May 15, 2016 |
CHIP KELLY was a finicky personnel shopper. He had very specific size-and-weight parameters for almost every position. He wanted smart guys with college degrees and growth mindsets. Didn't want guys with character questions. If nothing else, Howie Roseman proved last month that he is a little more, uh, open-minded than Kelly. He drafted a 5-9 defensive back (Blake Countess) who never would have passed muster with Kelly. He selected another guy who somehow managed to spend five years in college and never declare a major.
April 14, 2016 |
There is a job that Ronald Lewis, 37, would like, but, with his criminal record, as minor as it is, he is too scared to even apply. The job? Classroom Daddy on school trips. "You need a criminal background check," Lewis said. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of legislators in Harrisburg will introduce Senate and House bills that will make it easier for people such as Lewis with minor criminal records to get their records sealed. Dubbed the Clean Slate Act, the bill will require Pennsylvania's court system to automatically seal criminal records for people with minor records who stay clean.
March 22, 2016 |
Wayne Jacobs, 66, might describe himself as a career criminal gone good, or maybe gone lucky. Once people are convicted, the individual and their families are "committed to poverty," said Jacobs, whose past includes many convictions, including one for involuntary manslaughter, and decades of in-and-out incarceration. His present? Lobbying for big changes to the Philadelphia law governing when and how employers can use criminal records in hiring. The changes went into effect March 14. They make it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs.
September 19, 2015 |
New coach, new season, new attitude. That's the Flyers' mantra as they open training camp in Voorhees on Friday morning under demanding Dave Hakstol, who is just the third coach in history to go directly from the NCAAs to his first head-coaching job in the NHL. "He brings a fresh perspective," winger Wayne Simmonds said after taking part in an unofficial practice with most of his teammates Wednesday. Hakstol replaces Craig Berube, whose team went 33-31-18 last season and missed the playoffs.
September 18, 2015 |
THE FLYERS did a lot to acquire and then keep defenseman Andrew MacDonald in the spring of 2014. To get his services from the New York Islanders, they gave up two draft picks. The team, under then-general manager Paul Holmgren, didn't allow MacDonald to hit free agency, signing him to a six-year, $30 million contract in April 2014. Holmgren lost his job less than a month later as the Flyers brought in current boss Ron Hextall. So when MacDonald was injured late in October last season and missed four weeks, and then struggled in his return, it's understandable all of those things started circulating in his head - especially the massive contract.
July 31, 2015 |
THE OBJECTS of change are largely unblemished or have the best of handlers at their sides. Chip Kelly, the agent of change, seized power in January then gutted a team that, in 2014, won 10 games and finished a whisker behind a wild-card spot; gutted it to the degree that more than 45 percent of the starting lineup will be new this season. That's 10 of the top 22 players. Eight of those 10 players were part of the 10-win playoff team in 2013, Kelly's first season. The number could grow to be higher than 10. Nothing guarantees that extraordinary blockers Riley Cooper and Brent Celek will retain their starting jobs, considering their diminished production levels.
July 10, 2015 |
THERE'S ONLY so much new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol can see when he looks at video from last season. That's not an indictment of how poorly the Flyers played; it's more about Hakstol's method of evaluation. And if Hakstol isn't forming opinions of returning players based on their play on a television screen, there will be a whole lot of healthy competition when the team hits the ice at training camp. "You can overanalyze things," Hakstol said. "I'll be blunt. That's why I think I want to be careful about how much video [I watch]
June 25, 2015
IN A BLACK AND WHITE world, the bad guys are locked up in prison and the good guys are on the outside, living blemish-free lives. But the world has never been black and white, and the issue of who gets locked up in jail has become increasingly gray over the past few decades, even as the prison population has exploded by a factor of four in as many decades. The fact is that who gets locked up is not inscribed in the Constitution. Society and its shifting mores has always determined who gets jailed - including the 17th century when people could be imprisoned for incurring debts.
March 5, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first time he stepped into the batter's box in a game in five months, Ryan Howard didn't stay there long. The 35-year-old first baseman dug in, swung at the first pitch and singled to left field. Two innings later, he battled 21-year-old righthander Luis Severino to a full count. The eighth pitch of the at-bat found a home in right field, permitting Freddy Galvis to score and ensuring Howard a positive Grapefruit League debut. A half hour after he was replaced by Darin Ruf to start the sixth inning, Howard broke his media silence.