June 19, 2015 |
SOMETHING beautiful happened last night at Mother Bethel AME Church. In the wake of the massacre that left nine dead Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church, a sister church in Charleston, S.C., the parishioners were not solemn during a memorial prayer service at Mother Bethel, the original African Methodist Episcopal church. In fact, they cheered together with folks of several faiths as the church choir delivered a rousing rendition of Richard Smallwood's 1996 hymn "Total Praise. " As the choir began to end the song, Mother Bethel's own the Rev. Mark Tyler took to the podium and began to speak.
June 16, 2015 |
CURTIS MARSH, Trevard Lindley, Jack Ikegwuonu, Rashad Barksdale, Macho Harris. The ongoing disaster at the safety position gets more attention, but Brandon Boykin, taken in the fourth round in 2012, is the only cornerback the Eagles have drafted since 2002 who has made a significant contribution to the team. In 2002, the Birds drafted Lito Sheppard in the first round and Sheldon Brown in the second, so, that season, they had Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor as their starters, Al Harris for the nickel, and Sheppard and Brown just in case.
June 9, 2015 |
With multiple proposals for oil and natural gas pipelines into and through New Jersey - and a slew of organizations fighting those proposals - one state environmental group is hoping a soft-spoken activist can organize the pipeline opposition. Thomas A. Gilbert, 45, a longtime activist known for his land preservation work, will begin working June 15 as a campaign director at New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Currently, pipeline proposals are evaluated case-by-case by a range of governmental agencies: the PennEast pipeline carrying natural gas into New Jersey from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale fracking region, the Diamond East pipeline on a similar track, the Pilgrim Oil pipeline to carry Bakken shale oil, and the New Jersey Natural Gas and South Jersey Gas pipelines through the Pine Barrens.
May 31, 2015 |
Washington Township's Jessica Hughes, a long-established hit machine, has 212 career hits during her stellar career that still has life thanks to No. 212. There have been many memorable hits in that group, but the final one in her final home game will be difficult to top. With her team trailing 3-2 and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Hughes, a lefthanded batter, slapped a two-run double to left. She kept running to score on a throwing error, and Washington Township defeated Kingsway 5-3 in a South Jersey Group 4 final between Gloucester County and South Jersey softball titans.
May 29, 2015 |
Mike Bowman, chief executive of Valley Forge Casino Resort, will become president of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, where he has been chairman, the Upper Merion Township casino announced Wednesday. Bowman, a veteran of the casino industry who got his start in Atlantic City, plans to step down June 15, the announcement said. Until the casino, which is controlled by investor Ira Lubert, replaces Bowman, chief financial officer Alex Figueras and chief marketing officer Jennifer Galle will oversee the property.
May 28, 2015 |
A new group - backed by the region's largest health insurer, its top academic medical centers, Comcast Corp., and others - wants to roll out the red carpet for health-care start-ups in the Philadelphia region. The Health Care Innovation Collaborative grew out of a CEO Council for Growth task force chaired by John Fry, president of Drexel University, and Dan Hilferty, president and chief executive of Independence Blue Cross. The collaborative is to be announced Wednesday at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Region meeting in Center City.
May 25, 2015 |
When David Smith turned toward the cage, the first thing he noticed was a defender bearing down on him. It was a fitting moment because it summed up the entire game: One team pushed, the other team pushed harder. And with that defender in the corner of his eye, Smith starting pushing. "I saw I had a step on him, and I just took off down the field. I was able to slide left toward the goal and get a quick shot off top-shelf," Smith said. "The first thing I thought when it went in was: It's about time.
May 24, 2015 |
For the group representing Pennsylvania school board members, when it comes to the state's billion-dollar charter-school industry, there's no such thing as too much information. But frivolous is the word charter-school operators are using to describe the blizzard of Right-to-Know requests submitted by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. They were lodged with about 180 publicly funded charters in every corner of the state, seeking data on how those schools spend millions of dollars on such items as salaries, consultants, rent, ad campaigns, and a long list of other expenditures.
May 22, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday gave Endeka Entertainment L.P., a partnership of mostly Philadelphia-area investors, until November 20 to secure financing for Endeka's proposed $225 million casino in Lawrence County. But the gaming board is keeping Endeka on a tight leash, requiring new partners Joseph G. Procacci and Merit Management Group to submit their applications by June 1 and giving other partners until June 15 to submit previously requested information.
May 22, 2015 |
The Watermark at Logan Square retirement complex was acquired earlier this month for $65.3 million by a company identified as SNR 21 Logan Square Owner, according to city records. The buyer shares a Texas address with Fortress Investment Group in a related document filed with the city. Watermark Logan Partners sold the property to SNR 21. Fortress spokesman Gordon Runte and Watermark spokeswoman Jill Hofer did not return calls seeking comment. The Watermark has 464 rental apartments and assisted-living units, according to the property's website.