February 14, 2014 |
Westtown's Georgios Papagiannis was a shot-blocking machine Tuesday evening against Academy of the New Church. And, understandably, ANC coach Kevin Givens grew frustrated. "When you have someone 7-foot-1 in there, you have to stop and take a pull-up shot," Givens said. "You can't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. " Papagiannis, a junior center who came to Westtown from Greece in September, rejected nine field-goal attempts as the host Moose stormed past the Lions, 65-39, and captured the Friends Schools League boys' basketball title.
December 13, 2013 |
Nicholas A. Kefalides, 86, of Merion, a physician, a groundbreaking scientist, and an educator, died Friday, Dec. 6, at his home from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Kefalides was emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and remained active until his final days as a member of the medical school's admissions committee. In 1970, he began what would become a 43-year career at Penn and a high-profile role as a pioneer in the study of the extracellular matrix - components of the body that fill the space between structured cells.
December 6, 2013 |
Seth Berger probably had to pinch himself - and more than once. In January, a man from Greece called Westtown and inquired about visiting the Quaker school with his then-15-year-old son and possibly enrolling him for the fall semester. The prospective student just happened to be Georgios Papagiannis, a 7-foot-1, 240-pound center who many, including Berger, believe could be a first-round selection - maybe even a lottery pick - in the 2016 NBA draft. Word spread in the spring that the wunderkind, who at 14 drew NBA scouts to a Greek Basket League game, was indeed coming to the United States.
November 29, 2013 |
For a kid who grew up along the trolley tracks just outside of West Philadelphia, it's amazing how a few olive trees in Greece can always bring tears to my eyes. It happened again in September, as I said goodbye to my mother's farmer-sister, set to walk across the village of Asopos, and turned that first corner where, eventually, she and all the others were no longer in view. Because, for the last two decades, here is how it has gone down every time I've hit that corner: I realize the time with family is over.
September 22, 2013 |
I enjoy travel literature for many reasons: At its best, it educates and entertains, and it also has occasionally influenced my travel choices. One of the 20th century's most celebrated practitioners was Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, who, after many years traveling in Greece, chose Kardamyli, in the southern Peloponnesus, as his Greek home. I had learned about Kardamyli from Fermor's book Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese. His home became a mecca for friends and fellow authors who visited him to enjoy good conversation, food, and the area's physical beauty.
September 6, 2013
TAY JONES, Saint Joseph's leading scorer the last three seasons, is going to play professionally in Poland. His season begins in October. C.J. Aiken, who left after his junior season with 319 blocked shots, has been invited to training camp with the Sacramento Kings. SJU has three other former players who will be continuing their careers overseas during the upcoming season. Darrin Govens, who played last season in Israel, is going to Greece. Pat Calathes, who had played in Greece and Israel, will be playing in Kazakstan.
July 25, 2013
Colombian war deaths analyzed BOGOTA, Colombia - A much-awaited report by a Colombian government-created historical commission says the country's long internal conflict has claimed at least 220,000 lives since 1958, with civilian noncombatants accounting for more than four of every five deaths. The 434-page report by the National Center of Historical Memory says most of the killings occurred after far-right militias backed by ranchers and drug traffickers emerged in the 1980s to counter leftist rebels.
June 27, 2013
DEAR READERS: After I printed the letter from "Can't Believe It Down South," about the grandfather who is insisting that his granddaughter's Greek fiance change his last name "because it is too long and impossible to pronounce," I loved what you had to say. Some of your comments made me laugh, so I'm sharing them with you: DEAR ABBY: I saw the letter from "Can't Believe It," and I have just the response for him: "Dear Grandpa: Don't...
May 14, 2013 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - European finance ministers met Monday to discuss the economic plans of Italy's new government and take a closer look at Slovenia's precarious financial situation - and whether it could become the bloc's sixth nation to require a bailout. The ministers from the 17 countries using the euro currency were also discussing the outlook for Portugal, Greece, and Cyprus, which have already received emergency loan programs and must meet tough conditions. The group's finance ministers approved the next batch of 7.5 billion euros ($10 billion)
May 14, 2013 |
TORONTO - A Palestinian convicted of hijacking an airliner in Greece in 1968 has been deported from Canada 26 years after entering the country using an alias, the immigration minister said Monday. Jason Kenney said the case "made a mockery of Canada's generosity and our fair immigration system for 21/2 decades. " The minister said Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad made a false refugee claim in 1987. The government learned a year later that he was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and had participated in a terrorist attack on an El Al airplane in which an Israeli citizen was killed.