July 18, 2014 |
RICH NICHOLS, the longtime manager of the popular Philly hip-hop and neo-soul band the Roots, died yesterday after a long battle with leukemia. He was 55. Nichols, of Philadelphia, had managed the Roots since their start in 1992 and was "instrumental" in every part of the group's "creative, cultural and professional life," according to a statement released by the band. "He was a great dude. . . . He was, creatively, one of the most special men I've ever met," said Larry Gold, who ran the famed Studio on 7th Street near Callowhill, where the Roots and other artists recorded.
July 16, 2014 |
A panel appointed by President Obama sided with SEPTA management Monday on most of the issues in its long-running labor dispute with Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers. The presidential emergency board, whose recommendations are not binding, said the rail workers should get the same 11.5 percent raises negotiated in a five-year contract in 2009 by bus drivers and subway operators. The railroad workers are not entitled to retroactive raises or an additional increase based on a pension boost received by the bus drivers' union, the board said.
July 16, 2014 |
JOHN PETTIT, the former manager of a Southwest Philadelphia strip club accused of killing a patron in the club's parking lot in 2009, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder yesterday. Pettit, 53, of Pennsauken, N.J., entered into a nonnegotiated guilty plea to third-degree murder and recklessly endangering another person for the Oct. 16, 2009, fatal beating of James Koons. Koons, 31, of Media, died from a fractured skull two weeks after Pettit punched and knocked him to the ground in the parking lot of the Oasis strip club, on Essington Avenue near 70th Street.
June 27, 2014 |
ONE HUNDRED seventy-two times from 2001 to 2009, a 6-4, mop-haired defender from suburban Philadelphia took the field for a regular-season MLS game. Almost 14,000 minutes were logged in that span, along with several more in various postseason appearances. Tomorrow, in a 7:30 p.m. match at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Jim Curtin will man the sideline for the first time as a team manager in an MLS game. Seventeen days have passed since the Union fired manager John Hackworth and promoted Curtin in the interim, but the league's 3-week World Cup break has limited the Philly club's action to two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup contests against clubs from lower-level leagues.
June 23, 2014 |
When the 76ers first hired Philadelphia development manager AthenianRazak to find a new place for the team to practice, "New Jersey wasn't on anybody's radar screen," says partner Alan Razak . Instead, the Sixers toured would-be practice sites near their Navy Yard offices, with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. "These weren't big enough for the offices, too," Razak said. "The Sixers had resigned themselves to split operations. " But then Gov. Christie signed New Jersey's 2013 business tax break program, granting fat incentives for moving jobs to his low-growth Garden State.
June 18, 2014 |
WHO SAID Pete Rose would never return to baseball? Last night, Rose managed the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish to a 2-0 win over the visiting Lancaster Barnstormers. Rose, 73, who was banned from baseball nearly 25 years ago, was able to manage because the Bluefish play in the independent Atlantic League and are not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The all-time hits leader, who helped the Phillies win the 1980 World Series, was banned from the major leagues in August 1989 amid allegations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds.
June 17, 2014 |
Had the Phillies shown up on Father's Day and played like men intent on having some say in the National League East race, this would have been a good time to point out that they are about to begin a brutal sequence of games against a lot of good teams and some great pitchers. There is no reason to do that, however. None whatsoever, because it was obvious after the offense's latest disappearing act that this team has no chance to be anything but dead and buried by the end of the 35-game stretch that begins Monday night against the first-place Atlanta Braves.
June 17, 2014 |
Carl Ortell gets the problem. He runs a big company: $1.6 billion in revenues, 2,800 employees, global, growing, never had a layoff. But his company, Automotive Resources International in Mount Laurel, isn't well-known and its business, fleet management, isn't well-understood. "The only threat to the vision we have to grow the business, to expand our business globally, is whether we could attract the talent that we needed as a family-owned business in an industry that's under the radar," said Ortell, 51, the company's president.
June 14, 2014 |
The two men on the dais Thursday morning at PPL Park could not have dressed more differently. Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz, the man tasked with rebuilding the club once more, wore a patterned shirt unbuttoned at the collar, his sleeves rolled up. Work mode, he called it. At his right elbow, interim manager Jim Curtin sat in a dark suit, his tie crisply knotted, the mop of red hair from his MLS playing days neatly shorn....
June 13, 2014 |
THE UNION officially turned the page on the John Hackworth era yesterday, formally introducing Jim Curtin as the club's interim manager. "I'd say, to put it simply, we've had a bunch of very good players have poor first halves of the season," Curtin said in a news conference at PPL Park, 2 days after the team announced the firing of Hackworth and a day after the firing of technical director and assistant coach Rob Vartughian. "We have 18 games left; that's the good news. We have 18 games to get this ship right.