January 9, 2014 |
AS WE ALL begin to reflect on the last 12 months in the life of the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club, it becomes more and more clear that there is a book in there, somewhere. And if someone feels like writing it, about the arrival of a new coach with a revolutionary reputation, about the instant turnaround that he wrought, this would be the best title: Chip Kelly, Narrative Assassin. It isn't just the way he stands behind a lectern at his news conferences and systematically refuses to play along with any question containing a preconceived notion - which he does with a withering consistency.
January 8, 2014 |
IN AN ATTEMPT to turn up the heat on Gov. Corbett, three local Democratic state senators used a news conference yesterday to tout legislation for same-sex marriage, thus courting Democratic voters in advance of the May primary. State Sens. Larry Farnese, Michael Stack and Daylin Leach gathered in City Hall to push for the passage of two bills - one that would legalize gay marriage and another to create special protections for members of the LGBT community seeking housing and employment opportunities.
December 25, 2013 |
Chip Kelly's line, "We're from Philadelphia. We fight," became a popular rallying cry for fans after the Eagles' 54-11 win over the Chicago Bears. Kelly said he came up with the line at halftime when an NBC reporter asked him whether he would take his starters out of the game. He repeated it when the topic came up at the postgame news conference. The first-year coach has endeared himself to fans with sound bites all season. At his introductory news conference, Kelly referenced the Wing Bowl and Vince Papale.
November 16, 2013 |
HARRISBURG The botched rollout of the Department of Public Welfare's effort to consolidate payroll services for home health-care workers for the disabled led to thousands of those employees going unpaid for as long as four months this year and cost taxpayers millions in extra care costs, according to a new audit. The report, released Thursday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, examined a December 2012 decision by then-DPW Secretary Gary Alexander to cancel 36 state-based contracts for payroll services to those workers who provide long-term care for the disabled and award a single contract to Boston-based Public Partnerships Ltd. DePasquale said the agency's mismanagement of the transition led to financial and emotional hardship for as many as 20,000 disabled Pennsylvanians and roughly an equal number of the workers who earn from $8 to $15 an hour to care for them.
November 2, 2013 |
Camden's view of Philadelphia is about to reach new heights. In a move to capitalize on the waterfront vantage of the Philadelphia skyline, the Adventure Aquarium announced Thursday that a $5 million observation tower is to open in spring 2015. The tower ride, which will be funded by the aquarium's corporate parent, Herschend Family Entertainment, will hold up to 30 people and rise 300 feet in the air. "We have an amazing view on this side of the river. This is a view you can't get anywhere," Kevin Keppel, executive director of the aquarium, said at a news conference Thursday.
October 31, 2013 |
IT DIDN'T exactly shock the world, but, as the 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline approached yesterday, the Eagles made a minor deal, dispatching 32-year-old nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to New England, along with a sixth-round pick next spring, for a fifth-rounder, also in 2014. Astute observers will note that the Pats' pick is likely to be toward the end of the fifth round, and the Eagles' pick is likely to be in the upper half of the sixth, so, basically, the Eagles got Sopoaga off their roster without embarrassing the 10-year veteran by deactivating or releasing him. Sopoaga was a starter, getting 47 snaps against the Giants, but not a particularly productive one, with 10 solo tackles, 18 total, in eight games.
October 21, 2013 |
To get a sense of what farmland preservation looks like in New Jersey, stroll Hartford Road in Moorestown. Just north of the vast Lockheed Martin missile defense complex sits 58 acres of dairy barns, grain silos, farmhouses, pasture, and soybean fields. And in the field across the way, another crop is sprouting: townhouses. There, bulldozers are clearing land and steamrollers are paving roads for a 122-unit subdivision, the Mews at Laurel Creek, with prices starting at $469,000.
October 12, 2013 |
ABINGTON Gun-safety advocates tried to drum up support Thursday for a stalled state bill that would require background checks for all sales of rifles, shotguns, and assault weapons. At a news conference at Abington Memorial Hospital, Democratic lawmakers from Bucks and Montgomery Counties, advocates, and doctors urged a vote on the bill, which has been before the Judiciary Committee since March. Unlike handguns, the "long" guns can be purchased from a private seller without a background check.
September 20, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Wednesday signed into law a bill overhauling the state's tax incentive programs, touting the measure as a bipartisan achievement that would enable New Jersey to better compete for business. During a week of events focused on jobs, Christie signed the bill at a Statehouse news conference. Standing nearby were Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester), Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex) and other lawmakers. "Today, I'm proud to make New Jersey a more attractive place to do business," Christie said.
September 13, 2013 |
Got money? Help a Philadelphia school afford workbooks, paper, and other educational materials. That was the pitch from Mayor Nutter, who announced the formation Wednesday of the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund to raise money for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District as well as the city's charter and Catholic schools. "This is a great opportunity to support children in the city," Nutter said at a City Hall news conference. "I've heard from so many people who are interested in helping and getting involved in education for children.