August 26, 2013 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Two different people who have observed Phillies first-round pick J.P. Crawford have used the same adjective to describe the 18-year-old shortstop from Lakewood High in Southern California. "He is a polished player, and part of that is that kids from California get to play so much ball year-round," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development. Crawford, who began this summer at the Phillies Gulf Coast League team, has been recently moved to low-single-A Lakewood.
August 23, 2013 |
WINTERTHUR, Del. - When Tim Mountz plucks a misshapen gem from a row of tomato plants - first admiring the little beauty nurtured from heirloom seed to ripe August perfection - he doesn't just describe the flavor, he rhapsodizes. "You'll taste smoke and spice," says the owner of Happy Cat organic farm, speaking of the Black Plum variety. Next is Northern Lights, a yellow-orange beefsteak with a blossom-end blush and an explosion of honeyed nectar: "It's like looking through the Hubble telescope with Carl Sagan.
August 19, 2013 |
LET'S GET a couple of things straight. First, the Phillies' rationale for parting ways with Charlie Manuel yesterday made some sense. They do not want the next 6 weeks to play out as the the last 4 have, and installing the presumptive manager of the future with 42 games remaining is a logical way to signal the start of a new era. But regardless of the validity of the course of action that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and president David Montgomery ultimately...
August 15, 2013 |
IF STATE AND CITY political leaders aren't able to secure $180 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia, then a group of local congregations may seek to boycott schools when they open Sept. 9, the coalition announced earlier this week. POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild, a faith-based community organization representing 41 congregations, is calling on the state and city to provide a "safe and quality environment on the first day of school," said a spokesman for the group, Bishop Dwayne Royster.
July 7, 2013
By Katheryne Lawrence, a third-year law student at Drexel University, writing for the Field Clinic on philly.com and Inquirer.com. No matter how organs are distributed, organ donation in the United States is a win-lose proposition. When someone on a waiting list receives a lung, another person loses out. About 76,000 people in the United States are on active waiting lists for organs. America has been rooting for Sarah Murnaghan, 10, to receive a transplant. The spotlight has been on the appropriateness of the rules for organ allocation.
July 1, 2013 |
More than 100 million Americans have signed up to be organ donors. For medical and social reasons, that's still not enough, as the family of Sarah Murnaghan, 10, of Newtown Square, can attest. A transplant of adult lungs on June 11 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia saved her from dying of cystic fibrosis, but only because her parents successfully challenged lung-allocation rules in court. Now, a study has found that Facebook, the social-media network, can help increase organ-donor registrations and awareness.
July 1, 2013 |
CAIRO - Organizers of a mass protest against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi claimed Saturday that more than 22 million people have signed their petition demanding the Islamist leader step down. The announcement adds to a sense of foreboding on the eve of opposition-led mass demonstrations that many fear could turn deadly and spin out of control, dragging the country into a dangerous round of political violence. The demonstrations planned for Sunday reflect the growing polarization of the nation since Morsi took power, with the president and his Islamist allies in one camp and seculars, liberals, moderate Muslims, and Christians on the other.
June 22, 2013 |
In a triathlon, the panic more often visits the novices, but it can grip experts, even professionals. Andy Potts, an Olympian triathlete, says even he has experienced panic during a race. It's not so much the cycling or running, it's the swimming. More than 3,000 athletes will participate in this weekend's TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon, some of whom will be making the plunge into the Schuylkill for the first time. For organizers, that means extra preparation to keep everyone safe.
June 21, 2013 |
The organic-foods industry is no longer going gangbusters, as it did before the U.S. economy collapsed five years ago. But despite the slowdown, Albert's Organics Inc., a national distributor of produce and other perishables based in Logan Township, still outgrew its distribution center there in the last couple of years. The organic and natural-foods market is "still growing in the strong single to double digits. People are continuing to want to eat healthier," Albert's president Scott Dennis said Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting for a 70,000-square-foot distribution center and headquarters at the Gloucester County site.
June 19, 2013 |
The Longwood Gardens organ wraps itself around you like a huge smile with more sets of teeth than you ever imagined. Take care to pull the right knobs, and this treasure chest of near-orchestral sounds will take care of you. But what is it that distinguishes a promising organ practitioner from a prizewinning one? That's the challenge posed by the first Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in Kennett Square, which begins Tuesday and runs through Sunday. Ten young contestants - from New Zealand, Germany, France, South Korea, and elsewhere - compete for a $40,000 prize in a format far more complicated than your typical violin or piano competition.