August 21, 2015 |
JOINT PRACTICES are "organized chaos," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said after the first of the three days of welcoming the Baltimore Ravens to NovaCare, in advance of Saturday's preseason game. "Both teams are teetering on being under control, but out of control at the same time. It's real thin ice, but I think cooler heads prevail. We're all professionals. We're out here trying to compete. I think we all have that understanding and mutual respect for each other, and we're out here just trying to get work done.
June 27, 2015 |
Actor Alan Rickman helms A Little Chaos , his second film as a director, with Kate Winslet as a royal landscaper helping to design the vast gardens of Versailles in the court of King Louis XIV (played by Rickman himself). Winslet's powerhouse performances holds up A Little Chaos , a movie that cannot necessarily support her inherent force. She plays Sabine de Barra, a fictional landscaper employed by André le Nôtre, mastermind behind Versailles' gardens. Matthias Schoenaerts, as le Nôtre, is getting mileage out of costume drama this summer: He also stars in the Thomas Hardy adaptation Far From the Madding Crowd . De Barra's life is not the only fudged part of history.
June 23, 2015 |
Barbara Butler takes home $250 a week for driving a school bus with blind children to a Catholic day school part time. Her health insurance premiums are $517 a month. She pays 76 cents, and Washington picks up the rest. The Supreme Court is expected to rule within a week on whether that subsidy, a key part of President Obama's health-care law, is legal in 34 states. If it decides not, then the West Philadelphia resident's premiums would swell to half her income. "Fortunately for me, I'm pretty healthy," Butler said.
April 12, 2015 |
Dysfunction evidently rules again in tiny Colwyn Borough, Delaware County. On Thursday night, its manager was fired at a raucous council meeting; she disputed the action and then locked herself in Borough Hall overnight. "I don't believe I am out of a job," Paula Brown said Friday. The latest episode followed a contentious council meeting during which Brown and council members shouted at each other and traded accusations - and they still don't agree on the outcome.
March 9, 2015 |
Someone was screaming over the police radio. "Shots fired. Officer down. Give me some help!" In the quiet of a snowy Thursday afternoon, dozens of officers heard it. In squad cars and on bikes, from the 22d District, the 39th, the Highway Patrol, they rushed to the GameStop at 22d and Lehigh and into chaos. Inside the store, blood trailed to the door. Broken glass and shell casings littered the floor. And Officer Robert Wilson III was lying a few feet from the counter that shielded a group of shoppers and store workers who crouched down, terrified.
February 24, 2015 |
The council members sat quietly and cast their votes, unanimously agreeing to seek state assistance to manage Colwyn Borough's finances. Moments later, they started screaming. Again. They shouted, pointed fingers, and paced the room. The council president - who had forgotten his gavel - banged an eyeglass case on the table in a futile effort to quiet the group. It was a typical Thursday evening at Colwyn Borough Hall. The Delaware County borough government is fraught with infighting, lawsuits, allegations of wrongdoing, and an investigation by county detectives into potential financial mismanagement.
January 26, 2015 |
A year before Healthy Pennsylvania's rollout, Michael Harle, president and CEO of Gaudenzia, the drug and alcohol treatment center, was assured by top state Medicaid officials his clients would not see their health insurance change. Harle has been around. So he asked for that guarantee in writing. He didn't get it. A high-placed executive "promised me that they would get it right," he said. But "they" didn't. After Medicaid recipients began shifting to the new program on Dec. 1, "all hell broke loose," Harle said.
January 6, 2015 |
Chionque Mines, 22, was not sure how to react to the news that she'd been chosen to introduce President Obama at the recent White House College Opportunity Summit. It was the last week of classes at Goucher College, and the senior from North Philadelphia was trying to finish a paper for one class and prepare a presentation for another, and the summit was just three days away. "I didn't know if I should be excited or cry," Mines recalled. So the young woman summoned the grit, good humor, and smarts that have been attracting notice since she was a fifth grader at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School.
November 26, 2014 |
THE AMERICAN tragedy that began on a sweltering August afternoon with an unarmed black teen named Mike Brown shot dead and left facedown on a Missouri street came to a head in the wind-whipped darkness of a November night, with the word that a grand jury declined to charge Darren Wilson, the white cop who killed him. But the gut-wrenching national drama is hardly over. Both before and after last night's bizarrely timed 9 p.m. Eastern-time announcement, protesters poured into the streets by the hundreds - not just in Ferguson, Mo., the once-anonymous St. Louis suburb that became a symbol of 21st century civil unrest, but on Market Street in Philadelphia and in dozens of communities from coast to coast.
July 2, 2014 |
* UNDER THE DOME . 10 p.m. Mondays, CBS3. MAYBE you knew all along that Dale "Barbie" Barbara would cheat death on CBS' "Under the Dome" last night. Mike Vogel had a few bad moments, though, before his character's time on the gallows. "Dome" showrunner Neal Baer called him last year and said, " 'OK, the finale's going to be fantastic. It's fantastic. This, this and this happens and this happens. And then we hang you,' " recalled Vogel in an interview last week. "And I waited.