March 8, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Singleton leaned over the railing on the visitors dugout at Bright House Field and stared. The Phillies were taking batting practice in the stadium where Singleton began his promising 2011 season as a Clearwater Thresher. "Hey, J!" John Mayberry Jr. yelled as he ran past. "How you doing?" Singleton said. By September, Singleton had turned 20, and he was a member of the Houston Astros organization. The former Phillies top prospect, traded for Hunter Pence last July, is enjoying life in an organization emphasizing youth.
March 3, 2012 |
One of the first congressional candidates to emerge from the Occupy Wall Street movement withdrew from the Democratic primary ballot Friday but pledged to run a write-in campaign. Facing a legal challenge to his nominating petitions, Nate Kleinman said he would rather spend the next two months building support at the polls than battling over signatures in court. "There's about seven weeks left until this election," he said. "It makes absolutely no sense for me to be going back and forth with them over signatures.
February 23, 2012 |
A breakaway group from the Occupy Wall Street movement is organizing a national assembly in Philadelphia around the Fourth of July to draft a petition for "redress of grievances. " The assembly would not be an Occupy-style event, Michael S. Pollok, a New York lawyer and organizer, said Wednesday. The group would meet in a "state of the art" facility near Independence Hall as opposed to occupying a public space, he said. Also, the delegates who attend must be elected, a major shift from how Occupy Wall Street or Philadelphia operated.
February 7, 2012
I APPRECIATE Stu Bykofsky's anger and frustration at the apparent hypocrisy of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israeli interests. One must seriously question whether this group and its aims are in anyone's best interests. Still, his argument is flawed at a number of levels. First, the fact that there have been a few Arab citizens like Miss Israel Rana Raslan, of Haifa, who have risen above their second-class status does not belie the fact that the Arab citizens of Israel do not enjoy "full rights" equal to those of their fellow Jews as he suggests.
February 1, 2012 |
Gov. Christie apologized Tuesday night for his highly criticized comment about the civil rights movement. "To those folks out there who were somehow offended or concerned about the ambiguity in my statement, I apologize," Christie said during his monthly appearance on the 101.5 FM segment Ask the Governor. It was a rare moment of contrition for a popular politician known for his colorful, candid use of language and tendency to stand by everything he says. Last week, the Republican governor announced after a town-hall meeting in Bridgewater that he would veto a gay-marriage bill if the Democrats who control the Legislature succeeded in sending it to his desk.
January 4, 2012 |
Christmas came a little early for Robert Cassell and the rest of Pennsylvania's nascent craft distilling industry. And their gift, by extension, is going to be shared by all spirits-loving Pennsylvanians who like to drink local. It came in the form of House Bill 242, which Gov. Corbett signed at his residence Dec. 22. As a whole, this omnibus legislation is a steaming mash tun of unrelated and seemingly picayune adjustments to the state's liquor code, from extending happy hours to rules for golf course bars.
December 18, 2011 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes always thought Big East creator Dave Gavitt was one of those rare individuals who could see the writing on the wall before anyone else could even see the wall. "He is certainly one of the great people that I have had the opportunity to meet in my life," said Barnes, who coached at Providence from 1988 to 1994 and regarded Gavitt, who died in September, as such a strong mentor he never made a major decision in his career without checking with Gavitt.
December 9, 2011 |
I walked down to Thomas Paine Plaza the other day to see how the Occupiers were making out in their new, designated home. It was hard to tell, based on the half-dozen or so folks hanging out. I couldn't tell whether they were sitting in or simply sitting down. That's the thing about Occupy: Its presence is mostly visual. When its members aren't visibly agitating, you never know what effect they're having. And, yes, some students do have a problem with a movement made up, in large part, of their peers.