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.
February 11, 2011 |
It's hard to imagine a team suffering any worse of a kick to the stomach than Villanova absorbed at Rutgers on Wednesday. This kind of thing can linger. So that becomes the issue. As tough as it was, it's over. No one can do anything except move on. Speaking of which, fourth-ranked Pittsburgh is up next, tomorrow night at the Pavilion on ESPN. "In the Big East, you get to respond quickly," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "So the good news is you can get it out of your mind.
January 21, 2011 |
ONE DAY AFTER finally sitting down for a chat with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith, Roger Goodell went on ESPN's "Rome Is Burning" yesterday and gave us some good news and some bad news regarding the league's labor negotiations. The good news: He thinks the two sides can work out a deal by March 4, when the current collective bargaining agreement is scheduled to expire. The bad news: The two sides will need to meet virtually around the clock for the next 6 weeks to get that done.
November 7, 2010 |
The Citizens' Crime Commission has offered an $11,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who attacked Marsha Moore, a longtime community activist in Southwest Philadelphia. Moore, 52, a block captain and winner of a crime commission award, was beaten while she slept Oct. 29. She suffered fractures to her fingers and arms, and required major facial reconstructive surgery. She is at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The reward could grow, John Apeldorn, crime commission president, said Friday.
October 21, 2010 |
I HAVE GOOD news and bad news related to my column last week about Matt Britt, who's suffered a decade of terrible breaks. The bad news? My right wrist is swollen like a gourd, from slitting open all the mail from readers who responded to Matt's plight. The good news? Those 200-plus envelopes contained an astounding $12,757 - ranging from $5 to $1,000 - for Matt and his three girls. That's in addition to the $10,000 raised for the Britts at a fundraiser at the North Penn VFW in Glenside on Friday night.