January 17, 2014 |
YOU HAVE to wonder about any place that would have a picture of me hanging on one of its storied walls. A much younger picture of me. Just for doing my job. The truth is, I probably should have paid for the privilege. I didn't really know much about the soul of the Palestra until I started covering college basketball games there. You can only get so much as a kid watching on TV. But to be even a small part of it was totally my pleasure. And honor. I'm sure the many colleagues who share that piece of history with me would heartily concur.
December 24, 2013 |
Many people think they know her. Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh was the plucky single Quaker woman who left England for America in 1701 to manage her father's property holdings in New Jersey - and who almost single-handedly founded Haddonfield. She comforted Native Americans when they had "gotten strong liquor in their heads," legend says. She proposed to her preacher husband and was too frail and tiny to have her own children. But don't believe the stories - at least not all of them.
November 27, 2013
HERBERT EGERT couldn't wait for the fixes to the health exchange in his home state of Maryland. Egert, the managing partner of Affinity Dental Associates, renewed with his current health-care provider at a significant increase in rates. Egert's practice provides health insurance to employees who work at least 24 hours a week. The insurer covering his employees offered to renew the contract, which ends in March, by the end of December at a 32 percent increase. Egert wanted to wait to see what the exchanges had to offer.
November 23, 2013 |
The picture book Tea for Ruby is transformed into a stage production by the Metropolitan Ballet Company on Saturday and Sunday at Abington Friends School's Josephine Muller Auditorium. Children can also have a queen's tea with the book's New York Times best-selling illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser. Ruby is having trouble learning good manners, but she is determined to succeed. She receives a surprise invitation to have tea with the queen at the palace and works hard to learn etiquette befitting a princess.
October 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Gabriel Rosado said he was bored last week sitting in his Roxborough living room. Saturday night's middleweight title fight with Peter Quillin was still a week away. So Rosado found a piece of scrap paper and drew. It was something he often did as a teenager living in North Philadelphia. With a black ballpoint pen, Rosado etched himself wearing a crown - his nickname is "King" - and holding his hands high above his head. His stick-figure opponent lay flat on the mat, wearing a frown as the crowd cheered.
October 25, 2013 |
ON MAY 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on a West Philly rowhouse. Eleven people died and 61 homes went up in flames. Within a week, then-Mayor Wilson Goode agreed to appoint an independent commission to investigate exactly how and why the Police Department's final confrontation with the MOVE fringe group escalated to catastrophe. It has been four months and 19 days since the collapse of 2140 Market St. killed six people and injured 13. So far, all we have is the promise that Mayor Nutter will appoint a similar independent commission to examine how the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections might have averted the tragedy.
October 9, 2013 |
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. Lovingly collected over several years, a series of beach photographs depicted family, friends, fishermen, beachgoers, and scenery along the oceanfront here and in neighboring Seaside Heights. Philadelphia photographer Michael M. Koehler had gathered the pictures for a book he self-published in August called Seaside . The images were meant as a tribute to those moments captured by his lens before Hurricane Sandy pummeled this section of the New Jersey Shore nearly a year ago. But it's the backdrop of some of them, such as the shots of the Carousel and Funtown Piers, that draws the eye in. So much of what he caught in the photos is now gone.
September 22, 2013 |
The employment picture for the region and nation was mixed in August, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent from 7.5 percent in July as the number of people without jobs in the state increased by 9,000, the department said. New Jersey's rate dipped to 8.5 percent from July's 8.6 percent as the number without jobs fell by about 3,000. All the numbers are seasonally adjusted. The U.S. unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent.
August 15, 2013 |
Supporters call them "dreamers" - undocumented immigrants brought by their parents to America as children, who hope to take advantage of an amnesty program offered by the Obama administration. A study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution reveals that two out of three were younger than 10 when they came; three out of four were born in Mexico; and 60 percent entered "without inspection," which means they crossed the border secretly. Eleven percent came on visas and overstayed.
June 18, 2013
This is an excerpt from a report by Daily News staff writer David Murphy that originally appeared in the Phillies blog, High Cheese. ANY PROFESSIONAL who talks to the media about his area of expertise is susceptible to a certain level of contrarianism. Legend has it that even God the Creator once answered a question with the words, "I don't know if 'rest' is the word I'd use to describe that seventh day, but . . . " So when the man responsible for the short- and long-term success of the Phillies organization said yesterday that he doesn't "do 5-year plans," it might have offered more of an insight into his psychology than his business philosophy.