April 17, 2014 |
Most Philadelphia voters disagree with the way the School Reform Commission is handling its responsibilities. They're dissatisfied with Gov. Corbett's positions on public education. And they side with teachers in an ongoing contract dispute with the Philadelphia School District by a ratio of 4-1 - or so says a poll commissioned by the teachers union. The findings come from a new survey of 554 registered voters commissioned by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and conducted by a Democratic polling firm, Washington-based Hart Research Associates.
March 28, 2014 |
Gwyn's positive spin on split Most people would consider the dissolution of their marriage as something negative, sad, tragic - even enraging. Not Shakespeare in Love icon Gwyneth Paltrow , 41, who on Wednesday announced on Goop.com that she and Coldplay front man Chris Martin are in the process of "conscious uncoupling. " That's a New Age therapeutic term for breaking up. The phrase, you'll note, is a positive , an activity that almost sounds like fun. Admittedly, Gwyn does say her and Martin's "hearts [are]
March 23, 2014
Propped up next to a satellite production truck, peering at a laptop outside Osceola County Stadium, Cullen McRae was practicing. Not hitting. Or pitching. Or fielding. The son of former big-league star and manager Hal McRae was busy watching TV. Specifically, preparing for his role as a replay wizard, a video review coordinator for the Miami Marlins. "It's cool to be a part of history," he said after Miami beat Houston, 7-2, Friday. "It's a work in progress for all of us. " Along with the rest of Major League Baseball, McRae is charging into this new world where managers can challenge calls by umpires.
March 22, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Papelbon's uneven performance last season as closer with the Phillies came down to one simple fact - he is not a very good loser. While Papelbon pitched last season with a hip injury that no doubt didn't help his cause, a second straight season of non-contention wrecked his psyche more than anything else. When he reported for his third Phillies spring training, he vowed to be a more positive influence, and so far he has been, although none of the games has been for keeps.
March 21, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The time was just before 12:30 p.m. when Mike Adams strode onto the lush green grass that separates a firing line of pitching rubbers from their respective home plates. The Carpenter Complex is mostly known as an incubator for big-league dreams, but every now and then the sprawling complex that unfolds in the shadow of Bright House Field gets a chance to rehabilitate them. "I was nervous," Adams said, "don't get me wrong. " Most of us would like to think that we would still feel that way at age 35, even with $13.5 million in career earnings and $7 million more on the way. That's what competition does, in almost any setting, from the first tee of a municipal golf course to the tipoff circle of 40-plus rec league.
March 20, 2014 |
Designers pulled a bunch of pretty, petaled patterns from their graphic arsenals this spring, planting them generously all over sheaths and trousers, jumpsuits and shorts. The idea, of course, was to get women so excited about the sweet peony prints that they would start shopping well before the first crocuses of spring. The last time flowers were this fashionable was the early '90s - so most of our closets had nary a bud. And coincidentally, it also helped that we needed a boost after months of snow and ice. "It's so nice that my store is exploding with flowers after such a harsh winter," said Annette Matczak Tymoski, a co-owner of Intrigue Fine Apparel, a designer boutique in Buckingham.
March 14, 2014 |
THE FIRST TIME Villanova played in the Big East tournament, in 1982, it lost in the title game to host Syracuse - by three points in as many overtimes. The following year the Wildcats were the top seed. Again they got to the final, where once more they lost, this time to Georgetown by a lot. In the 3 decades since, they've made it back to the final four times. The last was 1997, which also was the last time they were the top seed. Since then, they've won more than one game in the tourney only once.
March 12, 2014
WHEN A journalist recently asked Sen. Pat Toomey if it "should be legal for a hotel to turn away a couple because they're gay," he didn't answer the question. He simply responded by saying, "I haven't given that any thought. " How can a senator in modern-day America say something like that? I think Toomey knows where he stands on the issue, but didn't want people to know his true thoughts. As a gay man in Pennsylvania, it makes me sick to think that someone who represents the people could even consider such a discriminatory act. A look at his voting record sheds light on his real stance on this issue.
March 5, 2014 |
MOORESTOWN Even in anonymity, it seems, nice can triumph over nasty. That's what Moorestown High School students are finding out, thanks to a student-run Twitter account that lets people anonymously tweet compliments and positive statements to fellow students and faculty. Since it was set up Friday night, the site has gotten several hundred followers and posted several hundred good thoughts. The account, MHScompliments (@MHSComps14), was a response to crude and mean-spirited comments posted to the anonymous social media application Yik Yak last month.
March 3, 2014 |
Brett Brown knew that this would be a rough season, but the rookie 76ers coach admits that he really didn't realize how difficult things would be. Brown is doing his best to steer this sinking ship, a team that is 15-44 and has lost 13 consecutive games after Saturday night's home loss to the Washington Wizards. "To say I knew it was going to be like this is false," said Brown, who has been refreshingly candid throughout all the frustration. Yet Brown has one simple message: Don't feel sorry for him. He is coaching in the NBA and truly believes that things will turn around, just not right away.