December 6, 2014 |
The following is a partial list of changes to the lives of members of the Archbishop Carroll boys' basketball team since 2008, the last time anyone other than Neumann-Goretti won the Catholic League. Accra, Ghana, circa 2010. Ernest Aflakpui, a promising soccer player in the West African nation's capital city, grows four inches. His cousin Michael Jones puts a basketball in his hands. They practice Euro steps on a little hoop in the living room. Aflakpui is raw, but takes to the game well enough to consider playing opportunities in the United States.
December 1, 2014 |
In 2009, a delegation of state regulators visited Mayor Nutter after granting Philadelphia Gas Works an unprecedented emergency rate increase that kept the utility afloat through another financial crisis. The missionaries from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, headed by then-Chairman James H. Cawley, urged Nutter to sell the precarious city-owned utility before another financial disaster struck - or worse. From the PUC's perspective, the utility's outlook was negative: PGW suffered from declining sales, its growth prospects were limited by the city's borders and its unwieldy public governance structure, it needed to accelerate replacement of its aging cast-iron gas mains, and its impoverished customer base was tapped out and could not pay more.
November 18, 2014
Sunday's loss in Green Bay represented the fourth-highest points total allowed by the Eagles in a game in team history. Here are the infamous five: Lost, 62 -10, to the Giants on Nov. 26, 1972 Lost, 56 -7, to Cowboys on Oct. 9, 1966 Lost, 56 -0, to Giants on Oct. 15, 1933, first game in franchise history Lost, 53 -20, to the Packers on Sunday Lost, 52 -20, to the Broncos on Sept. 29, 2013
November 16, 2014 |
By now, everyone agrees that the story the Eagles and their fans hope is evolving - the rag-arm-to-riches resurrection of Mark Sanchez - is going to be a great one, if only it would actually happen. If Sanchez continues to win in relief of the injured Nick Foles, and keeps the Eagles on course for a postseason run, then, yes, it will be one heck of a story. Not only would it be a feel-good turning point for Sanchez, who exited New York after four active seasons with the Jets as an object of ridicule, but it would certainly add to the growing legend of Charles Kelly, Miracle Man. The only problem with such a comeback and such a story is that the NFL doesn't appear to offer a precedent of anything quite like it ever happening before.
November 8, 2014 |
The buzz at Joe Hand's Gym that came with Bernard Hopkins' media day last week had simmered. A day later, it was time for the 49-year-old to focus again on Saturday's fight against Sergey Kovalev. The dozen spectators - mostly members of Hopkins' camp - pulled up chairs or sat on the tile floor. They watched in near silence, speaking in whispers, as Hopkins readied to spar at the Northern Liberties gym. Hopkins called his opponent "Iron Fists," a 27-year-old Ukranian who was instructed to mimic Kovalev's fighting style.
November 4, 2014 |
Voters in Pennsylvania are poised Tuesday to either make Republican Tom Corbett the first governor to lose reelection in the modern era, or hand him a historic comeback victory against Democrat Tom Wolf. New Jersey voters will choose a U.S. senator and decide the Philadelphia area's hottest congressional contest. Those are the region's marquee races in a midterm election that, nationwide, could shift the balance of power in the Senate and reflect a growing dissatisfaction with officeholders from the statehouse to the White House.
October 31, 2014 |
THE OLDEST house in Bellmawr, Camden County, sat in the back corner of a sprawling cemetery, mostly unnoticed, for centuries. The Hugg/Harrison/Glover house, as one local historian called the brick home, had additions tacked on over time, paint splattered over paint and covered in wallpaper. The date "1764" painted across the bricks of its west wall were hidden by trees and vegetation. Now the home's age is visible to thousands, day and night, unveiled atop a hill of dirt where South Jersey's busiest highways meet thanks to a Department of Transportation project that could turn it into rubble.
October 29, 2014 |
BRETT BROWN may not be as familiar as he's going to get with Marquis Teague's game, but he certainly is familiar with the makeup of the young man. Brown and Shawn Teague, Marquis' dad, were roommates at Boston University, where the two played for coach Rick Pitino. Shawn transferred to BU from Missouri to play for Pitino and also to play with his brother, John. Jeff Teague, Marquis' older brother, plays for the Atlanta Hawks. In Marquis, whom the team acquired on Friday from the Brooklyn Nets with a 2019 second-round draft pick for Casper Ware, Brown envisions a lightning rod of an offensive player and someone who will have to prove himself defensively in order to see minutes.
October 25, 2014 |
Sean Kelley thinks roller coasters and haunted houses have a lot in common. "[They] share the appeal of being something that seems really dangerous, but at the same time you know you're safe," says Kelley, senior vice president and director of public programming at Eastern State Penitentiary. "Haunted houses are like that in that you feel like you're going in somewhere you shouldn't be. " This Halloween, spooky thrills aren't contained within four walls. Festivities throughout Philadelphia cater to the whole family, from date night-worthy scares and beer-boosted tours to kid-friendly excursions.
October 23, 2014 |
Rabbi Deborah Waxman leafed through her mail before unwrapping a small orange, the punch line to a fabled Jewish myth. As it went, a rabbi once teased that a woman rabbi was like an orange on a ceremonial seder plate used during Passover. Neither belonged. The orange was a sly affirmation from a friend, mailed to Waxman as a symbol of the history she made by becoming the first woman and the first lesbian to lead a major movement of Judaism. Waxman, 47, took over in January as head of the Reconstructionist movement and president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, the movement's seminary.