May 6, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - On one level, the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of New Jersey's largest city is a local political contest with the candidates debating issues familiar to urban America: intractable violent crime, a struggling school district challenged by charter schools, a perpetual battle to attract development and create jobs. Behind the scenes, though, the May 13 nonpartisan election is shaping up as a battleground for a bigger prize: control of Essex County and, in turn, an edge in a possible Democratic primary for the next gubernatorial election.
April 17, 2014 |
NOW THE proud owner of a sparkling national championship ring with little left to accomplish at the collegiate level, the lure of the NHL was just too big for Shayne Gostisbehere to ignore. Gostisbehere, the Flyers' 2012 third-round pick, agreed to terms yesterday on a 3-year, entry-level deal just 3 days removed from helping Union College win its first NCAA crown, on Wells Fargo Center ice. He was named the Frozen Four's most outstanding player after finishing with one goal, four assists over the two games.
April 16, 2014 |
INGA SAFFRON had a plan, and it didn't involve winning the highest honor in American journalism. But the Inquirer's architecture writer took one for the team about 3 p.m. yesterday when she bagged the 20th Pulitzer Prize in the newspaper's history. "I was slipping out quietly to cook, when people started coming over to my desk," Saffron said of the foiled plan to slink away unnoticed to prepare a Passover seder for 10 people. Those dang Pulitzers. Get handed out at the most inconvenient times.
April 12, 2014 |
VILLANOVA Judge Marc Carter is an Army veteran, and his father and brothers also served in the military. So it was no surprise that he was moved to act when a Marine veteran appeared in his Texas court in 2009. The Marine had recently served in Fallujah, Iraq, and came home to a "parade in his neighborhood," Carter said. But he ran into trouble after that, and appeared before Carter on a nonviolent felony charge. "That situation really, really took me," Carter said. "I was really emotional about that Marine's story.
April 5, 2014 |
For the fourth year in a row, a Cherry Hill girl is a winner in C-Span's national StudentCam competition. Madeline Bowne, a sophomore at Cherry Hill High School East, will be awarded $1,500 for her second-prize documentary, "Driving Under the Influence (of Cell Phones)," about cellphone use while driving. Bowne's piece will be shown on C-Span on April 14 at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day. Bowne, the daughter of teachers, has become a regular in the highly competitive contest. As a seventh grader, she took a third prize.
November 22, 2013 |
A local scientist and two area doctors, whose pioneering work has helped thousands and could lead to helping millions, will receive a prestigious Philadelphia science prize Friday. The John Scott Award was created in 1822 as a legacy to Benjamin Franklin, intended to honor "ingenious men and women who make useful inventions" to benefit society. Recipients have included 15 Nobel Prize winners as well as the Wright brothers, Jonas Salk, and Thomas A. Edison. This year's recipients are P. Leslie Dutton, a biochemist and biophysicist at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, and two physicians who will share an award, N. Scott Adzick, surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Robert L. Brent, former chairman of pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University.
October 25, 2013
HEATHER McMonnies-Fetter is a mother to a boy named Leif, a girl named Cymbeline and an army of pungent, sensitive children who demand her constant love and attention. "I've got two little human babies," she said, "and 2,000 mushroom babies to take care of eight days a week. " Three years ago, Heather, an art historian, and her husband, Norm, a woodworker, musician and painter, sold their house in Fishtown and hunkered down on a 5.5-acre wooded plot in Spring City, about an hour northwest of the city.
October 9, 2013 |
WHEN WEI CHEN looks back, there's a good chance that he will remember Sunday as a day that changed his life. That's when 22-year-old Chen, a former South Philly High student who fought against anti-Asian violence there, became among the first recipients of a $50,000 Peace First Prize. The two-year fellowship was awarded to 10 young people (out of 700 applicants and 50 finalists) for peacemaking efforts that improved their schools and communities. For Chen, who was at a crossroads between family obligations and personal aspirations, the win is life-changing.
October 8, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Wei Chen honed his organizing skills as a student during a boycott triggered by racial violence at South Philadelphia High School four years ago. On Sunday, he was awarded a fellowship that will help him continue organizing Asian youth. "Organizing is one of the best ways to change our society," said Chen, who grew up in China's Fujian Province, where organizing was not tolerated. Chen, 22, is one of 10 young people to receive the inaugural Peace First Prize, which is supported by various foundations and which celebrates those who have confronted injustice.
September 20, 2013 |
EVEN KEVIN DURANT, one of the NBA's best free-throw shooters, would have a hard time winning his own Oklahoma City Thunder jersey by shooting hoops on the Wildwood boardwalk. The rims aren't exactly circular, the balls are overinflated and seagulls often block your line of vision. And if that's not bad enough, federal authorities say, shooters lucky enough to sink shots at games operated by two Atlantic County brothers have been rewarded with knock-off jerseys. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, Brett Strothers, 32, of Egg Harbor Township, and Evan Strothers, 28, of Mays Landing, are accused of buying 16,700 counterfeit NBA and NFL jerseys from two men, Joseph Cuozzo, an American living in Thailand, and Haresh Aildasani, an Indian citizen living and manufacturing the fake jerseys in China.