February 12, 2013 |
The Phillies' projected opening-day catcher enjoyed the attention. After the best season of his career, he was in demand and happily answered questions during a banquet stop at a hotel and casino in Bethlehem, Pa., late last month. These are the best of times for Erik Kratz, a blue-collar worker from the town of Telford on the Bucks-Montgomery County line who refused to let years of rejection deter his pursuit of a big-league dream. This, however, is not the ideal catching situation for the Phillies.
February 6, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - As he walked down one of the long hallways at the New Orleans Convention Center on Monday following a night of celebration and a morning news conference, John Harbaugh still was having trouble getting used to the fact that he is a Super Bowl-winning head coach. "I mean, I can't even believe we're having this conversation walking down the hallway after winning the Super Bowl," he said. "To me, I can't believe we're having this conversation, in all honesty. " They're probably having trouble believing it at Syracuse and Boston College, as well, two of the many places that thumbed their noses at the then-Eagles special-teams coach when he was looking for a head-coaching opportunity.
January 22, 2013 |
It's hard for anyone to care for an ailing, aging family member, but Im Ja Choi faced extra challenges when her mother's stomach cancer was diagnosed in 2002. Choi's mother, who had come to the United States from Korea in 1978 to help raise Choi's children, had never learned to speak English or enjoy American food. Choi thought she would be miserable in a nursing home. But her mother weighed 62 pounds and had a colostomy bag when she got out of the hospital. Choi and her husband both worked.
January 18, 2013 |
ON MOMENTOUS occasions, excited by opportunity and exhuasted by the process, principals tend to utter phrases that ring for years to come. This is where we get the gold standard of quotes; pearls with a luster that lingers for generations. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly possesses the gift of glib. Certainly, a few of his cleverer quips from Thursday's interviews are worth gilding: On the gravity of his decision to leave Oregon, and the fallout for his players, staff and bosses: "You're not just making reservations for dinner.
January 18, 2013 |
For the first time in more than a decade, Democratic presidential aspirants see a political advantage in championing far-reaching restrictions on guns. In Massachusetts on Thursday, Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, unveiled a sweeping set of proposed restrictions that would restrict access to high-powered ammunition, broaden background checks, and restrict gun purchases to one per month. Earlier in the week, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the country's toughest assault-weapons ban and limits on ammunition magazines, saying that "no one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer.
January 17, 2013
Volunteer work, encouraged for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, is easy to find and sign up for using smartphone applications. Sign in to HelpBridge , by Microsoft Corp. for Android, Apple and Windows Phone, using a Facebook or Microsoft account. Volunteering is just one of several functions on the app, among them the ability to send for help from an emergency list of contacts if you're in some sort of bind. The Volunteer page on HelpBridge shows opportunities either locally or nationwide.
January 5, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kobe Bryant and Zach Randolph are just two of the stars the 76ers have faced six games into their odyssey, which will conclude with a back-to-back from hell in Oklahoma City and San Antonio. So it seems unlikely that the player who has had the most impact in this span is Phoenix forward Luis Scola. But there was Scola on Wednesday, lofting short jumpers and spinning though the lane (and the 76ers' matador-like defense) on his way to 14 third-quarter points. The 76ers barely kept pace with him, scoring 17 points in the quarter.
December 29, 2012 |
Sam Rappaport's empire of blight once extended clear across Center City's midsection, from the Schuylkill to the Delaware, and beyond. But since his death in 1994, his heirs have shed his holdings, shrinking his domain to an archipelago of surface parking lots and shuttered stores. Some of Rappaport's most notorious architectural victims, such as the Victory and PSFS buildings, have even gone on to lead productive lives again. Much of what does remain of Rappaport's kingdom is now controlled by Richard Basciano, a close friend and business associate who served for a time as executor of his estate.
December 27, 2012
By Joseph A. Califano Jr. If ever there were a moment for President Obama to learn from history, it is in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown. The lesson to be drawn from Lyndon B. Johnson is this: Demand action on comprehensive gun control immediately from this Congress or lose the opportunity during your presidency. In the aftermath of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (just weeks after the fatal shooting of Martin Luther King Jr. and only a few years after President John F. Kennedy was shot)
December 18, 2012
By Joshua Henne Over 13 years in the NFL, Jon Runyan's job was to protect the quarterback. Now that he's in the House of Representatives, his job is to protect his constituents. Runyan (R., N.J.) can do that by agreeing to President Obama's plan to preserve Bush-era tax rates for the middle class while letting them expire for the richest 2 percent. Democrats and Republicans alike can agree that middle-income families' taxes shouldn't go up. But they will increase if Congress fails to act. With a Dec. 31 expiration date looming, Runyan would be wise to heed the advice of his colleague Tom Cole, the first Republican congressman to openly urge approval of Obama's plan.