January 27, 2015
REPUBLICAN presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is a secret member of Beyonce's Bey Hive. I have no proof, other than that every time he's on TV lately, the former governor of Arkansas invokes the superstar's name. To my ears, it sounds as if he's a little bit "Drunk in Love. " Not that we can blame him. By riding Beyonce's sequined skirt-tail, Huckabee's getting much-needed traction and scoring invites to programs such as ABC's "The View," where he shared a stage last week with former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams.
January 22, 2015 |
A federal judge in Camden on Wednesday rejected a bid by tenants of the Revel Casino Hotel building to block the property's sale on terms demanded by buyer Glenn Straub. "This is just one more step in getting this closing to occur," Straub said. Straub, who agreed to pay $95.4 million for the Atlantic City property, built at a cost of $2.4 billion, wants to buy it without assuming its leases and other agreements with nightclubs, restaurants, and other tenants, or the firm that owns Revel's central utility plant, which supplies electricity and hot and cold water to the building.
January 8, 2015 |
Endangered Center City diner Little Pete's has won a Hollywood ally - comedian John Hodgman of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart , whose appeal to save the greasy spoon made its way to the ears of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson on Tuesday. The satirist, with one million Twitter followers, penned an ode of outrage about a hotel project that threatens to replace the 38-year-old restaurant, which he called his "favorite scrapple counter in the world. " In a blog post Monday, Hodgman name-checked Johnson for his proposed zoning-change ordinance, which would allow a Hudson Hotel to be built at 17th and Chancellor Streets.
January 8, 2015 |
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum met Tuesday with top state Republicans and supporters in Harrisburg to discuss a possible 2016 campaign for the White House, the latest sign that he wants another shot after finishing second to GOP nominee Mitt Romney three years ago. The 60-person conclave at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association was arranged by Frederick W. Anton, the advocacy group's president and a pillar of the state Republican establishment, and...
December 31, 2014 |
More than just Philadelphians have an interest in who will replace Mayor Nutter in City Hall in 2016. The Democratic National Committee has been asking about the coming mayor's race as well, according to U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.). Chiefly, the committee needed an assurance that the next mayor will want the Democrats to bring their 2016 convention here as badly as the current holder of the office does. Brady, as part of the city's latest sales pitch to the DNC, offered an unqualified yes. "I told them that anybody who wants to be mayor in this town has to come through me at least a little bit, and I've talked to every major potential candidate," he said Monday.
December 12, 2014 |
FORMER CITY Councilman Frank Rizzo, who made a high-profile switch last year from Republican to Democrat with heavy hints of a 2015 mayoral campaign ahead, will not enter that race. Instead Rizzo, 71, will visit City Hall today during the last Council meeting of the year to announce a comeback bid. Rizzo says he will run as a Democrat in the May 19 primary election for one of the five at-large Council seats. That should be of interest to the five Democrats who now hold those seats and the many other candidates planning to run. Rizzo, who served four terms on Council as a Republican, acknowledged one of the biggest threats to his comeback.
December 11, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - After defeating Temple on Nov. 15, Penn State became bowl-eligible, and from that point forward, the question of where the Nittany Lions would go in their first postseason opportunity since 2011 was a waiting game. First-year head coach James Franklin, athletic director Sandy Barbour and the rest of the Lions found out on Sunday that Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) is Big Apple-bound, slated to play Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium.
December 9, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Happy Valley is in a "New York State of Mind. " A few days after Billy Joel performed at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State kept the theme going when it was announced last evening that the Nittany Lions will play in the Pinstripe Bowl. Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) will face Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium in its first postseason appearance since 2011. "I think there are a lot of unique opportunities that go with this," Penn State coach James Franklin said.
December 9, 2014 |
TEMPLE THOUGHT it had done what it had to do, by winning 10-3 at 3-9 Tulane on Saturday night to get to 6-6. But being bowl-eligible for the first time in three seasons still wasn't enough. So, for the second time in five seasons, the Owls won't be having a postseason even though they were qualified. In 2010 they lost their last two to finish 8-4. Only one other team, 6-6 Western Michigan (which was also in the MAC), didn't make the cut. This time they finished sixth in the AAC, which had affiliations with five bowls.
December 7, 2014 |
Of the 83 players who have appeared in Temple's 11 games, senior participation has been very scarce. With just eight seniors on the roster, the Owls have the fewest seniors on their roster of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. And of these eight, just five are on the two-deep roster. Receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick and running back Kenneth Harper have played the largest roles. Both were a little melancholy last Saturday after their final home game at Lincoln Financial Field ended in a loss to Cincinnati.