September 26, 2015 |
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on Thursday unveiled an expanded database that will help individual Blues, like Philadelphia's Independence, drill down into the cost of care for their corporate customers who have operations nationwide. "We as Blues are taking seriously the challenge of, while maintaining our individual nature, being seen as a national player," said Daniel J. Hilferty, chief executive of Independence Health Group, parent of Independence Blue Cross. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, whose members cover 105 million Americans, has maintained a claims database for a decade, and Independence has contributed for years.
March 7, 2015 |
Here's a position-by-position breakdown on all of the Union's players. Goalkeepers Andre Blake Age: 24 Born: May Pen, Jamaica Years as a pro: 1 (in MLS) The No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft is second on the depth chart, but his time is coming with both the Union and Jamaica's national team. Raïs Mbolhi Age: 28 Born: Paris, France Years as a pro: 11 (1 in MLS) After last season's controversial arrival - and the late-season gaffe that helped cost the Union a playoff berth - he's now the Union's unquestioned No. 1 in net. John McCarthy Age: 22 Born: Philadelphia Years as a pro: 1 (in USL)
January 16, 2015 |
WHEN DZENAN Catic finally made it to the big stage - literally and figuratively - of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, he broke down in tears. Considering what it took for the Union's first of two draft picks yesterday to make it to MLS, he had every right to let loose. Catic, a 6-3 forward, was born in Bosnia, then moved to Michigan with his family when he was 8 years old. A few years of playing youth soccer for the same club that produced former U.S. national team prospect Josh Gatt got Catic noticed by European scouts.
January 6, 2015
ARLINGTON, Texas - As Jerry World erupted in joy, the hue and the cry of outrage arose from Pontiac to Philadelphia. Monumental wailing arose, from Virginia Beach to the Meadowlands. Outraged regions of Cowboys haters howled at the cold January moon when officials reversed a pass interference call that swung the momentum and gave the Cowboys one final chance to come back against the visiting Lions. And just like that, the 2015 playoffs had their hanging chad; their grassy knoll; their Illuminati; and that spooky pyramid eye. Surely, the NFL and the networks delighted that they can promote Dallas visiting Green Bay on Sunday afternoon instead of the Carolina Losers.
November 16, 2014 |
A Philadelphia jury has awarded $45 million to a woman who was among four mentally disabled people held captive in a Tacony dungeon where they were starved and beaten. The award, from a Common Pleas Court jury, was granted Thursday to Tamara Breeden, 33, who had been held captive for a decade by Linda Ann Weston. She testified that from fall 2001 to October 2011, she was a captive of Weston, 55; Gregory Thomas Sr., 51; Eddie Wright, 53; and Jean McIntosh, 36. Breeden was awarded $40 million in compensatory damages.
March 24, 2014 |
Michael Vick moved north to the New York Jets Friday night after an improbable five-year journey in Philadelphia. It started with a cold reception from Jeffrey Lurie and ended with the owner making a glowing statement about the quarterback whose signing created a nationwide controversy. So now that it's over, what should we make of it all? "Much ado about mediocrity" would probably be the most fitting headline. Vick was here for 80 regular-season games. He started half of them and won half of the 40 he started.
March 13, 2014 |
BELIEVING HE was a prophet with supernatural powers on a mission from God to conquer evil in Philadelphia, a Virginia Beach police officer stabbed two firefighters he thought were demons trying to stop his crusade, according to a lawsuit filed recently in Illinois federal court. Bradley Colas, the officer who filed the lawsuit, said that a generic form of the antibiotic Biaxin, which he was prescribed to treat bronchitis, caused him to experience an intense psychotic episode on March 4, 2012.
January 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Nine years ago in Jacksonville, an African-American quarterback started for a Super Bowl team, marking only the third time that had happened in 39 Super Bowls. It was a big deal. Doug Williams - still the only African-American QB to win the NFL championship - talked then about how he was pulling for the Eagles' Donovan McNabb, at a Super Bowl week meeting of The Field Generals, a group Williams founded to preserve the legacy of early black quarterbacks. That week, McNabb recalled being 11 years old and watching Williams win with the Redskins, McNabb realizing then that he, too, could quarterback a Super Bowl team, he said.
October 30, 2013 |
DOYLESTOWN Lawn mowers were buzzing, the windows were being cleaned, and the doors were closed when Jim and Ellen Melson arrived around 9:40 a.m. Monday at the James A. Michener Art Museum. The couple could not wait to head to Doylestown from their home in Carversville, about seven miles away. Monday was the first day the public could see the museum's exhibit on Grace Kelly, the actress, princess, and fashion icon from East Falls, and the Melsons wanted to be among the first visitors.
August 23, 2013 |
GABBY DOUGLAS is on the move. The Olympic all-around gymnastics champion left coach Liang Chow's gym in West Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this week to join her family in California after a recent move from Virginia Beach, Va. The 17-year-old remains on "good terms" with Chow, Missy Parton , whose family hosted Douglas in Iowa, said yesterday. Chow is out of the country and could not be reached for comment. Douglas' single mother, Natalie Hawkins , did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press . The Des Moines Register first reported the move.