November 18, 2015 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams remained silent yesterday, again ignoring a request to his office for details about the sensitivity training that three city prosecutors involved in the Porngate email scandal are supposed to undergo. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women went live with an online petition calling on Williams to fire the three prosecutors and "restore public trust" in his office. NOW president Nina Ahmad said last night that the petition would be "pushed out" today to members and women's groups around the country via blast email and social media.
November 16, 2015 |
Joshua Clark of Highland and Alyssa Aldridge of Mainland won Group 3 titles Saturday at the NJSIAA Cross-Country Championships. Clark, a senior, finished the 3.1-mile course at Holmdel in 16 minutes, 17 seconds. He improved on his fourth-place finish of a year ago. Hammonton's Joseph Dougherty (16:32) placed fourth. Aldridge, a sophomore, was the fastest girl in any class, coming home in 18:13. She won by 32 seconds and became the sixth girl from the Cape-Atlantic League to win a state championship.
November 14, 2015 |
In one sense, Lexie Palladino prepared for days to score the winning goal in one of the biggest soccer games of her life. "All week we worked on shooting low and hard to the corner," Palladino said after Shawnee's 2-0 victory over Eastern on Thursday in the South Jersey Group 4 championship game. "When I got my chance, I was like, 'All right, this is it. Just like we practiced.' " In another sense, the goal that secured the sectional title was four years in the making. "These seniors have worked so hard for this moment," Shawnee coach Drew Wagner said.
November 14, 2015 |
Haddon Heights came out with an aggressive mind-set and it led to the program's second sectional girls' soccer title in four years. Scoring twice in the first nine minutes, the second-seeded Garnets defeated fifth-seeded Glassboro, 3-1, Thursday in the South Jersey Group 1 final played at Audubon. Heights (18-4) will face Central Jersey champion Shore Regional on Tuesday in a state Group 1 semifinal. The Garnets fell on this same field to Audubon, 1-0, in last year's sectional final on a goal with 12 seconds remaining.
November 14, 2015 |
Ahead of what promises to be a contentious City Council zoning hearing Monday, the partnership planning to build the $450 million Live! Hotel & Casino in South Philadelphia said Thursday that it had won the support of the five community groups in neighborhoods surrounding the proposed development. Stadium Casino L.L.C., a partnership between Cordish Cos. of Baltimore and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., which owns Bensalem's Parx Casino, said its community-benefits agreement established a charitable fund that will disburse at least $15 million in grants over the next 20 years.
November 12, 2015 |
THE COUNTDOWN is on. The 76ers have lost their first seven games of the season, 17 in a row, including the final 10 of last season. As the losses mount, so does the tension among the players and coaches. As much as they say it doesn't, it simply does, if for no other reason than the topic will keep coming up until that first victory. And with a schedule that is quite brutal for the rest of the month, who knows when that might come? It is something many in this area have become used to, with a 26-game losing streak two seasons ago, which tied an NBA record, and a 17-game winless streak to begin last season, one off the beginning of a season record.
November 7, 2015 |
Under brilliant stadium lights, a swarm of gray and black figures swept onto the field, crashing into one another for a team hug. The beaming members of the Haddonfield field hockey team lifted a shiny blue plaque bearing the words "Central Jersey Group 1 Champions" over their heads. "I'm really proud, you know, and I think they are too," head coach Lindsay Kocher said after her team defeated visiting Haddon Township, 3-0, on Thursday. "They put a lot of work in. Our motto this year was, 'Get better each day.' I just told them, 'Your hard work paid off.' " Haddonfield knew Haddon Township wasn't going to be an easy fight.
October 30, 2015 |
Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. Bethel, one of the highest-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department, will retire in January to join an advocacy group that focuses on youth violence prevention. Bethel, a 29-year member of the force, runs patrol operations and is known as a strong proponent of community-oriented policing tactics. His name was among those floated as a possible replacement for Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is retiring in January. Ramsey said working with Bethel was a "joy," and called his work for the department "immeasurable.
October 27, 2015
IT SORT OF makes sense. An ongoing porn mess paints the state's highest court and the extended criminal-justice system as some lewd lodge of lascivious men. A certain attorney general suggests that all her legal woes, maybe all that's evil anywhere, is due to a cabal of crass, craven men. So the solution seems simple: Let women run things. And that's exactly what's proposed by an unlikely source: the Pennsylvania Business Council, whose more than 150 members include major corporations, such as U.S. Steel, PECO, PNC, Shell and Hershey.
October 24, 2015 |
After rejecting all new cyber charter applications in the last three years, the Pennsylvania Department of Education received just one cyber proposal this fall. And the founding group is led by a former board president of one of the state's 14 existing cyber schools. David N. Taylor last month submitted the application for the Advance Cyber Charter School, an online school that would launch next fall with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. Taylor, president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, is a past board president of Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School, a K-12 cyber based in Harrisburg that opened in 2002 and enrolls 8,800 students statewide.