August 3, 2016 |
After weeks of talks with interested teams desperate for pitching in a barren market, the Phillies reached Monday's trade deadline with the realization that they valued Jeremy Hellickson more than anyone else. By not trading the veteran pitcher, they are willing to take a $17 million risk on him. Either Hellickson nets them a high draft pick or becomes one of the highest-paid pitchers in franchise history next season. "We have some younger pitchers that are going to be approaching innings totals for the season that they have never approached before," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said.
June 29, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - There may soon be a budget bill, but there is no budget deal. The proposal that cleared the House Appropriations Committee on Monday night calls for the state to spend about 5 percent more next year than it did under this year's $30 billion budget. The boost in spending would be propped up by legalizing online gambling, loosening the state's monopoly over the sale of wine, imposing new taxes on tobacco, and instituting a tax amnesty program. But neither the GOP-dominated Senate nor the administration of the Democratic governor have committed to support it. Jeff Sheridan, Gov. Wolf's spokesman, said Monday that the governor had not agreed to the plan.
June 18, 2016 |
From the moment he joined the Eagles as a front-office intern in 2000, fresh from Fordham Law School, Howie Roseman spent his formative years as an NFL executive helping his mentor usher in a revolution and bearing witness to the bitter fallout. As the Eagles' president then, and with Roseman working alongside him, Joe Banner pioneered the two-pronged strategy that became a staple of business in a salary-cap world. The Eagles would sign players whom they perceived to be part of their long-term future to cost-effective contracts, and they would be willing to say goodbye - maybe a little too soon - to some of their most popular, respected, and expensive veterans.
June 16, 2016 |
SOUL SINGER Joe Simon ("Drowning in the Sea of Love"), jazz bassist Gerald Robert Veasley and WDAS radio star Patty Jackson will be honored by Philadelphia International Records and the Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. The ceremony, starting at 6:30 p.m., before the Phils beat the Diamondbacks, is part of the 13th annual Phillies African American Heritage Celebration presented by The Sound of Philadelphia, in honor of Black Music Month. Legendary music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will present the honorees with the Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award.
June 2, 2016
LAST WEEK, we suggested creating a bipartisan commission to mediate the ongoing fight between Gov. Wolfe and the Republican-controlled Legislature over state spending and taxes. The commission would be charged with studying the state's spending habits and tax policies and recommend sensible ways to bring in enough money to sustain government operations and meet the mandates for subsidizing local governments and public schools. Our argument was that, without a third party to call a timeout on the partisan war, the Legislature and the governor will remain at loggerheads.
June 1, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - If proponents of expanded gambling have their way, Pennsylvania may fill part of its looming budget gap with income from round-the-clock cocktails in casinos, slots machines in airports, and wagers made legally on phones and laptops. The House last week toyed with measures that would have legalized online gambling, allowed slot machines at airports and offtrack betting sites, and permitted 24-hour liquor sales at casinos. One proposal would also have allowed video-gaming terminals at bars and truck stops.
May 8, 2016
Three family members face charges after detectives seized five illegal gambling machines and more than $37,000 in cash from two businesses in Chester County, officials announced Friday. Jaime Sandoval, 48; his son Hugo Sandoval, 22; and niece Elizabeth Sandoval, 30, were arrested on April 18 and each face 220 charges of gambling offenses. Detectives received a tip that illegal gambling machines were operating at the Taqueria Guadalajara Express restaurant in Kennett Square and El Nayarit Mexican Store 2, a grocery store in Oxford, according to the county District Attorney's Office.
May 2, 2016 |
The Eagles of old never would have selected three prospects with the red flags Wendell Smallwood, Jalen Mills, and Alex McCalister wore like scarlet letters entering the draft. Forget even the recent history of Chip Kelly, who would have had players with checkered pasts involving arrests, suspensions, and social-media foibles removed from his board predraft. The Andy Reid-Joe Banner-Howie Roseman Eagles had a protocol as strict when it came to evaluating prospects. They took some risks, but they were mostly rolls of the dice based on personality (e.g., DeSean Jackson)
April 6, 2016
Maybe Gov. Christie was bluffing, but his threatened opposition to North Jersey casinos would do more good for Atlantic City's flailing economy than the takeover bill he was pushing. More casinos will only accelerate Atlantic City's losses and make a rebound that much more difficult. Facing heightened casino competition in nearby Philadelphia and New York, four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos were shuttered in 2014, and the losses cascaded into a fiscal crisis so severe that the city could run out of cash Friday.
March 5, 2016
One by one, the totems of poverty that once dotted Philadelphia's urban landscape have been disappearing. Since the late '90s, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has imploded 23 public housing towers and replaced them with traditional rowhouses. On March 19, two more of those alien towers, the Norman Blumberg Apartments, will be reduced to dust in the North Philadelphia neighborhood the PHA has dubbed Sharswood. This time, however, the housing authority's ambitions are much bigger than usual.