July 31, 2014
ALTHOUGH IT'S summer and the living is easy, perhaps you've noticed extra heat on Tom Wolf from Tom Corbett, who wants Wolf to remain a cabinetmaker instead of a Cabinet-chooser. (Get it? Wolf's company makes cabinets. If elected governor, he'd choose a Cabinet. So Corbett would rather he . . . well, if you have to explain.) The heat comes from Corbett's campaign saying Wolf is hiking taxes if elected and hiding taxes to get elected. Also, Wolf lies and is a hypocrite. More on that later.
July 31, 2014 |
Hello there On her summer 2005 tour of the University of Pittsburgh, Caroline was impressed with the campus, obsessed with the gold-and-navy-blue-striped rugby shirts worn by the student guides called Pathfinders, and determined to become a Pathfinder herself. That fall, she was leaving her first Pathfinders meeting when one of the rowdy sophomores who had hooted and hollered as the new guides introduced themselves walked up to her. "Hi, I'm Alex," he said. Caroline, who grew up in Media, had graduated from the all-girls' Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Bryn Mawr.
July 28, 2014 |
IT IS Christmas in July, and sports fans all over the Delaware Valley have reason to celebrate the season. Though we love watching our favorite teams in action, we like talking about them and assessing what their needs are to help them reach the promised land almost as much. At times like these, we are all tremendously knowledgeable and sagacious general managers. What do Ruben Amaro Jr., Sam Hinkie and Howie Roseman know that we don't?! This time of the year is truly a bonanza for us - less than a week to the major league baseball trade deadline and our Phils are clearly sellers; as training camp opens, there are still some serious questions to be answered for the Eagles; the Sixers' summer league performance has us all trying to decide whether Hinkie is a mad scientist, or just mad; and the Flyers' recent happenings, combined with the advent of the Ron Hextall era, have the Orange and Black devotees in a frenzy.
July 24, 2014 |
AFTER THE SIXERS' crop of rookies, young players and free-agent hopefuls finished their stint in the Las Vegas Summer League, Sixers assistant Chad Iske, who directed the squad, observed, "Overall, the effort we preached in both camps, especially mine, our transition defense, protecting the paint, I think we are getting better at it. " A week earlier at the Orlando Summer League, Sixers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce ran the show, and he was able...
July 22, 2014 |
ONCE UPON a time, Atlantic City's casino showrooms hummed and buzzed year-round. Classic gaming-hall venues like the Claridge's Palace Theater and the Trump Plaza showroom were dark only when one midweek presentation had ended and another was preparing to open. Today, extended-run presentations, much like the city itself, are pretty much warm-weather attractions - somewhat odd when you consider that summertime is AyCee's peak season and thus less-dependent on such attendance-growing lures.
July 21, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - So the question is this: What did we learn in the 15 days that have encompassed summer league play for the 76ers in Orlando and Las Vegas? Well, of course, let's start with the biggest subject of the days, and that is, of course, Nerlens Noel. As a matter of fact, he is all we really need to talk about right now. First off, the team was quite cautious in playing the 6-11, 220-pounder. He had far more days off than on, explained repeatedly by the team as just a precautionary move, easing the second-year player back onto a court he hadn't officially been on in a year-and-a-half.
July 21, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - The 76ers' participation in the Orlando and NBA Summer Leagues has come and gone, and the team won't be seen again until the preseason begins in October. Summer leagues are basically glorified pickup games, but they do provide a look at draft picks. They enable fans to see what some of the participating veterans have learned and introduce fans to undrafted rookies trying to make NBA rosters. So here are some things we learned about the 76ers: Nerlens Noel could become an NBA all-star if he packs on more pounds.
July 20, 2014 |
IT MAY BE SUMMER, but a few hundred kids in Philadelphia will return to the classroom next week. The students are part of a free summer reading program, organized by state Sen. Vincent Hughes and the Free Library of Philadelphia, which starts Monday and runs through Aug. 14. Hughes, a strong proponent of education, said the purpose is to combat what educators refer to as the summer slide. Experts estimate that students who do not read during summer break can lose up to two months worth of instructional time.
July 20, 2014 |
A 38-year-old man was shot and killed early Friday in Camden, the first homicide in the city in more than a month. Sergio Rivera was shot multiple times just after 2:30 a.m. outside his home on the 1100 block of North 21st Street in the Cramer Hill neighborhood. Rivera arrived at Cooper University Hospital - how he traveled there was unclear, a Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman said - and hospital staff notified police. Rivera had been pronounced dead, at 2:53 a.m., by the time officers arrived.
July 18, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - The breakneck speed with which these Summer League games are played gives coaches and scouts an easier way to evaluate the talent on the floor. Everyone is trying to make that spectacular block. Every rebound is a survival of the fittest battle, and there is more diving on the floor for loose balls than you will see most of the season. The style, while it sort of fits into the way 76ers coach Brett Brown wants his team to play, has been costly to the Sixers this summer.