August 13, 2014 |
THE UNION notably struggles against FC Dallas, and even during its recent surge under the direction of interim manager Jim Curtin, the club's lone MLS loss came against the foe from North Texas. But if the franchise is to win its first trophy, the Union will need to get past Dallas tonight in the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Philadelphia enters the 9 p.m. game at Toyota Stadium with a 0-3-4 all-time record against Dallas in league games. A win would propel it to its first U.S. Open Cup championship match, which would be held Sept.
August 13, 2014 |
THIS ONE GOES OUT to all the dinosaurs out there. And you know who you are, you musty mail carriers, you fusty farmers, you lumbering lumberjacks and yeah, you too, you neglected newspaper reporters. Or so says the labor studies that track the doomed in quickly disappearing jobs. It takes a dinosaur to know a dinosaur. So when this newspaper dino spotted an "old school" stenographer at a "new school" technology journalism conference last month, I got curious. And when I saw the rock-star reception Norma Miller and her fellow stenographers were getting at the conference put on by Knight-Mozilla's OpenNews project, I did what any terrestrial facing extinction would: I tracked her down in hopes of gleaning some survival tips.
August 7, 2014 |
LeSean McCoy often likes a heavy workload, but the Eagles running back won't request one in the preseason. When McCoy was asked what he hopes to get out of the exhibition season, his answer was honest. "Not too much playing time," he said. McCoy said there is value in returning to the field and getting into the flow of the game, getting used to the calls from the sideline. He also wants to endure a hit. "We haven't really been hitting," McCoy said. "We want to play safe because we're playing against each other.
August 4, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau had relentlessly pursued the organizers of the Lightfair International, trying to persuade them to hold their huge commercial-lighting trade show at the Convention Center. The show would be a big win for the city: $25 million in economic impact, 23,000 attendees, more than 13,000 nights in hotel rooms. But it appeared that New York's Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center had a firm lock on Lightfair's show on the East Coast. Then, finally, Philly's sales pitch worked.
August 1, 2014 |
Perhaps you remember giggling at an educational film that featured a stentorian narrator's warning about the perils of, say, becoming unpopular in high school. Melodramatic message movies of this sort seemed ludicrous to classroom viewers, even in the pre-ironic 1960s and '70s. So imagine Richard T. Wilson's challenge in making educational films for the young, media-savvy, uber-skeptical audiences of 2014. "I used to be one of the people giggling," says Wilson, 50, the married father of a daughter who attends Eastern High School in Voorhees.
July 31, 2014 |
BETHLEHEM - Mike McCoy pursued his dream for what must have seemed like forever. It took 36 years, but last year it finally happened for him. So maybe it's really true what they say about life and all those best things. "It was kind of the culmination of a long journey," he said Monday via speaker phone at Saucon Valley Country Club, where starting Sept. 6 he'll try to defend his U.S. Mid-Amateur title. "I've been trying to win a USGA championship since I tried to qualify for the U.S. junior at 14. " Nine months ago in the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.)
July 30, 2014
MOST big cities change slowly. Most of us in Philadelphia would argue that ours is one of the slowest to change. Change is complicated, though - it's both physical and cultural. While our politics and values may keep us in another era, the city's physical changes over the last few decades have been both more dramatic and more mixed. We have more high-rises, more gentrified neighborhoods, more creative public spaces, but also more entrenched vacant lots and blight. A microcosm of that complicated change is the corner of Allegheny and Germantown, where three siblings were mowed down by two carjackers and killed last week; their mother is still in critical condition in the hospital.
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.