed by an intoxicated driver. Gallo's mother, Donna, has watched her daughter's friends graduate from college, and seen her son pass his sister's age. Life moves on. But for the Gallos, time stopped the day Rachael Jankins killed Nicole in August 2009. When the Gallos learned that Jankins, 25, was up for parole last year, they took part in a new program that lets crime victims meet privately with the state parole board and testify about the impact of the crime.
February 3, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA During three days of testimony last week for a second casino license in Philadelphia, the questions from commissioners were almost as important as the answers from the five applicants. And it was clear from their back-and-forth that this state gaming board wants to minimize risk and avoid past mistakes. More than once, commissioners invoked the names of Foxwoods and Revel like warnings. The Foxwoods group lost its license for a South Philadelphia waterfront casino after repeated internal setbacks.
January 31, 2014 |
STEP RIGHT UP, ladies and gentlemen, and hear all about the life-changin', heart-racin', neighborhood-revitalizin' benefits of a new-fangled casino in Center City or South Philadelphia! OK, OK: The hucksterism didn't quite reach that level yesterday when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board held suitability hearings for two of the five applicants angling for the city's second casino license. But the honchos behind the proposed casinos - Market8, at 8th and Market streets; and Casino Revolution, at Front Street and Pattison Avenue - each stated that theirs was truly the best location for a new casino, and destined to spur development in their respective neighborhoods.
January 31, 2014 |
The Eagles are bringing some of the living room to Lincoln Financial Field. As part of its $125 million revitalization of the stadium, team officials said Wednesday, they are putting $25 million worth of high-definition TV displays, including two huge video walls in both end zones, into the 11-year-old stadium. The team also will install 2,000 linear feet of digital "ribbon boards" between seating levels for out-of-town NFL scores and fantasy football statistics, and 1,200 wall-mounted TVs on the concourses and other areas.
January 30, 2014 |
Is Temple's decision to cut seven sports really final? Temple University's leaders met Tuesday afternoon with coaches and representatives from the sports that Temple announced would be cut after this academic year. Each sport's leaders were given 15 minutes to explain why they should not be cut. After the meeting, Temple president Neil D. Theobald said he would "consider everything that was said today" and report back to the board of trustees, adding, "We're open to all ideas. " Owls softball coach Joe DiPietro said board of trustees chairman Patrick O'Connor told the gathering, closed to the public, that the board would revisit the cuts and have a decision in about three weeks.
January 30, 2014 |
Lauren DeBruicker knows some people look at her and see her wheelchair first. They see the metal seat as a negative, something holding her back. She's wheelchair-bound , as the cliche goes. That's ridiculous, she said. " Bound . Like I've been tied to it by pirates or something," DeBruicker scoffed during a recent interview in her office at the city law firm of Duane Morris L.L.P., where she is a partner. More than 20 years after she lost the use of her legs and some of the movement in her arms, DeBruicker, 41, has a full, rewarding life and she wants other people to know it. She'll spread that message as an ambassador for Inglis, the nonprofit that helps people with disabilities live independently while providing 24-hour care to those who desire it. "There's a perception that people with disabilities don't work, don't play, don't have any fun," she said.
January 28, 2014 |
WAYNE GRETZKY, who turned 53 yesterday, once said: "Skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. " With that, the Flyers were back on the ice early yesterday morning - a rarity for a Sunday - in anticipation of the next puck drop. It was a day to hit the reset button, to mentally erase a disastrous week (0-3-1) that dragged them back out of a Stanley Cup playoff spot after months of hard work. After practice, the Flyers trekked across the Delaware River to the Wells Fargo Center for hours of interaction with fans at the 37th annual Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival.
January 28, 2014
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging , a private, nonprofit human-services organization, named the following officers and members to its board: Glenn D. Bryan , assistant vice president and director of community relations for the University of Pennsylvania, board chair; Arthur E. Helfand , professor emeritus at Temple University and adjunct professor of medicine at the Temple University School of Medicine, vice chair. Barbara Waynant Murphy will continue as board secretary.
January 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Asia Coney, an influential and controversial organizer of public housing residents, could end up temporarily joining the board of commissioners of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Coney would fill a spot previously held by PHA tenant Shelley Jackson, who was required to step down after getting a job at the authority. PHA attempted to hold an election to fill Jackson's seat as a resident representative, but Coney was the only tenant leader who garnered enough signatures of support to run for the position.
January 22, 2014 |
WASHINGTON Ryan Costello, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, will run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.). Costello's announcement last week included an endorsement from Val DiGiorgio, the Chester County Republican chairman, who also considered running for the seat. With the bulk of the district's votes based in the county, the chairman's endorsement could be a valuable asset in a GOP primary. "The nation and many elected officials have become so divided and polarized that it is impacting the future direction of the country," Costello, 37, said in a statement.