August 19, 2015 |
Egg-glazed pastries, bright yellow egg tarts, and golden brown buns sit behind a glass window at Mong Kok Station, one of the many bakeries in Chinatown. There's a bakery at 109 N. 10th St. And, on the same block, two others plus Mong Kok at 153 N. 10th. That's four bakeries on one block, all offering almost the same thing: a cacophony of cream and carbohydrates. In the kitchen, dough is rising. And bun by bun, the bakers, some of them Chinese immigrants with little or no education and English language skills, are improving their lot in life.
August 19, 2015 |
Taking its lead from Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families that will convene next month in Philadelphia, the Catholic Diocese of Camden on Monday announced a 40-day campaign to raise awareness of the profound poverty that pervades its six counties. Francis' arrival in Philadelphia on Sept. 26 "gives us the opportunity to focus on the poor . . . and to take action," Bishop Dennis Sullivan told a news conference. He noted that the diocese includes not only the state's poorest city, Camden, but its poorest county, Cumberland.
August 17, 2015 |
As the World Meeting of Families, the world's largest Catholic gathering of families, draws near, there's a split in the family. Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics say the meeting is missing an opportunity by offering just one session on LGBT concerns out of dozens of panels over four days in Philadelphia. The event's organizers say the one-hour session - led by a gay, celibate man - is part of their efforts to keep the programming balanced. The tension reflects the church's ongoing struggle to test the waters on how to talk about same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues, while frustration grows among some Catholics who plunged into that conversation years ago. "The entire Catholic Church in America is having the discussion about LGBT issues, and yet there's no real discussion happening at the World Meeting of Families," said Francis DeBernardo, head of New Ways Ministry, a national group pushing for greater inclusion of LGBT parishioners.
August 7, 2015 |
Coach Derek Lewis knew that Trey Burton could excel at tight end for Florida, but in 2010 he couldn't persuade the freshman to trade six spots for one. Burton shuffled from wide receiver to running back to fullback to slot receiver to stand-up tight end, and even started at quarterback against Florida State. Against Kentucky, Burton set a school record with six touchdowns, five on the ground and one in the air. As the only first-year starter that season, he led Florida with 12 touchdowns, more than a fourth of the team's season total.
July 16, 2015 |
Philadelphia property owner Richard Basciano has now sold off his entire real estate portfolio in Center City, opening a frontier for development along what had long been a blighted stretch of sex shops, empty buildings, and vacant land. Basciano's STB Investments Corp. has sold nearly an acre along the western portion of Market Street - including the site of Center City's last porn theater - since June to Brandywine Realty Trust, Parkway Corp., and PMC Property Group or their affiliates, according to city records and company officials.
July 9, 2015 |
Corporate mergers often mean layoffs, as new bosses redefine standards. But when Valley View at Elwyn, an assisted-living home for deaf residents, joined the Mercy Health System, something very different happened. Valley View's 13 direct-care providers are deaf and use American Sign Language with their patients, some of whom have lived there for 30 years. But Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) requires staff to be registered nurse aides, and Valley View's staff lacked that qualification.
July 8, 2015 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Nik Stauskas was the centerpiece of the 76ers' deal with the Sacramento Kings last week, but another acquisition expects to help his new team. South Jersey's Jason Thompson intends to fulfill a vital role with the squad he grew up following. "I'm expecting to come in here ready and have an impact from Day 1," Thompson said in a telephone interview. "I know they have a big amount of bigs, but I'm trying to come in there and re-amp myself. " The Sixers received the sharpshooting Stauskas, Thompson and Carl Landry, a 2018 protected first-round pick and the option to swap 2016 and 2017 first-rounders last week, all in exchange for recent second-round picks Arturas Gudaitis (47th overall)
June 29, 2015 |
HOUSTON - Ana Ulloa Romero and her two younger children reached their arms over the car tire supporting them as they propelled themselves through the murky Rio Grande toward the hope of something better. Debris and water started filling the tire, pulling them downward and scaring the younger ones, whom Romero comforted with quick prayers . Please God, protect my family. Somewhere in the desert expanse ahead of them, Romero's husband, Oscar, was crossing with "coyotes," human smugglers.
June 26, 2015 |
EARLIER THIS month, former Phillie and current Cleveland Indian Brandon Moss hit his 100th home run into the visiting bullpen at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Good place to hit a milestone home run, right? Yes and no. The Indians' relievers got the ball. Then they sent Moss a ransom note, filled with an assortment of Apple products, from iPads and iPhones to three MacBook Airs and an Apple Watch. The Indians' rotation pulled the same trick last week, when rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor collected his first big-league hit. Well, word travels fast in the baseball universe.
June 4, 2015 |
The Nutter administration on Tuesday laid out an ambitious vision for assuring that all children in Philadelphia benefit from high-quality early learning experiences. Labeled "A Running Start Philadelphia: For Every Child, Birth to Five," the outline offers guidance on how the city can guarantee the best learning opportunities for its youngest citizens as a way to offset the long-term, systemic poverty in some neighborhoods. "With this plan, Philadelphia has developed a strategy to support its children and families by building stronger schools to create a more competitive workforce," Nutter said.