October 21, 2014
FOR THE FOURTH time in 5 years, soccer fans in Philadelphia won't witness the hometown club in the MLS playoffs. But at the very least, the Union sent the PPL Park regulars out with a win. "I know we came up short and the focus now, the only word I use around the guys is playoffs for next year," Union interim manager Jim Curtin said after Saturday night's home finale, a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. "We're not going to talk about championships or anything like that. We're talking about the playoffs for 2015 and that's the goal.
October 21, 2014 |
A $253 million bond offering planned for this week by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority includes $60 million that will be paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. for a settlement linked to a renovation of Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall that started in 1998. New Jersey and Pitney Bowes, of Stamford, Conn., formed a partnership in 2000 to take advantage of federal historic building rehabilitation tax credits in connection with the project at the Boardwalk complex that hosts the Miss America pageant.
October 21, 2014 |
TODAY, JUST as they did last year, the Eagles return from their bye looking toward a date with the Arizona Cardinals. Some things are the same, many things are different for two NFC teams that finished 10-6 last year, the Eagles winning a weak NFC East, the Cards shut out of the playoffs in the powerful NFC West. Had Arizona beaten the Birds last Dec. 1, instead of getting nipped, 24-21, after coming back from a 24-7 second-half deficit, the Cards would have gone to the 2013 playoffs.
October 17, 2014 |
ON THE BLOCK near 17th Street where the image of the fiery and flamboyant civil-rights lawyer Cecil B. Moore once looked down onto the avenue that bears his name, a new building has risen. Near where the colorful mural of Moore once spread across the wall of the now-demolished Adelaide's Variety Store, large banners now proclaim: "Luxury Student Apartments. " On this block near Temple University, each new boxy apartment building has six or more stark, gray electric meters facing the street at eye level.
October 16, 2014 |
SOME affordable-housing advocates are preparing to tell the new Philadelphia Land Bank that its draft strategic plan needs toughening. The new land bank, which won't be fully operational until 2015, is having a public hearing today on a draft strategic plan that outlines how it will acquire and distribute city-owned vacant land and tax-delinquent properties to new owners. "We think it can be improved," Nora Lichtash, of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, said of the plan.
October 15, 2014 |
Michael Carter-Williams talked Monday about going back to Syracuse, seeing all his old fans. "It's just nice to be home," the Sixers point guard said of Tuesday's exhibition game against the New York Knicks at the Carrier Dome. It would be even nicer if he could play. Carter-Williams and the Sixers' other former Syracuse standout, Jerami Grant, will miss the game because of injuries. Grant, a rookie forward, has been sidelined since the second day of training because of dehydration and a lingering sprained right ankle.
October 14, 2014 |
A little-noticed change in federal law may hurt small neighborhood grocery stores and their low-income customers who use food stamps. In 2004, food stamps went digital, switching from paper coupons to electronic cards. In large supermarkets, such Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are swiped at checkout terminals along with credit and debit cards. But in around 118,000 bodegas, corner stores, and mom-and-pop markets nationwide, EBT cards have been used in specific EBT machines provided to stores free in a federal-state partnership, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the food-stamp program, known as SNAP.
October 11, 2014 |
The St. Peter Claver Center for Evangelization in Center City, which has served black Catholics for nearly 30 years, will close at the end of this month, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced. The center, housed in the former St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church at 12th and Lombard Streets, a historically black parish, was originally slated to close two years ago amid major archdiocesan cutbacks, including the layoff of a quarter of the staff at headquarters. But the archdiocese's Office for Black Catholics, part of the Secretariat for Evangelization, appealed the decision, and the center was given a reprieve because grants from outside the archdiocese were supporting its programs.
October 10, 2014 |
Marti Wolever thought his job was safe when he was stopped outside the press box at Citizens Bank Park a few days before he made LSU pitcher Aaron Nola his final first-round selection for the Phillies in June. There had been some rumblings that the assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting could be in trouble because, after years of hitting in the draft, and sometimes big (Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley), the Phillies found their draft well running dry. Too many Anthony Hewitts, Joe Saverys, and Larry Greenes.
October 9, 2014 |
Zac MacMath is back in goal, a place that the confident fourth-year Union keeper never felt he should have left. "You take that and use it as a chip on your shoulder, more reason to prove people wrong and prove that I deserve to be a starter," MacMath said Tuesday about his demotion. The Union's interim manager, Jim Curtin, said MacMath would be in goal for Saturday's crucial game with the Columbus Crew at PPL Park after the team made the expected announcement that Rais Mbolhi would be joining Algeria to compete in the African Cup of Nations.