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.
May 26, 2015 |
Last year, as companies announced plans to move to Camden with help from state tax incentives, a group of local business owners started talking about how they could get in on the action. Several of the corporations poised to relocate to the city in the future, including Subaru of America and Holtec International, will build new facilities there. The area's contractors and suppliers saw an opportunity for themselves, said Jim Bannon, general manager of Stelwagon Roofing Supply, which sells roofing materials and has locations in the city's Bergen Square neighborhood and Philadelphia.
May 13, 2015 |
IT WAS every Sunday, Curtis Bunche said. Bunche and his son, Malcolm, would - like thousands of other Eagles fans - sit in front of the television and watch their beloved team. Malcolm loved watching Eagles greats like Tra Thomas, Brian Dawkins and Hugh Douglas. "A few times we did go to the game," Curtis Bunche said. "But we enjoyed it more so at home in front of the television than actually sitting in the stadium. That was every Sunday his entire life, really, growing up. " Now, Malcolm has a chance to wear an Eagles helmet on Sundays.
May 8, 2015 |
Penn State coach James Franklin says his program does its best to provide the information his players need while trying to make the decision on whether to leave college with football eligibility remaining to enter the NFL draft. But he also has a "general rule": "You should never come out early unless you're going to be a first-round draft choice," he said. The Nittany Lions had three players come out early, and two of them - offensive tackle Donovan Smith and tight end Jesse James - were taken, Smith in the second round by Tampa Bay, James in the fifth round by Pittsburgh.
April 6, 2015 |
After President Obama on Dec. 17 called for restoring "travel, commerce, and the flow of information" to communist Cuba, island-watchers at Penn's Wharton School rushed to gather Cuban American magnates, scholars, and U.S. officials to brainstorm investors' return. They met in New York on Thursday for an all-day Cuba Opportunity Summit. Cuba is roughly as big and populous as Pennsylvania. Better beaches too. The two were linked from the 1700s to the 1960s by common interests in tobacco, sugar, chocolate, and medical products.
April 2, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Temple had a chance to make a statement on Madison Square Garden's fabled hardwood Tuesday night. The Owls had an opportunity to prove they could beat a team from the most prestigious conference in college basketball. So what did coach Fran Dunphy's Owls do with their big shot? They missed it. The Owls, in fact, missed over and over and over again during the second half of a 60-57 NIT semifinal loss to Miami that ended their season. Temple could have and even should have beaten a Miami team that earlier this season pinned a 16-point loss on Duke with all the Cameron Crazies watching on the Blue Devils' home court.
March 30, 2015 |
As Philadelphia faces its once-in-15-years franchise renewal talks with Comcast, you may be worried that city officials are just a little too cozy with Philly's 1st Corporate Citizen - a reasonable concern after I reported last week that the mayor's office has been sitting on a report likely to embarrass the company. Well, here's one more reason to fret. Just as complaints about Comcast's customer-service flubs were boiling over publicly this winter, the company quietly won certification from the Federal Communications Commission that all four of its Philadelphia franchises were subject to "effective competition.
March 28, 2015 |
A mysterious benefactor swoops in with a well-timed offer of assistance that, over time, has life-changing consequences. It's a scenario that has long been a staple of literature and mythology, but does it happen in real life? JoAnne Epps is confident it does. Epps is dean of Temple University Law School, and she has no doubt that but for a chance visit by a young Trinity College student years ago, when she was a senior at Cheltenham High School, her life would have gone in a different direction.
March 6, 2015 |
The Flyers have been outshooting and getting better chances than opponents recently, but their inability to finish the scoring opportunities is a major reason they are still five points behind Boston for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. The Flyers have left some critical points on the table, and they are in virtual must-win situations Thursday against powerful St. Louis at the Wells Fargo Center and Saturday afternoon in Boston, which has two games in hand. In their last five losses - to Columbus, Buffalo, Carolina, Toronto, and Calgary - the Flyers have had a lopsided shots advantage in four of the games.