April 30, 2013 |
It was only a moment during the long sweep of the three days of the NFL draft, and Chip Kelly was moving quickly, as always, through the NovaCare Complex hallways. After more than a decade in which the football department was led by a man who arrived like a slow-developing storm front, Kelly is on you like a lightning strike from a clear sky. Around the corner and right there, locking in with eyes that betray nothing. Kelly was on the way from the draft room to the auditorium to give an update to the media between rounds, and an organization official trailed in his deep wake, asking whether he needed this or needed that.
April 23, 2013 |
This is a post by Les Bowen on Eagletarian, the Daily News' Eagles blog. FINALLY, IT'S draft week. Turns out, when your team finishes 4-12 and has a chance to draft fourth, its fan base starts obsessing over that choice, oh, a couple weeks before the season ends. Especially when that fan base is prone to obsessing, in general. So, we're only 4 months into the obsessing. Which is roughly the length of an entire NFL season. People were asking me who the Eagles were going to get in the first round before they'd even hired a coach, which I tried to gently suggest might be somewhat integral to the process of deciding which guy to take.
April 21, 2013 |
Ritamary Hanly and Dan McGrath, about to be wed, had a decision to make: Each owned a house, once shared with a now-deceased longtime spouse. Which house to sell? McGrath, who raised three children in his stucco four-bedroom house in Lower Gwynedd, preferred it. Hanly's was smaller. But "she wanted to stay here," says McGrath, a large man with a large smile who owns and manages commercial real estate properties. "Here" is on the Schuylkill in West Norriton, where belted kingfishers, great blue herons, and falcons are backyard neighbors.
April 16, 2013 |
BEIJING - Two more people have died in China from a new strain of bird flu, raising the death toll from the virus to 13, state media reported Sunday. The official Xinhua news agency said the two deaths were reported in Shanghai and that three new cases were also confirmed in the financial hub. A total of 11 new cases were reported Sunday - including two in a central province that previously had been unaffected. In all, 60 cases of the virus, known as H7N9, have been reported in China.
April 8, 2013
IF YOU live anywhere above the ground floor, your cat could be injured falling out a window, possibly jumping after something interesting such as a bird. As the weather warms, people will be opening windows and putting their pets at risk. But it's possible to give a cat fresh air safely. If you're in multifamily housing, you may be allowed to add heavy screening to a balcony. In a detached home, you can put in a more permanent structure, such as a screened-in multilevel cat playground.
April 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - In a worrisome sign, a bird flu in China appears to have mutated so that it can spread to other animals, raising the potential for a bigger threat to people, scientists said Wednesday. So far, the flu has sickened nine people in China and killed three. It's not clear how they became infected, but there's no evidence the virus is spreading easily among people. But the virus can, evidently, move through poultry without making them sick, experts said, making it difficult to track the germ in flocks.
April 4, 2013 |
Eagles running back Dion Lewis is on the trading block, according to NFL sources. Lewis is behind LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, and Chris Polk on the team's depth chart, and those three all offer size and skills that fit coach Chip Kelly's system better than Lewis. At 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds, Lewis is smaller than the other running backs. The 2011 fifth-round pick has 171 rushing yards on 36 career carries. His best game was the 2011 season finale, when he rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown.
March 29, 2013 |
ROBERT BUGGEY pulled out of the Frankford Transportation Center, drove his SEPTA Route 88 bus through Mayfair, Holmesburg and Bustleton, across the Montgomery County line and up a tree-lined stretch of Moreland Road near Huntingdon Pike, where he said, "I've seen turkey vultures having lunch in the road. Deer. The guy in that house raises guinea hens. I've seen them on the road, too. " The critters all survived because Buggey, 61, a SEPTA bus operator for 40 years, still has the intense focus he learned as a young Marine Corps truck driver.
March 7, 2013
If someone kidnapped puppies and kittens, tied ropes around their necks, stuffed them into tiny boxes, and then released them to be shot at close range, it would be considered intolerably cruel. But substitute pigeons for puppies, and it's tolerated as a biweekly sporting event in Berks County. Astonishingly, pigeon shoots are still going on in Pennsylvania, and game officials have done little to stop them. Even though bills to explicitly outlaw the hideous practice have been repeatedly introduced in the legislature over the years, none has progressed beyond committee approval.
March 6, 2013 |
QUARTERBACK G.J. Kinne, who went undrafted out of Tulsa last year, signed a 2-year deal with the Eagles Tuesday, according to the team's website. Kinne signed with the New York Jets following last year's NFL draft, but was released over the summer and recently joined the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League. After transferring to Tulsa from Texas following his redshirt sophomore season, Kinne spent three seasons at QB, throwing for 9,472 yards (249 yards per game).