September 24, 2015 |
Camden Catholic's Kelli Connolly stepped onto the field, tugging at her green jersey emblazoned with a white No. 22, the same number her mother wore when she played field hockey for the Fighting Irish 30 years ago. Assistant coach Nancy Connolly surveyed her daughter and her teammates, pacing the sideline as Kelli's purple cleats raced up and down the field during a match against Winslow Township last week. While most mothers are watching their daughters from the grandstands, the Connollys transition from their role as mother and daughter to coach and player.
September 14, 2015 |
To reboot his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker last week visited a shrine: Eureka College in central Illinois, alma mater of Ronald Reagan. Walker promised to "wreak havoc in Washington," a goal he equated with his idol's famous vow to "drain the swamp" there. Walker said he would prohibit unions from deducting money for political activity from federal workers' paychecks, roll back Obamacare, and cancel the nuclear agreement with Iran.
August 21, 2015 |
IMAGINE BUILDING your dream home, living in it for a year and then having to knock it down and rebuild it. Now imagine doing that every single year. Welcome to the life of a special-teams coach. "That's how it works in our area," said the Eagles' Dave Fipp. "You've got to build from the ground up every year. "The thing that happens with special teams is the back end of the roster changes the most usually. But to me, that's fun. It resets and you've got to start over from scratch every year.
August 13, 2015 |
ON YESTERDAY'S annual preseason Ivy League coaches conference call, Al Bagnoli said the mid-October Penn-Columbia game in New York "will certainly . . . have a weird dynamic to it. " That's one way of pointing out the obvious. Bagnoli was Penn football for the last 23 seasons, a run that included nine titles. He stepped down after last season, which enabled Ray Priore to finally step in. The same Priore who's been at Penn since 1987, coaching linebackers, defensive ends, special teams and defensive backs.
July 29, 2015 |
THE CADET FROM Northeast Philly left at dawn yesterday in her freshly starched uniform, nervous and ready for something new, but the person she'd always imagined kissing goodbye before that journey began wasn't there to see her go. Maria Gill was a Catholic school teacher when she fell for Philadelphia firefighter Timothy Gill. It was the uniform, she said. When he'd come home after a shift, Maria would listen to Tim's stories while she graded papers or prepared lesson plans, and she was drawn in by his tales of firehouse bonds, the big cookouts between the runs and those days when they'd beat back the flames and feel blessed to be alive.
June 11, 2015 |
In its latest response to the deadly May 12 Amtrak wreck at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, the Federal Railroad Administration urged passenger railroads to better control train speed approaching tight curves and bridges. The safety advisory on Tuesday recommended that railroads identify locations where the speed limit drops by more than 20 m.p.h. entering the curve or bridge. Railroads should install automatic-braking circuitry at those locations to slow trains if the engineer doesn't, the FRA said.
June 10, 2015 |
In this age of the ubiquitous cellphone camera, rarely a week passes without the release of yet another video showing police officers responding inappropriately to volatile situations. Currently making the rounds on the Internet and TV is footage showing a policeman, who had responded to a call about a fight at a pool party, throwing a teenage girl in a bikini to the ground and drawing his gun when witnesses threaten to intercede. The McKinney, Texas, officer was later placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
June 10, 2015 |
Wearing a blue-and-purple tie-dye crop top that exposes her hot-pink bra paired with rolled-up jeans shorts and massive platform work boots, Anhia Santana doesn't seem . . . well, even as young as she is, she doesn't like to reveal her age. "I feel like it ruins my brand," said Santana, better known as the visual artist Distortedd. Her "brand" is a collection of captivatingly grotesque illustrations and animations with psychedelic swirls, gross-out oozes, and bouncing body parts that she admits sometimes scare people away.
June 1, 2015 |
When it comes to nuclear negotiations with Iran, which are nearing a June 30 deadline, those who want a solid deal should be saying Vive la France! The French are taking the toughest stand of any of the six countries (known as the P5+1) that are negotiating with Tehran. Paris insists that any accord must permit continuing inspections of all Iranian nuclear installations, including military sites. This demand has been put forward by the entire P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany)
May 22, 2015 |
It was a Philadelphia underdog story: Irish American son of a firefighter from the old neighborhood, dismissed at first, captures Democratic nomination for mayor. To some Democrats, former City Councilman Jim Kenney's landslide win also echoes nationally as the latest example of a progressive big-city tide - on the order of the 2013 victories of Bill de Blasio in New York and union laborer Marty Walsh in Boston. These mayors and others were elected by broad, cross-racial coalitions, on promises to address the economic frustrations of workers and to end racial disparities in law enforcement.