July 18, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yes, the kids are learning how to slice and dice, why a nicely set table is important, and the difference homegrown produce can make to health and well-being. But Teen Leadership Corps, an unusual summer program at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown, is about much more: Good work habits, interpersonal and leadership skills, possible job opportunities, and "green" enterprises, such as a farmer's market or herbal-products business. "It's about meaningful work and growing leaders," says Anna Herman, one of its founders.
July 17, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - There is not a whole lot you can read into summer league games, so there doesn't really seem to be a reason to wonder why the 76ers are being so protective of Nerlens Noel. The team played its eighth summer league game last night over the past 11 days, which is quite a handful. And for the fourth time, they chose to rest the 6-11, 220-pounder who was out all of last season recovering from ACL surgery. He's played four games in those 11 days, which is a little less than you'd play in an NBA season.
July 17, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS mid-July of another summer in which the Phillies are playing themselves into early irrelevancy, and that once meant only one thing: "E-A-G-L-E-S. " As in those familiar chants heard at Citizens Bank Park as opponents put up another crooked number. As in, the heightened anticipation of the start of training camp. Polls, debates, discussions about personnel and promise, all filling in the cracks left by a Phillies team that might be so bad, it might not be wanted anywhere else.
July 16, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cosby show next year The Bill Cosby comeback isn't just talk, rumor, and innuendo any longer. A new sitcom starring the Philly comic as the head of a large (and hopefully happy) family may premiere as early as next summer. Actual, real-life scribes are writing scripts for the "classic, extended-family sitcom," NBC suits said Sunday. The Cosby Show , which aired from 1984 to 1992, is credited by historians as one of the shows that saved NBC from ruin.   Meredith Vieira owns up Meredith Vieira , 60, stood up in front of TV critics Monday and admitted she's afraid.
July 16, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
In goggles, with lime green and yellow pool noodles under their arms, a dozen summer camp children splashed around during their YMCA swim lesson in Camden on Friday. The air was hot and muggy inside the high-ceilinged room, where two lifeguards watched the children and their instructors move about in the Promise Academy pool on Federal Street. Fourteen miles away, in Mount Laurel, Ed Armstead, 80, of Moorestown, gripped a 20-pound free weight while answering, along with a group of others, questions that their trainer, Rocky Palarmo, 80, of Pennsauken, read to them from a Jeopardy!
July 15, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - The summer-league train just keeps rolling for the 76ers, despite a whole new set of passengers. Coming off a championship, five-game run in Orlando, they got another victory on Saturday at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, 74-70, against Dante Exum and the Utah Jazz. Many of the names who played for the Sixers may be a bit unfamiliar, as Nerlens Noel was again held out for rest and second-round draft pick K.J. McDaniels was sidelined with a sprained ankle.
July 15, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Summer camp gives you a mental break. Sending your child to day camp might also provide a tax deduction. Local accounting firm Isdaner & Associates notes that day camp is a qualified expense under the child and dependent care credit, which is worth 20 percent of qualifying expenses (more if your adjusted gross income is less than $43,000), subject to a cap. For 2014, the maximum expenses allowed for the credit are $3,000 for one qualifying child and $6,000 for two or more. Be aware: overnight camp doesn't qualify for the credit.
July 15, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FLYERS' top four defensive prospects - Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg - at a development camp Friday in Voorhees, were noticeably excited when asked about their roles on future Flyers teams. But each was cautious about thinking too far ahead. Ron Hextall told Flyers prospects that the ongoing development camp was not an evaluation process, and the GM said he was not ready to "anoint" any of these kids with an NHL roster spot in his first summer in Philadelphia's front office.
July 14, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - The 76ers summer-leaguers were upstaged by LeBron James. James announced "I'm coming home" to the Cavaliers via his first-person article on about 12:20 p.m. Friday. At the time, the Sixers and Grizzlies were midway through the first quarter of the Orlando Pro Summer League final. The Sixers went on to win, 91-75, at the Amway Center practice court. The game might as well have been played on a desert island. James' decision to sign a free-agent deal with Cleveland following four seasons with the Miami Heat was the main topic of discussion.
July 14, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The back of Hannibal's black bathrobe said he was "Da Most Electrifying One. " The emcee wore a heavyweight title belt on Friday afternoon and traversed the Philadelphia University basketball court with a microphone. He makes his home at Harlem's Rucker Park and was brought in to give the all-star game at the Reebok Classic Breakout a playground-like vibe. If he needed reason to use that microphone - likely, he didn't - Hannibal found it in Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones. The area's top basketball recruit soared for a two-handed alley-oop midway through the first half.
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