June 9, 2016 |
A woman who had a front-row seat at many of the events mentioned in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal racketeering conspiracy indictment testified for the defense at his trial Tuesday. But if Maisha Leek, the congressman's former chief of staff and campaign fund-raising director, knew anything exceptionally beneficial to his defense or to the prosecutors seeking to convict him, she managed to keep it to herself. One of the most closely connected, yet unindicted, members of Fattah's inner circle to testify so far, Leek worked closely with Herbert Vederman, the wealthy fund-raiser accused of bribing the congressman over several years.
May 10, 2016 |
Pennsylvania State University president Eric Barron said Sunday that the university has found no evidence to support the latest allegations that Joe Paterno and members of his coaching staff knew about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children as early as the 1970s. Barron turned the heat on the media for reporting the allegations, some of which surfaced in court papers last week. Others were reported by CNN and NBC News. If true, they indicate that Paterno and other Penn State authorities knew about Sandusky's actions years earlier than had been alleged.
May 9, 2016 |
Lansdale Catholic's football program now has a wealth of head coaching experience. Drew Gordon, who was in charge at La Salle for nine years, and Chris Felton, who directed Central Bucks West for four seasons, recently joined Tom Kirk's staff as offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively. Gordon guided the Explorers to six Catholic League championships, including five straight from 2008 to 2012, and a PIAA Class AAAA state title in 2009. He spent last season as the offensive coordinator at Bishop McDevitt, his alma mater.
April 28, 2016 |
Change is constant in the dance world. But the suddenness and scope of the roster changes announced Monday for Pennsylvania Ballet stunned many in that world and out of it. Angel Corella, the company's artistic director and an international ballet superstar, said 17 of 43 dancers - nearly 40 percent - would be leaving the company. Twelve were let go and five are leaving on their own, including favorites such as Lauren Fadeley, who is going to to Miami City Ballet as a soloist; and Elizabeth Mateer, who will be joining the corps of the San Francisco Ballet.
April 25, 2016 |
Jerad Eickhoff was three years removed from being a 15th-round pick and even further from being considered a prospect. The pitcher was instead a middling minor-leaguer, struggling to find success on baseball's lowest rungs. Then, in the summer of 2014, he struck up a conversation with Mark Connor, a roving pitching instructor in the Texas Rangers' farm system. Connor told Eickhoff to throw his curveball more. He believed that American League pitchers who offered a heavy dosage of curveballs were more likely to succeed.
March 26, 2016 |
For Bishop Eustace catchers, hitting is optional. Defense and leadership are mandatory. That's fine with Crusaders senior catcher Nate Steele. He has embraced his role for a young team with a staff of inexperienced pitchers. "As a catcher, that's how it works at Eustace," Steele said. Bishop Eustace coach Sam Tropiano "doesn't even care about how much you hit. You have to be a leader. " Steele batted a respectable .293 with seven doubles, two homers and 19 RBIs as a junior for a team that won 25 games and finished in the No. 1 spot in the Inquirer's Top 25. Steele had two of those RBIs in Bishop Eustace's victory over Eastern in the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic championship game.
March 19, 2016 |
Officials of a Main Line school district said Thursday that they had removed the entire Conestoga High School football coaching staff, and that the head coach had resigned, after an internal investigation showed that players had routinely hazed teammates for years. "The locker rooms had an insufficient adult presence throughout the football season, creating an environment where hazing activities could occur," Tredyffrin/Easttown district officials said. Football coach John Vogan, who also coached baseball, resigned effective immediately, the district told parents in a letter Thursday.
February 16, 2016 |
AT 27, JOE D'ORAZIO is mature beyond his years. He's already coached alongside Andy Reid here and in Kansas City, been part of former Penn coach Al Bagnoli's staff at Columbia. He's already parlayed his experience as the center on Penn's successful football program of the late last decade and lifelong passion for the game into a diverse coaching portfolio that includes working with receivers and tight ends, special teams, defense and now, as Eagles coach Doug Pederson's offensive quality control and assistant wide receivers coach.
February 9, 2016 |
The texts come in. Villa assistant coach Baker Dunleavy usually notices them right after a game, after he grabs his phone in the locker room. "He just can't help himself during a game," Dunleavy said of the texter. "He's a junkie, a basketball addict. " The texter used to coach the Lakers and then the Trail Blazers and then the Clippers, but now Mike Dunleavy has time to watch one of his sons, Mike, play in the NBA and another one, Baker, work as Jay Wright's top Villanova assistant.
February 7, 2016 |
Independence Blue Cross has begun moving staff of its AmeriHealth Administrators subsidiary from two suburban offices into the newly renovated 1900 Market St. office building in Center City. The staffers were relocated from Horsham and Fort Washington to the building that "better reflects and supports AHA's collaborative culture and accommodates future growth," Independence spokeswoman Elizabeth H. Sell said Friday in a statement. The insurance provider now occupies 113,000 square feet of the 228,000 square feet that it plans to fill at the building, according its owner Brandywine Realty Trust.