December 25, 2014 |
They have danced in ugly sweaters, washed cars, and pleaded and lobbied to save St. Paul School in Burlington City. In only a few weeks, the grassroots appeal has raised nearly $125,000, half of what the 144-year-old parish school must raise or else be forced to close for the 2015-16 school year. With a few weeks remaining in the campaign, advocates are optimistic that they will raise $250,000 by Jan. 15 and keep the Burlington County school open. Students enjoyed breakfast with Santa at the school Tuesday before early dismissal for their holiday break.
December 24, 2014 |
MIAMI - There hasn't been a whole lot of problems for Brett Brown lately when it comes to substituting during games. Last night against the Miami Heat, Brown had only eight players available, as Furkan Aldemir (plantar fasciitis), Hollis Thompson (upper-respiratory infection) and Tony Wroten (knee sprain) were sidelined. Joel Embiid, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Richardson hold three roster spots, and it doesn't appear as if Embiid or Kirilenko will be joining the roster anytime soon.
December 18, 2014 |
Close, but ... Matt McAndrew , of Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore, who had been one of the favorites all season, finished second on The Voice , NBC's singing competition, Tuesday night. Country-music specialist Craig Wayne Boyd was the winner, based on fan votes and downloads. McAndrew's self-penned "Wasted Love" had been atop the iTunes singles charts all day Tuesday. "It's one of the best songs I've ever heard in my life," McAndrew's coach, Maroon 5's Adam Levine , gushed Monday night.
December 17, 2014 |
In a hotel game of musical chairs, the Four Seasons Hotel at One Logan Square in Philadelphia will close in early June and undergo millions of dollars in renovations so it can reopen as a new luxury hotel in the fall, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. said Monday. The new brand was not disclosed Monday and was still under development, Host said. Host, the hotel's owner, has hired Sage Hospitality of Denver to manage the transition to a new luxury brand. Sage manages the Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, the Nines in Portland, Ore., Oxford Hotel in Denver, and about 60 other hotels.
December 6, 2014 |
Paulsboro and its school district are suing Conrail for $5.9 million, saying a 2012 train derailment led to school closures and depressed property values. In the suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court, the Paulsboro Public Schools and the Borough of Paulsboro ask for $865,339 in costs related to closing schools for six days. They also seek $5 million to make up for what they calculate as lost revenue for the next decade, thanks to lowered property values and the lower property taxes that will follow.
December 5, 2014 |
LeSean McCoy needs 48 yards to break the Eagles' franchise rushing record. McCoy has 6,491 career yards. Wilbert Montgomery (6,538) has held the record since 1984. "It's something cool," McCoy said. "I never imagined when I got drafted here that I'd potentially have the chance to hold the rushing record as an Eagle. That's something big. That's something I'm looking forward to. The main goal is just to win the game, obviously, but in the way of doing that, I'd love to accomplish that.
December 4, 2014 |
New Jersey members of Congress appealed Tuesday to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to support a $29 million National Emergency Grant request to help workers left unemployed by recent casino closings in Atlantic City. In a letter sent by Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo and Democratic Sen. Cory A. Booker, Perez was urged to support the Atlantic City Re-Employment Initiative, a proposal to fund employer-driven training programs. The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development filed the application for the grant late last month to address the needs of 8,000 people left without jobs after the recent closings of the Revel, Showboat, and Trump Plaza casinos and the earlier closing of the Atlantic Club.
December 3, 2014 |
MATT RHULE has never been one to dodge a question, even he'll tell you that. Temple's second-year, 39-year-old football coach typically answers anything coming his way as honestly as he can. But when asked whether he'd be disappointed if the Owls aren't able to go to New Orleans this weekend and earn their sixth victory, becoming eligible for a postseason bowl game, Rhule said it was a question he wouldn't address until after Saturday's game....
November 23, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - In the latest in a string of litigation defeats for Gov. Corbett, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the administration to reverse course on plans to close one-third of the state's county-based health centers. In its ruling late Thursday, the court sided with union-backed nurses and ordered the Corbett administration to halt what it called the "unlawful closing" of centers primarily in rural areas as part of a reorganization and cost-saving effort. Officials with SEIU Healthcare PA said it was a victory for public health services in a state that trails many others in the number of rural health professionals and funding levels.
November 22, 2014 |
Despite pleas from board members and parents, the School Reform Commission voted, 4-1, Thursday night to close another Philadelphia charter school for alleged academic and financial failings: Imani Education Circle in Germantown. Commissioner Sylvia Simms cast the dissenting vote. Imani officials challenged the commission's findings and vowed to take the case to the state's Charter Appeal Board in Harrisburg. "One of the most demeaning issues is that no one on that commission has been to Imani," Imani board member Gail Hawkins-Bush said after the meeting.