June 10, 2013 |
YOU HAVE TO wonder about the lack of urgency new Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie has shown in searching for a head coach to replace Doug Collins. Collins resigned on April 18, opening the door for Hinkie to be hired from the Houston Rockets on May 11. Since then, there has been a lot of talk about how Hinkie might go about putting together a new roster for a team coming off a disappointing 34-48 season, but barely a whisper about who will direct the team once it gets on the court.
May 6, 2013 |
Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan delivered an impassioned homily Friday evening at a Vineland church, telling a crowd of more than 1,500 that the Catholic Church was pushing for immigration reform in Congress with "a moral urgency we have not had in the last decade. " The sermon, at Divine Mercy Parish, came as Congress appears to be on the cusp of changes that have eluded lawmakers in recent years. Given the new opportunity, Sullivan urged parishioners to contact their members of Congress and ask them to move legislation forward.
April 11, 2013 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The chanting started with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining. It was directed at the New York Islanders, but the words would unintentionally mock the Flyers. We want playoffs . . . We want playoffs . . . On a desperate night, the Flyers did not look desperate. Playing against a fast team, a team on the rise, a team holding one of the playoff spots that they want for themselves, the Flyers just weren't good enough. Hanging onto a 1-1 tie in the second period, they made the mistake that so often ends up in their net. Playing from behind in the third period, they were simply unable to sustain anything in the offensive end. And if the 4-1 final score overstated what happened on Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum, it pretty accurately reflected the postgame mood.
April 10, 2013 |
As a basketball player for Roxborough High in the mid-1990s, Stephen Brandt was a guy with "a high motor" - a tall, skinny guard who gave everything every minute he was on the floor, who liked to get things done on the court. As the current principal of Roxborough, he's not much different, though his actions are more likely to lead to a more orderly, high-achieving school than an athletic victory. Brandt is one of seven school leaders being honored Tuesday as some of the Philadelphia School District's best.
March 10, 2013 |
BOSTON - The Flyers are in crisis mode. They have lost three straight, haven't scored in the five periods since taking an early 4-1 lead before collapsing against Pittsburgh on Thursday, and are in danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 seasons. After a listless 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, coach Peter Laviolette, whose job isn't as safe as it looked a month ago, held a closed-door meeting with his players that lasted 20 minutes. Twenty minutes to coax the Flyers into playing 60 minutes each game.
March 1, 2013 |
HARTFORD, Conn. - The family of two young boys killed in an apparent-murder suicide - and state police - said Thursday that they want to know why the boys' grandmother, with a history of mental-health problems, had access to the revolver used in the shootings. The shooting has added urgency to a legislative review of access to guns that is already under way in Connecticut, where a troubled 20-year-old gunned down 26 people at a Newtown school on Dec. 14. The boys' grandmother, Debra Denison, 47, was supposed to take them to a birthday party Tuesday but instead drove to a nearby lake, where she and the children were found shot to death.
February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Ten days before a new deadline for broad, automatic government spending cuts, the sense of urgency that surrounded other recent fiscal crises is absent. Government agencies are preparing to absorb an $85 billion hit to their budgets, and politicians, at least for now, seem willing to accept the consequences. President Obama, back from a golfing weekend, warned Tuesday that "people will lose their jobs" if Congress doesn't act. But lawmakers weren't in session to hear his appeal, and they aren't coming back to work until next week.
January 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - One day after President Obama presented his far-reaching proposal for gun-policy reform at an emotional White House news conference, Vice President Biden renewed the administration's call for action, telling a summit of the nation's mayors that the issue is "more urgent and immediate" than any other facing the country. Speaking Thursday at the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Biden devoted the entirety of his remarks to delivering a point-by-point defense of the White House gun agenda that he helped to spearhead, using stark, often personal language.