March 8, 2014 |
On the second of three consecutive nights off this week, Sixers coach Brett Brown watched the Spurs-Heat game on Thursday. A former San Antonio assistant, Brown marveled at the Spurs' 22-point victory in an NBA Finals rematch. It made Brown nostalgic. It also made him envious. "It's not so much what did I have; it's this is what I want," Brown said. "This is what I want to help create. Because you see a team that plays as a team first. . . . That's what you hope to bring to this city.
March 8, 2014 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Embracing criticism about its selection, Rutgers University affirmed Friday that it will host former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the commencement speaker at its New Brunswick campus graduation in May. The university's board of governors approved Rice - and $35,000 compensation - at a Feb. 4 meeting. In the weeks since, criticism has emerged through opinions in the student newspaper, an online petition, and most recently, a resolution passed Feb. 27 by the campus' Faculty Council.
March 7, 2014 |
With more than half of the Delaware River navigation channel now at or deeper than 45 feet, the dredging project that began in March 2010 is on target for completion in 2017. President Obama has proposed $35 million for the deepening of the Delaware in his 2015 fiscal year budget. About $20 million in federal money this year will be spent to deepen, from 40 to 45 feet, a stretch between the Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges and the southernmost 15 miles in the lower Delaware Bay. The lower channel contains sand, which will be used to build dunes and storm-damage protection at Broadkill Beach, said Ed Voigt, public affairs chief for the Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District.
March 7, 2014 |
MAYOR NUTTER began his budget address to City Council yesterday by listing what he and the city's 17 lawmakers have accomplished over the years by "working together. " "Working together, we reformed Philadelphia's inaccurate and unfair property-tax system," he said of the Actual Value Initiative. Although describing Nutter's turbulent relationship with Council during the AVI debate as "working together" is a stretch, he's correct that, in the end, it became law. But if the mayor wants to accomplish his biggest Council priority for this year's budget season - selling Philadelphia Gas Works - he'll have to hope that they work together better than they did on AVI. Council delayed that initiative for a year as members criticized the administration for keeping them in the dark on vital information - complaints similar to the ones that members are making now about how the city chose UIL Holdings Corp., of New Haven, Conn., to buy PGW for $1.86 billion.
March 6, 2014 |
When the hospice nurse called police in the assisted-suicide case of Barbara Mancini, David Casarett knew he had work to do. He feared that the actions of one hospice nurse could discourage Americans from using that model of palliative care for the terminally ill, or inhibit dying people in pain from taking morphine. So Casarett, a University of Pennsylvania physician and chief medical officer of Penn-Wissahickon Hospice, teamed with law professor Thaddeus Pope, formerly of Widener University and an expert in end-of-life law, to develop ethical guidelines for hospice workers nationwide on when to report suspicions of assisted suicide.
March 5, 2014 |
Love him or hate him, Joe Banner was one of a kind in the NFL. Perhaps never in the history of the league had someone with so little a football background risen to such prominence. After nearly 20 years with the Eagles, in which he had significant input into football decisions, Banner was hired by the Cleveland Browns as CEO and given the final say he did not have in Philadelphia. But his reign lasted only 16 months. After Banner and the Browns fired their second coach in 12 months and hired Mike Pettine following a protracted search, Banner was relieved of his duties by owner Jimmy Haslam last month.
March 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - General manager Paul Holmgren says he will upgrade the Flyers' defense if the right deal comes along. He is running out of time. The trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m., and the Flyers could use some help on their back end. Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien, the Islanders' Andrew MacDonald, Buffalo's Christian Ehrhoff, and Dallas' Trevor Daley are among the defensemen reportedly available. Byfuglien is the most intriguing. Listed as 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds (though there are reports he is much heavier)
March 4, 2014 |
And the loser is ... Will and Jaden Smith have something they can bond over. Both won Razzies (son for worst actor, dad for worst supporting actor) for their performances in M. Night Shyamalan 's sci-fi flop After Earth . At Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards, organizer John Wilson noted the pair was "stranded on Planet Nepotism. " Movie 43 , a raunchy comedy anthology featuring the likes of Halle Berry , Richard Gere, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts earned Razzies for worst picture, screenplay and director.
March 3, 2014 |
At first glance in the layup line or even in the games, this appears to be a very beatable team. The only problem is that any team that thought it had a chance to defeat the Haddonfield boys' basketball squad this season so far has ended up frustrated. The Bulldogs are 26-0 and the only unbeaten team in the state. Throw in the fact that Haddonfield is The Inquirer's No. 1-ranked South Jersey team, and there will be a big enough bull's-eye when the Bulldogs begin the South Jersey Group 2 tournament with Tuesday's opener against Deptford.
March 1, 2014 |
The 76ers might not win another game this season. Their trade-deadline overhaul, combined with a challenging schedule, makes it hard to find games they would be favored to win. Thirteen of their remaining 24 games are against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season had concluded Wednesday. Five other games come against teams - the Memphis Grizzlies (twice), New York Knicks (twice), and Detroit Pistons - that could still make a playoff push. On paper, the Sixers' best opportunities are against the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics.