September 7, 2016 |
You don't know her name, but without Michelle Singer there might never have been a Democratic National Convention here. Or the bills might have gone unpaid, and the thousands of people at the convention might not have been able to live-stream or tweet the event. Singer, a longtime political fund-raiser who now works for Comcast Corp., was a central figure in Philadelphia's preparations to host the convention in late July. She was the unseen hand that did much to raise the $60 million needed to put on the show.
January 30, 2015 |
UNDER THE television and near where the Flyers' resident DJ selects tunes to be blared in the dressing room, there is a conspicuous sign posted to the right of the smart board where Craig Berube draws up plays. It reads: "No one is bigger than the team. If you can't do things our way, you won't get time here. AND WE DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE. " In a seemingly lost season, even after the Flyers won their third game in a row last night, few players have embodied that "team" mentality more than Brayden Schenn.
June 9, 2014 |
IT HAS BEEN TWO years since the Thomas W. Buck Hosiery factory burned in Kensington, killing firefighters Lt. Robert Neary, 59, and Daniel Sweeney, 25. In February, a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against Nahman and Michael Lichtenstein, the New York father-and-son investors who owned the empty 19th century building and allowed it to fall prey to squatters and neglect. So the Lichtensteins will never wear orange jumpsuits in punishment for the catastrophe that took the lives of two good men. At least the families of Neary and Sweeney - who have never received so much as an expression of condolence from the Lichtensteins - have civil suits pending against the slumlords.
January 23, 2014 |
La Salle coach John Giannini knows that basketball fans love to read about the players who do the brunt of the scoring for their teams and not about those who do the little things, such as Explorers guard D.J. Peterson. But Giannini has as much appreciation for Peterson, a 6-foot-5 junior, as for anyone on his roster. "I can't give him enough credit," Giannini said. "Any coach would love to have a guy who's a high-level defender and who does not turn the ball over and who makes his open shots and doesn't force things.
October 12, 2013 |
Midfielder Brian Carroll isn't very flashy and doesn't say too much, but he carries as much respect as any player in the Union's locker room. On Saturday, in the place where it all started for Carroll, he will reach a milestone by competing in his 300th regular-season Major League Soccer game when the Union travel to Washington's RFK Stadium to face D.C. United. The 32-year-old Carroll, who began his career with United, rarely shows emotion - but he admits this won't be an ordinary game.
May 13, 2013 |
Almost 40 years ago, Susan Rogers came to Philadelphia to kill herself. She never dreamed that she would go on to spend 29 years here, improving opportunities for the mentally ill and showing what recovery can be. She is now being recognized for her work by Mental Health America, which will give her its top honor, the Clifford W. Beers Award, at its annual meeting next month. Rogers, 66, is director of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, which helps peer-run programs get started and thrive.
November 28, 2012 |
THE GUYS with the short names are now long on brotherhood. Who would have thought? It wasn't that Mike Eife and Jon Naji were enemies through their first 3 years as star students and budding football players at La Salle High. They just never found themselves interacting too often. A "hi" here and "how you doin'?" there were sufficient. Now, wow, it's like they're long-lost cousins. As luck would have it, the guys share the same lunch period and, look, there they are every day, sitting at the same table and exchanging tidbits while finding even more that their senses of humor are remarkably similar.
October 28, 2012
Karen Rile teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania Earlier this month, I got a call about a 13-year-old poet growing up in a chaotic, challenging environment in West Philly. The caller was an eighth-grade math teacher, an algebra and geometry kind of guy. He told me that he didn't know much about poetry, but he was moved by the young girl's expressive words and wanted to support her development as a writer. So I shot out an e-mail to the Kelly Writers House community at Penn, where I teach.
May 1, 2012 |
Humble and unassuming, Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn does not like to talk about himself. Ask him about his confidence, the minutes he chews up nightly in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the tough assignments he draws, and Coburn is likely to deflect praise to his teammates. Ask Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, though, about Coburn and he will tell you about one of his team's unsung heroes through the Flyers' first five playoff wins this spring. "Since I got here, Braydon Coburn has been a rock," Laviolette said.
February 27, 2012 |
For Prep Charter coach Paul Rieser, there is no secret formula to the way he constructed the team that beat Central, 70-34, to win Saturday's Public League title game for the second consecutive year. There is no easy explanation for how a team rises so high above its competition that it beats league opponents by an average of 44 points, even though it doesn't have a junior-varsity or freshman squad. Part of his program's success, Rieser said, can be attributed to "the luck of the draw.