November 20, 2013 |
THE LITTLE GIRL could coax a smile from Tim Gill even when he had none left. She'd seen Gill, a Philadelphia firefighter who served in Iraq with the Pennsylvania National Guard, sprint to the sink, doubled over with nausea. She whispered when Gill's headaches came and tiptoed during his bad dreams, but he remained the man she adored most. A few days before the funeral, she drew a picture of Gill, a stick figure sticking out its tongue, smiling for her one last time. "DADDY," 4-year-old Amanda Gill wrote above the figure's head.
November 15, 2013 |
TODAY IS an important day. Today, we have the ability to relay to you the words of somebody who can bear first-person witness to the errant ideology that has helped the Phillies fall from a World Series champion with a huge head start on the rest of the National League to an overpaid, underperforming collective of aging players that is springing new leaks at a far greater rate than the old ones can be patched. That person is general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who in an interview with Comcast SportsNet on Wednesday offered a brilliant synopsis of The Problem when discussing the 2-year, $16 million deal he gave Marlon Byrd.
November 12, 2013 |
A pastor of a Northeast Philadelphia Catholic church who was accused of sexually abusing children 45 years ago - and not charged with any offenses after a recent investigation into the allegations - has resigned, according to parish officials. The Rev. John P. Paul, pastor of Our Lady of Calvary since June 2000, has moved out of the parish rectory, according to a memo posted on the parish school's website. "As a result of the extreme emotional duress experienced by Father Paul while the allegations were being investigated, and out of heartfelt concern for the families of OLC, Father Paul voluntarily resigned as Pastor so that the best interest of the parish could be served," said the memo, signed by Sister Mildred Chesnavage and Jeanne Costello, school administrators.
November 7, 2013 |
It seemed kind of crazy to ask La Salle coach John Giannini about turning the page on last season's success. Five minutes earlier, Giannini had ended Explorers practice abruptly. He told his team to go lift weights, after a series of suicide sprints. Nobody on that court, coaches or players, was thinking about last season. "The effort and the attitude was good, the focus was not - we just weren't playing good basketball," Giannini said, sitting in the stands at Tom Gola Arena in mid-October, adding that the shortened session had been a one-time event, that La Salle's previous five practices had been "as good as any I've had as a coach.
November 2, 2013 |
SEWELL Buying ghost-shaped cookies Thursday from the Ghost Chasers' Club didn't mean - ha-ha - that you believe in ghosts. But for the students selling those cookies at a table in Gloucester County College's student center, disembodied voices and sourceless shadows and floating lights are no laughing matter. "I started it last fall," founder and club president Justin Leach said shortly after lunch. "I figured a lot of people have had paranormal experiences that they're afraid to talk about or can't explain.
October 18, 2013 |
TWO GAMES into his return to the big club, Tye McGinn has mapped out the Flyers' escape route from the Metropolitan Division cellar. Take your beatings in front of the net, score a goal. Take your beatings again, score another goal. Two games, three goals, or 30 percent of the team's scoring this season. No pain. No gain. And . . . well, you get the idea. "It's what I've always done," he said after practice yesterday. "Try to get to those dirty areas. Try to make the players around me better.
September 21, 2013 |
Hurricanes can flood homes, tear down boardwalks, make beaches disappear. They might also shape people's beliefs about climate change and their attitudes toward "green" policies, suggests new research from a Rutgers psychology professor. In a pair of studies by Laurie A. Rudman, a psychology professor at the New Brunswick campus, students were asked their opinions of climate change and asked whether they would vote for a fictional "green" politician over one who opposed policies such as raising fuel costs.
August 13, 2013 |
CLIFTON GEATHERS has traveled some rough road in the 3 years since leaving the University of South Carolina to pursue an NFL career. The sun-blotting, 6-8, 340-pound defensive lineman, who was acquired by the Eagles in a late-March trade with the Indianapolis Colts, is on his sixth NFL team - that's right, sixth - since being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. Five times, he has been told his services were no longer needed, first by the Browns, then by the Miami Dolphins, then by the Seattle Seahawks, then by the Dallas Cowboys twice.
August 2, 2013 |
Chip Kelly said he has "no issue" with the officials controlling the tempo of a game. A Wall Street Journal article Tuesday suggested that the officials might keep the new Eagles coach from running the up-tempo offense he desires. "We have to make sure teams understand that they don't control the tempo - our officials do," the NFL's vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, told the newspaper. "If the speed limit is 65, even though I want to go 85, if there's a cop out there, you're not going 85," Kelly said Wednesday.
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.