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.
May 28, 2011 |
Doctors have told Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter that the tumors found on his brain likely are malignant, according to news reports. The tumors were diagnosed last Saturday after the former New York Mets star began experiencing headaches and forgetfulness. Doctors at Duke Medical Center told the 57-year-old Carter that they are "90 percent certain" the tumors are malignant, according to a report on the New York Daily News website. "It was very hard for all of us to hear, as we have been hoping and praying that the tumors would be benign," one of Carter's daughters wrote on the family's website.
April 8, 2011 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It is difficult for 19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa to be fully focused on competing in the Masters this week because of the bad news that continues to originate from Japan following the March 11 earthquake there. After carding a 71 Thursday in the opening round at Augusta National Golf Club, he received more bad news: that northeastern Japan had been hit with one of its worst aftershocks, a 7.1 magnitude, earlier in the day. "I think it is very serious," Ishikawa said through a translator.
March 24, 2011
ARMY WIVES. 9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime. NO ONE CAN say that Lifetime's "Army Wives" skimps on the foreshadowing. Some episodes, I swear, are so thick with the fog of impending doom it's a wonder the actors can see one another. Normally, I shrug off the too-obvious hints that Something Bad Is About to Happen as one of the building blocks of soap opera, a format that demands that viewers keep a box of tissues handy at all times. But this week, when a wedding shower for a prospective Army wife was interrupted by the arrival of a car carrying the men whose job it is to deliver the worst of all possible news to a soldier's next of kin, I'd had about enough.
March 21, 2011
Let's step back, take a deep breath, and disregard all the gloom and doom concerning nuclear power and earthquakes. Let's look at the facts. Japan has four nuclear plants on its east coast, and we have some in California, near or on earthquake fault lines - and all of them have been designed to withstand an earthquake with a Richter rating ranging from 7.0 to 7.5. The designs of all these plants are similar, so their reactions to an earthquake would also...
March 15, 2011
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The late Illinois senator Everett Dirksen is supposed to have once delivered this sage commentary on the federal budget: "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money. " A similar vibe is beginning to settle over the Phillies' spring training. There hasn't been any single, cataclysmic event to suggest this is no longer a team to be reckoned with. Instead it's been a steady drip, drip, drip of uncertainty that has created vague angst.
March 14, 2011
GOOD NEWS IS usually bad news for newspapers, while bad news - crime, disaster, scandal - sells newspapers. That unhappy truism explains why you so often find "bad news" on Page One. It's not that we like bad news, it's that you seem to really get a bang out of it. Not blaming you - just saying circulation figures tell us what sells . You want online "clicks"? Just mention a porn star or Charlie Sheen. That's what attracts eyeballs, not economic stories or tick outbreaks on Peruvian llamas.