December 9, 2013 |
Connor Barwin lives in the shadows of Philadelphia's skyline with a silhouette of Detroit's skyline etched on his right biceps. His Twitter profile lists two locations: "Detroit, Philadelphia. " The Detroit area is his hometown. Philadelphia is now his home. Barwin is not one who just passes through wherever he's living. The son of a city manager, Barwin yearns to be engaged with a sense of civic pride that is sometimes rare in such a transient industry. He played sports on both sides of 8 Mile Road while growing up around Detroit.
December 8, 2013 |
GROWING UP in Harrisburg, LeSean McCoy enjoyed watching Lions running back Barry Sanders run over opposing defenses on Sundays. With Sanders' unique style and raw talent, McCoy never imagined he would someday be compared to the Hall of Famer. Known primarily for his ability to make something out of nothing, McCoy has remained humble throughout his short career whenever he is asked of the comparison to Sanders. "I don't really see it as a comparison," McCoy said during his Wednesday news conference at the NovaCare Complex, as the Eagles prepared to host the Lions tomorrow.
December 6, 2013 |
DETROIT - The Flyers have struggled when center Vinny Lecavalier has been out of the lineup, and he did not play again Wednesday night in Detroit. The good news: Lecavalier was "making progress" and there is a chance he will play Saturday in Dallas, according to assistant general manager Ron Hextall. The bad news: The back can be fickle. Lecavalier, 33, who leads the Flyers with nine goals, missed his second straight game because of back spasms. Earlier this season, he missed four games because of other injuries.
September 14, 2013 |
Winger Dan Cleary did not report on the first day of Flyers training camp Thursday and decided to return to Detroit, meaning several rookies now are battling for a roster spot, including Tye McGinn, Scott Laughton, and Michael Raffl. "I just followed my heart," Cleary told reporters in Detroit. "I wanted to come here. " Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he held no grudges toward Cleary. "Good for him," Holmgren said. "He obviously had eight years there and was hoping to continue the ride with them.
August 15, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Since he was with four major league teams in April, Casper Wells left most of his belongings in his truck outside a friend's apartment in Arizona. He didn't move the truck from Arizona to Chicago, where he ended up spending most of the 2013 season, until June. Wells' truck was en route to Philadelphia yesterday afternoon, when he saw his name penciled into the Phillies' starting lineup for the first time since joining the team last week. Wells, 28, started in centerfield against the Braves.
August 15, 2013 |
Asher Raphael , "chief strategy officer" at Chester-based Power Home Remodeling Group , says it's time to expand into another new city. Hire a couple hundred people. Send them out to bang on a lot more doors. Sell more windows. Power has opened in Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago, and on Long Island in the three years since then- Gov. Ed Rendell authorized a $300,000 grant to ease the company's move into a state business-tax-break zone in Chester. At that site in a former electric utility building, Power now employs more than 200, and claims $40 million in yearly local sales, at about $10,000 a customer.
July 30, 2013 |
DETROIT - A bus rumbled over a potholed street and stopped at a bar just past the old Tiger Stadium. A line of people waited for it on the sidewalk outside the bar. The bus offered 52 seats and a ride to the game. The patrons in line smiled. Today, this fleet of buses would ferry fans to another sellout a mile and a half down the road at Comerica Park. In a city that filed for bankruptcy less than two weeks ago, the first-place Detroit Tigers are a source of pride. The Tigers would sweep the series against the Phillies.
July 30, 2013 |
Now that Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, will other financially challenged big cities follow Motown to U.S. Bankruptcy Court to escape some of what they owe? Maybe, but Philadelphia is unlikely to be one of them. Michigan officials wanted their biggest city to go bankrupt. They expect this will enable the city to trim what it has to pay investors who own city bonds, retired police who collect city pensions, and other creditors. "Michigan's antipathy for bondholders is startling," said Matt Fabian, managing director of Massachusetts-based Municipal Market Advisors.
July 28, 2013 |
Is Detroit's bankruptcy an omen or an anomaly? Will other American cities, such as Philadelphia, eventually go down the same dark financial road? Or is the Motor City's financial crisis an isolated event? Detroit's story is a cautionary tale. The city's economy soared with the advent of the automobile a century ago, making companies such as Ford and General Motors the Apple and Google of their day. The population ballooned, rising to nearly two million after World War II. A city that big requires lots of government services, including schools, police, fire, sanitation, and social services.
July 26, 2013 |
DETROIT - As the once-proud city of Detroit humbles itself in bankruptcy court, its financial future may hinge on this key question: Is the city obliged to its past? Or can Detroit renege on its promises to thousands of retirees for the sake of its present city services? The legal question at the heart of Detroit's bankruptcy filing has never definitively been answered by the nation's highest courts. But it could become increasingly important as cities from coast to coast are grappling with shortfalls in pension funds that left unchecked could force cutbacks to police, firefighters and other city services.