August 30, 2014 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - A death in Jerusalem left a painful void here Thursday, with residents of this Ocean County town grappling with the news that a young man who grew up among them had perished in Israel while on religious studies there. Aaron Sofer, 23, was reported missing last Friday while hiking in the woods, prompting a massive search. A body was found Wednesday evening, and officials on Thursday confirmed it was his. Sofer appeared to have died of natural causes, Lakewood's deputy mayor, Albert Akerman, said Thursday afternoon, citing conversations with Israeli police.
August 29, 2014 |
The Flyers re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Brandon Manning, who played last year for the Phantoms, the team announced Wednesday. Manning, 24, who signed a one-year deal, had eight goals and 23 assists in 73 games at Adirondak. He also recorded two assists in six games with the Flyers. In TV and radio news, Steve Coates will return to the radio side to handle color commentary alongside play-by-play voice Tim Saunders. Former Flyers defenseman Chris Therien will move from radio to Coates' old role as inside-the-glass, ice-level reporter for game telecasts.
August 14, 2014 |
The lead prosecutor in the looming corruption and bribery trial of former top turnpike officials and vendors - a signature case for the office of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane - plans to leave her position ahead of trial. Senior Deputy Attorney General Laurel Brandstetter is expected to handle pretrial arguments in hearing next week, but then depart from the Attorney's General's Office Aug. 29, according to people familiar with her plans. The Attorney General's Office declined to comment on the reports of Brandstetter's resignation.
August 11, 2014 |
IN YET ANOTHER blow to Temple University's African American Studies Department, another professor, Iyelli Ichile, has suddenly resigned - three weeks before the start of the new school year. Ichile, who taught African-American studies and served as the undergraduate chairwoman, resigned Monday, citing family reasons, according to department chairman Molefi Asante. Classes at Temple are set to begin Aug. 25. The department was the target of protests last spring over the firing of professor Anthony Monteiro.
July 12, 2014 |
Rick Ritter, a member of the Coatesville Area School District board, resigned this week, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Ritter served during the texting scandal that led the district's former superintendent to resign about a year ago and led some residents to call for all board members serving at the time to step down. In a resignation letter Ritter submitted to the district Monday, he gave no indication that his exit was related to the fallout from the scandal, saying, "It was truly an honor to serve.
July 5, 2014 |
Bill Clark, the executive director of Philabundance, who has been credited as an innovator in the fight against hunger, announced his resignation from the agency Thursday. For 13 years, Clark, 61, ran the $50-million-a-year hunger-relief behemoth that is based in South Philadelphia and serves nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Philabundance moves 30 million pounds of food a year to 426 pantries in a region whose core is the poorest big city in America. Mark Bender, a member of the Philabundance board, was appointed interim executive director, according to a statement from Murvin Lackey, chairman of the board.
July 5, 2014 |
In a surprise move, Wendell Pritchett resigned Thursday from the School Reform Commission, citing frustration with and fear for the state of public education in Philadelphia. He will be replaced by Marjorie Neff, who until June was principal of Masterman, the city's top magnet school. Neff spent 38 years as a teacher and principal and was the first Philadelphia School District educator to ever serve on the SRC. Pritchett, a well-regarded academic who was the longest-serving member of the commission, said the SRC's job had essentially become figuring out which from a menu of bad options will cause the least damage to city students.
July 4, 2014 |
The Flyers re-signed winger Jason Akeson on Wednesday and traded winger Tye McGinn to San Jose. They also added a pair of unrestricted free agents - defenseman Nick Schultz and winger Andrew Gordon - who figure to be spare parts next season. Late Wednesday night, the Flyers also signed unrestricted free agent Zack Stortini, a 6-4, 214-pound forward, to a one-year, two-way deal. Stortini, 28, led the AHL with 299 penalty minutes last season. Yes, it was a busy day for new general manager Ron Hextall.
July 3, 2014 |
While many of their Metropolitan Division rivals got better, the cap-strapped Flyers were unable to make any major moves Tuesday when the NHL free-agency period opened. They did re-sign goalie Ray Emery to be Steve Mason's backup. They also signed forward Blair Jones, 27, to a two-way contract. New general manager Ron Hextall claimed he was not frustrated that the Flyers couldn't be big players during the free-agent frenzy, saying sometimes teams overspend and have "buyer's remorse.
June 14, 2014 |
The president of Swarthmore College stunned faculty and staff Thursday by announcing her resignation after five years on the job, a relatively short tenure at the highly regarded institution. Rebecca Chopp, a religion scholar, announced that she had accepted a job as chancellor of the University of Denver, beginning Sept. 1. The college announced that Constance Cain Hungerford, a former provost who has spent nearly four decades at Swarthmore, will step in as interim president beginning July 14. Swarthmore last year faced fierce criticism - and an inquiry by the U.S. Department of Education - over its handling of sexual assaults on campus.