June 30, 2015 |
Sam Hinkie is the guy you want next to you when you're robbing a bank. He is the guy you can tell a secret and be sure that it is safe with him. He is a man with a plan and good luck trying to get him to tell you exactly what it is. We still are no closer to knowing, however, if Sam Hinkie is the right man for the job of rebuilding a basketball team. The commander of Tank 76 ran his third draft Thursday night and discovered once again that the best-laid plans can be blown to smithereens by unforeseen circumstances.
June 28, 2015 |
The Kenney campaign is looking for a few good community organizers. Or, to be more accurate, a few good community organizers-to-be. "We want to have anchors in all parts of the city," said Lauren Hitt, spokeswoman for Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney. "We want people who believe in Jim or who believe in their community or who just want a voice in city government. " To that end - and to help register new voters - the campaign is looking for volunteers in its "Summer Organizing Fellowship for Jim Kenney.
June 27, 2015 |
READING - Aaron Nola and J.P. Crawford - the two brightest stars in the Phillies' minor-league system - will get a chance to shine on the national stage after being selected Thursday to play in the Futures Game next month. The two prospects will represent the Phillies on July 12 at the minor-league all-star showcase in Cincinnati, three days before the major-league All-Star Game there. Crawford, ranked by ESPN as the second-best prospect in baseball, is returning to the Futures Game for the second straight year.
June 24, 2015 |
AS I WROTE last week, there is plenty of reason to be skeptical about the Phillies' reported interest in bringing aboard longtime baseball executive Andy MacPhail to eventually replace club president Pat Gillick. That skepticism has less to do with MacPhail himself than it does the process that would have landed him. Gillick's comments in interviews with the Inquirer and MLB.com over the weekend suggest he is intimately involved in picking his replacement. Given the organization's ownership structure, with no majority owner imposing his or her vision, it isn't clear who else would spearhead such an effort.
June 20, 2015 |
A Norristown neighborhood is to be awash in music, splashing, cheers, and laughter Saturday as the historic George Washington Carver Community Center pool is resurrected. Once the party is over, however, organizers will resume the tough slog of rebranding, raising money, and proving to the community that the center can be self-sustaining for years to come. "We have to get through this season, and we have to validate whether or not the community really wants these types of programs," said the Rev. Byron Craig, who leads the new board of directors, installed in October.
June 18, 2015
D EAR ABBY: Making wise decisions about what to do with your money can be tough. Insurance policies, mortgages and investment plans come with so much terminology and fine print. The phone calls, emails and mail offers for products and services are endless, and some are downright dishonest. It seems as if there's a scammer - or an opportunity to make the wrong financial decision - around every corner. To help your readers sort out the offers for products and financial services that come their way, USA.gov, the federal government's official website, has created a free Financial Self-Defense Kit. It contains a dozen publications that explain how to make solid investment, shopping and credit decisions.
June 16, 2015 |
ASSUME the position. As in, are you sitting down? Don't rule out seeing the one and only Andrew "Dice" Clay starring in an "Adventures of Ford Fairlane 2" in the near future. The Diceman is back to enchant us tomorrow night at the Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) and he's pulling no punches. But first - we give thanks to humble beginnings. "Whenever I meet someone from Philly, I say, it's your city that made me a star," Clay told me in a recent interview. "I was building a following there before anybody knew who I was. " Clay has deep roots in our City of Brotherly Love.
June 15, 2015 |
The corner of 15th and Chestnut Streets is among Center City's busiest, but on the last Friday in May, the activity inside 1515 Chestnut St. could be ranked a close second. Workers scrambled to complete everything from the 15th Street lobby to the 17th-floor amenities before Monday's grand opening of the Avenir - French for "future" - tower of 180 rental apartments in what was once the 150,000-square-foot Class B office building. Just inside the lobby entrance sat a security guard, providing 24/7 duty for the seven residents who had already moved in. "Those residents got to put on hard hats and get the first pick," said Jessica M. Scully of Scully Co., who is overseeing every detail of Avenir's debut on the apartment scene.
June 12, 2015 |
Barely 36 hours after a horrific hit-and-run accident that cost him his right leg, stage actor Michael Toner focused on the future. "What can you say? Life is unpredictable," Toner, 68, said Wednesday from his hospital bed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "I've been in much worse situations, let's put it that way. " Toner ended up at Jefferson after a vehicle ran him down before 1 a.m. Tuesday on Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets, where he remained until a passerby found him. Toner said he had been running errands when he was struck, which he thinks happened about 11 p.m. Otherwise, he doesn't remember anything.
June 8, 2015 |
Angel Corella's first year as artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet has been one of many changes. The entire artistic staff was replaced, new dancers and guest artists were hired, and, just Monday, Alexander Peters was promoted to principal dancer. But what hardly changed was the lineup of ballets audiences saw all season. "I was actually very pleased with the whole season," Corella said. "I know I could have changed a lot of the ballets that Roy [Kaiser, his predecessor] picked, but I thought it was actually quite interesting.