July 11, 2014 |
At Cathy Taschner's first school board meeting as superintendent last month, she and the Coatesville Area School District's board said they were stopping pay increases for some administrators while they reviewed how the district makes payments. Some employees were paid more than they should have been without school board approval, Taschner said. "People said, 'I can't believe you did that your first board meeting,' " said Taschner, who officially became superintendent on June 13. The move was a sign of changes to come.
July 6, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Casper Ware was impressive enough this past season to turn a 10-day contract into a season-ending roster spot with the 76ers. The 5-foot-10 point guard will be looked upon to provide leadership during Saturday's Orlando Summer League opener against the Magic at Amway Center. But his earning a roster spot for the forthcoming season is far from guaranteed. The Sixers acquired Pierre Jackson from the New Orleans Pelicans in a NBA draft-night trade for second-rounder Russ Smith.
July 4, 2014 |
It might have been any social function: a buffet table, a bar, and the buzz of conversation about theater, about books, about kids. But this was no typical affair - although it's been going on for generations. The Annual Fellowship Dinner for Two Congregations, as it is simply named, has for almost 70 years brought together members of Philadelphia's Christ Church and Congregation Mikveh Israel, two institutions steeped in American colonial history, and intertwined with each other for just as long.
July 3, 2014 |
LAST WEEK, when the final NBA pick was sent in around midnight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and former Saint Joseph's forward Ronald Roberts Jr.'s name wasn't called, he didn't panic. He called his agents from Pensack Sports and decided the best opportunity for his career was to play in two summer leagues, one in Las Vegas with the Miami Heat and one with the Sixers, who practice less than a mile from the St. Joe's campus at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
July 3, 2014 |
FOLLOWING HIS team's recent U.S. Open Cup victory against the New York Cosmos, Union interim manager Jim Curtin alluded to reinforcements to come after the World Cup. It's now evident that one potential lineup fortification could come via a player already on Philadelphia's roster. Curtin said yesterday the Union is "in close communication with" and "actively looking" at center back Carlos Valdes, who's in Brazil competing in the World Cup with the Colombian national team. The Union still owns the rights to Valdes, a defender for the team in 65 matches during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
July 2, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Northside Festival, the Brooklyn-based cousin of South by Southwest (SXSW), has a lot more going on than art-house films and indie bands. Like SXSW, Northside highlights tech innovations - which is why you'll see venture capitalists and entrepreneurs roaming the events. If you can spot them, that is. Among the venture capitalists at this year's Northside was Phineas Barnes, a partner at the Philadelphia-based firm First Round Capital and a graduate of Haverford College and Penn's Wharton School.
July 2, 2014 |
FOR 30 YEARS, Jo-Rhodie Smith, a retired dietitian's assistant, has lived in Norris Apartments, a public-housing project near Temple University in North Philadelphia. A few years ago, after the high-rise building across the street was torn down in Phase I of the renovation of Norris Homes, Smith said very few of the people there were able to return to the townhouse-style apartments at 11th and Norris streets that rose in its place. So Smith was a bit hesitant yesterday when Mayor Nutter, Housing and Urban Development official Jemine Bryon and a slew of other officials stood a few steps from her front door and announced that Philadelphia had won a $30 million HUD "Choice Neighborhood" grant to revitalize a half-mile-square area around Norris.
June 29, 2014 |
They're a couple long on love but, they fear, short on time. Pedro Ortiz is seriously ill with congestive heart failure, and is scheduled for surgery on Monday. His sweetheart, Shawna Hannon, has rarely left his bedside during more than a month of hospitalization. Ortiz, 44, worried that he might die before they could wed. So when nurses in the cardiac-care unit at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia overheard the two saying they wished they could marry, the staff flew into action.
June 28, 2014 |
The Los Angeles Kings are known as Flyers West. They have key people who were with the Flyers in one capacity or another - on the ice, behind the bench, and in the front office. Maybe the Flyers should be called Los Angeles Lite, because clearly, new general manager Ron Hextall - a former assistant GM with the Kings - plans to adopt some of L.A.'s building strategy. That means a heavy emphasis on the draft. The Kings won the Stanley Cup with 11 homegrown players this season (the Flyers had three)
June 27, 2014 |
AFTER questionable career comeback choices playing Elizabeth Taylor on Lifetime and opposite porn star James Deen in "The Canyons," Lindsay Lohan is going to try the theeeyatuh. Lindsay will move to London to make her professional stage debut this September in a revival of "Speed-the-Plow," a Hollywood satire by David Mamet . Lindsay will take the relatively small but complex role of an ambitious secretary in Mamet's drama about two Hollywood producers trying to close a major deal.