November 16, 2015 |
For the second straight year, Mychal Kendricks sat out multiple games with a soft-tissue injury in the first half of the season. But this year, the inside linebacker watched a rookie step into his shoes and play at a level equal to, and arguably even better than, Kendricks'. The sample was small, but Jordan Hicks had one of the most productive debuts ever for an Eagles defensive player. Asked whether he learned anything from observing the rookie, Kendricks gave his teammate props, but said he "learned more about myself" during what was essentially five games of inactivity.
October 19, 2015 |
Change isn't always a good thing. But it's not always a bad thing, either. Opponents of a Colonial Conference merger with the West Jersey Football League likely are fearing a loss of tradition and identity. They would be loathe to lose the grand old league's longtime links with the past. It's understandable. It's natural for some folks to think of Colonial Conference football amid black-and-white images of those concrete stadiums at Collingswood, Haddonfield, Woodbury, and Audubon - still-standing monuments of another time - and the one-sided setup at Haddon Heights, with the field nestled in a neighborhood between black iron fences along Second and First Avenues.
October 9, 2015 |
IT WAS ONLY one preseason game, and if there's anything people in this area have learned recently, it's that putting stock in exhibition games is about as solid as the Eagles' offensive line. A 34-point loss to the Washington Wizards shouldn't exactly sound the alarms for fans looking for the 76ers to improve on consecutive seasons that produced 19 and 18 wins, respectively, but it sure looked concerning up close. Yes, rookie Jahlil Okafor did impress in his pro debut, hitting his first five shots en route to scoring 12 points in 17 minutes.
October 7, 2015 |
James Franklin calls it "the hardest part of my job," managing the fans' high hopes against the reality of where Penn State is, especially on offense. He hears the criticism and knows the fans have expectations for greatness, which he says is "the thing I probably love the most about Penn State. " He fully realizes that the offense must improve to successfully negotiate the final seven games of the Big Ten season, which begin Saturday against Indiana at Beaver Stadium. But as far as informing Nittany Nation - through the media - what he's doing to fix the various problems on offense, he doesn't want to go into detail.
October 6, 2015 |
Mercy Suburban Hospital, in East Norriton Township, agreed to pay $25,000 to settle allegations that one of its physicians violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to treat an HIV-positive patient who sought bariatric surgery, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said. The settlement was based on a complaint brought by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Mercy admitted no wrongdoing in the July 2013 incident. The settlement was dated Sept.
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.