July 28, 2014 |
AND ON the third day, Ryan Howard rested. Again. After Howard was held out of the Phillies lineup in each of the two previous games against the San Francisco Giants, manager Ryne Sandberg kept the former MVP in the dugout again last night against lefthander Wade Miley and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Howard appeared to be a little more than unhappy on Thursday afternoon. But yesterday, he was a bit more upbeat as he walked out of the clubhouse before batting practice. The length of his stay out of the lineup is unknown, as Sandberg continues to say he writes out his lineup "on a day-to-day" basis.
July 25, 2014 |
IN THE SHADOW of the old Tastykake factory in Nicetown, there's a greenhouse with an organic vegetable garden and a 170,000 square-foot warehouse owned and operated by the SHARE Food Program. About noon yesterday, Jimmy Rollins and his wife, Johari, prepared a batch of fried green beans for a hungry group of fans and SHARE volunteers outside the greenhouse. "You can't have fries all the time," the Phillies shortstop said. He insisted you try his "green fries" instead. The recipe was simple enough - green beans, olive oil and a dash of salt - but the idea that Philadelphians don't have access to fresh, healthy foods is more complex, and an issue that the Rollins family is invested in. Rollins was outside the SHARE factory to pledge $10,000 from the Rollins Family Foundation and to put a familiar face behind SHARE's initiative to serve healthy and affordable foods to Philadelphians across the city.
July 22, 2014 |
THE REV. KEVIN R. Johnson, embattled pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church, will leave the 103-year-old North Philadelphia church on Oct. 31. Several congregants said Johnson announced from the pulpit yesterday that it was "crystal clear" after a contentious meeting of church leadership Thursday that the time had come for him to depart. "I have enjoyed Philadelphia," Johnson reportedly told the congregation. "But the Lord has told me it is time to move on. " He said that because his wife is "gainfully employed" as a lawyer, he will take his time seeking another pulpit, congregants said.
July 22, 2014 |
The Rev. Kevin R. Johnson, pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church, told his congregation Sunday that he will leave the historic North Philadelphia church, formerly led by U.S. Rep. William H. Gray 3d, in October. Johnson made the announcement during Sunday services at the church at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Barbara Grant, a spokeswoman for Johnson, said Monday. He said he would leave the church Oct. 31. Johnson, who declined through Grant to be interviewed for this article, wrote in a letter to the congregation Monday that "it has become clear that there is a difference within the church around leadership and direction and, after careful reflection and meditation, my family and I feel it is time to move on. " Grant said Johnson had come under criticism within the church in recent months and had been questioned about church finances.
July 19, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Republicans are routing Democrats when it comes to raising money in the four most competitive House races in the Philadelphia region. The Republicans in those contests have more than three times as much cash on hand as the Democrats: $5.36 million to $1.64 million as of June 30, according to campaign filings released this week. In three of the four races, the Republican candidates raised at least twice as much in the latest reporting period as their Democratic rivals.
July 17, 2014 |
SCOTT LAUGHTON was stuck on the boards, scrambling and looking for a way out. The 2012 first-round draft pick was being defended in a one-on-one situation by 2013 first-rounder Sam Morin. The 6-7 bruiser had already smashed Radel Fazleev against the glass and checked Nick Cousins to the ice but he couldn't trap Laughton for the boom shot. Laughton twisted his skates and did a half-spin that left Morin sliding on the ice. He whipped a puck to the open man who slapped it for a goal past Merrick Madsen.
July 15, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Maikel Franco and Domingo Santana were teammates for 11 days in 2011 at single-A Lakewood, and the two Dominicans born 21 days apart in August 1992 occupied a corner of the visitors' clubhouse Sunday afternoon at Target Field. They represent baseball's scarcest commodity - powerful, young position players - and laughed at the placement of their lockers. This reunion at Sunday's annual Futures Game was orchestrated. "I think so," Santana said. "Oh, yeah," Franco said.
July 14, 2014 |
The Flyers have drafted one goalie since 2005 who has appeared in a regular-season game for the team. Jeremy Duchesne, a Flyers third-round draft pick in 2005, played 17 minutes in a 6-4 loss to the Islanders on April 1, 2010, making three saves on four shots. Since then, nothing. In the last 20 years, Brian Boucher, Roman Cechmanek, and Antero Niittymaki are the only Flyers draftees to receive significant time. Anthony Stolarz, the Flyers' 2012 second-round pick, is trying to end the team's futility at developing players at the position.
July 14, 2014 |
LUSBY, Md. - Not many ships dock these days at the gigantic Dominion Resources pier that sprouts out of the Chesapeake Bay here, about a mile off Maryland's western shore. Since the American shale-gas boom began, there has been little call for imports of liquefied natural gas for which this pier and a massive onshore processing plant opened 36 years ago. The pier, which can accommodate two 1,100-foot LNG tankers simultaneously, is mostly home for a raucous and untidy colony of gulls, well-fed from a nearby landfill.
July 13, 2014 |
The clock is ticking on the Union. In a season in which little has gone right, they find themselves outside the playoff picture, in the lower half of the Eastern Conference standings. The Union (4-8-6), however, have earned seven points in their last four MLS games, making a playoff push possible. To make it a reality, they need more stretches like the last one. They sit just two points out of a playoff spot, but that's deceiving because they have played at least one more game than every team in playoff position.