October 15, 2015
ISSUE | ONLINE POKER A good bet for Pennsylvania The article "Boost for online poker, but enough?" (Oct. 2) noted that the approval of two additional poker websites in New Jersey would provide a "jolt" to the success of gaming in the state, but that "the market needs to expand to other jurisdictions to truly thrive. " That should serve as a timely reminder to Pennsylvania lawmakers, while budget negotiations drag on, that they could add as much as $100 million to the state budget - without increasing taxes - by agreeing to license online poker and other forms of online gaming.
August 15, 2015 |
Offensive tackle Jaelin Robinson is vying for a starting spot at Temple as a redshirt freshman. He may never have gotten this chance if his high school gym teacher could take a joke. The 6-foot-6, 319-pound Robinson was an accomplished basketball player at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, Conn., when he decided to joke with his gym teacher, John Acquavita, who also happened to be the head football coach, in the spring of his junior year. "I was in gym class and joking and said I would come out [for football]
May 18, 2015 |
Drexel University's newest housing complex won't have a dining commons or a study lounge. But it will have two floors of high-end day care and apartments at prices your typical undergrad would struggle to afford. Administrators hope the $55 million 3201 Race St. project on university-owned land will provide homes and child care to a mix of faculty and staff and a yearned-for influx of researchers and techies with ties to the private sector, not necessarily the school itself. The permanent year-round population of young professionals at the residential tower - and others like it to come - are part of Drexel's bid to tip the balance in its surrounding neighborhoods from gown toward town.
May 16, 2015 |
Vince Covello likes to return home to the Philadelphia area around the time of the annual U.S. Open qualifier because of the golf courses and because "I use it as an excuse to see old friends and family. " Covello, 32, who grew up in Havertown and now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., hit the jackpot yet again on his trip north Thursday when he shot a 4-under-par 68 at Makefield Highlands Golf Course in Bucks County to win medalist honors in the Open local qualifier. This will be Covello's fifth trip to sectional qualifying - the last step before the Open - and the fourth time he has advanced in the Philadelphia area.
September 29, 2014 |
The idea of an artwork produced from instructions isn't new. Marcel Duchamp thought that up while living in Argentina in 1919, mailing his recently married sister Suzanne and her husband, Jean Crotti, written instructions from Buenos Aires to Paris telling them how to make his wedding present to them, the ominously titled Unhappy Readymade . Art-by-instruction didn't really take off, though, until the late 1950s and early 1960s, when John Cage,...
September 15, 2014 |
It's a good time to be in the log business, because we're going to need a forest to feed all the wood fires stoking the growth of a Philadelphia restaurant scene this fall that, in 2014, has already set a new standard for "hot. " Many of those will be burning behind our ongoing obsession with pizza - at least four new Neapolitan-style pizzerias are firing up their ovens for September debuts. Capogiro is going beyond gelato for its new Capofitto pizzeria in Old City. And two new cross-street rivals, Ardé (from the DiMeo's crew in Andorra)
September 8, 2014 |
Quarterback Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) threw for 262 yards and four touchdowns to lead 10th-ranked West Chester to a 35-30 victory over host New Haven on Saturday in Connecticut. Al-Hajj Shabazz (Bartram) blocked a punt and recovered another blocked punt in the end zone for a score. Mike Labor (St. Joseph's Prep) led the Golden Rams with 12 tackles, including a sack. Delaware Valley 30, Montclair State 20 - The Aggies' senior tandem of quarterback Aaron Wilmer (George Washington)
September 5, 2014 |
Around local Division II and III football, there are several new coaches, plenty of returning stars, veterans back from playoff teams, and a rare matchup between big programs on Friday night. Widener and Rowan , two of the area's preeminent Division III teams, open against each other Friday at Rowan. It's only the second meeting between the Profs and the Pride. Widener, 6-4 last season, has a new coach in Mike Kelly, who spent recent years in professional football, much of it coaching in the Canadian Football League.
July 18, 2014 |
UIL Holdings Corp. announced Wednesday that it would stay in the hunt to buy Philadelphia Gas Works, despite passage of a deadline that allows it to pull the plug on the $1.86 billion deal. "We have decided to continue our efforts to pursue this acquisition and become a new business partner in the city of Philadelphia," James P. Torgerson, UIL's president and chief executive, said in a statement. Under UIL's purchase agreement, signed March 3, it has the option of exiting the deal after midnight Tuesday if City Council has not approved the sale.
June 19, 2014
How would your boss react if you skipped off for summer vacation leaving an important task undone? That's what City Council is doing to Philadelphians. Council is about to recess for the summer without scheduling hearings on a proposed $1.86 billion sale of Philadelphia Gas Works, which could produce much-needed support for the city's pension fund. Council's last meeting until September is set for Thursday, and there has been no word on that necessary step toward approving or rejecting the sale, as well as keeping the public informed.