June 8, 2015 |
HAVANA - Palm fronds shade Margarita Alvarez's magnificent mansion, a classic beauty, but showing its age. Built in 1901, it has 18-foot ceilings, foot-wide crown moldings, marble floors, and columns of veined marble. A portrait of a previous owner, a Cuban secretary of state from the 1920s, hangs in the parlor. Out back are the two rooms that Alvarez rents in her bed-and-breakfast, casa particular . The house, three blocks from the iconic Hotel Nacional, is desirable in many ways.
May 22, 2015 |
In just a few seconds, the turf field at Neumann University was strewn with gloves, helmets and sticks. The equipment had been thrown into the air by the St. Joseph's Prep lacrosse team. The Hawks had just heard the final buzzer, cementing them as Catholic League champions. "It's been a while since we've done this," junior midfielder Kyle Scheuerle said. "It feels great. " St. Joseph's Prep defeated La Salle, 12-10, on Wednesday for its first title since 2011. The Hawks' largest lead was three goals, and the majority of the game was played with the score either tied or with a one-goal difference.
May 22, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood didn't take the easy route in advancing to the Catholic League baseball final for the first time since prevailing in 1993. Trailing La Salle by 3-1, the Vikings rallied for three runs in their last two at-bats, with the deciding score coming on a two-out throwing error, and eked out an improbable 4-3 semifinal win Wednesday at sun-splashed Neumann University. "Survive and advance, baby," elated Wood skipper Jim DiGuiseppe Jr. said. "It's playoff baseball. We kept getting at it. We were resilient today.
May 17, 2015 |
Rob Garfield knows he is fighting an uphill battle. He has written an important book about men, friendship, and emotional intimacy, and he knows most men aren't inclined to buy such books. In fact, most books are bought by women, and unless they are especially concerned about the welfare of the men in their lives, they, too, may not be as responsive as they should to a book with the title Breaking the Male Code - Unlocking the Power of Friendship: Overcoming Male Isolation for a Longer, Happier Life.
May 15, 2015 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School District wants to upgrade and expand health services, officials announced yesterday, but could it come at the expense of school nurses? Superintendent William Hite said the district will explore the option to contract with private providers to offer students more access to health services, which have been drastically reduced because of budget cuts, leaving many schools without a full-time nurse. He said the move does not mean the district will get rid of the 183 nurses it employs.
May 12, 2015 |
After Phoenixville police arrested a woman for public drunkenness almost two years ago, she claimed an officer at the station inappropriately grabbed her. So officers watched the videotape from an overhead camera in the station and determined she was lying. When they told her about the video evidence, she backed off the claim. Now, the department hopes adding body cameras will similarly keep civilians and officers accountable. Body-camera video can balance the civilian cellphone videos that have become more prevalent in controversial cases involving police, Chief William Mossman said.
May 9, 2015 |
Strong senior leadership has a way of short-circuiting thoughts of dread and despair when things don't go as planned. In a nonleague lacrosse showdown Thursday at Conestoga, Zach Drake and Aidan Kerrigan made sure of that. The La Salle seniors helped the Explorers escape with a 10-9 come-from-behind victory, which earlier, had the look and feel of a heartbreaking collapse. That is until Kerrigan whipped in the game-winner after all else failed. "We drew it up on the sideline, and we had a couple plays going in," he said.
April 23, 2015 |
AIDAN KERRIGAN enjoys the best of both worlds almost year-round. In autumn, the 5-11, 220-pound linebacker blasted ballcarriers for La Salle High. Springtime, however, it's all about lacrosse, and offense. "There's a balance to it," Kerrigan said after the Explorers clobbered Archbishop Carroll, 19-5, on Monday. "In the fall, I get to hit people. In the spring, I get to score goals. "I like scoring goals," the Maple Glen resident continued. "It's really fun. It's kind of cool to do two different things, because each season has something different.
April 23, 2015 |
Aidan Kerrigan enjoys the best of both worlds almost year-round. In autumn, the 5-foot-11, 220-pound linebacker blasted ball carriers for La Salle. Springtime, however, it's all about lacrosse, and offense. "There's a balance to it," Kerrigan said after the Explorers clobbered Archbishop Carroll, 19-5, on Monday. "In the fall I get to hit people. In the spring I get to score goals. " "I like scoring goals," the Maple Glen resident continued. "It's really fun. It's kind of cool to do two different things because each season has something different.
April 23, 2015 |
Six years ago, a 21-year-old Gettysburg College senior named Kevin Schaeffer, from outside Reading, spent the evening with Amy Butcher, a close friend and fellow senior from Telford, Bucks County. They drank at a bar, and talked about their impending graduation and what would come next. He walked her back to her apartment. Then, he went home and stabbed his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Emily Silverstein, 27 times. Now, Butcher, 28, an assistant professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University, has written a memoir, Visiting Hours (Blue Rider Press)