July 18, 2014 |
AFTER MONTHS of presenting evidence and calling witnesses, the prosecution and defense recapped their cases yesterday during closing arguments in the federal corruption trial of six former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges and a Chinatown businessman. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony Wzorek and Denise Wolf have painted the defendants as hack judges who lacked any moral compass as they wittingly wrote off traffic tickets for friends, family members or anyone connected in the city's vast political arena.
July 18, 2014
NICOLE MARIE CAPP, 26, and Justin Matt Sapolsky, 28, both of Center City, are co-founders of Matt & Marie's Italian Sandwiches on 18th Street near Arch. The two are Wharton MBA graduates and were finalists in the 2013-14 Wharton Business Plan Competition. In 2013, Matt & Marie's began as a catering business but this year shifted to a brick-and-mortar store that opened on June 30. I spoke with Capp. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Matt & Marie's? A: Matt and I both wanted to open up a place in the fast-casual space with Italian sandwiches.
July 15, 2014 |
With a glistening river beside him and a lush treetop canopy above, Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, was in his nature-loving glory atop his Zurich LeMond road bike one spring day a couple of years ago, breezing along the Schuylkill River Trail, when two things of beauty caught his eye. They were signs on the fence of a restaurant on the other side of Kelly Drive, just west of the Route 1 overpass, in...
July 12, 2014 |
The fun thing about BalletX is that you never know what you are going to see. The roster of dancers changes often. The company specializes in new choreography from codirectors Matthew Neenan, Christine Cox, or whoever they feel like working with. The shows are usually good. Then, there's Sunset, o639 Hours , a feast of entertainment, emotion, and moments of genius. Sunset , which opened Wednesday night at the Wilma Theater, was created by Neenan and composer-musician Rosie Langabeer, a Kiwi who divides her time between Philadelphia and New Zealand.
July 12, 2014 |
One of the giants of 20th-century European literature, Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) achieved in his stories an intoxicating blend of comedy, drama, and social satire. His particular brand of magic realism also featured blistering critiques of the Soviet political system, making much of his work unpublishable during his lifetime. His masterpiece, The Master and Margarita , was written in the 1920s, but not published until 1967. Bulgakov, who was a physician, had more luck during his lifetime with a series of autobiographical short stories he published in medical journals during the 1920s, surreal yarns about a know-nothing youngster fresh out of medical school stuck in the middle of nowhere who is responsible for the health of an entire town.
July 12, 2014 |
The nonprofit foundation that manages Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is offering $1,000 grants to encourage students to transfer to the schools. Christopher Mominey, chief operating officer of the Faith in the Future Foundation and the archdiocese's secretary for Catholic education, said the new "transfer advantage" grants were part of the effort to boost enrollment at the 17 high schools. He said the foundation wanted to attract students who were not enrolled at Catholic high schools but were interested in learning more about them.
July 9, 2014
ROMAN CATHOLIC point guard Tony Carr received an offer from Temple, he informed the Daily News yesterday. Carr, a rising junior for the Cahillites, also holds an offer from La Salle. Carr, currently ranked as a four-star prospect and a top-100 player in the nation by many scouting services, is a guard who can control the game's tempo, hit the perimeter shot and is developing as a scorer. With Rashann London moving on to Drexel from Roman, the 6-1, 160-pound Carr looks to make immediate impact next season in the Catholic League.
June 27, 2014 |
The 76ers hold seven picks in Thursday night's NBA draft, or, analytically speaking, 11.67 percent of all the selections available to the 30 teams. The first two of those picks - the third and the 10th in the opening round - are the most intriguing, of course, and will have the most to say about the ongoing construction of the Sixers roster, but those five second-round picks say a lot more about general manager Sam Hinkie. Maybe the idea of Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid wearing a Sixers uniform is what has you glued to what will happen soon after the curtain goes up, but there's something about how Hinkie slalomed through the gates of last year's draft that really makes him the most interesting guy to watch.
June 24, 2014 |
When Delina Adams found out she'd been named an Affinity Scholar, she started screaming. Her mother ran down the stairs of their Northeast Philadelphia home. "She thought I was dying," Delina said. A few days after the phone call from her college adviser, Delina held an official letter from Mastery Charter Schools, dated April 2, confirming she was one of its 35 Affinity Scholars. The letter suggested to the family a great cloud had been lifted. "You will receive over $150,000 in financial aid (inclusive of scholarships and grants)
June 22, 2014 |
I was talking with Weichert Realtors agent Jane Wellbrock a few weeks back about the increasing number of multiple bids for what are, in most of the Philadelphia region, too few houses for sale. Wellbrock, who works out of the Chadds Ford office, was lamenting the "quieter second quarter" she was having compared with the last couple of years, but she provided an example of a 25-year-old house that went on the market for about $500,000 and had five offers in the first week. "There's just no inventory," Wellbrock said, and she and other agents are resorting to "cold calls" - telephoning neighbors of recent sales to see if they are ready to list.