June 13, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - It takes a unique mind-set to break off a highly publicized engagement at the beginning of a week and win a golf tournament at the end of the same week. Then again, Rory McIlroy is a unique player. McIlroy announced May 21 that he had broken off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, to whom he had become engaged Dec. 31. Four days later, he hoisted the winner's trophy in the BMW PGA Championship in England, his first victory of 2014. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman hopes to employ the same steely focus in the U.S. Open starting Thursday at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club's No. 2 course.
June 13, 2014 |
Businessman and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest took control of The Inquirer and its parent company Wednesday with the formal closing of a May 27 auction sale of the property for $88 million. With the closing completed, Lenfest, 84, has still to finish a purchase of the interest of the son of his late partner, Lewis Katz. Katz was killed in a plane crash May 31, leaving his son, Drew, as co-purchaser of Interstate General Media Holdings L.L.C. In the short time since his father's death, Drew Katz concluded that he no longer wished to be part of the deal.
June 11, 2014 |
Several drivers got stuck in a swift, heavy downpour that flooded streets and closed two heavily used Norristown bridges Monday evening. Around 5, the Dannehower Bridge and the DeKalb Street Bridge were flooded. Those bridges carry major commuter traffic over the Schuylkill between Norristown and King of Prussia, Bridgeport, and other areas in western Montgomery County. The Norristown Fire Department performed "multiple water rescues," according to its Facebook page, and a Montgomery County emergency dispatcher said it sent assistance for at least three disabled vehicles.
June 4, 2014 |
CLIFF LEE is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list today. But since Lee hasn't thrown a baseball in 2 weeks, he obviously will not be activated today, or anytime soon. Following a workout yesterday, Lee said he still felt "a little bit" of discomfort in a left arm that was diagnosed with an elbow strain 2 weeks ago. "It's getting better," said Lee, who last pitched on May 18. But since he hasn't been cleared to throw, Lee is not on the cusp of a side bullpen session, let alone pitching in a minor league rehab game.
June 2, 2014 |
Merging one parish into another is "like someone dying or losing a child," Father Salvatore Pronesti said during Saturday afternoon Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bridgeport. "A mother, actually," he continued, referring to the namesake of the Montgomery County parish he has led for 20 years, only to see it become part of Sacred Heart Parish in Swedesburg. Still, he hopes for the best. "You must pull together and try to form this united parish," Pronesti said. "It's critical for our spiritual lives.
June 2, 2014 |
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Brittany Silverman has had health insurance through her mother's plan for the last 18 months. But this month, the Southampton substitute teacher turns 26 and will need to buy her own plan. Wait a second. How can Silverman buy insurance from a marketplace that closed two months ago and won't reopen until mid-November to enroll people for 2015? Will the young teacher have to run the risk of germ-filled classrooms uninsured until January? Not to worry.
May 30, 2014 |
After four hours of concentrated sipping, after 52 local beers had passed our lips, it came down to one last vote for the best new brew. And judge Brendan Hartranft could barely contain himself: "We know these brewers and their families and their beers - but not like this," said Hartranft, co-owner of the Memphis Taproom, Strangelove's, and two other gastropubs. Each beer had been coded and served blind to the eight judges in several flights of clear cups. The identities of three of the winners of The Fifth Annual Brew-vitational competition were about to be revealed.
May 25, 2014 |
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT of Philadelphia has called an audible on its plans to close a well-known charter school. The School Reform Commission voted last month to suspend the charter of Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School and begin the revocation process. The district announced yesterday it would drop the suspension, but move forward with the revocation process in an attempt to avoid potential legal delays. The change of strategy comes a week after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments on whether the SRC has the power to ignore state law to deal with its financial crisis.
May 22, 2014 |
"THE VOICE" announced the winner of its sixth season last night and, alas, it was not meant to be for Marlton, N.J.'s Christina Grimmie . The honors went to the soulful Josh Kaufman , who also beat out country crooner Jake Worthington for the title. But Grimmie, 20, has a bright future ahead of her. Grimmie, who finished third, immediately made a splash on the well-rated singing competition during her audition when she caused all four judges - Maroon 5 's Adam Levine , Usher , Shakira and Blake Shelton - to turn their chairs and vie for Grimmie to be on their team after hearing her rendition of Miley Cyrus ' epic "Wrecking Ball.
May 22, 2014 |
The auction on Tuesday of The Inquirer's parent company will be closed to the press and the public, but the winner and the price should be publicly announced, a Delaware judge ordered Tuesday. "Having considered the parties' submissions, I conclude that the auction should be conducted confidentially and that the auction should be closed to everyone but the participants and the trustee," Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Jr. wrote in a letter accompanying his order.