September 19, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter, if given the chance, plans to speak with Pope Francis during the papal visit to Philadelphia about barriers faced by the LGBT community in the United States and to ask the pope to "end judgment" of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics. In a statement Friday, Nutter's office summarized the message he hopes to deliver to the pope. The comments, addressed to "Your Holiness," touch on a range of concerns in the LGBT community including alienation from the church, discrimination in housing and employment, and isolation of youth leading to depression and suicide.
September 15, 2015 |
As the Flyers get ready to open training camp this week, they do not look nearly ready to capture their first Stanley Cup since Gerald Ford was in the White House. Yeah, it's been awhile. But although this team isn't expected to challenge for a Cup it last won in 1975, there is an air of optimism that second-year general manager Ron Hextall has generated. Hextall is working his way through Salary Cap Jail - his predecessor left him in a difficult situation - and he will have some money to spend after contracts expire (or are bought out)
September 14, 2015 |
It's hard to miss Stephen Stahl when he strolls down New Hope's Main Street. Ocean-blue shirt, blinding-white pants. Flip flops clacking beneath his feet, black shades resting atop his trimmed white hair. And, on Friday, quarters in his pockets. With wings on his back. "I'm going on a flight!" he joked to a friend driving by as they pointed at the feathery appendage strapped around his shoulders. Then he turned and chuckled: "People think I'm coming out of a gay bar or something.
September 14, 2015 |
Many things have to happen for the Flyers to reach the playoffs this season, and Matt Read's return to form is high on the list. The veteran winger, bothered by a high ankle sprain for parts of last season, scored a career-low eight goals in 2014-15 - 14 fewer than the previous season. Read is now healthy, and his quickness has returned. "I'm 100 percent. I can't wait for the season to start. Just put last year behind me and move forward," he said after skating at the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees on Friday - a week before veterans officially start camp.
September 12, 2015 |
Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin sat behind his office desk on Thursday afternoon and watched the television mounted on the wall. It was tuned to the news conference announcing the dismissal of Ruben Amaro Jr. as general manager. Mackanin's future beyond this season is uncertain. He tries not to think about it. The decision is out of his control. But as he watched the news conference, Mackanin heard incoming president Andy MacPhail say that a new general manager does not necessarily have to hire a new manager.
September 11, 2015 |
MAIKEL FRANCO might return to the Phillies lineup in 2015 after all. A week after continuing to feel discomfort in his left wrist after hitting, Franco took 20 swings in the cage yesterday: 10 dry swings, and 10 hitting off a batting tee. It went about as well as he could have hoped. "No pain at all," Franco said. "I feel fine. Everything feels good. " Franco suffered a small fracture in his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 11 in Arizona. His return this season appeared unlikely when he tried to take batting practice last week in New York - with a month left in the season - but still felt pain.
September 9, 2015 |
In a historic election campaign, more than $1.3 million in union cash has gone to state Supreme Court candidates this year, a sum labor leaders say underscores a siege mentality that has them looking to the courts as a bulwark against the enemies of organized labor. "They're looking and digging for ways to get rid of unions," Pat Eiding, president of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, said of some state legislators. From liquor-store privatization and pension changes to challenges to laws that set a minimum wage for public contracts and allow unions to negotiate contracts in private, unions fear a rise of proposals that would weaken them.
September 8, 2015 |
Four years ago, University of Pennsylvania researchers published early but electrifying results. An experimental T-cell therapy eradicated end-stage leukemia in two patients, and put a third in remission. Soon after that, pharmaceutical giant Novartis partnered with Penn, aiming to commercialize the breakthrough. Since then, a more modest picture of success has emerged in treating the blood cancer, a type called chronic lymphocytic leukemia that usually strikes in middle age or later.
September 5, 2015 |
On the surface, the Union appear very much in the hunt for one of the six Major League Soccer Eastern Conference playoff spots, but a closer look presents a dire situation. The Union (7-14-6) have 27 points, just two behind sixth-place Orlando City. Both teams have played 27 games, with seven remaining. Yet the wild-card team is the Montreal Impact, currently in seventh place with 28 points, one behind Orlando City. The Impact have four games in hand over both the Union and Orlando City.
September 4, 2015 |
THERE WAS a time, not too long ago, that St. Joseph's Prep, and everyone else in the Catholic League, looked up at La Salle in the standings. In fact, from 2008 through 2012 the Explorers gorged themselves on five consecutive AAAA football championships. That is until Prep head coach Gabe Infante and his kettle of Hawks unseated La Salle in 2013, capturing the last two CL and AAAA state titles in the process. So, will we see more of the same from the Prep or a return to what used to be with La Salle this season?