November 5, 2015 |
For our outgoing mayor, it's time to make the dough -Nutts. OK, I take full responsibility for that terrible joke, but Mayor Nutter said yesterday that he's looking forward to a more lucrative lifestyle in the coming months. Nutter has taken a 10 percent pay cut since the days of the Great Recession, circa 2009, and sources in the Mayor's Office say that he also has never taken a cost-of-living-adjustment increase. This means that, although the mayor could collect as much as $213,968, he takes home $177,679 for 2015.
July 27, 2015 |
Chip Kelly, the Eagles' ever-private coach, was once married for seven years, according to a Washington Post article. Kelly goes to great lengths to try to conceal his private life, and the article was the first time his ex-wife has been mentioned. Kelly has been the subject of books, magazine profiles, and newspaper articles without Jennifer Jenkins' name ever being revealed. Jenkins is a Washington resident who met Kelly in New Hampshire on Thanksgiving in 1989 and married him in 1992 in front of about 250 guests.
July 27, 2015 |
To know what constitutes a "Chip Kelly player" is to know why Chip Kelly doesn't want to be known. After more than two years as the Eagles coach, few - if any - have been able to penetrate a wall built around family, friends, and colleagues who have been protective of Kelly's privacy. Many have tried, to no avail, although a Washington Post story last week revealed that Kelly, thought to be a bachelor, was in fact once married for seven years. "I don't think my friends or family should be bothered or have to answer questions about me," Kelly said last month during an hourlong interview.
January 17, 2015 |
Raleigh M. Woods, 92, of Northwest Philadelphia, who had careers in life insurance, welding, and refrigeration repair, died Monday, Jan. 5, of kidney failure at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice. Known as "Woody," Mr. Woods was the third of eight children. He was born in Covington, Va., and reared in Ashland, Ky., during the Great Depression by the Frank F. Fleming family. Later, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Ashland. Mr. Woods served in World War II with the Army in Normandy, the Ardennes, the Rhineland, Northern France, and central Europe.
December 7, 2014 |
Richard Allen Colbert, 58, of Newark, Del., executive director of Tyler Arboretum in Media for 23 years, died Saturday, Nov. 29, of pancreatic cancer at his home. He had been diagnosed in 2012. A native of Delaware who specialized in horticulture and business, Mr. Colbert became the first horticulturist for Newark in 1978, and developed a program to beautify the city's traffic islands using low-maintenance plants. In 1991, he became the head of Tyler Arboretum. He helped make the arboretum a regional, family-oriented destination by expanding the educational outreach, increasing community programs, and upgrading the plant collections.
September 19, 2014 |
EVER SINCE Ron Washington stepped down as manager of the Texas Rangers on Sept. 5, there has been speculation into why a manager would resign before the season ended. Many thought Washington was jumping ship, leaving an injury-depleted team mired in last place. Others thought that maybe his cocaine use, which was made public in July 2009, had resurfaced. They had to take Washington at his word, that he was resigning for personal reasons. Yesterday, at a press conference in a hotel in Irving, Texas, Washington revealed that he had, indeed, resigned for personal reasons, disclosing that he had betrayed his wife Gerry's trust.
September 12, 2013
AS WE ALL try to figure out what's wrong with America, I think we forget what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they created this government. They didn't expect politicians for life with no chance of parole. They didn't expect politicians to spend more time on getting re-elected than they do on the needs of the people. They didn't expect politicians constantly giving themselves pay raises and additional perks that the rest of us don't get. They didn't expect politicians to spend more time on vacation than actually working.
June 8, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian media from all sides of the political spectrum have reacted with unusual compassion to the announcement of President Vladimir Putin's divorce. Putin, 60, and his 55-year-old wife, Lyudmila, announced the end of their marriage less than two months shy of their 30th anniversary in an interview Thursday with Russian television. His spokesman Dmitry Peskov could not say when they would formally divorce. Divorce is common in Russia. Nearly 700,000 Russian couples dissolved their marriages in 2009, according to UNICEF.
May 31, 2013
MY OFFICE is situated in the heart of South Philly, between three funeral homes. Just this morning, I saw a coffin being placed into a hearse with black-clad mourners waiting in patient silence on the sidewalk. That is respect. But there are moments when we lose sight of our better angels and treat certain deaths as fodder for the gossip rags and cable trash bins of Nancy Grace and company. That happened this week when, to my dismay, the big news after Memorial Day was that Chuck Peruto's "girlfriend" had died.