May 14, 2015
IN PAST City Council races, we've always been impressed with the wide variety of candidates that come up from the neighborhoods and community activism, "regular joes" who are dedicated to public service. These contenders are not always the best qualified, but their runs represent the essence of democracy - and a refreshing counterpoint to a City Council that has often represented political dynasties as much as, if not more than, the people's business. This time around, the large slate for at-large Council seats is impressive for a different reason: They represent a level of professional accomplishment in law, business and education that could bring a strong upgrade to the city's legislative body.
May 6, 2015 |
A Philadelphia jury of six men and six women was selected Monday to hear the murder trial of a Levittown exterminator charged in the 2013 strangling of Philadelphia doctor Melissa Ketunuti. Jason Smith, 39, is accused of killing Ketunuti, 35, a pediatrician and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, during a Jan. 21, 2013, argument at her house in 1700 block of Naudain Street in the Graduate Hospital area of Center City. Smith, an independent exterminator hired by a Bucks County firm, was assigned to rid Ketunuti's rowhouse of mice.
May 5, 2015 |
THERE IS NO right or wrong with respect to the 2015 NFL draft right now. There are only opinions. Bill Belichick and the Patriots, who have been one of the best drafting teams in the NFL for the last decade-and-a-half, take Stanford safety Jordan Richards with the last pick of the second round and NFL scouts whose own teams had Richards rated as a fourth-, fifth- or even sixth-rounder scratch their heads. Maybe Belichick is right and they're wrong. Maybe Belichick is wrong and they're right.
May 4, 2015 |
Jaelen Strong, who grew up in Mount Airy and went to West Catholic High, was selected Friday in the third round of the NFL draft by the Houston Texans. Strong, the 70th overall pick, started his college career at Pierce College in Los Angeles before starring the last two seasons at Arizona State. Strong is the son of the late John Rankin, a former Drexel basketball standout and Philadelphia police officer. Rankin died when Strong was 9. Strong has a tattoo of an image of the Philadelphia skyline on his right biceps.
May 4, 2015 |
In the third round of the NFL draft, with the No. 85 overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft, a graduate of Downingtown East. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder, who played youth football for the Marsh Creek Eagles, caught 24 passes for 269 yards while helping the Scarlet Knights go 8-5 (3-5 in the Big Ten) last season. Kroft's best statistical season came in 2013, when he made 43 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns.
May 1, 2015 |
THERE WAS much final-hours suspense, but in the end, the great Marcus Mariota chase turned out the way many of us thought it would: Getting to Mariota, moving from the 20th overall draft pick to first or second, was too long a leap for the Eagles. Instead of reuniting Chip Kelly with his Oregon quarterback, the Birds stayed put and took a player who had been linked to them during the draft process: USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor (6-foot, 198), whom NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock (and many others)
February 15, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood, Coatesville, and Imhotep Charter had two players each selected Friday to participate in June's Big 33 Football Classic. Linebacker Jake Cooper (Penn State recruit) and all-purpose athlete Jarrett McClenton (Villanova) will represent Class AAA state champion Wood. Coatesville defensive backs Ahkema Evans (Temple) and Jay Stocker (Pittsburgh) will also play in the game. Imhotep sends defensive back Shaq Jones (Illinois) and wide receiver D.J. Moore (Maryland). Pennsbury running back Charles Snorweah highlights the roster.
January 6, 2015 |
Forbes has chosen Philadelphia as the permanent home of its 30 Under 30 Summit - a gathering of young entrepreneurs that organizers hope will become the nation's most elite networking event for the next generation of business and political leaders. The announcement Monday was timed to coincide with the release of the magazine's annual "Forbes 30 Under 30" list, a who's who tally of 600 entrepreneurs and leaders under age 30 that seeks to be as buzzy as its annual billionaires' list.
December 25, 2014 |
The Eagles had five players selected to the Pro Bowl and five players selected as alternates Tuesday night. Left tackle Jason Peters, running back LeSean McCoy, running back/returner Darren Sproles, center Jason Kelce, and linebacker Connor Barwin all received invitations. The game is Jan. 25 in Glendale, Ariz. Fans, coaches, and players took part in the voting. Barwin, Sproles, and Kelce will make their first trips to the Pro Bowl. Peters is going to his seventh, and his fifth with the Eagles.