April 19, 2014 |
Thaddeus Young, who probably felt like the only shipwreck survivor still stranded on the beach this season, said he's going to wait until after the draft to have his big talk with 76ers management. Young wants to see what the team does on draft night and gauge for himself how long this rebuilding process might really take. He has played seven seasons for an organization that has had five head coaches, four general managers, and two ownership groups during that span. Through it all, he has waited for the one thing that means something to him. "I just want to win," he said Thursday, as the team packed up after a season-ending win over Miami on Wednesday night that closed its record at 19-63.
April 18, 2014 |
THADDEUS YOUNG has always known how to keep his head down, play hard, say all the right things and let the chips fall where they may. That was then, though. Times could be changing for the 6-9 forward, who just completed his seventh season with the 76ers. He's never been a "what about me" type of person, but the business side of the sport could very well have the 25-year-old veteran thinking about his future. He is due to make $9.16 million next season, then has a player option of $9.7 million.
April 14, 2014 |
THE INCOMING president of Community College of Philadelphia said the school faces lots of challenges in helping to rebuild the city's middle class. Donald Generals Jr., chosen two weeks ago from three finalists for the position after an extensive seven-month search, officially starts July 1. The Paterson, N.J., native comes to CCP with 30 years of experience in higher education, most recently as vice president of academic affairs at Mercer County Community College near Trenton. Generals acknowledged that as a gateway to many of the area's four-year institutions, CCP faces several hurdles, including recent reductions in government funding, which have led to steeper tuition increases.
April 7, 2014
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new report that people won't like for different reasons. At a time when many Americans insist it's time to stop thinking in terms of black and white, or brown or yellow, the Casey report says race still matters. The foundation devised a Race for Results Index, which considered metrics such as the number of babies born at normal weights, eighth graders who scored at or above proficient in math, children in two-parent families, and children in families above 200 percent of the poverty level.
April 6, 2014 |
WHEN THE SIXERS tied the record for longest losing streak in major pro sports, I was contacted by "Today" and asked to comment about how Philadelphia fans were taking all of this. Even though I was in Miami to make a speech when I received the call, I was willing to tape an interview. They came over and did a 10-minute interview, of which they used about 40 seconds. I told them Philadelphia sports fans, despite our reputation for being difficult, unruly and very hard on our teams, are sophisticated enough to understand what it takes to win. Therefore, I went on, our fans were not really upset, because we understood the long-term goal and were willing to endure some basketball ignominy in the short run if it meant we were on the path to becoming competitive.
March 31, 2014 |
Some people, and some companies, look for stability when faced with tumultuous times. Exton-based WPCS International is trying a slightly different tack in meeting its challenges. WPCS, which says it employs about 250 in designing and building communications infrastructure, is diving into bitcoin. Or rather, the technology of trading bitcoin. In existence - virtually - for only a few years, bitcoin is digital money. No central government authority backs bitcoin, as the U.S. government does with the dollar and as other governments do with their currencies.
March 30, 2014 |
TEDx is - first, last, and always - about talking. Talking originally, surprisingly, persuasively, and concretely about something new - a new way of thinking, of making things, or, in the case of Friday's TEDx Philadelphia, titled "The New Workshop of the World," a new way of being this city. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a worldwide series of forward-thinking interdisciplinary conferences. It's turning 30 this year, and a TED birthday bash just went down in Vancouver, British Columbia.
March 18, 2014 |
Buddy may be the only member of St. Rita of Cascia parish in Bellmawr unconcerned that his church might close. But then, Buddy is a dog. The pastor's golden retriever is a familiar sight in this Roman Catholic congregation as he trots down the aisle most Sunday's alongside the Rev. Carmel Polidarmo. Both were in their usual high spirits Sunday, greeting parishioners as they exited onto the sidewalk shortly before noon. "How you doing?" Polidarmo asked an older couple.
March 14, 2014 |
I WAS IN the airport the other day when a guy approached me to talk about the 76ers. It was a typical conversation when you cover a team that is losing at the alarming rate that this team is, and one that I always enjoy: Him: "Man, that must be tough watching them play every night. " Me: "Yeah, but I love my job. " Him: "This might turn out to be one of the worst seasons in the history of the NBA, right?" Me: "It certainly is looking that way. " Him: "But the good thing is, with the draft picks and the money that they have, they'll probably be a playoff team next year.
March 9, 2014 |
With surgery and chemotherapy, Roberta Bash, 67, of Downingtown beat advanced-stage ovarian cancer in 2010. Then, it came back. "Cancer can go dormant, and I didn't know that," she said. The second time, Bash wanted to explore all her options - including an experimental treatment at Penn Medicine that manipulates a patient's tumor cells to trigger an immune response. So, during her surgery last March, instead of allowing her tumor to be tossed out or donated for research, she saved it. The company StoreMyTumor, which markets itself as a concierge service for tumors, negotiated the tissue's harvest, processing, and cryopreservation.