April 3, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - You can sit down and talk basketball with Brett Brown 24/7 without hesitation. But the 76ers coach doesn't prefer to do that. Though basketball is his livelihood, he is a well-traveled man who graduated from Boston University and is very informed about all sorts of subjects. He feels a real importance to interact with his young team on other things besides the game they play for a living. It's why the team organized a trip to the White House on Tuesday. Before last night's game against the Wizards in the nation's capital, players and others from the organization on the tour showed off cellphone pictures of what they saw the day before.
March 11, 2015 |
Public education funding, already a key issue in the race for mayor of Philadelphia, could eclipse other subjects of debate this year if an anticipated rush of spending by political groups overwhelms the campaign messages of the candidates. "Independent expenditure" groups, working apart from the candidates in the May 19 Democratic primary, could set the agenda for the race. That spending is expected to pay for preelection television commercials. One group now gearing up is American Cities, a political action committee launched by the founders of the investment firm Susquehanna International Group.
March 10, 2015 |
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Trade speculation surrounding Cole Hamels will persist until the Phillies pull the trigger on a deal. That may not come until closer to baseball's July 31 trade deadline. But according to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Sunday, one club has in the last couple of days "stepped up and has shown more particular interest" in the prized lefthander. Such a vague comment could be taken a multitude of ways but is certainly notable on a weekend when one potential Hamels suitor lost its ace and a published report pegged the New York Yankees as another.
March 4, 2015 |
A Los Angeles developer expressed interest in buying Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City after a U.S. Bankrutpcy judge on Feb. 19 allowed Revel to terminate the planned $95.4 million sale to Glenn Straub, according to a bankruptcy-court filing by lawyers for a group of Revel's restaurant and retail tenants. Revel last week revived its deal with Straub, a Florida developer, but at the singificantly lower price of $82 million. A hearing to approve the new deal with Straub is scheduled for Wednesday in Camden.
March 3, 2015 |
Haverford Trust's John Donaldson has prepared his client portfolios for an interest-rate hike - but he doesn't think it's going to be severe, or happen any time soon. "Rates are still very low by historical measures. We feel fairly confident the Fed is not going to do a repeat of the 2004-2006 years with 17 meetings of increases. That's not going to happen," says Donaldson, Radnor-based director of fixed income. "But it's reasonable to go from zero to 1 percent," he says, perhaps even by next year, at which point the central bank could pause and consider the effect of the rate hikes.
February 22, 2015 |
Local public-access cable TV might be falling out of favor elsewhere in the country, but four months after the station serving Lower Merion Township and Narberth went dark, three groups are vying to revive it. George Strimel, who runs the public station in neighboring Radnor Township, has offered to take over Lower Merion's operation, not to be confused with the channels that carry public meetings. The Lower Merion Historical Society also is making a pitch, as is a King of Prussia group.
February 21, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams hinted at a potential bid for U.S. Senate next year, as his party seeks a nominee to take on the incumbent, Republican Pat Toomey. "Anytime people talk about that, it's something you have to consider," Williams said Thursday in a telephone interview. He stressed that he is focused on his current job, but said being a senator might give him more chances to make an impact statewide. Supporting early childhood education or after-school programs, he said, "would really do a great job with helping us prevent crime.
February 7, 2015 |
Evander Kane, the speedy but enigmatic Winnipeg left winger who has drawn trade attention from the Flyers in recent seasons, could be on the block after his latest controversy with the Jets. If healthy, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Kane would fit nicely on the Flyers' top line, alongside all-stars Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. He was placed on the injured reserve list Thursday and will miss at least the next two games with an undisclosed injury. On Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver, Kane was a healthy scratch because he wore a track suit to a team meeting instead of a suit, a violation of the club's dress code, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
February 6, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, the good folks at Baseball Prospectus shared their preliminary preseason calculations with the rest of the world, forecasting the final standings for the 2015 regular season. The Phillies, not surprisingly, will finish in last place in the National League East, according to the website. It has Ryne Sandberg's rebuilding Phils in line for a 70-92 season, bad enough for the worst record in all of baseball. So please temper your excitement that Phillies pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout in Clearwater, Fla., 2 weeks from today.