June 27, 2006
WITH THE U.S. Congress failing to increase the minimum wage this year, it's up to the states to make economic life a little easier for the working class. Several states have stepped up and mandated minimum wages higher than the paltry federal $5.15 an hour - among them Connecticut, New York and New Jersey - and Pennsylvania is finally in a good position to join their ranks. But time is running out. Last week the state Senate voted to increase the minimum wage to $7.15 by July 1, 2007.
November 23, 2005 |
They have a term in hockey for teams that lose the puck along the boards. It's called being "light" on the puck. The Flyers offered a good example of being light on the puck last night at the Wachovia Center during yet another loss to Tampa Bay. The Lightning won, 4-2, outcompeting the Flyers for pucks, forcing turnovers, and scoring off them. The loss was the Flyers' third straight at home, and their second to the defending Stanley Cup champions in eight days. In contrast, the Lightning were heavy on the puck, as exemplified by Tim Taylor, who beat Mike Rathje and then Peter Forsberg for an important goal early in the final period that finished the Flyers.
May 4, 2005 |
The gimmick that the publicists cooked up was to have Bernard Hopkins, the middleweight champion, dress up as a professor. The 40-year-old, long-tenured champ would get up on the dais at the news conference and impart words of wisdom to Jermain Taylor, the young acolyte, the 26-year-old, undefeated superstar-to-be who will try to take Hopkins' title - it's official now - on July 16 in Las Vegas. So Hopkins, whose persona in the ring is "The Executioner," put on a plaid jacket and some oversize Coke-bottle glasses that inspired him to wave his arms around blindly.
February 5, 2005
Philadelphia spirit Much has been written recently about Philadelphians and their propensity to view themselves and their city as losers. This interpretation of Philadelphia's collective soul is shallow. Instead, look to the original Rocky, the quintessential embodiment of Philadelphia. In a dark night of the soul before the big fight, Rocky tells his girlfriend Adrienne that the win isn't important. Instead, he wants to "go the distance" to prove that he is not just a "bum from the neighborhood.
September 26, 2004 |
Today is Jerome McDougle's chance to get even for that whack in the head his brother Stockar once gave him. "He gets mad when I tell this story because he kind of got me good, and he regretted it," Jerome said last week as the Eagles defensive end prepared for this afternoon's game against the Detroit Lions and his older brother. "We got in a big fight over a video game, and he really punched me, and I was seeing stars. He always felt sorry about it, and he regretted it. " The McDougle brothers were fighting over football - sort of. "It was a Sega Genesis Madden game," Jerome said.
June 22, 2003 |
At its heart, the realignment tug of war between the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference is a high-stakes, hard-edged national political campaign. Governors are involved, along with high-priced New York attorneys and dueling public relations firms that are adept at politics. Five Big East schools have initiated a lawsuit that accuses Miami and Boston College of being behind a "deliberate scheme to destroy the Big East and abscond with the collective value of all that has been invested and created in the Big East.
July 1, 2002 |
After retaining his World Boxing Organization heavyweight title Saturday by pummeling aging Ray Mercer into submission, Wladimir Klitschko made it known whom he wants next: Lennox Lewis, the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation champion. "From my side, I'm ready to fight," said the 6-foot-7 Klitschko, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, whose weight was listed at 243 on fight night. "Now, we have to take counsel from the guys who can do it, and bring it to life. " Saturday's nationally televised bout at the Trump Taj Mahal ended at the 1-minute, 8-second mark of the sixth round.
June 2, 2002 |
A political unknown just three months ago, multimillionaire businessman Douglas Forrester is trying this weekend to keep his improbable campaign on course to claim the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in New Jersey. Forrester, who has spent $3.1 million of his own money on the race, is blanketing the state with another series of glossy brochures and coordinating voter-turnout plans with key party leaders who have coalesced behind his candidacy. He also was trying to withstand a final assault by his closest challenger, former Philadelphia TV anchorwoman Diane Allen, who stepped up her criticism of Forrester to jump-start her campaign before Tuesday's primary.
September 10, 2001 |
In the wide, quiet expanse of the Eagles' locker room last evening, there were as many perspectives on the team's overtime loss in the season opener as there were metal cubicles assigned to the players. But really, for all the variety, there was only one conclusion. "We lost, man," Hugh Douglas said simply. "We didn't learn anything. " What there was to learn - that losing tends to stink - all of them were aware of before. Sometimes, a team can commit three turnovers in the first half, dig a two-touchdown hole early in the third quarter, and still win. Yesterday at Veterans Stadium - a 20-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams in overtime - was not one of those sometimes, however.
August 2, 2000 |
EVERYONE KNOWS Police Commissioner John Timoney as a hands-on commander. But his immersion in yesterday's chaotic Center City protests was so complete it led to hands' being laid on him. Standing in a City Hall corridor last night, a bruised and scratched Timoney told of a "knockdown, drag-out brawl" with protesters intent on overturning a car, an encounter that left Officer Ray Felder seriously injured. Timoney's partner was in fair condition early today at Hahnemann University Hospital with head trauma and a concussion, hospital spokeswoman Lauri Durkin said.