January 7, 2015 |
The teams of seventh-grade students huddled over stacks of playing cards on the table, exchanging strategies for how they could best build a tower out of them. They spoke quietly, and when a makeshift tower collapsed, the students griped in good-natured frustration but quickly moved on to try out another idea. The mood in the classroom of Camden's H.B. Wilson Family School on Monday was calm and polite - just what teachers and administrators hope to encourage, as the school becomes one of five in the district to adopt a program aimed at rewarding students for good behavior instead of solely punishing them for bad. "A lot of kids, when they walk into school, the first thing they hear is what the rules are," Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said.
December 31, 2014 |
THE FINAL GUN had hardly sounded before the tweets began. Jeremy Maclin was campaigning to come back. Trent Cole was begging to stay. Maclin, the Eagles' best receiver since they took him in the first round in 2009, can hit the open market and cash in on a career season. Cole, ranked second on the team's all-time sack list, is due more than $35 million over the next three seasons. Maclin sounds willing to forgo free agency and, possibly, take a little less Treasury green to stay in Eagles green.
December 23, 2014
THE CLIENT was stressed out: Her three kids were hyped about being home from school and wanted to decorate for Christmas, but she hadn't gotten around to cleaning up from Thanksgiving yet. She couldn't focus on the joy of the upcoming holidays because she was completely overwhelmed by her to-do list. This time of year, holistic wellness coach Prakriti "Pax" Tandon sees a lot of clients, especially women, struggling like this. "Isn't it heartbreaking? This is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and most women can't wait for it to be over because it's infused with so much stress," said Tandon, who, in October, was named editor of the Authentic Happiness website run by the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center.
December 9, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Vinny Lecavalier thought this would be over by now. The 405-goal scorer was never expecting to be a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. He was on Tuesday in San Jose, but figured he'd get a crack at redemption after that last-second loss. "I definitely thought after a game, I'd come back in," Lecavalier said. "I guess [coach Craig Berube] didn't want me back in the lineup. " After all, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Andrew MacDonald were given a game to get their heads straight and then were promptly reinserted.
December 5, 2014 |
THERE'S NO question that Temple's football team is better than it was last year. How much better isn't as simple to quantify. In 2013, the Owls won only twice in Matt Rhule's head-coaching debut. But seven losses were in games they were in position to win, mostly because they had problems stopping the other guys from scoring. It's what bad teams do. Now they're 5-6, going into tomorrow night's regular-season finale at 3-8 Tulane. They've lost three straight, and five of their last six, mainly because they've had trouble scoring.
December 4, 2014 |
The 76ers are on the brink of a dubious NBA record, but the team is trying to maintain a positive attitude, not the easiest of tasks for an 0-17 club. If the Sixers fall Wednesday at Minnesota against the banged-up Timberwolves (4-12), they will tie the NBA mark for the worst start to a season set by the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets. Coach Brett Brown said he hasn't brought up the topic to his team. "I am going to keep moving along and try to stay focused on what is most important, and that record isn't even close to being what is most important," Brown said Tuesday after practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
November 29, 2014 |
Get ready to boogie this weekend when the Hip Hop Fundamentals dance troupe performs and instructs at the Please Touch Museum. Learn about the history of hip-hop while dancing and grooving. You'll also learn about dance styles including break dancing. The troupe uses hip-hop as a vehicle to teach academics and break dancing to inspire positive change in youth. Hip Hop Fundamentals, noon and 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.
November 17, 2014 |
When Leslie Richards became a Montgomery County commissioner in 2012, she was inundated by men angling for positions on boards, commissions, and authorities. "It did not take much longer for me to realize that women were unaware of these opportunities," which give individuals influence and can be springboards to higher-level positions, Richards said. "It was quite frustrating, and I have to say it made me angry," she said. "I had to do something about it, but I wasn't quite sure what I could do. " The result of many long conversations with friends and advisers is Plan W. It's a political action committee that will support candidates for positions in local and county government across Pennsylvania - men and women, Democrats and Republicans - who pledge to boost the number of women in prominent staff and board positions.
November 16, 2014 |
Villanova coach Andy Talley thought the Wildcats had to win one of their final two regular-season games to secure a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth. Others thought the Wildcats were already in, but 'Nova went ahead and made its coach feel more secure with a 48-31 win over Albany in a Colonial Athletic Association game Saturday night at chilly Villanova Stadium. Villanova scored touchdowns on its first six possessions to take a 42-10 lead. The Wildcats, ranked No. 6 by the Sports Network, are 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the CAA heading into the regular-season finale Saturday at Delaware.