March 6, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The infielder was a month removed from Achilles' surgery, going about his daily rehab work and trying to keep a positive outlook. He relies on legs. His future is largely dependent on his legs' ability to recover and become strong again. Ryan Howard walked over to the kid last fall at the Phillies' state-of-the-art indoor training facility in Clearwater with some friendly words of advice. "Baby steps," Howard said. "You've got to keep a positive mindset.
December 24, 2013 |
Developer Carl Dranoff made news last week by detailing his plan for a 47-story South Broad Street hotel-apartment-retail tower. Dranoff was also in the news the next day, in three separate stories, none that would likely please him: Gov. Corbett's administration is cutting $12 million in aid proposed through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for Dranoff's apartment development in downtown Ardmore. The state said money in that program should go to public projects, like the nearby Ardmore train station.
December 1, 2013 |
GLENSIDE - Thanksgiving Day has passed, but don't tell that to Glenside's Ned Smith. His gratitude toward family and friends who have helped him since he suffered a stroke in 2011 is enough to last a lifetime. And the steps to recovery have blossomed into an unlikely musical project for the extended family. For years, Smith, 56, was in charge of scheduling the presses at the Schuylkill Printing Plant in Upper Merion, where The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News are printed.
September 27, 2013 |
MAYOR NUTTER has for weeks been calling on City Council - publicly and privately - to move forward on Gov. Corbett's school-funding plan, but has yet to get a single member to introduce the legislation. City Hall insiders say it's emblematic of Council's sheer disregard for the mayor, who appears to lack even a single reliable ally to push his second-term agenda. "I've never heard of that before. Never," said Councilman Jim Kenney, a former longtime Nutter pal and ally, who finds the school-funding stalemate symbolic of the mayor's icy relations with Council.
September 2, 2013 |
The odds seemed monumentally against textile designer Harshita Lohia's realizing her entrepreneurial ambitions. For starters, there was her father, patriarch of a conservative Hindu family in North India, where arranged marriages are common and young women are encouraged to work on babies, not business plans. Then, when Lohia was a junior at Moore College of Art & Design, a bicyclist struck her, breaking both her hands. Five years later, fire destroyed not only her Lower Makefield home, but Lohia's entire design portfolio, putting an end to a promising job opportunity and the work visa that was to come with it. "I never felt down," she said.
July 22, 2013 |
President Lyndon B. Johnson could read the signs of the end: growing disquiet over Vietnam, primary challenges from Eugene McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy. On March 31, 1968, he got time on the three TV networks. "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president," Johnson said. These days, some anxious Republican insiders in Pennsylvania want Gov. Corbett to pull an LBJ and withdraw from the 2014 gubernatorial race, forecasting a landslide loss for the party otherwise.
July 21, 2013
Good news, bad news for the aging Yankees: Derek Jeter is back on the DL, and Alex Rodriguez plans to return to the lineup Monday. The Yankees placed Jeter on the 15-day DL on Friday. He strained his right quad in his first game back with New York last week after being out all season with a broken left ankle. The 39-year-old Jeter singled on his first pitch in a major-league game this year as the Yankees beat Kansas City on July 11, but he left in the eighth inning when his quad tightened in his third at-bat.
July 13, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - In an unmistakable setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain's second-degree murder trial was given the option Thursday of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Judge Debra Nelson issued her ruling over the objections of Zimmerman's lawyers shortly before a prosecutor delivered a closing argument in which he portrayed the defendant as an aspiring police officer who assumed Martin was up to no good and took the law into his own hands.
May 20, 2013 |
St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli recently ran into a longtime acquaintance, a businessman. The man asked, "How's everything going?" For a moment, Martelli said, he thought about giving an honest assessment, realizing this guy didn't know any details of what Martelli had been hit with lately. Instead, the Hawks coach left it at, "Everything's great. " The reality? "I feel like I've been invited by God to play cards, but he's only given me three cards," Martelli said, sitting in his office on Hawk Hill.
May 17, 2013 |
IN THE SAME inning that saw Cole Hamels' day end, the Phils also cut the Cleveland Indians' lead to 5-3, thanks to a two-out, two-run double from Jimmy Rollins. Despite Hamels' lackluster effort, the game was well within reach. But in the next four innings, four different relievers entered and matched Hamels in allowing five runs. A middle of the bullpen tabbed as "mediocre" by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. less than a week ago was just plain bad. The bad news: There's a chance the relief corps could get worse in the coming days.