August 19, 2013 |
DATING BACK to the day he accepted the job of leading the Phillies out of the doldrums, Charlie Manuel was often a victim of the way he would articulate - or, in many cases, refuse to articulate - the rationale behind his managerial strategy. He always professed not to care about public perception, but the most prideful among us are often the ones who go great lengths to conceal it. And Manuel is a very proud man. "I loved putting that uniform on," he said on the afternoon he became a former manager of the Phillies.
August 16, 2013 |
THE INTERESTING thing about the Sixers and new grand pooh-bah of basketball operations Sam Hinkie taking more than 3 months to find a head coach is that San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown was analyzing them while they were analyzing him. So if there is nothing else to take from Brown being announced as the 24th coach in franchise history yesterday, it's that the longtime assistant to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich understands what he is...
August 6, 2013 |
IT IS A LITTLE surprising to find that Marilyn Coleman, who became a highly acclaimed singer and actress, started her North Philadelphia childhood with the nickname "Hooks. " It's more surprising to learn that the nickname derived from bowlegs and a mean left hook, which she could deliver when riled. Marilyn grew up to be an award-winning entertainer, renowned for her acting and singing abilities, as well as for her beauty - when it was no longer necessary to defend herself with a punch.
August 5, 2013 |
Shelby Weaver Splain has been going back to school a lot these days. Splain is director of preservation services for the Keystone Preservation Group in Doylestown. The school is Springside Elementary in Burlington Township, which is being converted to affordable rental housing for the elderly and disabled by MEND, a Moorestown-based nonprofit, as a joint venture with Conifer Realty L.L.C., a Rochester, N.Y.-based for-profit that manages 11,000 units nationwide. The $18 million project will convert the former school to 32 rental apartments, while an addition at the rear of the building will have 43 more, said MEND president Matthew Reilly.
July 29, 2013 |
Irma Shapiro clearly has bigger things to complain about than a credit-card bill, including an annus horribilis that could make a queen of England shudder. An artist, she lost many of her paintings and a lifetime's worth of belongings last year when an electrical fire destroyed her Bala Cynwyd home. Then she lost her sister, her only sibling. Two months later, her nephew died. But sometimes, it's the small stuff that rankles - especially when you suspect a larger pattern.
July 27, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Four Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that penetrated the computer networks of more than a dozen major U.S. and international corporations over seven years, stealing and selling millions of credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars. Indictments were announced Thursday in Newark, where U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman called the case the largest hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.
July 24, 2013 |
THE EAGLES haven't even held their first training-camp practice yet, but thanks to the NFL, two of their rookies, Zach Ertz and Jordan Poyer, already are behind. Ertz, a second-round tight end, and Poyer, a seventh-round defensive back, are victims of one of the league's dumber rules. While the rest of the team's rookies spent most of the spring at the NovaCare Complex participating in OTAs and minicamps and familiarizing themselves with the offense and defense, Ertz and Poyer were on the West Coast finishing school and forced to learn their positional responsibilities via once-a-week Skype sessions with an assistant coach.
July 16, 2013 |
A REAL PAL WILL GIVE you a dollar when you're in need, but a PayPal will give you $92 quadrillion. Delaware County resident Chris Reynolds received just such a shocking delivery from PayPal on Friday, when he opened his monthly statement from the online money-transfer company via email and saw that his ending balance was $92,233,720,368,547,800. "I'm just feeling like a million bucks," Reynolds told the Daily News yesterday. "At first I thought that I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Americans increased their borrowing in May at the fastest pace in a year. Borrowing in the category that includes credit cards reached its highest point since fall 2010. Increased borrowing typically means that consumers are feeling more confident. Americans stepped up their borrowing by $19.6 billion in May compared with April, the Federal Reserve said Monday in its monthly report on consumer credit. That was the biggest jump since a $19.9 billion rise in May 2012. Total borrowing reached a record $2.84 trillion.
July 7, 2013 |
If tax credits that helped bring Batman and Jack Reacher to Pennsylvania breathed life into the state's film industry, a similar measure included in the new 2013-14 budget could save the day for early-stage tech investments. The Innovate in PA Tax Credit was officially signed into the tax code Sunday and will be activated once the 2013-14 budget makes it through all the necessary channels. The credit boosts funding to Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the state-sponsored initiative that funds regional technology accelerators.