December 19, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN At the urging of gay rights activists, United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson said Tuesday that some policies in the church's book of discipline are discriminatory toward homosexuals. Johnson, who oversees the church's eastern Pennsylvania Conference, said bans on ordaining homosexuals and performing same-sex weddings contradict other church doctrines that call for the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations. "This has led to confusion by many from the outside of the church," Johnson said in a statement, "wondering how we can talk out of two sides of our mouths.
November 28, 2013 |
Carlos Rivera told police that Atlanta Deveney was "the love of my life" and that she and her 12-year-old son were "all I had. " Still, when Deveney told him they were through, Rivera - fueled by PCP and two bottles of brandy - went into what he called a "blind rage. " When it was over, police say, Deveney, 35, was strangled and 12-year-old Elijah Rosado stabbed repeatedly and left with two blades still in his body. Rivera's four-page statement to Philadelphia Homicide Detective Brian J. Peters was the only evidence introduced Tuesday at a preliminary hearing where Rivera, 26, was held for trial on two counts of murder and related charges by Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter.
November 27, 2013 |
ROMAN CATHOLIC High School athletic director Sean Fitzherbert has been placed on administrative leave after school administrators received an allegation late last week of "inappropriate conduct via computer technology with a minor attending Father Judge High School," according to a statement released by the school last night. Fitzherbert has been relieved of all duties within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and, per archdiocesan policy, the allegation was shared with the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit, which is handling the investigation.
November 16, 2013 |
Chipism (n): an expression or phrase used by Chip Kelly to express a characteristic position or stand or goal to be achieved Chip Kelly invoked the mantra "Win the day" so much during his tenure as Oregon head coach that it became a slogan for the team and eventually a phrase trademarked by the state. But when Kelly left the Northwest for the Northeast his slogan, which was actually birthed during his time at New Hampshire, stayed with the Ducks, and he needed a new message for a new challenge.
November 1, 2013 |
ON TUESDAY, Daily News managing editor Pat McLoone sent me an email about the column I'd written about many Sixers fans wanting the team to lose so it could get a better draft pick. "Where I lose it is when Thad Young drives through traffic and banks in a runner at the buzzer for a win and fans scold him for making the shot," he said. Last night at the Wells Fargo Center, it wasn't Young driving through traffic. It was oft-maligned swingman Evan Turner and rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams going to the free-throw line in the closing moments of a close game against the two-time reigning champion Miami Heat.
October 31, 2013 |
Calvin Coleman spent part of his 75th birthday Sunday protesting the skeleton in George Vucelich's yard in Delaware County. The cake and scallops dinner would have to wait. The skeleton hangs from a maple tree. A noose appears to be around its scrawny plastic neck. It also wears an Obama-Biden T-shirt. "When I first heard of this, I was irate. I believed something like this wouldn't happen in Swarthmore," said Coleman, who is African American and whose family has resided in Delaware County for six generations.
October 24, 2013 |
David Fili Jr. and George Barnard enjoyed the lives of successful businessmen driving expensive vehicles, investing in beachfront property, and attending Flyers games. The partnership between the two Delaware County men started in 2004. Eight years later, the relationship unraveled after clients alleged more than $10 million had gone missing, strapping dozens of New Jersey and Pennsylvania homeowners with two mortgages on the same properties, according to court records filed in both states.
October 18, 2013 |
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) was the only senator from the Philadelphia region to vote against the plan to end the government shutdown Wednesday night. Toomey joined 17 other Senate Republicans, including Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, in opposing the bipartisan plan. He did so hours before six Republican members of the House from the Philadelphia suburbs, as well as every Democrat, voted in favor of it. A steadfast fiscal conservative, Toomey said he voted no because the bill failed to address government spending and the debt.
October 10, 2013 |
A 64-year-old Mount Laurel man who, according to police, died after he set himself on fire over the weekend on the National Mall in Washington suffered from mental illness, his family said Monday night through its attorney. John Constantino's "death was not a political act or statement, but the result of his long battle with mental illness," his family said in the statement, released by Jeffrey Cox, a lawyer in Vienna, Va. The statement did not elaborate. Constantino poured gasoline over his body and set himself ablaze Friday at Seventh Street and Madison Drive N.W., the Metropolitan Police Department said.
October 7, 2013 |
Batters with two strikes usually stop swinging for the fences, but that's precisely what Rep. Paul Clymer, a Republican from Bucks County, is doing on a matter that means a lot to him: compulsive gambling. Clymer, a member of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, has cosponsored a bill to require casinos that have "rewards" programs to send monthly statements to customers who have won or lost more than $500. Clymer argues that if casino patrons - and their families - know how much they're ahead (or behind)