December 23, 2011
AS OLD MAN WINTER arrives, he brings two kinds of "annual letters" tucked inside Christmas (or, to be P.C., holiday) cards. The first kind is filled with bad news. The second is good news, which can be worse if it fills you with envy. The bad-news letter reveals someone is suffering with a disease, or lost a loved one, a job, a pet, or is living in the shade of betrayal by a loved one. That evokes pity, but maybe also relief that the evil tide has engulfed someone other than you. In the season of joy, the bad-news letter chills you like a penguin's backside.
December 1, 2011 |
Jocelyn Kirsch - the buxom half of the city's infamous "Bonnie and Clyde" duo - worked at a San Francisco women's activewear store while finishing her prison sentence at a California halfway house. Yes, Kirsch - whose lavish criminal escapades were fueled in part by stolen credit-card numbers - was again swiping people's credit cards. Not anymore. After inquiries from the People's Paper, Kirsch was put on a two-week leave yesterday from her job at Athleta. "The security of our customers' personal information is a top priority for us," said Callie Canfield, a spokeswoman for the Gap-owned chain.
October 13, 2011
A S THE 1-4 Eagles prepare for a gotta-win-it game against the Washington Redskins, and the staff returns from the storage room and hands out the organizational Kevlar, here are some bullet points about a beleaguered defense, and maybe a couple of reasons to hope: * Safety Nate Allen might just be turning a corner. He might finally be trusting the knee that was surgically repaired in December. "I think so," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "I think that's probably accurate.
October 12, 2011 |
PERHAPS there are other teams that will be hurt more by the NBA lockout, but you don't care about those other teams. And, quite frankly, many of you don't even care about what happens with the NBA, if the email bag is any indication. Still, this work stoppage is devastating to the 76ers. Because there is no way to speculate on the financial side of any type of labor agreement, and how it would affect the Sixers, let's keep that out of the equation and look at how this hurts the team on the court.
October 7, 2011 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - College football players often have to struggle with the monotony of a long season. At Ohio State, they've also had to fight against the drip, drip, drip of continual NCAA allegations and suspensions. Buckeyes center Mike Brewster said he and his teammates weren't shaken by the latest body blow - two players thought to be returning to the team this week had their suspensions lengthened because they were overpaid for summer jobs. Lots of teams talk about distractions, but for the Buckeyes those have come about as frequently as sunrises.
August 27, 2011 |
SOME THINGS we know about the Eagles after three preseason games, some things we don't know, and some things we're wondering about. * This whole Howard Mudd offensive-line remake really could be a disaster . . . What we're seeing in the preseason is what happens when you bring in a coach with a radically different philosophy, including the type of athlete he prefers at his position, and then you take away all the offseason adjustment time....
July 31, 2011 |
One in an occasional series detailing the impact of war on military families. In the back of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Voice's pickup truck are six plastic bins that have traveled more than 6,000 miles from an Army base in Iraq. Before leaving his Northeast Philadelphia home to take the bins to their final stop, Voice drinks more coffee, cleans his shoes and a badge, and says goodbye to his wife and 4-year-old son. It's a routine workday morning for Voice, whose task is anything but ordinary.
July 22, 2011 |
The chances that Joe Blanton will contribute anything to the remainder of this Phillies season decrease by the day. Thursday brought more discouraging news for the 30-year-old righthander. He will stop his throwing program to return to Philadelphia for an examination by team physician Michael Ciccotti on Friday. Blanton's right elbow has been problematic since April, and the injury has been categorized as an impingement that is causing inflammation. Numerous MRIs and other tests have failed to show structural damage, but a greater issue could be at hand.
June 28, 2011 |
Matt Kemp had four hits, including his NL-leading 22nd home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers had a little fun after a tough day by routing the skidding Minnesota Twins, 15-0, last night in Minneapolis. Chad Billingsley cruised through six innings, combining with three relievers on Los Angeles' seventh shutout of the season. Casey Blake had a home run among his three hits for the Dodgers, who filed for bankruptcy protection earlier in the day. Billingsley (7-6) allowed four hits and struck out four to win his second straight interleague start, backed by an offense that set season highs for runs and hits (25)
June 2, 2011 |
Weak reports Wednesday on jobs and manufacturing indicated that the nation's economic rebound may be running out of steam and spooked the stock market. Adding to the gloom, domestic automakers said their sales fell in May, the first monthly decline this year. Some of that resulted from a parts shortage after Japan's powerful earthquake in March. "It's a confluence of headwinds hitting the economy," said Carl Riccadonna, a senior economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York, citing a jump in gasoline prices and risks posed by the European debt crisis.