March 5, 2015 |
NO ONE LANDED a knockout punch. No one stumbled badly. Thus, no one broke away from the pack. Instead, at last night's latest mayoral forum, six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor showed themselves to have quite similar views on a range of issues. Hosted by the Next Great City Coalition, which represents 130 community, faith, environmental, business and union organizations, the forum at the Pennsylvania Convention Center focused on the coalition's six key initiative areas: improving substandard housing, supporting small businesses, cleaning up public spaces, improving nutrition for children, creating more trails and bike lanes, and storm preparedness.
February 23, 2015 |
Protesters marched through Mayfair on Saturday and demanded to see surveillance video footage from the December shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown, which his mother said contradicted the police account of his death. Video footage shows that Tate-Brown was running away from police officers when he was shot, according to his mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, and her attorney. Their account differs from police statements that Tate-Brown was shot after he tried to retrieve a gun from inside his car Dec. 15. "How I feel is even more hurt [than]
February 16, 2015 |
For the first time in the seven years Goodwill Industries has held its annual blow-out, line-up-before-the-sun-rises bridal sale extravaganza in New Jersey, the event landed on Valentine's Day. This calendrical coincidence, this alignment of the stars and sweetheart necklines, this convergence of warm hearts and cold cash - oh, yes, oh, yes, it was meant to be. And so it was that four bitterly cold hours before the doors opened at 9 a.m., Pat...
February 11, 2015 |
TAKING A LOOK at the Atlanta Braves: Manager: Fredi Gonzalez Last 5 years: 2014: 79-83, second place; 2013: 96-66, first place; 2012: 94-68, second place; 2011: 89-73, second place; 2010: 91-71, second place Additions: RF Nick Markakis, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Shelby Miller, 2B Alberto Callaspo Subtractions: RF Jason Heyward, C Evan Gattis, LF Justin Upton, LHP Jonny Venters, RHP Ervin Santana What to expect: ...
January 26, 2015 |
Teams of middle-school students from throughout the area Saturday displayed model cities they had built, presenting their ideas for feeding urban dwellers of the future. The messy snow and rain combo may have triggered cancellations across the area, but the weather could not dampen the spirits of those students who flocked to the Future City Competition at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor. Organizers said 32 of the 42 teams that had registered from public, private, and parochial schools made it to the 20th annual regional contest.
January 20, 2015 |
Bryce Garrett gets her intelligence and interest in the medical field from her mother, Silina. The Bartram senior gets her basketball skills and passion for the game from her father, Joe, who is also her head coach. Whether the shooting guard is on the court for the Braves (9-2) or in her favorite class, Health Related Technology, she approaches it with the same mind-set. "Wherever I go, I always think: Strive for the best," Garrett said. "It just comes from experience and what I've seen.
January 19, 2015 |
If I've learned anything since the downturn, it's that you cannot predict the future of the real estate market, either in the short term or the long. When paired with "all real estate is local," predictability goes out the window, because what is happening nationally or regionally may not be the Hi-Nella experience. Yet each year, housing economists make a stab at predictions. I'm not singling out Jed Kolko at Trulia for any reason other than I have his prediction. Consumers, Kolko said, are upbeat, and they think 2015 will be a better year than 2014 to buy, to rent, and especially to sell.
January 15, 2015 |
YOU CAN cross one reclamation project off the list of potential Phillies starters this season. According to multiple reports, veteran lefthander Wandy Rodriguez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves after a similar one with the Phillies was scuttled due to a failed physical. Rodriguez, once one of the most consistent starters in the National League, has battled injuries in recent years, including a forearm strain that limited him to 12 starts in 2013 and a knee injury that preceded his being designated for assignment 2 months into last season.
November 26, 2014 |
WHEN JALEEL Benton awoke in his North Philadelphia home in early October, he had an uncomfortable feeling in his chest. Once a shy and socially anxious youngster, Benton had found a measure of confidence on the football field. The 6-5, 375-pound nose guard for Prep Charter hadn't grown up immersed in the game. In fact, he didn't play high school ball at all until his junior year. Nevertheless, a passion developed quickly. However, on that morning, Benton, now a senior, had no idea the game he loved would be taken away forever.
October 10, 2014 |
The Phillies named Johnny Almaraz as their amateur scouting director on Wednesday. Almaraz was the international scouting director for the Atlanta Braves. Almaraz, 49, replaces Marti Wolever, whose contract was not renewed last month. Wolever had been with the Phillies since November 1992 and served as the team's director of scouting since October 2001. During his time with the Braves, Almaraz signed righthander Julio Teheran and catcher Christian Bethancourt, among others. "In scouting, your track record speaks for itself, and it's a production business and he has signed a lot of big-leaguers, whether international or domestic," said Benny Looper, the Phillies' assistant general manager for player personnel.