May 31, 2014
Even with the city's decision to call off its push to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Mayor Nutter, business leaders, and civic boosters can all be proud of having successfully positioned Philadelphia as a legitimate contender. Given the long odds of any metro area winning such an international race, it was an honor for Philadelphia to be among the 35 cities the U.S. Olympic Committee invited to make a pitch for the Games. The latest effort clearly stood on the shoulders of former Mayor John F. Street's 2006 bid for the 2016 Games, which eventually went to Rio de Janeiro.
May 31, 2014 |
Stacey Dash for president? Clueless star Stacey Dash angered some in the Twitterverse when she refused to endorse President Obama in the 2012 elections, instead issuing a hearty thumbs-up for GOP challenger Mitt Romney . Hired recently by Fox as a news commentator, the cousin of rap mogul Damon Dash also is dropping hints she may be ready to enter politics. "Eventually," Stacey Dash tells Elle.com. "Yes. I would love that. " Dash, 47, whose appearances in Playboy and a Kanye West music vid make for unusual credits on her CV, explains her political appeal.
May 30, 2014 |
FOR ITS FINAL five matches before the Major League Soccer season breaks for the World Cup, the Union had prepared for life without one of its best players. Maurice Edu, summoned to Palo Alto, Calif., for World Cup training camp, was certainly in the mix to make the team to represent the United States in Brazil. But after last Thursday, the night U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled the 23-man roster, Edu found himself on a flight to Los Angeles to rejoin the Union a few weeks early.
May 16, 2014 |
Swenson's Alexis Collopy didn't have to wait long to avenge her loss to Prep Charter. Six days after the Huskies topped the Lions, Collopy took the mound again in a Public League softball playoff game at Prep Charter on Wednesday afternoon. The junior scattered six hits and struck out nine to power Swenson to a 3-2 win. Collopy sits at 115 strikeouts on the season, marking the third time she reached the 100-strikeout milestone. In other playoff action: Ariel Dranoff went 3 for 3, scored four runs and knocked in three to lead host Central over Mariana Bracetti, 16-1.
May 2, 2014 |
SOMEWHERE in Philadelphia, there's one deer breaking bad news to another. Hundreds of whitetails live all around us like ghosts, congregating in the city's parks and patches of woods, moving around silently via the trails and railways and slivers of undeveloped land. One young buck made a detour into Center City yesterday morning, though, starting somewhere around Point Breeze, according to one eyewitness. "I thought it was a large dog but it was moving way too fast and had a gait unlike any dog I've seen.
October 21, 2013 |
MIAMI - Since 1968, Toyota has sold 24 million vehicles in this country, and more than nine million of them have been Corollas. During the 2013 model year, the compact sedan sold 300,000 copies, which made it Toyota's second-best seller behind the Camry. And that feat, which garnered a hefty 19 percent of the compact market, was accomplished in the final year of the 10th-generation Corolla's life cycle. Toyota executives expect the redesigned 2014 model that just went on sale to hit 330,000.
October 8, 2013
AMERICAN humorist Will Rogers once said, "Politics has got so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to get beat. " That was in the 1930s. But it's true today in Pennsylvania. It presents problems for Democrats. And it might mean salvation for Tom "I-keep-finding-ways-to-lose" Corbett. Think about it. So far eight Democrats are vying for the right to oppose Gov. Corbett next year. All except self-funding, multimillionaire York County biz-guy Tom Wolf are trying to raise a lot of money, mostly to get beat.
September 14, 2013 |
On Wednesday, Matthew Mionczynski and David Soppick left the Montgomery County Courthouse with a marriage license. They bought a bottle of champagne and stashed it in the refrigerator of their Norristown home. They called friends and family, recruited a witness, and began planning the wedding they had long dreamed of. On Thursday, tears welled in Mionczynski's eyes as he clutched the license, a piece of paper suddenly worthless. "After 17 years, it was going to be legal," he said.
July 10, 2013 |
Waterloo Gardens is offering deep discounts as it prepares to close its last store, in Exton. The going-out-of-business sale at the 50-acre nursery and retail property follows last year's bankruptcy filing and the closing of the LeBoutillier family business's original Devon store. The bankruptcy followed Waterloo Gardens' ill-timed expansion to stores in Warminster and Wilmington in the late 2000s, just as the recession and the collapse of suburban housing development cut demand for landscaping services, flowers and ornamental trees, and new fountain systems, patio furniture, and other outdoor items.
May 3, 2013 |
THIS IS interesting, albeit puzzling news to those of us who watched Michael Vick run down from behind by defensive linemen on more than one occasion last season. Yesterday at the Eagles' offseason workouts, Vick raced LeSean McCoy in the 40, apparently after repeated challenges from the 24-year-old running back. Vick, who turns 33 next month, won handily, according to various Twitter accounts of the race, the first provided by safety Colt Anderson. This is encouraging in that Vick really seems to be taking to new coach Chip Kelly's emphasis on fitness.