October 29, 2014 |
GRADY SIZEMORE will be a member of the 2015 Phillies. In what capacity remains to be seen. The club announced yesterday that it had signed the once-talented but more recently inert outfielder to a $2 million contract for the upcoming season. Sizemore, a three-time All-Star with the Indians, joined the Phillies last summer after an uninspiring couple of months with the Red Sox. Despite a hot start with the Phillies, he finished the year hitting .233/.299/.354 overall. The signing underscores the decisions the Phillies have to make with their outfield.
October 23, 2014 |
WITH UNCERTAINTY on the major league staff and no one in the minor league system expected to compete for a starting job this spring, the Phillies re-signed veteran Jerome Williams last night. Williams, who joined the team in August, agreed to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal. The contract also includes performance bonuses. A native of Hawaii, Williams turns 33 in December. He would have been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series. Williams is likely to compete for one of the final slots in the Phillies' starting rotation when he reports to spring training.
October 16, 2014
A PREVIOUSLY released former Eagles draft pick will return to the NovaCare Complex practice fields next week, as the team yesterday re-signed interior offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde. Vandervelde, the backup center to Jason Kelce last season, takes the spot of veteran lineman Wade Smith, who was released yesterday in conjunction with the move. Vandervelde, 6-2, 300 pounds, can play both center and guard. A fifth-round draft pick in 2011, Vandervelde was on the Eagles roster as recently as late August, when he was waived with an injury settlement.
October 6, 2014 |
GOV. CORBETT is standing by one state law-enforcement official caught up in a porn scandal, but has asked another to resign. Corbett says information released this week by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane does not show that State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan opened any of the more than 300 explicit emails he received while working as a top deputy to Corbett when the governor served as attorney general. Noonan has told the governor he did not look at the files, a Corbett spokeswoman said.
October 5, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Friday sought the resignation of a third state official - his appointee to the state Parole Board - amid disclosures that the man had participated in the exchange of pornography over state computers. But Randy Feathers said he would not step down from the $116,000-a-year job. In an interview, Feathers said he sent a letter to Corbett explaining his stance and a second to Attorney General Kathleen Kane asking for an independent forensic expert to review the sexually explicit messages that she says he received or forwarded.
September 28, 2014 |
In a shake-up of its leadership, Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack announced Friday that chief executive officer Michael Odell had resigned, effective immediately. The familiar Philadelphia auto-parts and service company said director John Sweetwood, 66, would be interim CEO while the board searches for a permanent CEO from among internal and external candidates. Odell, 50, joined Pep Boys in September 2007 as chief operating officer. Before that, he had been executive vice president and general manager of Sears Retail & Specialty Stores.
September 25, 2014 |
Thomas Raftery III, the inspector general of the Delaware River Port Authority, is resigning, complaining of interference by the DRPA board and a "hostile" workplace environment. Raftery said in a draft letter dated Monday that his resignation would be effective Oct. 17. Raftery, who was hired in 2012 as the DRPA's first inspector general, has been at odds with many members of the board for months. He was hired to root out fraud, corruption, and inefficiencies at the DRPA. He soon collided with managers and board members, who complained that the inspector general was vindictive and bullying.
September 19, 2014 |
This story has been updated. AN ASSISTANT basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School resigned late Wednesday because of his alleged involvement in last Thursday's savage attack on two gay men in Center City, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Thursday. The coach, identified by a source close to the team as Fran McGlinn, had been "serving as a coach on a contract basis," said Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the Archdiocese. McGlinn, 25, along with several other former Wood students, allegedly participated in an attack on a gay couple as the men were walking near Rittenhouse Square.
September 14, 2014 |
Talk about storm damage. What started as a leaky roof at a Norristown house in February ended this week with the resignation of the borough's code-enforcement officer and embarrassment for the local district judge who, it turned out, had illegally rented the building. Joseph Januzelli, Norristown's code officer since 2008, was forced to resign, town officials say, after an internal review found he failed to make sure the 81-year-old renter's house was up to code. Januzelli came under scrutiny after Ilene Schwartz told municipal council members that her landlord, District Justice Francis Lawrence, was slow to fix her roof after it was damaged in an ice storm.