September 28, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Andy MacPhail has yet to officially take over as Phillies president, and already he has made his decisions on the fates of now-former general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and now-permanent manager Pete Mackanin. More changes are surely on the way in the coming weeks. MacPhail will hire a new GM - his goal remains to do so before the team's organizational meetings that begin on Oct. 26 - and Mackanin will appoint his coaching staff. But as the changes materialize through the offseason, don't expect the flurry of press releases and news conferences to include the addition of any marquee free agents.
September 24, 2015 |
Margie Winters was waiting. It had been three months since she was fired as director of religious education at Waldron Mercy Academy because the archdiocese could not stomach her same-sex marriage. Now, Winters was waiting to hear if she - or any other Philadelphia LGBT Catholic - might be granted an audience with Pope Francis, who was just days away from arriving in Philadelphia. Perhaps a small event, a chance for a conversation. Even attending any of the official World Meeting of Families events would do. Winters, and so many openly gay Catholics like her, just wanted to start a dialogue.
September 7, 2015 |
BOSTON - Maikel Franco will see a doctor on Tuesday in Philadelphia. It is unlikely that the third baseman will play again this season because of a fractured left wrist. But the rookie's baseball year may not be complete. Interim manager Pete Mackanin said he would like to see Franco play this winter in the Caribbean. Franco played last winter in his native Dominican Republic. "I think it's always good for players to play winter ball, especially young players," Mackanin said. "The more experience you gain, the better off you're going to be. It makes you a better player.
August 14, 2015 |
Ariel Winter opens up Like most girls, Ariel Winter , 17, used to wish she'd grow up to have big breasts. Then the unthinkable happened, and the Modern Family star had an alarming growth spurt when she was 15. "They kept growing and growing and growing, and it didn't seem like they were going to stop," she tells Glamour mag. "I was 15 years old with [size] F" breasts, says the 5-foot-1 actress. "How do you navigate that?" The media stopped writing about her as a performer and fixated on her physique, says Winter.
August 1, 2015 |
At one point in Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale , the royal adviser Camillo remarks that " 'Tis safer to avoid what's grown than question how 'tis born. " The line refers directly to the king's raging, irrational jealousy - but it also applies on many levels to Shakespeare in Clark Park's production of The Winter's Tale . The play itself starts straightforwardly enough: King Leontes (Kevin Bergen) suspects his pregnant wife Hermione (Bi Jean Ngo) of cheating on him with his best friend, King Polixenes (J. Paul Nicholas)
July 20, 2015 |
At Circle M Farms in Salem, grower Santo Maccherone has trouble containing his enthusiasm these days. His peach trees - covering more than 100 acres - are absolutely laden with fruit. "The peaches are happy, I'm happy, and the people eating them are happy," he said with a laugh. A "consistently cold winter," cool bloom season, and plentiful rain have created the right conditions for a strong crop, said Maccherone, president of the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council, a nonprofit organization of growers, shippers, wholesalers, and associated industries.
May 6, 2015 |
One of five Pennsylvania electricity suppliers charged with deceptive practices after last year's round of wild winter price spikes has agreed to pay nearly $2 million in refunds and penalties. HIKO Energy L.L.C., a New York state supplier, agreed to the payments in a settlement with Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and acting Consumer Advocate Tanya J. McCloskey. HIKO also agreed to cease accepting any new Pennsylvania customers through June 30, 2016, and to change its marketing practices to fully disclose the risks of variable-rate electricity plans.
May 5, 2015 |
Allie Ilagan usually would have run about 150 training miles before hitting the pavement in the Broad Street Run. But by Sunday, she had covered less than 50. So after some soul-searching, she decided to skip the race and spend the day cheering on her husband, Mikey. "The harsh winter was the biggest culprit," said Ilagan, 26, a veteran runner who lives in South Philadelphia. Some other runners said they felt the same way Sunday, their legs a little underprepared - but their enthusiasm undiminished, the field of 40,000 creating a pageant of color and motion during the 36th Broad Street Run. One man ran in a Superman cape.
April 5, 2015 |
When our daughter, a physical-therapy student, was offered a 10-week clinical experience in Fairbanks, Alaska, my husband and I encouraged her to go for it. "We'll come and visit!" we said. Upon hearing that her assignment was from February through April, though, we had second thoughts. Would we freeze? Would there be enough daylight to enjoy the trip? My husband and I decided to go for it, too. On Jan. 28, the three of us flew to Alaska to spend two days in Anchorage, then drove 360 miles north to Fairbanks.
March 27, 2015 |
As our second cooking class got underway at Roberto Clemente Middle School, I was amazed at how quickly these eighth graders had gotten the hang of things. They filed in, stashed their backpacks, donned their aprons, washed hands, and turned to the recipe. "We're making the winter minestrone today," announced Tatiana Castillo, 13, completely in charge. A new student joined us, our only boy, Raul Camacho, 14, who sports a thick shock of dyed-blue hair and hip black glasses. I wasn't sure what to expect, but he was quiet and serious, and actually a calming addition to our group.