July 23, 2015 |
The criminal conflict-of-interest trial of former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. will likely go to the jury Wednesday after a full day of testimony in which a state prosecutor ended his case and Berry's lawyers began their defense. Berry, 72, ended Tuesday's session outside the presence of the jury of six men and six women, telling a specially assigned outside judge, Montgomery County Senior Judge S. Gerald Corso, that he would not testify in his defense. "I've decided to follow the advice of my counsel and not testify," Berry said.
July 21, 2015
PHILADELPHIA'S future is dependent on the future of its children. Most parents know that. And most parents - rich, poor and middle-class - want a better life for their children. They also know, in their gut, that the path to that better life is an education. There is a vast aspiring class of parents in this city who spend an enormous amount of time and effort seeking a good education for their kids. They join the admissions lottery at charter schools. They sometimes move to be in the catchment area of a good public school.
July 19, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - The 76ers' final summer-league game had a lot of excitement and no-goes. In the end, the Sixers defeated the Houston Rockets, 100-96, in an NBA Summer League consolation game on Friday at Cox Pavilion. That enabled the team to finish 1-4 here and 2-6 this summer. The franchise also fielded a squad with a lot of different players that went 1-2 in the Utah Jazz Summer League. "It's definitely good to go out with win," said second-year swingman JaKarr Sampson, who only played in Las Vegas.
July 16, 2015 |
A landmark Cherry Hill restaurant that for decades has served up seafood, Sunday brunch, dance parties, and charity events will soon close its doors. The Coastline Bar & Grill, which filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago, will close after the case's settlement, which likely will be early next year, according to a lawyer for the Brace Road restaurant. "They are - and I guess they still are - a great institution," former Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt said. "I remember it before it was the Coastline.
July 16, 2015 |
It was with a heavy heart that a Cistercian monk who headed a monastery in a heavily populated South Jersey town prepared last July for a trip to the Casamari Abbey. Up for debate in a cloistered hall just south of Rome was the future of his spiritual community, established 54 years ago on about 120 acres of farmland off a bumpy dirt road in Mount Laurel. The Rev. Lino S. Parente was concerned because he and another monk at Our Lady of Fatima monastery had retired from their longtime jobs of managing and preaching at the adjacent St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, leaving only two other monks fully employed at the monastery, recalled James Cattanea, a longtime church deacon and close friend of Parente's.
July 15, 2015 |
If Pennsylvania closed gaps in student achievement, the payoff would be enormous, according to a study released Monday. Had the Commonwealth wiped out achievement shortfalls based on race and ethnicity, family economic status, and parental education a decade ago, its gross domestic product would be as much as $44 billion higher and its students would sit near the top of U.S. and world rankings, according to the analysis by the RAND Corp. The study, commissioned by Temple University's Center on Regional Politics, found that each group of Pennsylvania students stands to gain up to $5.1 billion in lifetime income earnings and overall benefit to society if graduation-rate gaps fall away.
July 11, 2015 |
U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D. Pa.) told House members on Thursday they should "say no to Oreo" because Mondelez International Inc. has decided to close the Philadelphia plant that manufactures Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers and relocate the production to Mexico. The Northeast plant employs 350 workers. "Now, keep in mind this is a company, Mondelez, that is in no way in financial disarray. In fact, their revenues last year topped $50 billion," Boyle said on the House floor in Washington.
July 7, 2015 |
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
July 7, 2015 |
ANITA COTTON snapped a selfie just before 3 p.m. Saturday, wearing an American-flag shawl and a smile. "Happy 4 of July," she tweeted with the photo. Normally, such a snapshot would be nothing more than a silly memory posted online by a 17-year-old heading to college in the fall. Instead, it's become a memorial image of the young mother, retweeted nearly 200 times by her friends and family. Twelve hours after the shutter on her smartphone closed, police say, Cotton was stabbed to death in a neighborhood spat that reached catastrophic proportions.
June 26, 2015 |
Left winger Lawson Crouse and right winger Travis Konecny, best friends since their early years, could be drafted in the opening round of Friday's NHL draft - and there's even an outside chance both will be selected by the Flyers. Getting drafted in the first round "has been a dream of ours," Konecny said at the scouting combine in Buffalo earlier this month. "I hope we're able to experience that together. . . . As much as we're best friends and help each other, we're also competitive and we push each other.