June 18, 2016 |
The Union will host the New York Red Bulls in a Round of 16 U.S. Open Cup game at 7 p.m. June 29 at Talen Energy Stadium. Also in the draw that took place Thursday, the New England Revolution will visit the NASL's New York Cosmos in the other East Region game. If the Union win, they will host the winner of the New England-Cosmos game on July 19 or 20. Major League Soccer teams received a bye until the fourth round, and the Union opened Wednesday with a 3-2 win over the visiting Harrisburg City Islanders.
June 18, 2016 |
On Oct. 22, 1777, hundreds of Hessian troops marched on a smaller cohort of colonial soldiers, intent on taking control of Fort Mercer, an outpost on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. The Hessians attacked on foot from two directions; in the river, six British ships had the fort blockaded. But the Americans took the Battle of Red Bank decisively. Soldiers fought valiantly on land while small American gunboats took on the British ships. The victory was a much-needed boost of morale for the colonial soldiers.
June 11, 2016 |
Jason Groome could have been the first overall pick. Throughout the spring, several projections had him slotted there. But during the Major League Baseball first-year player draft Thursday night, Groome slipped down the board. At No. 3, the Braves took a pitcher. At No. 4, the Rockies took a pitcher. At picks six through nine, pitchers were taken. None of them was Groome. But eventually, with the 12th pick, the Red Sox selected the 6-foot-6 lefthander from New Jersey's Barnegat High School.
May 29, 2016
Magee DeFelice, M.D., Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, wrote this for the Healthy Kids blog at philly.com/healthykids. Tree pollen is at its height now, and many children are suffering from itchy, watery, red, and swollen eyes - but is it allergic conjunctivitis or an infection? With allergic conjunctivitis, the eyes will be very itchy, but should not feel painful; symptoms are present in both eyes; eye secretions are watery; the eyelids may be swollen; and there are often nasal symptoms, too. Children do not typically develop fever with allergies, and will likely experience more discomfort when they are outside.
May 19, 2016 |
A car door slammed on South Reeds Beach Road, and 300 feeding shorebirds - ruddy turnstones, sandpipers, and red knots - took wing, shrieking out over the Delaware Bay. The commotion caught the attention of Rutgers University biologist Joanna Burger. She rose from the nearby bulkhead where she was monitoring an experiment, and started walking over. All seemed calm on this Middle Township beach in Cape May County. And yet there is growing tension here between economics and ecology, conservationist and oyster farmer.
May 18, 2016 |
Nearly $5.5 million collected from fines for red-light violations at 28 Philadelphia intersections will fund 23 safety-improvement projects in 18 municipalities across the state, Gov. Wolf announced Monday. The biggest chunk of money - $2.8 million - will go to five projects in Philadelphia, including $1 million for safety improvements at 30 to 50 "crash locations," according to a news release. Michael Carroll, acting commissioner of the Philadelphia Streets Department, said the city would have three years in which to identify the sites and use the Automated Red Light Enforcement grant.
May 17, 2016 |
The signal came from the dugout in the fourth inning of a forgettable 9-4 Phillies loss. So Adam Morgan intentionally walked Tucker Barnhart, Cincinnati's No. 8 hitter, to face the opposing pitcher with the bases loaded. But Morgan could not throw a strike to Dan Straily. He threw four pitches, all balls. The crowd groaned as another run scored. "That's one of the loneliest feelings in the world," Morgan said, "walking a pitcher and walking in a run. " It was that sort of day for the 26-year-old lefthander and his Phillies teammates, who were silenced by a nondescript Reds righthander on a cold, interminable Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
May 16, 2016 |
Pete Mackanin hoped Tyler Goeddel would launch the perfect throw. The outfielder did. Goeddel fired a strike from left field to home plate on Saturday night with two outs in the ninth inning. Cameron Rupp hoped he would be able to keep his grip on the ball and seal a 4-3 win over Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park. Rupp certainly did. The catcher nabbed Goeddel's throw and survived a nasty crash at home plate to finish a wild win. The throw brought Rupp a shade to his left and into the path of Eugenio Suarez, who had tagged up and was sprinting from third base.
May 15, 2016 |
Pete Mackanin is not at the controls of a baseball juggernaut. His offense - which entered Friday as the second worst in the National League - scrapes together just enough runs to squeak past teams. And on Friday night, that forced the manager to try to create a run of his own in the fourth inning of a 3-2 Phillies win over Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park. Mackanin called for a safety squeeze with one out and a runner on third. The manager had stressed throughout spring training that the Phillies would bunt for runs.
May 14, 2016 |
Taxidermy isn't just stuffed deer heads and bass for grandpa's den anymore. In the last few years, the craft has gone through a resurgence, with a wave of young, hip practitioners putting a new spin on it. "A lot of new taxidermy that we're seeing from younger people experimenting is them using the craft as a means to express themselves in a different way," says taxidermist Beth Beverly, host of the Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy Competition ...