May 19, 2015 |
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster, and Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on the recently completed road trip with the team. This is the fourth in a series of stories about the Fightin Phils. It began with a six-hour bus ride on a Thursday night from Reading to Erie and ended with a 10:30 a.m. matinee attended mostly by grammar school kids Wednesday at Harrisburg's Metro Bank Park. Lefthander Tom Windle started the first and final games of the trip.
September 9, 2014 |
You might think that to those in the jewelry business, one Christmas is indistinguishable from the next, an exhausting onslaught of men and women looking to wow someone with a watch, a pendant, or an engagement ring that will inspire a "Yes!". But for Harvey Rovinsky, Christmas 2007 will forever be "embedded in my brain. " And not for anything worthy of an eggnog toast. It was the first holiday season of a recession just picking up steam - and on disturbing display at Bernie Robbins Jewelers.
August 18, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Reading righthander Aaron Nola understood that this was another learning experience. After a sterling performance in a 9-2 win over Harrisburg in his double-A debut Aug. 6, the Phillies' first-round draft choice from LSU was quickly humbled in a rematch. During his second start, also against Harrisburg, Nola allowed three runs on three solo home runs in four innings Wednesday. He struck out two and walked one in throwing 78 pitches, 51 for strikes. "This makes me want to get over this quickly," Nola said.
August 11, 2014 |
Nnamdi Asogwa's green 2010 Camry sits in his Upper Darby driveway, shiny and tagless testimony to the small nightmare he's been living. Asogwa, 33, is a Nigerian immigrant, and a U.S. citizen since 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in political science, an M.B.A., and a job as a project manager at Siemens Healthcare in Malvern. He also has a story that illustrates, at the very least, the risks of running even slightly afoul of the rules followed by the police, auto insurers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
April 5, 2014 |
CHICAGO - There are only 30 big-league managing jobs, and everybody agrees that Ryne Sandberg paid his dues and then some to get one. Right around the time he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a tribute to his playing career with the Chicago Cubs, Sandberg decided he wanted back in as a big-league manager, and he was more than willing to take all the long bus rides and climb through each rung of the minor leagues to do it. ...
December 13, 2013 |
Don't look for Archbishop Wood's Deion Oliver to be playing any basketball, organized or other, after football season. Last January, after the Vikings' run to the PIAA Class AAA state final, the offensive lineman blew out his right knee while attempting a dunk in a pickup hoops game. That resulted in surgery and months of rehabilitation. "My knee twisted inward," Oliver said. "I didn't feel a ton of pain at first. When I had it checked out the next day, it showed that I had torn my anterior cruciate ligament and both menisci.
December 4, 2013 |
THE DIFFERENCE between 1-11 and 2-10 is negligible. Except maybe for the team that finished with a 20-point win at Memphis after losing four straight in which it was either tied or leading going into the fourth quarter, including two that came down to the final seconds. Particularly if you're a team that'll still only have a handful of seniors next year. To all the ones coming back, it's something. "We wanted to let people know where we're going to be headed next year," said Temple sophomore center Kyle Friend, who was on the field for every offensive play.
July 30, 2013 |
His grandfather escaped from the Treblinka death camp, his grandmother died there. Decades later, when Witold "Vic" Walczak returned to his family's native Poland, a young man amid the Solidarity protests of the 1980s, he got knocked around and strip-searched by police. "At that point, I knew I wanted to be a civil liberties attorney," said Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Today, Walczak helps lead the legal fight for what is fast becoming Pennsylvania's preeminent civil rights issue: gay marriage.
February 13, 2013
MY DUMBEST investment was to buy shares of Rambus at its all-time high on margin, due to an early-morning phone call to my house from a high-pressure "financial adviser" from my full-service brokerage. He told me that a court decision was ready to be announced and that this baby was set to pop! I was so clueless that I gave him the green light, only to see the stock plummet that very same day. I became pretty mad and woke up to the fact that I needed to take the reins of my financial future.
December 5, 2012 |
At the time, it seemed like a great idea, a nocturnal outing on a spring evening for a dozen or so Temple University friends. "Let's go to the Divine Lorraine," Brian Jerome, then a 19-year-old art student, suggested to all those assembled on the benches outside Peabody Hall. It was before midnight on April 6, 2010. Brian had been inside the abandoned hotel on North Broad Street many times. He had felt the lure of the graffiti-draped Divine Lorraine from the moment he arrived on campus as a freshman the year before.