June 5, 2015 |
STEVE WOJDAK never asked the impossible. He might have been one of the city's and state's most effective lobbyists, but Steve Wojdak would not have considered asking a legislator or governor or anyone else for a favor that they wouldn't want to deliver. "He had a way of putting himself in your position," said former Gov. Ed Rendell. "He would never ask for anything untenable. He knew his stuff. "You appreciate someone who understands the conflicts you have and difficulties you have in getting things done.
June 4, 2015 |
Stephen R. Wojdak, 76, a former state legislator from Philadelphia who became one of the most influential lobbyists in Pennsylvania, died Tuesday in Boston. Mr. Wojdak had been vacationing on Martha's Vineyard with his family when he suffered breathing problems and was hospitalized last week, said Kevin Feeley, a family spokesman. A 1992 Philadelphia Daily News article called Mr. Wojdak the "King of Clout. " He also was known as the "51st senator" because of his widely acknowledged influence.
April 30, 2015 |
They got through the awkward first date at Pod, when Alison confided to Steve that she slept every night with a stuffed white teddy bear from childhood. They endured a year of long-distance dating - he was a senior at Villanova while she was at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. - taking turns making the five-hour drive in his beaten Pontiac Sunfire or her Honda Civic. But the real test of their partnership came a year into marriage. They were celebrating Alison's birthday at a Hilton in New York, and she set her engagement ring - a diamond circled with sapphires, which Steve had given her in a carefully arranged proposal at the Race Street Pier - on the sink ledge while she showered.
April 21, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Considering that Stephen Strasburg had struggled in his first two starts, the Washington Nationals righthander could not have picked a better opponent than the Phillies to shake the early doldrums. In 11 career starts against the Phillies, Strasburg was 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA. He had 82 strikeouts in 69 innings. Last season, Strasburg was 2-0 with a 1.42 in five starts against the Phillies with the Nationals going 4-1 in those games. So when Strasburg started yesterday's game at Nationals Park by setting the Phillies down on eight pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning, he had to be feeling good about the way things were headed.
February 12, 2015 |
Stephen Timothy Roll, 61, of Bala Cynwyd, an executive at WHYY for more than two decades, died Friday, Feb. 6, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as Tim, Mr. Roll had a long career in the Philadelphia radio and TV industry. He was a manager of corporate underwriting at WHYY, where he worked for 24 years. In his role with WHYY, Mr. Roll sold advertising spots to corporate and nonprofit clients across all platforms - radio, TV and on www.whyy.org . Before that, Mr. Roll worked in radio advertising sales for WCAU-AM, KYW-AM, and WMGK-FM.
January 8, 2015 |
Former Philadelphia Police Officer Cheryl L. Stephens was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for lying to a federal grand jury during a loan-sharking investigation. Stephens, 48, a 10-year police veteran, gave false testimony about a $100 loan she got from another officer who was convicted in the same investigation. Prosecutor Anthony Wzorek told U.S. District Judge Darnell Jones that after initially making false statements to the grand jury, Stephens helped the government make its case against codefendant Gary Cottrell.
January 7, 2015 |
THERE WERE two things Stephen Johnson always was: a cop and an athlete. He served well in a number of administrative positions in his 35 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, but his heart was always out in the streets, mingling with the people and fellow cops. Or riding a motorcycle. "In my opinion his first love was the Highway Patrol," said former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson. "When he became captain of the Highway Patrol, he had fulfilled a lifetime ambition.
December 20, 2014 |
Stephen Collins: I'm flawed "I'm a flawed person," the embattled Stephen Collins concedes in a chat with Katie Couric , to stream Friday on Yahoo and air on ABC's 20/20 . Collins, 67, repeats an earlier confession, that decades ago he sexually assaulted three underage girls. Collins, who played a minister on WB's 7th Heaven , says he was healed of his unhealthy desires many decades ago with the help of his faith. "It's . . . one of the things I love about the church.
November 15, 2014 |
"The Theory of Everything" is for everyone who finished Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and felt they needed more detail about his marriage. "The Theory of Everything" is strangely circumspect about the science behind the physicist's innovative theories - men from academia leap to their feet in the movie and exclaim that Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) has "done it," but they never say what he's done. Something to do with a theory that would explain space, time and mass?
November 11, 2014 |
SOMETIMES, even the master of horror, Stephen King, needs a little inspiration, a certain something to get the bones rolling in his head. That's where John Mellencamp came in, and that's how their project, the musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," took form - evolving from the standard cabin-in-the-woods idea into a supernatural yarn about brothers at odds, set in the South with a backdrop of Spanish moss and the blues. "I had never written a play, let alone a musical, but I figured we'll learn as we go along," King said in a recent interview with the Daily News . "I had done an outline, but once [Mellencamp]