August 8, 2011 |
Advance Bank, of Baltimore, is closing the former Berean Bank branch in West Philadelphia in October, leaving a hole in the community. Berean, started in 1888, was among the oldest continuously operated African American financial institutions in the country when financial difficulties led it to merge in 2003 with Advance, a bank with a similar profile that was founded in 1957. Advance's chairman, John Hamilton, said it was hard to operate as a small bank in two markets during these difficult economic times.
June 29, 2011 |
I hadn’t found myself sitting on my hands at Citizens Bank Park since the last time I watched the Phillies play the Red Sox. That was mid-season 2008, although it feels like another century ago. Bostonians arrived then as two-time champs. Philadelphians were still losers. I felt like relinquishing my citizenship in Red Sox Nation. The Boston bandwagon stayed in full throat, shouting down the locals with their "Let’s Go, Red Sox" chants and candy-colored caps. Their hubris was not easy to sit through, even if you happened to have grown up in Massachusetts and rooted for the Sawks since the days of Dick Stuart, aka Dr. Strangeglove.
June 29, 2011 |
A Philadelphia man has been convicted of running a multistate identity-theft ring that stole up to $3 million, in part by persuading female financial-services employees to slip him customer-account information. Miguel Bell, 36, was convicted in U.S. District Court of bank fraud and identity theft. He had romantic relations with two bank tellers and an insurance company clerk as part of a scam that typically used the information to generate bogus checks, according to prosecutors. The checks were then cashed by coconspirators.
June 28, 2011 |
A Philadelphia man was convicted Monday of organizing an identify theft ring that stole up to $3 million, in part by persuading female bank tellers to slip him customer account information. Miguel Bell, 36, was convicted in U.S. District Court of bank fraud and identify theft. He had affairs with "many" female tellers as part of a scam that typically used the information to generate bogus checks, according to prosecutors. He will be sentenced in September. A total of 24 people have been charged in connection with the thefts.
June 26, 2011
Just outside the visitors clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, the Oakland A's family will-call list sat on a small, red table hours before Saturday's interleague game against the Phillies. The seventh and eighth entries read: "Wife, Amanda Bailey," and "Parents, under William Bailey. " On Saturday night, cheers could be heard throughout the park as Oakland closer Andrew Bailey got a save against the team he grew up rooting for in Haddon Heights. He's grown up a lot since graduating from Paul VI High, winning the American League rookie of the year award in 2009, and making two all-star appearances.
June 10, 2011
David L. "Poppio" Wix, 67, of Drexel Hill, a business owner, died of cancer, Saturday, June 4, at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Since 2001, Mr. Wix had owned and operated LFS Coating Services in Clifton Heights. The firm provides coatings to protect and enhance metal materials for industrial and residential use. Mr. Wix graduated from Strath Haven High School. During the Vietnam War, he served in the Army in Germany. After his discharge, Mr. Wix worked for coating companies and, at night, attended Pennsylvania State University at the Brandywine campus in Media.
May 13, 2011 |
Snowflakes falling, the smell of crab fries sizzling in Old Bay and the sound of hockey pucks bouncing off the glass just a few feet from where Ryan Howard launches balls that make the Liberty Bell gyrate. Those are just a few of things you can look forward to this winter at Citizens Bank Park. The Winter Classic is coming to Philadelphia. While a league source has confirmed that no contract has been signed, the Flyers will be hosting the NHL's annual outdoor game this winter at Citizens Bank Park, as first reported by the Daily News last month.
May 6, 2011 |
During yesterday's Cardinals telecast, the hometown announcers took a break from the action to note that there are plenty of good seats available for upcoming games. They even urged their audience to hurry up and buy their tickets for the Cubs series the first weekend in June to make sure the dreaded Chicagoans don't have a chance to invade Busch Stadium. Attendance is down across baseball. There have been notes all season about teams drawing record-low crowds. On Monday, for example, the Tigers had their smallest announced attendance for a Yankees game at Comerica Park in a decade.
May 3, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - On a dreary, drizzly Sunday morning, Jayson Werth moved through the pregame rituals in his familiar fist-bumping, hip-talking, wisecracking pose, a well-practiced baseball blend of insouciance and imperturbability. Superfluous sunglasses, a low-riding hat, dark beard stubble, and his trademark goatee combined to obscure Werth's face. Leaning on a bat, his feet casually crossed, he chatted with ex-teammate Pat Burrell, pivoted slowly to peruse but not praise a well-struck ball, and howled like a wolf when a rehearsing anthem singer hit a sour note.
April 19, 2011 |
Because he can fire a baseball over the plate inning after relentless inning, Phillies ace Roy Halladay is sometimes likened to a machine. With all appropriate deference to the reigning Cy Young Award winner, he is no machine. Meet PhillieBot, a one-armed, three-wheeled contraption that is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. It is a robot built by University of Pennsylvania engineers as the headline attraction for Science Day at the Ballpark.