February 1, 2015 |
PHOENIX - The two most recent coaches of the New England Patriots looked very relaxed, quite happy to spend a half-hour or so in each other's company yesterday morning. They turned the annual Friday Super Bowl coaches' joint news conference into a talk-show chat, hosted by affable, telegenic Pete Carroll, with Bill Belichick as the eager guest who has a movie, book or show to plug. In this case, the show airs tomorrow evening at 6:30, when Super Bowl XLIX kicks off. The quest of Belichick and the Patriots to rise above "Spygate" and "Deflategate" for the fourth championship of the Belichick-Tom Brady era runs head on into the quest of Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks to become the first repeat champions in 10 years, and vanquish any doubts about their dominance of the league at mid-decade.
January 30, 2015 |
When the grass needed cutting and money was running out, he brought in his lawn mower and took care of the grounds himself. When funds were unavailable for salaries, he didn't take a paycheck, so he could pay his small staff. And when the heat failed last winter and leaks sprouted from water pipes, he fought for quick repairs - a frustrating process still underway. Clearly, Jason Allen had his share of challenges as the first African American executive director of the Camden County Historical Society.
January 29, 2015 |
The American Bible Society will give up its tony Broadway address for one in Philadelphia's historic district. The society, which has had its headquarters in New York City for 199 years and has operations all over the world, will relocate to 401 Market St., steps from Independence Mall. Mayor Nutter will announce the nonprofit's move, which will bring more than 200 jobs to the city, at a news conference Wednesday. The society's primary mission is to engage more people with the Bible.
January 27, 2015 |
When George Zhu attended Mercersburg Academy, a boarding school in central Pennsylvania, he was always told to finish his plate at dinner. The law required cafeteria workers to dump whatever prepared food was not consumed or never served. That wastefulness bothered Zhu, now a sophomore at Swarthmore College. So he spent an almost sleepless weekend in a building at Haverford College with his team of three friends - surrounded by pizza boxes and dozens of other ambitious students - searching for a solution through technology.
January 25, 2015 |
All that Grace Chang Venner wanted was to bounce her husband's presumed mistress from the Society Hill apartment he had agreed to lease to her for $1 per month for the next 40 years, and she wanted to do it with as little fuss as possible. But all that failed when rather than doing it in person, she sued him in Common Pleas Court, plunging her and Stuart Venner, 62, a Brooklyn, N.Y., real estate mogul, and Panadda Pratomtang, 41, into the media spotlight for two long days. The saga began in July 2012, when Stuart Venner bought 421 Pine St., a three-story brownstone, for $900,000 as an investment property.
January 22, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama and Vice President Biden are expected in Philadelphia next week, where they are scheduled to speak at the House Democrats' policy retreat in Society Hill. The two-day gathering will bring the entire caucus to the city for two days of huddling about their strategy for the next two years. Obama will speak next Thursday and Biden the following day, the White House said. Politico first reported their plans. Local congressmen hope the event will also give them a chance to show off the city as Philadelphia pushes to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
January 22, 2015 |
IT TURNS OUT when you rent a ritzy Society Hill condo to your mistress and let her pay for it with sex - as a lawsuit alleges a high-powered Brooklyn real-estate mogul did - you probably shouldn't list your wife as a property manager. But Stuart Venner, according to a civil lawsuit filed by his wife on Friday in Philadelphia, may have made that mistake. In the suit, Grace Chang Venner alleges that her husband, a Brooklyn developer, drew up a 40-year lease last January for another woman to live in a stately, three-story brick rowhouse he bought in 2012 on Pine Street near 5th. But this wasn't just any lease, the suit claims: The agreement allegedly allowed defendant Panadda Pratomtang to rent the property for $1 a month until 2053 "in return for her providing prostitution services to Board Member, [Stuart]
January 18, 2015 |
From the moment the elevator doors open in Alfred "Fred" Hagen's ultrachic penthouse, the swooning begins. The unit, spanning the top two floors of a trendy 12-story boutique building in Society Hill, is the pinnacle of stylish city living. Floor-to-ceiling windows stretch across the 4,000-square-foot residence, where breathtaking views pan from the city's corporate center to the stadium complex to the Delaware River, where the Ben Franklin Bridge arcs in the wake of cruising cargo ships.
December 22, 2014
ISSUE | HOME TEAM Christie's playing wrong side of field Gov. Christie cannot be elected president, and it isn't because he could not win a Republican nomination battle fought largely on the right. Christie has doomed himself in a general election because no politician whose base of support is in the Northeast could afford to lose Pennsylvania, and no one can win Pennsylvania without faring well in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, where the bulk of the state's voters live.
December 13, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - When Gov.-elect Tom Wolf heads to New York City on Friday for the annual wining, dining, and networking extravaganza known as the Pennsylvania Society, he will be the man saying No-Thank-You in the land of Thank-You-Very-Much. With many high-profile staff and cabinet positions yet to fill, Wolf will be a main attraction as he joins scores of officials, lobbyists, and political strategists at cocktail receptions and parties hosted by the well-heeled and well-connected.