April 22, 2016 |
EARL WEAVER, the late Hall of Fame manager with the Baltimore Orioles, once said he didn't believe in momentum because the next day's starting pitcher could take it from you. You can't find exactly when he said it, or whom he said it to, but there are hundreds of managers out there, if not thousands, who have embraced it as gospel ever since. Over the years, it's been shortened to "Momentum is only as good as the next day's starter" - which seems a great entry to addressing something T.J. Oshie said after Wednesday night's game.
April 19, 2016 |
MUCH OF the optimism that has been engineered by 76ers coach Brett Brown lately has been centered on his belief that the organization is going to be aggressive in the pursuit of free agents this offseason. While Brown admits that Philadelphia probably isn't a desired destination and that premier free agents such as Kevin Durant and LeBron James will end up elsewhere, he believes helpful new talent will be brought in as the next phase, as he calls it, of the rebuild moves forward. "There is more of an interest and real discussion with ownership, with (director of basketball operations)
April 17, 2016
On April 8, the Community Center at Visitation hosted its Hope Gala at Woodcrest Mansion at Cabrini College. The center in Kensington, one of the 10 poorest districts in the country, provides a safe place for community outreach, education, and recreation. More than 120 attendees, including the center's executive director, Sister Betty Scanlon, came together for a cocktail reception, dinner, and dance presentation by the Vietnamese Fan dancers. The Young Leader Community Service award went to Marc Mater.
April 15, 2016 |
IF THIS HAD been a prison sentence, Sixers coach Brett Brown was given three years of hard labor. The third one, completed with the 72nd loss of the season on Wednesday, nearly broke him. Trying to find a point guard to effectively lead his team for the first third of the season wasn't a real option with the players he was given. He was given no veterans with on-court value who could help him develop the multitude of NBA infants. His star rookie got into off-the-court problems in three instances that involved police.
April 11, 2016 |
From as far as Tennessee and as close as South Philadelphia, hundreds of people came Saturday to stand in spitting snow and unseasonably frigid temperatures for a chance at stardom. They were there at Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub, at Second and South Streets, for an open-casting call for the 32nd season of MTV's Real World , the network's longest-running reality series. "You don't give up something like this," said Michael Giuda, 21 of South Philadelphia. "I'm really in your face.
April 11, 2016 |
Nineteen years ago, Elyce Cardonick got a call about a newly diagnosed lymphoma patient whose fast-growing chest tumor was causing severe breathing problems. The cancer patient was 13 weeks pregnant and had rejected her oncologist's advice to abort before starting toxic chemotherapy. Cardonick, a young maternal-fetal medicine specialist then at Jefferson University Hospital , discovered that little was known about treating cancer during pregnancy. The issue became her calling, inspiring her to create the Pregnancy and Cancer Registry to collect data about treatment and long-term results for both mothers and children.
April 7, 2016 |
ONCE AGAIN, NFL free agency did not live up to what Stefen Wisniewski had in mind. Once again, he settled for a one-year deal with a team that needed a starting offensive lineman, hoping this might be the chance that could lead to long-term security, somewhere. Wisniewski, 27, is the leading contender to start at left guard for the Eagles after signing a contract that a source close to the situation said is worth slightly more than the $2.5 million he made on a similar deal last year in Jacksonville.
April 7, 2016 |
The decaying vacant house at Ella and Stella Streets sits just across from Hope Park in West Kensington's bustling heroin bazaar. Outside the back door are a half-dozen spent syringes, some with the needles severed off. Inside, dozens of white syringe wrappers form a snowcap on a layer of deep brown mud and a kaleidoscopic sprinkling of trash. The ground-floor windows are boarded up, making Officer Jeff Stauffer's flashlight the only beam of light to pierce the quiet darkness inside.
April 6, 2016 |
Philadelphia Gas Works is moving forward on a plan to expand its liquefied natural gas plant in Port Richmond to produce fuel for non-utility customers, exposing the city-owned utility to potential profits - and perils - of competitive business markets. On Tuesday, PGW will seek proposals from companies to buy and market LNG produced from a $120 million expansion at its plant. The utility believes there is a growing demand for LNG to fuel long-haul trucks, trains, marine vessels, and remote power-generation facilities.
April 4, 2016
Life Reimagined The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife By Barbara Bradley Hagerty Riverhead. 464 pp. $28 Reviewed by Aubrey Whelan Fifty-one years after a Canadian psychologist came up with the idea of a "midlife crisis," the term that launched a thousand red sports cars has passed from cultural phenomenon to collective inside joke. And, as Barbara Bradley Hagerty writes in her exhaustively researched Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife , what we think of as a classic "midlife crisis" - the great existential anguish that sets in around age 45 and doesn't let up until its subject has divorced the spouse, quit the job, and bought the sports car - affects much narrower swaths of the public than previously imagined.