January 3, 2014 |
DENVER - Brett Brown studied the 76ers in the Orlando Summer League when he was a candidate to fill the team's coaching vacancy. Brown, who was hired in August, liked what he saw of power forward Arnett Moultrie in Orlando. "There was an athleticism and energy that was different than our group," the coach recalled after the shootaround for Wednesday night's game against Denver at the Pepsi Center. Brown says the trick is to make sure that Moultrie displays that energy and athleticism every night once the 6-foot-10, 240-pounder finally sees the court.
December 30, 2013 |
HARRISBURG Just over a year ago, Gov. Corbett told an audience at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon that his top priorities for 2013 were addressing the state pension crisis and privatizing state liquor stores. Neither has come to pass. But while the Republican governor has struggled to move his bills in a legislature controlled by his own party, racked up several major losses in court, and been unable to shake low poll numbers, he did score a late-year legislative victory with the passage of a long-awaited transportation funding bill.
December 21, 2013 |
Empty factories, their gates chained, their windows shattered, their roofs open to the rain, their vacant yards overgrown, their machines rusted and broken in empty lots - the artifacts of Philadelphia's once proud manufacturing industry tell the sad story of what used to be and is no more. But in a bright aviation hangar in Northeast Philadelphia - a factory where dozens of helicopters are manufactured each year - the mood was upbeat Thursday as government officials and business leaders drew a brighter picture for the future of manufacturing in Philadelphia.
December 21, 2013 |
CHESTER Over the last 15 years, Chester Community Charter School has grown so rapidly that it educates more students - about 3,000 - than the cash-strapped traditional classrooms in the surrounding Chester Upland School District. But a group of residents troubled by the charter's rapid growth are questioning whether the privately managed, taxpayer-funded school, which runs from kindergarten through eighth grade, has the legal authority to teach children beyond fourth grade. The seeds of the dispute emerged in August, when the state auditor general reported that there was no evidence that Chester Community's original charter had been updated since being authorized in 1998 for grades K-4. The school and the district dispute the assertion.
December 13, 2013 |
CALLING THE "growth of the reviving neighborhoods" of Spring Garden and Center City "incompatible with the culture of a nearby casino," three institutions yesterday came out against Bart Blatstein's Tower Investments casino project at Broad and Callowhill streets. Congregation Rodeph Shalom and the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School, both on Broad Street, and Friends Select School, three blocks away, filed the formal "Petition to Intervene" with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, said lawyer Larry Spector.
December 7, 2013 |
The Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, an activist group that played a shaping role in the decade-long effort to commemorate the President's House on Independence Mall, has now turned its attention to the recently rediscovered Mother Bethel Burial Ground at Queen and Lawrence Streets. In a widely circulated e-mail this week, the group noted that it has formed a committee - NOT Over Our Dead Bodies! - and called for citizens to join in protecting ancestral and historical memory. Mother Bethel Church, at Sixth and Lombard Streets, will convene a public meeting Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. to discuss plans for commemoration, and the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition (ATAC)
December 6, 2013 |
Another week, another mega challenge for the Eagles defense. After doing a decent job on Larry Fitzgerald last week, the gas gets turned up a bit with the arrival of Calvin Johnson and the Lions on Sunday. Though the Birds have been better lately, no team in football has allowed more receptions to opposing wide receivers than the Eagles (204). Ditto for most yards (2,599) and most touchdowns (18). Detroit's receivers and tight ends are strong, long and wrong for a secondary lacking confidence.
November 27, 2013 |
WITH THE exception of the Chiefs back in Week 3, the Eagles really haven't gone up against a top-shelf defense this season. That isn't meant to disparage the impressive performances of LeSean McCoy, who leads the league in rushing, or Nick Foles, who leads the league in passing, or DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper, who have combined for 14 touchdown catches and are averaging a collective 17.7 yards per catch. It's just a fact. The Chiefs are the only team they've faced that currently is ranked higher than 14th in the league in points allowed (they're tied for second)
November 25, 2013 |
The blocks of Market and Chestnut east of City Hall remain the gash and gaping hole in Center City's success. They are bleak pockets of squalor and neglect. Landlords in the Market East neighborhood - if you can call it a neighborhood - have sat speculatively on properties for decades, avoiding upkeep or improvement. These are the blocks that progress forgot, a costly, damaged, and troubling stretch of our city that inhibits not only tourism but investment, jobs, and revenue. Francis Strawbridge, the final chairman of Strawbridge & Clothier, told me "Market's on a down cycle.
November 25, 2013 |
By most calculations, Toni Pergolin was completely nuts. Why would she leave a secure - and lucrative - job as a chief financial officer at Pennsylvania Hospital to move to a storied nonprofit in Haddonfield that was barely afloat? Then, in August 2004, when she got there, it was even worse. More than 1,500 autistic, developmentally delayed, brain-injured clients, some of whom had lived in Bancroft Neurohealth group homes for most of their lives, were counting on her for a miracle.