September 4, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One of Chip Kelly's favorite lines is that if you're not a top-tier player, there are three ways to make his football team - special teams, special teams and special teams. Ed Reynolds understood the importance of being a special-teams contributor long before the Eagles selected the safety from Stanford in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. His father, Ed, played in the NFL for 10 years as a linebacker with the Patriots and Giants. Only three of those 10 seasons were spent as a starter.
April 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Speed-enforcement cameras and alcohol-triggered ignition locks are getting serious consideration in the Pennsylvania legislature, and inaction by Congress threatens statewide highway projects, state transportation officials said Tuesday. Acting Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards and Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Transportation Committee told business and transit executives that Washington gridlock could undermine funding boosts approved by state lawmakers in 2013.
April 2, 2015 |
TO GIVE YOU an idea of how influential sports have become in this nation's fractionalized and petty political discourse, just look at the timeline since Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 101 into law last Thursday. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is openly gay, condemned the law, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The CEO of Salesforce, the billion-dollar tech company, did as well, Marc Benioff saying he would halt plans to expand into the state. Angie's List announced it, too, was canceling a $40 million expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters, a move that was to add 1,000 jobs.
March 23, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - It has been 62 years since someone averaging fewer than 11 points per game won the NBA's rookie-of-the-year award: Fort Wayne Pistons forward/center Don Meineke averaged 10.7 points to win the inaugural award in 1953. This season, 76ers center Nerlens Noel is making a case to follow in his footsteps. The 6-foot-11, 223-pounder is averaging 9.5 points and leads all rookies in rebounds (7.9 per game), blocked shots (1.9), and steals (1.8). He is also the only player to rank in the top 10 in blocks (seventh)
September 15, 2014 |
What's in a name? For developer Chad Ludeman, quite a lot. His projects include Awesometown in Fishtown, Duplexcellence in South Kensington, and Folsom Powerhouse in Francisville. And now, Pop! - two cork-clad and -insulated houses that feature purifying air-filtration systems and green roofs. Postgreen Homes, founded by Ludeman and run by him, wife Courtney, and partner Nic Darling, is anything but an ordinary development company. And quite a few buyers, it turns out, are sold on those distinctive names.
July 20, 2014 |
Lawyers for five former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused in a years-long ticket fixing conspiracy renewed their attacks Friday on the case against their clients, saying it was built upon "stupid assumptions, stupid guesses and stupid speculation. " That last line - courtesy of William McSwain, who represents Mark A. Bruno, a Chester County magistrate also charged in the case - came as the lawyer accused federal prosecutors and the FBI of interpreting even the judges' most innocent actions in a criminal light.
June 4, 2014 |
As the ticket-fixing trial of five former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges entered its fifth day Monday, lawyers for both sides grappled over what has become the central question of the case: What exactly did a request to a judge for "consideration" mean? Federal prosecutors allege the phrase, routinely bandied between judges and their personal assistants, served as a code word for seeking an outright dismissal of traffic tickets for friends, family and political allies.
May 31, 2014 |
Considering his phone logs alone, Judge Willie Singletary might easily have been mistaken for more than a minor functionary in the city's judiciary. Congressmen, councilwomen, and state representatives alike routinely rang his chambers - some multiple times a month, all seeking help with that equal-opportunity annoyance: traffic tickets. On the other end of the line for most of those calls until 2011 was Tonya Hilton, Singletary's personal secretary, who took the stand Thursday in the third day of the federal fraud and conspiracy trial of her former boss and four other ex-judges of Philadelphia Traffic Court.
September 22, 2013 |
It doesn't have the inherent drama of a space launch countdown, but in T-minus nine days, America will embark on a voyage into the vast, unexplored regions of the health-insurance marketplace. Actually, those regions aren't that unexplored. Insurers have been running consumers through simulated exchanges for the last several years. While insurers may not be completely comfortable with how things unfold after Oct. 1, they do have a pretty good idea about what coverage consumers want and what they will pay for it. The bottom line: Price is a key consideration, but so are hospital networks, even more so than doctors.
August 8, 2013 |
Last in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. Cory Booker, seeking his first political office, was not quite 29 when he told his hometown newspaper, "I'm the most ambitious person you'd ever meet. " He has lived up to those words, spoken to the Newark Star-Ledger in early 1998. Booker, a former Stanford University football player who then studied at Oxford and got a law degree from Yale, won a Newark City Council seat that year, knocking out an old-guard incumbent in a race that then-Mayor Sharpe James described as the Rhodes scholar vs. "the road scholar.