September 11, 2015 |
WE HAVE heard from Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie only once since the final game of the 2014 season, and that was on the lawn of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel way back during the owners' meetings in March. Lurie talked about several things that day, but his overall theme was that you have to take risks to go from good to great, that this was the impetus not only for the Eagles' offseason roster shakeup, but for his moving of former general manager Howie Roseman out of football operations in favor of giving coach Chip Kelly complete personnel control.
March 25, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - This town isn't Las Vegas, but the $2.4 billion Revel Casino wants to take visitors there with A-list entertainment, posh rooms, and celebrity-chef restaurants in a luxurious setting where the champagne and water in 10 swimming pools are always flowing. The 20-acre resort - draped in silvery-blue reflective glass - literally curls to and fro like the ocean it embraces. Many see Revel as the lifeline for this down-on-its-luck gambling mecca in need of a revival.
December 30, 2011 |
CAIRO - With missile batteries, fleets of attack boats and stocks of naval mines, Iran can disrupt traffic through the Strait of Hormuz but probably cannot completely shut down the world's most important oil route, military analysts say. The question for Iran's leadership is whether it is worth the heavy price. Trying to close the strait would bring down a powerful military response on Iran's head from U.S. forces in the Gulf and turn Tehran's few remaining international allies against it. That Iran is making such dire threats at all illustrates its alarm over new sanctions planned by the U.S. that will target oil exports - the most vital source of revenue for its economy.
September 26, 2011 |
VICK'S HAND: The hits just keep on coming for the Eagles quarterback. Last week a concussion, this week a broken hand. Will he be able to play next week against the 49ers? Who knows. If he can't, will Mike Kafka, who threw two interceptions after replacing Vick, get the nod over Vince Young? Who knows. Stay tuned. THE GOAL-LINE OFFENSE: The Eagles came up small on two separate first-and-goals. They also failed to convert a big fourth-and-1 near midfield early in the fourth quarter.
February 19, 2010 |
A few hundred yards south of where she had burst out of the gate like someone hell-bent for immortality, Lindsey Vonn lay sprawled in the sun-sprinkled snow, America's idol suddenly its fallen angel. The leader after yesterday morning's downhill and the final competitor in the afternoon slalom that concluded the women's super-combined, Vonn tumbled over a gate midway down the Whistler Creekside course. Even before a cast-off ski had landed atop her, the dream of gold medals on consecutive days at these 2010 Winter Olympics was over.
November 3, 2009 |
Knowing he would be pitching to clinch the World Series championship, A.J. Burnett was barely bothered by going on three days' rest. He had done it before - in the regular season - with great success. "Well, without sounding too confident, I liked it when I did it in the past," Burnett said after Game 4. Three batters into Game 5, Burnett didn't like it as much. The Phillies jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, and knocked Burnett out of the game four batters into the third of an 8-6 victory that sent the Series back to New York.
October 21, 2009
WE SUPPOSE it would be too depressing to have an actual Contempt-O-Meter installed in Harrisburg that measures just what some of our state lawmakers think of us lowly citizens. On second thought, we only have to look at their work product - the laws they write - to understand just how low their opinions of us can go. Case in point: a "casino reform bill" that is actually a vehicle to expand gambling to table games like poker, roulette and blackjack in the state. (And by "vehicle" we are thinking "Trojan horse.
June 8, 2009
The two slots parlors planned for Philadelphia haven't even been built, yet State Rep. Bill DeWeese (D., Greene) continues to make his annual push to expand gambling in the state to include blackjack, poker, roulette, and other table games. Recall that state lawmakers - led by Gov. Rendell - rammed through the legalization of slots gambling in 2004 as a way to support horse racing. Now, DeWeese and friends seem determined to dot Pennsylvania with clones of Atlantic City. From the start, DeWeese has been leading the effort.
May 24, 2009 |
The plant's printing presses, which had clattered loudly day and night, sat strangely silent. No forklifts bustled by, beeping, beeping, beeping. "It was like The Twilight Zone," Sam Smiley recalled. In between marathon Scrabble games and poker rounds, employees at the soon-to-be-shuttered Reynolds Packaging plant in Downingtown painted walls, cleaned machinery, and watched movies, making plans for a final barbecue in the parking lot - ribs, potato salad, chicken. "Everybody had a job to do - and then, all of a sudden, nothing," said Smiley, who started at the plant in 1977.
April 27, 2009 |
Grading the Draft Eagles: Swung two separate trades that got them a Pro Bowl left tackle (Jason Peters) and a 4-year starting cornerback (Ellis Hobbs). Got one of the draft's top two wide receivers (Jeremy Maclin) in the first round and some much-needed help for Brian Westbrook in the second (LeSean McCoy). All in all, a helluva draft. Grade: A-plus Arizona: With Edgerrin James being eased out, Beanie Wells, who slid to the bottom of the first round, gives Cardinals another power runner to go with Tim Hightower.