July 8, 2014 |
By day, Gerard Breland has spent the last 23 years prosecuting criminals. Among the 60 cases he tried was a particularly heinous matter involving murder and jury intimidation in Jersey City. But in his free time, the Burlington Township resident turns his attention to the less seedy side of life. He and his wife, Tonya, have recorded 17 original and traditional gospel songs on YouTube, earning as many as 15,368 views on one of them: "I Want to Say Thank You. " He also directs the music and worship team at Destiny Church in Moorestown.
June 24, 2014 |
Nine-year-old Israel's range of interests is nearly as wide as his smile. He loves cars, trucks, and for that matter, any moving machinery. His favorite pastimes include playing with Legos, watching action movies and cartoons on TV, wrestling, playing football, singing, listening to jokes and telling them (he has a very good memory). Cheerful and articulate, he is enrolled in special education at school, and benefits from the small class size and individual attention. As a result, he is steadily making academic strides.
June 19, 2014 |
MANY HISTORICAL events have happened in 3 days. The 1969 music festival Woodstock; Jonah's stint in the belly of a whale; and in 684 B.C., the usual 1-day Olympic Games were expanded to 3. Perhaps the past 3 days will go a long way in changing the culture of the 76ers organization. On Sunday, Kansas product Andrew Wiggins arrived in town. He was given a physical Monday and did some on-court work yesterday at the team's practice facility at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
June 17, 2014 |
As a girl growing up in Galloway Township, just outside Atlantic City, Cierra Kaler-Jones was wowed by the beauty pageant queens who visited her elementary school after they won. "All the little girls dreamed of being Miss America - you look at the crown, and the sash, and the glamor and think it's the end-all deal," she said. But as the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, the Rutgers University student said she now understands the role is much more. "It's about working for your community . . . and being intelligent and a mentor to others," she said in an interview Sunday, a day after she captured the title at the Ocean City Music Pier.
June 11, 2014 |
THE SAYING is that the NBA Finals don't begin until one team wins on the road. The 2014 Finals begin tonight in Miami. LeBron James did indeed change the narrative concerning the leg cramps he got in Game 1 by responding with a typical monster game on Sunday in a 98-96 series-evening win by the Miami Heat in San Antonio. For all the arguments I may make that James has not yet reached Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson or Larry Bird status, he unquestionably has displayed the rare quality that all great ones have to bounce back from adversity with superlative performances.
June 5, 2014 |
Larry Brown didn't sound like a coach who's in a hurry to get back to the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers have discussed reaching out to Brown, who coached the 76ers from 1997 to 2003 and led them to the 2001 Finals, about their vacant head coaching job, ESPN reported. During a telephone interview Tuesday, Brown did not discuss the Lakers, but he did offer some comments about coaching in the NBA that suggest he's not planning to leave Southern Methodist, where he has spent the last two years.
June 3, 2014 |
An independent, artistic 13-year-old, Parrish loves to draw and has exhibited his creations at his school's art show. He also designed the cover page for his class' poetry booklet. His interests, however, are not limited to art; they range from extreme sports to Shakespeare. He enjoys playing football and soccer, fishing, swimming, skateboarding, biking, and bowling. He also finds time to read classic literature (including Julius Caesar ), listen to a variety of music, play videogames, talk to friends on his cellphone, and even cook.
June 3, 2014 |
With the sudden death of Lewis Katz in a plane crash Saturday, his son, Drew, is expected to assume a large role in the ownership and management of The Inquirer as well as other organizations owned or influenced by his father. Drew Katz, 42, has long been a protégé of his father, who groomed him to run the businesses he owned and developed. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, said Sunday that Drew Katz would replace his father on the board of the media company.
June 2, 2014 |
With seven draft picks, the 76ers will have plenty of options in the NBA draft June 26. New York Knicks president Phil Jackson hopes one of those options involves selling a second-round selection to his franchise for the right price. "We have a limited amount of funds that we can use," Jackson told New York reporters Friday. "It's been prorated now to every team. You know, teams do sell draft picks. "We are going to approach teams and ask them if they're willing to allow us to buy a draft pick if we feel like there's a player we want to have at a position that comes up. " He specifically mentioned the Sixers and the Milwaukee Bucks, who have four draft picks.
May 16, 2014 |
Just in time for her feast day on May 22, St. Rita seems to have interceded for her namesake shrine in South Philadelphia. The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia has met with at least eight different developers about building on an empty lot next to the church, where its parochial school once stood. That's a far cry from just one month ago, when St. Rita's, a Catholic landmark, had not even a nibble on the property. St. Rita's original plans for the space didn't do justice to the corner of Broad and Ellsworth Streets, its neighbors said.