June 12, 2015 |
Joey Lancellotti had the type of baseball season that makes flowery prose clumsy and unnecessary. The junior for Archbishop Wood dominated from the mound and at the plate and helped the Vikings capture the Catholic League crown. That's why the North Carolina commit is the 2015 Daily News Most Valuable Player. As a pitcher Lancellotti finished 7-1 with a 0.67 ERA. He also allowed only five earned runs in more than 53 innings pitched. Last but not least, Lancellotti's complete-game no-hitter (14 strikeouts)
June 7, 2015 |
MAIKEL FRANCO has had quite a week. In fact, it's a hot streak Karen Klein will never forget. Klein, of Runnemede, N.J., won $1,000 Friday night in the Daily News Home Run payoff contest, thanks to Franco's third homer in his last four games. "Please tell Maikel Franco, thank you very, very much," an emotional Klein said. "You just made a South Jersey woman very, very happy. " Klein works in the children's clothing department at JCPenney's in the Cherry Hill Mall. A diehard Phillies fan, she was listening as broadcaster Scott Franzke announced her as the latest thousand-dollar winner in our popular contest.
May 28, 2015 |
MARY JACKSON was a woman of many talents, most of them directed at helping others. Such as her skill with herbal remedies. You have an angry liver? Mary had a remedy. Constipation? Ditto. Respiratory problem? Drink her concoction and you'll breathe easier. Mary wasn't a doctor, but she had made a serious study of herbal medication. She didn't claim cures, but her remedies made sufferers feel better. Mary Elizabeth Crawford Allen Jackson, a 32-year employee in the payroll department of the companies that owned the Daily News and Inquirer, a devoted churchwoman, dedicated traveler and loving family matriarch, died May 14 of cancer.
May 27, 2015 |
A MAN whose 2012 tangle with police led to a grand-jury investigation of two high-ranking cops is back in the authorities' crosshairs. Police obtained a search warrant Saturday on the Oak Lane home of Rodney Handy Jr., 25, police sources said. Earlier in the day, cops had found Handy inside his white Toyota Avalon with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left foot and he was "uncooperative" with investigators, prompting police to seek the search warrant, the sources said.
May 20, 2015 |
YOU CAN SKIP the recommendations that follow, which wrap up our endorsements for the candidates and questions in this race . . . as long as you do one thing: Show up at the polls today. It matters. In fact, given the attempts to erode voting rights in the past few years, exercising your right to vote matters more than ever. You'd think that the threats against voting rights would encourage people to get out to the polls, but the sad truth is that here in Philadelphia, it's the opposite: Voter turnout continues to decline.
May 19, 2015 |
YOU COULDN'T mistake that Texas drawl. Even though it faded a bit after many years in the Philadelphia area, which has its own distinctive accents, those smooth Texas tones were unmistakably Tom Schmidt's. Tom was a newspaperman of the old school - tough, creative, dedicated, the kind of reporter who didn't let much get in his way when he was chasing a story. He was also an editor who specialized in guiding young reporters along the right way to pursue a story, then correcting and polishing their prose after they turned it in. When he came to the Philadelphia area in the 1960s, Tom brought with him not only the accents but also the sensibilities of his native Texas Hill Country, both of which remained among his defining characteristics.
May 14, 2015 |
FORMER STATE SEN. Vince Fumo went on Facebook yesterday morning and weighed in on the mayor's race. Sort of. Fumo shared a NewsWorks story about the "four billionaires" supporting state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and wrote that he'd choose their candidate over one backed by labor leader John Dougherty (who is throwing his money behind ex-Fumo protege and former City Councilman Jim Kenney). "Either those guys or Johnnie doc! I take anyone other than dougherty!" Fumo wrote. The four billionaires cited by NewsWorks are the pro-school-choice Susquehanna International Group trio funding Williams ads, and Gerry Lenfest - owner of the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com - who has contributed money to Williams.
May 5, 2015 |
NOBODY HAS ever had a better time at the Penn Relays than Frank Bertucci. Officially, Bertucci wrote advance stories and oversaw a staff of young journalism students who compiled results and quotes for use by the media. Unofficially, he held court. Bertucci worked the event for more than 40 years, so if you had questions, he had the answers. Sadly, this year was his last at the track and field carnival. Bertucci, 68, died of a heart attack at his South Philadelphia home on Friday, just one week after the 121st running of the prestigious event.
May 4, 2015 |
INITIALLY, DESPITE the agonizing tragedy she was shouldering, Dominique Lockwood bore empathy for the driver who ended her youngest son's life. "Before, I felt bad for her, too," she told the Daily News last week. "I said, 'Oh, I can't imagine how this lady must feel.' " Abdul Latif Wilson - a bright, energetic 4-year-old whose mom said helped hold his family together - was run down April 13 by a Ford Edge after he darted into a street near his Kingsessing home from between two parked cars.
May 4, 2015 |
AWARD-WINNING Daily News editorial page editor Sandra Shea will be taking on a new challenge as director of strategic partnerships for Philadelphia Media Network, the company that owns the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. Shea, who joined the Daily News in 1990, played a pivotal role in the creation of the popular grant-funded project The Next Mayor - a collaborative effort funded by the Wyncote Foundation that partners with the Daily News , Inquirer , Philly.com, Temple University, Committee of Seventy, WHYY, WURD and others to cover the mayor's race.