January 26, 2016 |
Ten cups. There always has to be 10 cups. That's the way Rachel Grace, the manager for the North Penn girls' basketball team, likes it. Or rather, that's what coach Maggie deMarteleire prefers, and similar to the mind-set of a successful player, Grace does what her coach asks of her. Over the course of a game, the conscientious Grace immediately greets each player who is subbed out with water. During timeouts, she supplies the cups as soon as the whistle blows. Then she's back, meticulously filling the cups throughout the entirety of the contest.
January 21, 2016 |
Doug Pederson stood in the front of the NovaCare Complex auditorium for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon. He thanked lots of people and answered question after question about the most high-profile job he has ever held. Sure, he once opened a season as an NFL starting quarterback right here in Philadelphia, but nothing he did or said mattered much, which was good because he never did or said much that mattered. Pederson was Andy Reid's chosen body and mind to bridge the gap to the start of Donovan McNabb's career.
January 18, 2016 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Saturday offered a reminder of what Philadelphia once had with Andy Reid. He coached deep into the playoffs, as he often did with the Eagles. And he answered questions about his time management, which he also did often with the Eagles. The New England Patriots stopped the Kansas City Chiefs' 11-game winning streak with a 27-20 win at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots advanced to their fifth consecutive AFC championship game. The Chiefs were eliminated, and the loss allows the Eagles to hire offensive coordinator Doug Pederson as their head coach.
January 17, 2016 |
The emergency manager appointed by Gov. Christie to analyze Atlantic City's finances said Friday that "parochial" political interests were impeding progress there and endorsed a state takeover of local government. In his final report to the governor, Kevin Lavin said the city must enact structural changes and take bolder steps to cut costs, by monetizing assets to close a projected $300 million deficit over the next five years and be financially stable thereafter. He did not recommend bankruptcy.
January 17, 2016
An Inside History of the American Presidency By David Greenberg W.W. Norton. 640 pp., $35 Reviewed by Paul Jablow 'In public life it is sometimes necessary, in order to appear really natural, to be actually artificial. " Which 20th-century American president made the above statement? In the highly unlikely event you knew it was Calvin Coolidge, count yourself a scholar of spin. If not, you might find Republic of Spin , David Greenberg's account of presidents and their spinmeisters, enlightening.
January 12, 2016 |
Shirley H. Barol, 94, of Philadelphia, a mother who managed her husband's medical practice, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, at home of complications from cancer. Mrs. Barol was married for 57 years to Daniel H. Barol, a pediatrician affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Hospital. He maintained a private practice for 35 years in Center City. Mrs. Barol became the office and business manager of the practice after raising her children. "She devoted significant energy to overseeing both the medical and family business affairs," her family said.
January 8, 2016
Robert Stigwood, 81, the impresario who managed the Bee Gees and produced 1970s blockbusters Grease and Saturday Night Fever , died Monday. Born in Adelaide, Australia, in 1934, Mr. Stigwood moved to Britain in the 1950s and soon became an astute player in Britain's embryonic rock music industry. In the 1960s, he managed rock group Cream and its guitarist Eric Clapton before signing brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, collectively known as the Bee Gees, whose melodic folk-rock achieved late-'60s success before a career slump.
January 7, 2016
IF MAYOR KENNEY was looking not to raise expectations too high in his inaugural address Monday, he succeeded. The new mayor said the "vision" that would guide his administration would be to "deliver efficient, effective services to all Philadelphians. " Is vision the right word to describe Kenney's goals? Surely, making the buses run on time, keeping the streets clean and offering good policing are admirable goals, but they don't represent the pinnacle of what government should accomplish; it's the base line.
January 2, 2016 |
Thomas Dempster, 81, of Burlington City, who retired in the mid-1990s as a home delivery manager after 25 years at the Philadelphia Daily News, died of heart failure Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. "He was a very positive, outgoing individual," said a son, William, co-owner with his wife, Audrey, of Dempster's Sports Pub in Mount Holly. "His father passed at an early age," William said, "and he quit school at 16 to help support the family. " Mr. Dempster grew up in Kensington and, like others, gathered with other teens at Kensington and Allegheny Avenues, daughter Joanne Leicht said.
January 2, 2016
Q: I live near a lot of people who go over the top with Christmas lights. Last year, I got into the spirit and got a bunch of lights for the outside of my house. But this year, they were such a tangled mess that I recycled them and bought new ones so I wouldn't need to deal with it. To avoid this next year, how should I take them down? - C.S. A: This is such a great question. Storage is always a big problem, and strings of lights really do tangle easily. The downside to LED lights - and upside, if you think about it - is that we can use long strings because we don't have to worry about the electrical load.