November 18, 2015 |
WHEN 76ERS coach Brett Brown compares something about his team to his 11-year-old son, Sam, you would think it would not be a favorable comparison. But in reality, many of the players on his team aren't that much older than Brown's youngest of three. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but the maturity gap isn't without some similarities. Sam Brown is a shooter, a lefthander who has range out to the NBA three-point line. When things aren't going well, his dad said, "He pokes himself in the eye and gets upset with himself when he's not playing well.
November 12, 2015 |
OPPOSITION is growing against a Baltimore company's participation in building a $400 million casino and hotel in South Philadelphia's stadium district. A coalition of African-American leaders this morning has scheduled a news conference outside City Hall to call for City Council to hold a special hearing to probe allegations that the Cordish Cos. uses discriminatory policies to control the number of blacks that are allowed into the company's venues in Louisville, Ky., and Kansas City, Mo. Coalition members said they are also concerned that minority firms were not included when the state Gaming Control Board awarded the casino license to Cordish and its partner, Greenwood Racing Inc., last November.
October 23, 2015 |
EAGLES DEFENSIVE coordinator Billy Davis called Sunday night's visit to Carolina a "big boy game. " Since the Panthers run the ball about 32 times a game and they have one of football's most dangerous tight ends, his point is easy to see. When it comes to defending opposing tight ends, Davis' defense has shown there are plenty of XXL slacks in their closet. When Ben Watson scored for New Orleans two games ago, he became the first tight end to reach the end zone against the Birds since Jack Doyle of Indianapolis in Week 2 last year.
October 19, 2015 |
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Rachel Dodek can remain relatively calm about her 6-year-old Alex, newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. But Tuesdays and Thursdays, when John Hancock Elementary doesn't have a nurse on duty, are excruciating. An agency nurse is supposed to visit those days to check the first grader's blood sugar and administer his insulin - but someone doesn't always show, and even when someone does, the care is inconsistent, his mother said. "I'm on edge from the time I wake up on days when I know the regular nurse isn't there," Dodek said.
October 16, 2015 |
After years eking out a living on odd jobs, selling food from a truck, and housing rehab projects to try to dig out of bankruptcy, Griffin Campbell saw the 2013 contract to demolish four Market Street buildings as promising a future where he would "never again have money problems. " On Wednesday, the 51-year-old Hunting Park demolition contractor took the witness stand trying to persuade a Philadelphia jury not to find him guilty of charges that could send him to prison for life. Campbell insisted he was not solely responsible for the 2013 collapse of a building at 22d and Market Streets that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store, killing six and injuring 13. His every move on the site, Campbell said, was directed by Plato A. Marinakos Jr., the architect hired by property owner Richard Basciano to oversee the demolition.
October 15, 2015 |
A recent government study that found elevated blood levels of toxic lead in children living near a former lead factory in Port Richmond is renewing concerns about environmental contamination and how to address it. The study, led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, collected soil, tap water, indoor dust, and child blood samples from homes around the former Anzon Inc. plant...
October 8, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I am happily married to a great man. I have a young daughter from a previous marriage, and my husband has two teenagers, a boy and girl, from a prior marriage. Like many blended families, we have our struggles, but one is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with. I don't know how to put this tastefully, but I'll state it this way: My stepchildren are "too close," if you know what I mean. They flirt, constantly touch each other and playfully tease each other.
October 5, 2015 |
THOSE WHO celebrate autumn each year on the banks of the Schuylkill River watching 20-foot dragons glide through the murky water will have to wait until next month when it may even be colder. The Dragon Boat Festival was canceled Thursday. Festival coordinator Carol Lee Lindner released a statement yesterday afternoon that the event, with 161 participating teams, would be rescheduled for Nov. 7. No other details were included, leaving racers scratching their heads. "We're all kind of waiting in limbo," Leigh Vlasblom, captain of the co-ed Relentless Mixed Team from New Hope, said.
September 27, 2015 |
The Federal Trade Commission said Friday that Endo International agreed to sell two generic drugs to satisfy regulators' antitrust concerns created by Endo's proposed $8 billion acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical. The two drugs and facilities will be sold to Rising Pharmaceuticals in Allendale, N.J. The FTC said the Endo-Par deal would combine the two most significant suppliers for generic glycopyrrolate tablets, which are used with other drugs to treat certain types of ulcers.
September 25, 2015 |
THREE OUT OF Philadelphia's 13 methadone clinics will be closed this weekend for the papal visit, affecting hundreds of patients who receive daily treatment, the city's Office of Addiction Services announced yesterday at a news conference. The Addiction Medicine and Health Advocates clinic at 9th and Market streets, Family Center at 11th and Locust streets and the Consortium near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on University Avenue will all be closed starting tomorrow at noon. The Office of Addiction Services created an encrypted cloud and drop-box system of patient information in February to deal with the distribution of the "life-sustaining medication" in the case of potential disasters.