July 26, 2009 |
On the day she graduated from law school in the spring of 2008, as the great ship of the global economy began to list and take on water, it would have been easy for Lindi von Mutius to throw up her hands in despair. True, she soon managed to land a job in Philadelphia with a small real estate law firm. But the firm's finances quickly went south, lawyers began to jump ship, and paychecks started to bounce. Recruiters, as recruiters often are, were cheery and buoyant and promised the moon, but time after time the jobs and engagements they promised evaporated as the big law firms cut back.
June 9, 2009 |
With a dream job at Bryn Mawr Hospital, hopes of a wedding, and a slew of gold medals from the Special Olympics, Dawn Mozino could not have been happier. Born with a learning disability, Dawn was proving at age 23 that she could take care of herself. At just 4-foot-10 and 100 pounds, she was a scrappy athlete who loved competing in track. And she and her boyfriend were happily planning a future together. "She loved her job. She had her own bank account, her own phone. Dawn was in a place where, if she said she wanted to move out into her own apartment, she was ready," said her mother, Diane Mozino, who lived with her two daughters in Wayne.
April 2, 2009 |
John Calipari thought he'd pop up on Kentucky's radar 2 years ago when the Wildcats were looking for Tubby Smith's replacement and Calipari was coming off a 33-win season at Memphis. He spent a week constantly asking his wife Ellen whether Kentucky's number had finally popped up on the caller ID. "I called my wife every day for 6 days. Did they call? Did they call?" Calipari said. "Then I kind of figured out: They're not calling. " Two years and 2 days later, Calipari's phone finally rang.
March 30, 2009 |
The smile on Ryann Richardson's face was as bright as the gems on her tiara yesterday - just hours after she was crowned Miss Philadelphia. Richardson, 19, a sophomore at Philadelphia University, was still basking in the glow of winning a scholarship and the honor of going on to compete in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant. "It's not easy to describe the feeling of a Miss Philadelphia crown being placed on your head," said the jubilant Richardson, who said she hoped to make it all the way to the Miss America pageant.
February 9, 2009 |
Mark Gale was already in love with aviation in 1982 when he trained as a customer service agent for Altair Airlines at Philadelphia International Airport. But a few weeks into the job, Altair went belly-up. Gale knew what he wanted, though, and enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. In the mid-1980s, Gale was back at the Philadelphia airport working as a college intern. He returned permanently in 1989. He has been a deputy aviation director since 2000, with responsibility for everything from operations, security, safety and maintenance to information technology, engineering design and construction, emergency plans, snow removal and grounds at Philadelphia International and Northeast Philadelphia Airport.
January 4, 2009 |
It sounds like a Disney story: Relying on nothing but talent and spunk, a lovely but obscure young woman gets plucked from the pile and made a princess. For Stephanie Hilton, a May graduate of the University of the Arts, it's real life. Hilton, 22, skates the role of Iridessa, a fairy friend of Tinker Bell's, in Disney on Ice's Worlds of Fantasy, a show ending its run at the Wachovia Center today. Gliding onto the ice in a floating yellow-and-orange dress, Hilton-as-Iridessa drew oohs and aahs from hundreds of starstruck girls at a performance Friday.
September 1, 2008 |
Council Rock North coach Wendell Beres is still beaming over his new job. He replaced James Barry, who moved on to William Tennent. Beres had been an assistant at Central Bucks West and Delaware Valley College. Now he's coaching a state championship contender. The Indians, two seasons removed from winning the PIAA Class AAA state championship, return eight starters from a team that underachieved last season, going 13-7-2. "If this team can stay disciplined, works hard and sticks together, the sky is the limit," said Beres, a North Catholic graduate.
May 29, 2008 |
In her 20s, Nina Asadoorian tried several different outlets for expressing her artistic talents, including dabbling in clothing design. She worked successfully as a makeup artist. And in time turned to making fanciful desserts. That led to cakes: Carrot cake with pineapple compote and cream cheese filling. Butter pound cake with lemon curd and raspberry preserves. Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache, bits of Reese's peanut butter cups, and chocolate-peanut butter buttercream.
December 16, 2007 |
Just about everyone in Atlanta - Falcons executives, players, fans and the local media - continues to savage Bobby Petrino, and rightfully so, for leaving the flailing franchise 13 games into his first season to go yell "wooo-pig-sooie" in Arkansas. Fine. Petrino was gutless in promising to be the Falcons coach one day, then abandoning the franchise the next. But let's not forget about two other men who deserve the blame for the Petrino fiasco - Falcons owner Arthur Blank and team president Rich McKay.
December 5, 2007 |
This is a story, all rolled into one, of local boy makes good, then comes home to his dream job. Ed Stefanski's path to president and general manager of the 76ers could have been taken by trolley, stopping at 69th Street, from St. Bernadette's parish in Drexel Hill to Monsignor Bonner High School to the University of Pennsylvania. The rest is local, too. Stefanski, named yesterday to replace Billy King, married his high school sweetheart, got started in the mortgage business, coached Bonner for a few years, worked as a college basketball television analyst, and kept his home in Wayne even after he sold the business and began working as a basketball scout for the New Jersey Nets.