July 13, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - Publicly, 76ers center Jahlil Okafor had no intention of letting on that Saturday's NBA Summer League matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers meant anything more to him than any other game. But despite his being the Lakers' expected pick, Los Angeles passed over Okafor in the draft last month to take guard D'Angelo Russell second overall. The Sixers were expected to snag Russell at No. 3. Three weeks later, Okafor was rocking a Sixers white practice uniform, while Russell had on a Lakers purple practice outfit at the Thomas and Mack Center.
July 8, 2015 |
At a tense meeting, during which angry parents berated Rose Tree Media school board members and Superintendent James Wigo, the board voted unanimously Monday night for a plan to get rid of suspended Indian Lane Elementary School principal Bill Bennett. The board did not offer details of the settlement, but sources said the plan, approved by an 8-0 vote, would allow Bennett to resign while covering his back pay and legal expenses. Bennett - who was given a leave of absence in April 2014, then suspended without pay in January when Wigo recommended he be fired - has until Tuesday to accept the offer, board members confirmed.
July 7, 2015
Johnathan Perkins has been elected to the board of trustees of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society , the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures, and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. He is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Montgomery McCracken. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Philadelphia County , a nonprofit organization that trains and supports community volunteers to advocate as sworn officers of the court for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia's foster-care system, has named the following officers to its board: Maura McInerney , staff attorney at the Education Law Center, president.
June 22, 2015 |
WHEN THE season ended and the Flyers had a vacancy at head coach, general manager Ron Hextall took a ride to the Lehigh Valley to meet with Phantoms coach Terry Murray. The meeting in Allentown wasn't to let Murray know he was being considered as a replacement to Craig Berube, but rather the opposite. Hextall told Murray, a former player and head coach in the organization, who also worked with Hextall in Los Angeles, he was not being tabbed as a candidate. Murray didn't expect to be, but he told Hextall he wanted to finish his career in the NHL. So once Hextall brought in Dave Hakstol from the University of North Dakota to be the Flyers' next head coach, many thought Murray would be the perfect fit to work alongside a guy with zero NHL coaching experience.
June 19, 2015 |
SOLID GOLD. Once again, legendary "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff have raised the bar: They've been elected to co-chair the board of directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, located in the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The duo - responsible for 15 gold singles and 22 gold albums - were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995, and also received the Johnny Mercer Award for best songwriting team. "As we have experienced, every hit record ever produced always started with us as great songwriters first," wrote Gamble.
June 19, 2015 |
It was a faceoff between city planners and city residents. And the residents won. The Philadelphia zoning board voted unanimously Wednesday to block a developer's hotly contested plan to build a four-story apartment complex across from Pat's King of Steaks. The 4-0 vote to deny a zoning variance drew elation from neighbors and disappointment from developer Paul Mirabello, and left the future of the long-vacant parcel at one of the city's marquee intersections uncertain. "I'm super-excited," said Robert Stewart, 35, among a handful of residents who pleaded during the two-hour meeting to allow only single-family homes on the large lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets.