July 4, 2014 |
NEW YORK - When the father and trainer of world light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia forgot challenger Rod Salka's name at a news conference Wednesday at the Barclays Center, the boxer clutched his name card and raised it toward Angel Garcia. "Sada, socka, sacka," said Angel Garcia, trying to correct the pronunciation. "I'm a sock-a you. " Danny Garcia said his father never remembers anyone's name. The 26-year-old from Juniata Park will defend his WBA and WBC titles in the Brooklyn arena on Aug. 9 against Salka.
June 30, 2014 |
Warren Faulk won't forget the little blue shoe. It belonged to Brandon Thompson, 4, who had just been shot dead in front of his mother. On Aug. 4, 2008, Faulk - who spent most of his law career representing newspaper people - had been serving as Camden County prosecutor for all of a month. He left his Cherry Hill dinner table for the scene of an outdoor, broad-daylight gun battle in Camden's Whitman Park section; a shoe like one his grandson wore lay on the pavement, near a pool of blood.
June 20, 2014 |
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on Wednesday denied a county row officer's request to intervene and appeal his ruling that overturned Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney had asked Jones to halt same-sex marriages in the state until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on the issue. She argued that marriage is for states to decide and said Jones' May 20 ruling - which declared Pennsylvania's marriage ban unconstitutional - left her duties as Schuylkill County's issuer of marriage licenses unclear.
June 20, 2014 |
WANT TO SEE Brian Westbrook in action again? The former Eagles running back will be among the ex- NFL players and other celebs who will play in next month's "Tribute to Heroes" Flag Football Challenge at the Wells Fargo Center. Westbrook will play for the NFL Stars alumni team that will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputees squad on Military Appreciation Night on Monday, July 7. The flag football tilt will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the Soul vs. Orlando Predator's AFL game at 8. The Wounded Warriors are comprised of veteran service members use prosthetic devices.
June 19, 2014 |
Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney is trying to pick up where Gov. Corbett left off and defend Pennsylvania's previous same-sex marriage ban. In May, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III declared the ban unconstitutional, and gay and lesbian couples across the state began tying the knot. Santai-Gaffney has asked Jones to put his ruling on hold and allow her to intervene in the case. If Jones - or a higher court - grants her request, it could halt to same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, and increase pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a disjointed patchwork of laws nationwide.
June 14, 2014 |
A statewide effort to get more students to eat breakfast is yielding surprisingly positive results. In a recent contest, Philadelphia's Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, a middle school, beat out 900 other Pennsylvania schools in the so-called School Breakfast Challenge. The school on East Courtland Street in North Philadelphia achieved the largest increase in breakfast participation in the state, improving from 29 percent of students in October 2013 to an average of 77 percent during January through March of this year.
June 12, 2014 |
An array of critics has challenged Sunoco Pipeline L.P.'s attempt to win crucial public utility status for its embattled Mariner East pipeline by recasting the local benefits of the project. Several advocacy groups filed objections with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission before Monday's deadline, calling on the PUC to reject Sunoco's application to declare its cross-state pipeline a public utility, which would allow it to bypass local zoning controls. Sunoco is repurposing an 83-year-old refined-products pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale natural-gas liquids to Marcus Hook, where most of the material - ethane and propane - would be exported.
June 3, 2014 |
On Nov. 19, 1969, more than 600,000 people converged on Washington to protest the Vietnam War. One of them was Mark Silow, then 16, now 60, and the managing partner at Fox Rothschild L.L.P., a Philadelphia law firm. "I went to all the big anti-war protests," he said, "and all the more local anti-war gatherings. " That's when he began to consider a law career. "Growing up in the 1960s and early 1970s, it was a very politically intense time and lawyers seemed to be in the forefront of a lot of things that were going on. " Question: Did you imagine that you'd be bailing out protesters?
June 2, 2014 |
MACAU - Music amid the ruins. The idea is so picturesque that the Philadelphia Orchestra, now in its third visit here, has had a standing date with what's left of St. Paul's Cathedral. Built by Portuguese Jesuits starting in 1582, the cathedral suffered a fire in 1835 that rendered it only a poetic husk of itself - and made it one of Macau's central attractions. On Saturday morning, a quartet of the orchestra's French hornists played a pop-up concert as part of the 2014 China Residency and Tour of Asia.
June 2, 2014 |
Karen Glanz is a behavioral epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Much of her work focuses on applying the social sciences to encourage healthy behavior in individuals and communities. She studies the effects of the environment, nutrition, and exercise on obesity and the prevention of such ailments as cancer and heart disease. Her work presents constant challenges, which Glanz relishes. It is also largely sedentary. As she puts it, "I spend a lot of time on my behind in front of a computer.