June 23, 2015 |
Anne Marie Jones is bracing herself to tell a story of drug addiction, prostitution, and recovery to a city preparing for a pope. The 48-year-old mother of three clawed her way out of a life on the streets with the help of Dawn's Place, a residential treatment program for women involved in human trafficking. "Here, I found immediate peace and safety," said Jones, sitting at a table at the program's headquarters, where she is now a peer mentor. Jones is scheduled to share her story on Monday at a news conference to announce the formation of a charitable fund aimed at ensuring that the visit of Pope Francis, scheduled for Sept.
June 20, 2015 |
A Norristown neighborhood is to be awash in music, splashing, cheers, and laughter Saturday as the historic George Washington Carver Community Center pool is resurrected. Once the party is over, however, organizers will resume the tough slog of rebranding, raising money, and proving to the community that the center can be self-sustaining for years to come. "We have to get through this season, and we have to validate whether or not the community really wants these types of programs," said the Rev. Byron Craig, who leads the new board of directors, installed in October.
June 19, 2015
SOUL AGENDA Who: Soul (10-2) at Los Angeles (2-9) When: Tomorrow, 11 p.m. Where: Honda Center (18,336). TV: ESPN2. On the web: soul.arenafootball.com/allaccess Line: Soul -11. About the Soul: Re-signed defensive end Teddy Jennings this week and will have him in the lineup. Jennings tied the franchise record last year with 11 sacks . . . Star linebacker Beau Bell is likely to miss his fourth consecutive game with a back injury. He spent last season with LA, where he registered 13 sacks and was first-team all-AFL.
June 19, 2015 |
Somewhere in a remote part of Canada, antennae are likely picking up the signals of 100 shorebirds that just weeks ago were on the beaches of Delaware Bay, where they were caught with giant nets and fitted with tiny transmitters. The birds are robin-size creatures called red knots. After precipitous declines in their population on the bay - from about 100,000 birds in the 1990s to about 12,000 a few years ago - federal officials designated them as threatened in December. Researchers know that red knots have one of the longest migrations on the planet - from the tip of South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic.
June 17, 2015 |
VANCOUVER - As Jill Ellis addressed reporters for the last time before the United States' World Cup group stage finale, there were signs that the sting from Friday's scoreless tie with Sweden hasn't fully subsided. "We've got to raise our performance, and I would say that whether we're sitting on six points or one point," Ellis said. "You sometimes think about taking the reins off a little bit, and just letting them out of the gate, letting them play free. " Ellis' team could do with that kind of outing tonight, when more than 51,000 fans are expected to pack BC Place to watch the United States women play Nigeria.
June 11, 2015 |
ADULT-FILM actress Mary Carey will be in town for a double jubilee this weekend as she celebrates her birthday and the 11th anniversary of the Gold Club (1416 Chancellor St.) in Center City. Carey, famous for her flourishing career in porn, appearances on the VH1 reality-TV series "Celebrity Rehab" and for an unsuccessful bid for governor of California in 2003, has new aspirations, including a possible run for mayor of Philadelphia. During a phone interview yesterday, Carey told me that she's likely abandoned her plans to run for president of the United States - a job for which she becomes eligible when she turns 35 on Monday.
June 8, 2015 |
BOONE, Iowa - First they rode hogs. Then, they ate them. Freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican, drew seven presidential candidates and about 1,000 activists to her inaugural "Roast and Ride," the latest entrant in Iowa's long history of food-centric retail political events. "Live to ride and ride to live!" Ernst, stoked on a Monster energy drink, said. Revving her 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail, Ernst led Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 300 other riders from a dealership in Des Moines on a 39-mile cruise to the exposition grounds here, site of the August Iowa Straw Poll.
June 5, 2015 |
WINNING A single Triple Crown race for a horse trainer is just like winning any golf major or any championship in any team sport. No matter what else happens in a career, only one trophy in horse racing's marquee series is a forever moment. Bob Baffert has won 11 Triple Crown races since 1997 - the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness six times, the Belmont Stakes once. To put in perspective how dominant Baffert's stable has been since Silver Charm won the '97 Derby, consider that he has won nearly 20 percent of all Triple Crown races since then (11 of 56)
June 5, 2015 |
WITHIN THE SPAN of the first few weeks of action this spring in Clearwater, Fla., two unrelated elements played out on the diamonds at the Carpenter Complex. Despite Maikel Franco's presence in big-league camp, manager Ryne Sandberg said that 24-year-old Cody Asche would see "95 percent" of his work at third base to get him best prepared to be the team's Opening Day third baseman. Only four years earlier, the Phillies used their fourth-round selection in the amateur draft on the University of Nebraska infielder; they needed less than $170,000 to sign him. Across the way, as minor league camp began, the team's top pick from the same draft didn't show up for work.
June 5, 2015 |
THE NHL DRAFT is 22 days away, but there is little intrigue as to how Round 1 will begin on June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. - not with two generational talents who have set themselves apart from the rest. Connor McDavid will go No. 1 to Edmonton. Jack Eichel will quickly follow at No. 2 to Buffalo. After that? Anyone's guess. But with a crop of talent that rivals the all-time deep draft class of 2003 - when the Flyers nabbed Jeff Carter at No. 11 and Mike Richards at No. 24 - the Flyers are in a solid position to pick at No. 7. "I think as a group, this might be as good as that group back in 2003," Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor said yesterday in a conference call from the draft combine in Buffalo.