November 20, 2014 |
DOUG OLIVER, former press secretary for Mayor Nutter and currently an executive at Philadelphia Gas Works, is considering a run for mayor. From a fourth-floor office at the Bellevue yesterday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee that will work to gauge his chances of succeeding Nutter in 2015. The "DO2015" exploratory committee is what Oliver describes as a "grass-roots, crowd-initiated and crowd-funded effort to re-engage the Philadelphia voter. " Oliver took some heat when, in 2012, he changed his voter registration to Republican.
November 15, 2014 |
For the fourth time in six seasons, bitter rivals La Salle and St. Joseph's Prep will square off for the Catholic League Class AAAA football championship. The latest meeting between the No. 2-ranked Explorers (8-2) and No. 1 Prep (6-3) is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium. The Prep, which last year broke through for its first title since 2005, has won three straight in the head-to-head series. La Salle is trying for its sixth crown in the last seven seasons.
November 12, 2014 |
Philadelphia University had built an exhibition reputation for itself this month, taking on Division I schools, beating James Madison and taking a one-point lead at Pittsburgh before losing by 11. On Monday night, La Salle clearly took Herb Magee's Division II Rams seriously, and the Explorers looked energized defensively from the start, grabbing a quick 18-4 lead at Tom Gola Arena on their way to a 79-61 victory in the final exhibition for both...
November 11, 2014 |
After his two brothers attended and played football at La Salle, Aidan Kerrigan says it was pretty much a no-brainer to follow in their footsteps. "I got a good feel for all the school had to offer," the 18-year-old said. "I knew it would be the perfect place for me academically and athletically. " Connor Kerrigan (Class of 2012) was a second-team all-Catholic League center for the Explorers; John Kerrigan (2009) played linebacker. This season, as a ball-hawking inside linebacker and senior captain, Aidan Kerrigan has played a key role in La Salle's drive to the Catholic League Class AAAA championship game.
November 7, 2014 |
SUNDAY MARKED the last regular-season game for senior forward Kelsey Haycook, the most prolific goal scorer in La Salle women's soccer history. Haycook, a native of Point Pleasant, N.J., is the school recordholder in both career goals (58) and points (138). She and the fellow members of the team's senior class have revitalized coach Paul Royal's program, as the No. 1-seeded Explorers begin their quest for a third straight Atlantic 10 championship at 11 a.m. today against eighth-seeded Massachusetts in the conference tournament at Dayton, Ohio.
November 5, 2014 |
They say that a team takes on the personality and demeanor of its coach. If you had watched a Bob Peffle-coached La Salle soccer team for just one half, you'd have been convinced of that. Nothing ever seemed to get to Peffle, who for 28 years helped the Explorers reach the top of the Philadelphia Catholic League, as well as Southeastern Pennsylvania boys' soccer. On the sideline, he was always prepared - most of the time, overprepared - calm, and ever so competitive. And just like its leader, La Salle was consistent, poised with the ball, and not easily flustered.
November 2, 2014 |
Millions of Americans suffer from recurring chest pain that is hard to explain and treat because it is not caused by their hearts. They often undergo extensive testing and end up on drugs for acid reflux, depression, or even lung disease. But only about 40 percent of noncardiac chest-pain patients respond to these drugs. And most still have painful symptoms, said Temple University gastroenterol-ogist Ron Schey. Now, he may have found a novel way to treat some of them: dronabinol, a synthetic form of marijuana.
October 30, 2014 |
Challenged by financial analysts who had just learned of Pfizer Inc.'s declining revenue and small quarterly profit, chief executive officer Ian Read said Tuesday that the drugmaker would keep exploring the purchase of a foreign company in the hope of paying less tax in America, U.S. Treasury Department efforts to the contrary. New rules announced in September made a so-called tax-inversion deal "more complicated" and "potentially limits the value," Read said, but the right deal is still worthwhile.
October 29, 2014 |
WHEN YOU have a high-octane, fast-paced team with a pro-style spread offense and a strong-armed quarterback like La Salle College High features, it can translate to many points on the scoreboard. That was the case Saturday night, when Kyle Shurmur completed 14 of 19 passes for 229 yards and two scores in a 31-7 rout of Father Judge in the Catholic League AAAA contest at Northeast High. "We certainly wanted to finish this regular season strong and carry it into the [Catholic League]
October 19, 2014 |
Bill Wasylenko never set out to become the archivist for the La Salle football team. He never expected to have much to do with La Salle at all after graduating in 1969. When he went to a football game at Plymouth Whitemarsh with his two young sons on Labor Day weekend of 2001, it was the first time he had seen the Explorers play in more than 30 years. He was almost fearful he'd run into some of his old classmates. Then the team came to the sidelines, the band played the alma mater, and "all of a sudden, warm feelings came back," Wasylenko said.