October 2, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The 76ers are expected to finish among the NBA's worst teams for a third straight season. But there's a sense of excitement at Stockton University that wasn't present at the squad's previous two training camps. "It feels night and day compared to 24 months ago when we were at St. Joe's," said general manager Sam Hinkie, referring to the 2013 training camp at Hagan Arena. "Everything about the kind of things we can control behind the scenes feels different. " Hinkie pointed to the additions of Todd Wright as assistant coach/head of strength and conditioning and David T. Martin as director of health and performance.
October 1, 2015 |
A recent analysis for Philly.com's Next Mayor project shows a glaring lack of diversity among the city's better-paid employees. As disappointing as that it is, it's even more so considering that Philadelphia has had three black mayors over the past 30 years. That doesn't mean Mayors W. Wilson Goode Sr., John F. Street, and Michael A. Nutter didn't try to achieve more diversity in supervisory and other well-compensated positions. But their efforts were no match for an entrenched culture and civil-service system that continue to filter minorities out of contention for many of the best-paid positions.
September 21, 2015 |
In December, a judge issued a confidential opinion to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane: You can put out the porn. "It all should be released," the judge wrote. The same month, the state Supreme Court agreed. Nonetheless, Kane told the public in August that she fervently wanted to release all the "filthy" material but that the courts were standing in the way. Exasperated, the jurists then made their previously private decisions public. And last week, Kane again proclaimed her desire to name the porn recipients - even as her taxpayer-paid lawyers argued in court that the recipients' identities and the emails should remain private.
September 7, 2015 |
Archbishop Charles Chaput recently sought to reassure an apprehensive Philly flock of the relative ease and desirability of attending this month's World Meeting of Families and papal visit, noting in an Inquirer commentary that Scripture doesn't find Mary and Joseph fretting over logistics on the way to Bethlehem. A skeptic might also note that the couple reportedly ended up staying with the livestock. In any case, the archbishop's sanguine posture was part of a welcome effort to recalibrate the approach to papal preparations, which has suffered from too much Herod and too few wise men. Much of the shift has taken the form of aggressive rebranding.
September 7, 2015
After all this time, Center City Philadelphia is still losing steam as a corporate center. Is that a bad thing? In the last two years, publicly traded Cigna , Sunoco , Arkema , Dow Chemical 's advanced materials division (formerly Rohm and Haas), and Destination Maternity all moved their headquarters to the suburbs or out of state, following the vanished banks, insurance companies, railroads and manufacturers. A few public companies have moved downtown - DuPont spin-off Axalta Coating Systems from Wilmington, and construction-project manager Hill International moved in from South Jersey.
September 4, 2015 |
It's that time of year again. While sportswriters and fans make a game of predicting the Eagles' 53-man roster, some players will have their lifelong dreams of playing in the NFL spoiled by the time the cutdown deadline rolls around Saturday at 4 p.m. Chip Kelly, given complete control of personnel this offseason, assembled a roster that is deep at running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive line and inside linebacker. But there are still areas of concern like the offensive line, outside linebacker and the secondary, and that is where the Eagles coach may have to make some of his most difficult 53-man decisions.
September 2, 2015 |
It was the pterodactyls that did it for Donna Crilley Farrell. The winged reptiles hovered above a lava pit on a satirical security map that was making the rounds in late July mocking the coming papal visit. Things had gotten out of hand. Daunting security and crowd controls that began in June with Mayor Nutter's warning of "be prepared to walk at least a few miles or more," false rumors of an eight-foot security fence, and SEPTA's announcement that it would sharply restrict trains to and from Center City for the weekend that 1.5 million people were expected to see Pope Francis - all were hijacking hopes for a euphoric, historic event.
August 20, 2015 |
OFFICIALLY, THE Eagles' right guard competition remains wide open among four contenders. Unofficially, Andrew Gardner sure looks like the guy to beat. Gardner practiced with the first team last week and started Sunday's preseason opener against the Colts, which Chip Kelly swore was little more than coincidence, really it could have been anybody, he picked Gardner's name out of thin air, etc. Gardner was with the first offensive line again in yesterday's practice, though, and Lane Johnson, the right tackle, seems to be under the impression that means something.
August 19, 2015 |
DEPTH IN the secondary has become a big focus for the Eagles. Sunday's preseason-opening victory over Indianapolis provided the first big test for the young guys who will be expected to provide it. Results were encouraging. Jaylen Watkins and Eric Rowe, leading contenders for the nickel cornerback position since the team traded away Brandon Boykin, didn't give up any big plays. Rowe, the second-round rookie from Utah, closed fast and forced a fumble after initially being fooled by the Colts' shifty rookie, Phillip Dorsett.
August 14, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm writing in response to "Not Talking About the Future," whose wife has breast cancer, was told she has only a few years to live and feels sad when her kids talk about their futures. My dad was diagnosed with stage four multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2006. He was told that even the most aggressive treatment would buy him only two or three more years. Well, he's now working on year nine. While I must admit that it's been hard at times for me to stay positive about his prognosis, I try not to let it show.