August 1, 2016 |
High school students in the Lower Merion School District will be catching a bit of a break this coming year: It will be easier to ace tests, and not as easy to flunk them. Under a new grading policy, a score of 90 will be enough for an A, down from the traditional cutoff of 92. At the other end of the measuring stick, a failing grade now will be 59 and under, instead of 64. What's behind the grade-point pick-me-up? Some Lower Merion parents complained that the decades-old system of eight points per letter grade - falling out of favor nationwide as districts adopt the more forgiving 10-point scale - could cast their children in an unfair comparative light when they apply for colleges and merit scholarships.
July 3, 2016 |
Less than a month ago Aaron Nola was seen as the current and future ace of the Phillies' staff, but that was before the 23-year-old righthander's recent rough stretch. Nola, who takes the mound in Saturday against the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals, has failed to get through the fourth inning in each of the last four starts. "I hadn't really ever gotten hit around this much ever in my career, but it's going to happen," Nola said before Friday's game against the visiting Royals.
June 17, 2016 |
The Museum of the American Revolution, whose building at Third and Chestnut Streets has been under construction for two years, plans to announce Thursday that it will open its doors to the public April 19, 2017 - the 242nd anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, considered the opening of hostilities between Britain and its North American colonies. When the smoke cleared following those nasty Massachusetts skirmishes so long ago, 122 fighters on both sides had lost their lives, and the colonies were launched on a revolutionary road that would not reach the goal of independence for eight arduous years.
April 27, 2016 |
In terms of an ensemble profoundly shaking up a repertoire, the string quartet has the Kronos Quartet, and contemporary chamber music has had Speculum Musicae. The woodwind quintet right now is lucky to have Imani Winds, which played Sunday afternoon for what the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society said was the society's final concert in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Van Pelt Auditorium before the 400-seat hall is demolished for the next phase of museum renovations. (A museum spokesperson could not confirm plans for demolition.)
April 27, 2016 |
The energy level in the conference room on the 16th floor of 8 Penn Center was so high that, if harnessed, it might have kept the El running for a week. At the table were the players in GoldOller Real Estate Investments, save chief operating officer Jake Hollinger, who was live from Florida on a big screen. Presiding was founder and CEO Richard S. Oller, who with partner/president Jeffrey Goldstein leads a Philadelphia-based multifaceted operation of property management, sales, and investment services, valued at $1.5 billion-plus after just a few years in the making.
March 26, 2016 |
DENVER - Though they still have three sets of back-to-back games, the Flyers' remaining schedule isn't as unforgiving as it might appear. Four of their final nine games are against weaker teams that are virtually out of the playoff hunt: Arizona, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto. (Yes, the Flyers were beaten by going-nowhere Columbus on Tuesday, but they have generally played well against lowly teams in the season's second half.) In addition, all three teams they will face on the back end of back-to-back games - Pittsburgh, Toronto, and the Islanders - will also be playing on consecutive nights.
March 17, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Faced with five games in seven days, 76ers coach Brett Brown contemplated how his undermanned squad should approach practices and games. "In a crazy way, we can treat it as best as we can by having energy on the floor in six, seven-minute clumps," Brown said. "Bam! Bam! Playing all 10 [healthy players], keeping the group together. Nobody gets extended minutes too much. " "End the game with the people I think should end the game. We are going to do it by committee. " The Sixers began their grueling stretch on Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.
March 17, 2016 |
Temple's leading basketball scorer is looking to snap out of a late-season slump. The Owls' second-leading scorer is hoping to put his last game behind him. It doesn't take deep analysis to realize that for 10th-seeded Temple (21-11) to win its opening NCAA tournament game against No. 7 Iowa (21-10) in Friday's South Regional in Brooklyn, the Owls' two leading scorers have to produce. That would be 6-foot-5 senior Quenton DeCosey and 6-9 sophomore Obi Enechionyia, who shot a combined 6 for 30 Saturday in a 77-62 American Athletic Conference semifinal loss to Connecticut in Orlando.
February 26, 2016 |
Her closest friends say Taiah Thornton isn't a morning person. They say it as if they expect people not to believe it. Most have never seen Thornton without her trademark energy - laughing, talking, standing out in some way. She's usually at full throttle by fifth period, when the big three of the Camden Catholic girls' basketball team meet for lunch. "And once she starts," Julia Braungart said, "she doesn't stop. " You won't find many high school students with more conviction than Sierra Taylor.
February 24, 2016 |
THE TRADE deadline passed last week and no major changes came about for the 76ers. Though all the talk Monday was about a story in the Boston Herald that the Sixers were somewhat close to a deal that involved Jahlil Okafor, the trade didn't happen. While many are in an uproar that general manager Sam Hinkie even considered an offer for the Sixers' rookie, the bottom line is he didn't pull the trigger. And perhaps he never really considered doing it at all. But that aside, head coach Brett Brown and his staff, along with Hinkie and chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo, have 27 games left in what very well may be the final season of purposeful losing for the organization.