June 10, 2015 |
It's officially safe to carry signs to School Reform Commission meetings. Three former Philadelphia teachers have settled a civil-rights lawsuit they filed against the SRC, Commissioner Bill Green, the city, and others, splitting $32,500 in what they say were First Amendment violations. At a crowded and contentious February SRC meeting, officials confiscated placards from Lisa Haver, Ilene Poses, and Barbara Dowdall. City police also removed Poses from Philadelphia School District headquarters after she refused to surrender the sign she wore around her neck.
March 1, 2015 |
Susan Funck got the horrible news on her 47th birthday - Aug. 27, 2012. Her 13-year-old daughter, Hannah Duffy, had a brain tumor. A biopsy later confirmed that the tumor was malignant. It would be fatal. Funck swore from the beginning that she would tell Hannah the whole truth about her diagnosis. Over the next year, Hannah confronted her mortality, sometimes tearfully. She also scored a winning soccer goal in double overtime two weeks after her biopsy. She laughed and celebrated.
February 11, 2015 |
When the Erlton Bowl opened in the Ellisburg Shopping Center in 1961, Delaware Township was soon to be renamed Cherry Hill. The space-age bowling center on Kings Highway near Route 70 quickly became one of the township's leisure destinations, especially after fitness guru Jim Correa's gymnasium was added on a few years later. And in the early 1970s, "Uncle Al's Lounge" inside the Erlton Bowl hosted Bruce Springsteen - then so unknown, his last name was spelled in newspaper advertisements as Springstein - in concert.
December 25, 2014 |
Marcus Smith has a plan for his first offseason as an NFL linebacker, which is more than can be said about his first regular season as an NFL linebacker. He wants to get bigger, stronger, harder. He weighs 260 pounds now, but "I don't look it," he said. "I want to be able to look it, be faster and more explosive than I was coming into it. " Smith sat at his locker for a while Tuesday, talking about his rookie year with the Eagles. It would be kind to say he has not made much of an impact.
December 2, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Ryan Costello had no idea how fast his life would change. A Chester County commissioner whose first baby was born last December, Costello didn't know that less than 12 months later, he would have launched and won a campaign for Congress, and that he'd be walking the same halls as national leaders and attending a meeting in the Oval Office. "My little boy can take eight steps," Costello, 38, said last week. "When the campaign first started, he couldn't even roll over.
November 12, 2014 |
When it comes to local politics, one knee-jerk reaction often begets another. Commissioners in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, learned that the hard way after they barred the tax collector and a state representative from holding office hours in the library. The move came after a workshop meeting in October without a board vote, and it was unclear at Monday night's workshop meeting whether there had been a consensus to take any action. As the debate grew heated, two commissioners said simultaneously: "There was no agreement" and "We all agreed.
August 29, 2014 |
Safety became associated with a lot of four-letter words to Eagles fans that March day in 2009 when the team let its most beloved player sign as a free agent with the Denver Broncos. What the - insert your own four-letter word here - were they thinking when they let Brian Dawkins leave? When the - again, use the four-letter word of your choice - are the Eagles going to find a replacement for Dawkins? This is the Eagles' sixth season without Dawkins, who is retired and being paid to express his NFL opinions on ESPN.
August 21, 2014
THE LAST game Chip Kelly coached for the Oregon Ducks, Kenjon Barner was electric. Oregon defeated Kansas State, 35-17, in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, and after gaining 143 yards on 31 carries, Barner talked to reporters about what was special about the coach the Eagles were about to hire. "Sitting in a meeting room with him is a lot different than sitting in a meeting room with anybody I've ever sat with, because it's not just about football, it's about life," said Barner, who amassed 126 yards on 27 second-half carries.
March 6, 2014 |
Concerned about reports that a faith-based organization wants to create a 300-bed facility in the township to serve Burlington County's homeless population, about 120 residents turned out for Tuesday's Lumberton Township Committee meeting in hope of sharing their views and learning more. But after Mayor Lew Jackson advised the crowd that the township had received no formal application for the project, and Solicitor Michael Mouber cautioned committee members about voicing opinions on a project they might have to vote on, only a few residents stepped to the microphones.
January 31, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - A lot of Eagles fans wondered aloud this season how much better Chip Kelly's high-powered offense might have been with the injured Jeremy Maclin mixed in among the wide receivers. Here's one obvious answer: not nearly as good as Peyton Manning and his cast of dynamic wide receivers with the Denver Broncos. This, of course, will forever be known as The Season of Peyton. It will be his name next to the NFL-record 55 touchdown passes and the 5,477 passing yards. With a win in the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium, he will have completed the greatest season by any quarterback in the league's history.