November 6, 2015 |
On the banks of the Delaware on Wednesday, Gov. Wolf said his priorities for the Port of Philadelphia are investing in its aging infrastructure, creating jobs, and keeping Pennsylvania economically competitive. The governor said one of his goals is to develop the 196 acres at the eastern end of the Navy Yard known as Southport, the first major maritime expansion in Philadelphia in 50 years. In recent months, more than a dozen port operators, energy firms, and private investors have expressed interest in developing all, or part, of the empty land south of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
November 6, 2015 |
After not fielding a varsity football program since the 1930s, New Hope-Solebury, following two years at the club and junior varsity level, returned to the scene in 2009. The new Lions made a considerable splash four years later by going 8-4, winning the Bicentennial Athletic League title, and advancing to the semifinals of the PIAA District 1-12 Class AA subregional playoffs before losing to West Catholic. A largely inexperienced group slumped to 4-8 last season. But this year's squad, with a 9-0 overall record and 6-0 mark in BAL action, is firmly back on the winning track.
November 5, 2015 |
The Manayunk Bridge dominates the view from the outdoor deck behind Gaily's Crazy Cow Cafe. The nearly 100-year-old bridge reopened Friday as a pedestrian and bicycle throughway connecting Lower Merion and Philadelphia. "I'm hoping they'll see me from the bridge and come down here," said Gaily Moore, the owner of the restaurant on Manayunk's Main Street. She is among business owners looking to the bridge to bring new customers. The proximity of Main Street shopping to the bridge has some envisioning Manayunk as the go-to shopping and eating destination for Lower Merion's Bala Cynwyd community.
October 31, 2015 |
What is reality? For Ma and Jack, the mother and just-turned-5 son played with breathtaking might and magic by Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, reality is a 10-by-10-foot shed, locked from the outside, a small roof window letting in a square of sky. In Room - written by Emma Donoghue, adapting her bestseller of the same name, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson - this is the place where parent and child live. She has been imprisoned for seven years. He has lived there since birth.
October 28, 2015 |
The 76ers say Nik Stauskas' status for the season opener against the Boston Celtics will be a game-time decision Wednesday night. But the shooting guard did not hide the fact that he is eager to play at TD Garden after practice Tuesday at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Stauskas was asked if he expects to play, if the decision were up to him. "Oh, yeah," he said. "I hope so. I feel good. " The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder missed all seven Sixers preseason games after suffering a stress reaction in his right leg on Oct. 1. He returned to practice Sunday, but was allowed to work at only "50 percent intensity.
October 28, 2015 |
MALCOLM JENKINS, the best safety and the only real defensive backfield leader the Eagles have had since Brian Dawkins left town, said something interesting early Monday morning, in a deserted visitors' locker room at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Jenkins was asked if the 27-16 loss would sting longer than usual, given that the Eagles were entering their bye week and wouldn't be able to take the field in the next week, even for practice....
October 27, 2015 |
The stories were heartbreaking. A husband and wife whose son was just 40 days old when he died. A woman whose husband left her when she got cancer, and who was diagnosed two more times with the disease. A 17-year-old with a scholarship who had to drop out of college when she got pregnant. Those were some of the stories people heard Sunday at a Cherry Hill gathering organized by A Woman's Business, an international organization dedicated to advancing women through advocacy and service projects.
October 26, 2015 |
Earlier this month, I walked around the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot before Temple's game against Tulane, asking the Owls faithful whether they wanted an on-campus stadium or to stay at the Linc. I was surprised by how many - almost all - liked the idea of a campus stadium. Talking to season-ticket holders, parents of players, and former players, I found plenty of uniformity in their opinions. However . . . They diverged on sub-issues. On parking, for instance. Many agreed that is a tough obstacle on Temple's campus - "That's the tricky part," one man said.
October 23, 2015 |
MANY TIMES, usually at the end of practices, Jahlil Okafor will playfully palm the head of someone in the 76ers organization as the players gather for some words from coach Brett Brown before they head to the foul line to get in their final work of the day. Because his hands are so enormous, his grip usually encompasses pretty much the whole head, no matter who it is. Okafor is every bit of a man-child. The man part is obvious, from his hulking 6-11, 270-pound physique and booming voice, which sounds as though it is being electronically enhanced, like someone who wants to remain anonymous in an interview.
October 22, 2015 |
DURING THE Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown era, the Sixers' most known quality outside of all of the losses they have piled up is their lightning-quick pace. Based on offensive possessions per game, the Sixers played at the league's seventh-fastest pace this past season and the fastest in the entire NBA in 2013-14. That heightened pace leads to more possessions each game for the Sixers and their opponents, leading to inflated points-per-game totals. To see through the noise and discrepancies that causes, it's best to look at team performance through offensive and defensive rating, which illustrate how many points a team scores or surrenders per 100 possessions.