February 11, 2016 |
A Camden County man faces up to 30 years in prison after a jury convicted him of killing his neighbor during an argument in 2012 about the neighbor's birds' chirping loudly. A Superior Court jury in Camden on Monday found David P. Giordano, 65, of Voorhees, guilty of aggravated manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of 52-year-old Michael Taylor, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Monday after the trial. The jury was seated Jan. 26, when the trial began. Giordano lived in a condominium unit above Taylor's on Sherry Street.
February 4, 2016 |
THE KNEE-JERK reaction is to say Vinny Curry wouldn't have gotten his new five-year, $47.25 million contract had the Eagles remained a 3-4 defensive team, under Chip Kelly. But deposed defensive coordinator Bill Davis constantly talked up Curry's ability to get pass-rush pressure during the 2015 season, even though Curry's sack numbers fell from nine in 2014 to 3 1/2. Davis and other Eagles coaches felt Curry was a consistent force in pushing the pocket. To be a starter, though, a 3-4 end has to be a run-stopper, and that isn't Curry's game.
January 27, 2016 |
Heavy snow collapsed the roof of a tropical bird exhibit at Norristown's Elmwood Park Zoo Saturday night. No birds were in the exhibit at the time, the zoo said in a statement. "It's funny to say 'we were lucky' in a time like this, but it was lucky that Birds of Paradise was closed for the winter," said Al Zone, the zoo's chief executive. "Exhibits can be rebuilt. It's more important that the animals are safe. " Staffers found the damage Sunday morning, the steel mesh roof collapsed.
January 25, 2016
Dina Eliezer is the education director at Congregation Beth El Early Childhood Center in Voorhees I once read that memory is what forms one's identity. It contains one's life narrative. A diagnosis of Alzheimer's means a person loses the ability to remember, but does she then cease to exist? While you learn to adjust and accept that all the long-cherished memories you've shared must be relinquished, you realize you only have the present moment to share. This has to be enough.
January 12, 2016 |
The Eagles interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson for the team's head coaching vacancy on Sunday. Pederson met with the Eagles' three-man search party - owner Jeffrey Lurie, vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, and team president Don Smolenski - in Kansas City. The Chiefs beat the Texans, 30-0, in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. They will meet the Patriots in the divisional round on Saturday afternoon. If the Eagles have tagged Pederson as their next coach, they will have to wait until the Chiefs are eliminated from the postseason to hire him. The team has confirmed five interviews - former Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who was hired by the Dolphins on Saturday; New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo; Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur; Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley; and Pederson.
December 28, 2015 |
The season that came to a crashing halt on Saturday night against Washington did so for a box full of reasons, and there is plenty of blame to go around. Pick your favorite villain. But any team with a defense that allows this many points down the stretch run of a season isn't going anywhere at all, and that's as big a reason as any why the Eagles didn't. As they drift into the offseason, with Chip Kelly's supposedly innovative offense in tatters, the 38-24 loss to the Redskins was another game in which the defense didn't do its part, either.
December 16, 2015 |
ABANDONED AS a city water source over 50 years ago, East Park Reservoir reverted to nature and became a pristine lake, home to hundreds of native and migratory bird species but fenced off from its Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. That will change today when North Philly's hidden Fairmount Park oasis is reborn as "The Discovery Center" - a 50-acre, Outward Bound/National Audubon Society lake-and-woodlands paradise where, beginning next summer, thousands of Philly kids can feel their spirits soar on the high ropes course.
December 13, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 14 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills at Eagles. Philly's defense and special teams embarrassed the Patriots last week, but it wasn't like they shut down Tom Brady. Taylor, meanwhile, racked up four TDs while basting the Texans secondary. He and Sammy Watkins should have another very productive outing on Sunday. Shaun Draughn, RB, 49ers at Browns. Out of nowhere, Draughn has quietly become fantasy relevant thanks in large part to his heavy involvement in the passing game.
November 27, 2015 |
THE DAY AFTER Jim Kenney won the mayoral election, the former at-large councilman made a trip to South Philadelphia's Andrew Jackson School, where he proclaimed, among other things, that he planned to continue riding SEPTA so he can remain connected to regular working-class schlubs like me and you. He also managed to sit in a chair designed for a 5-year-old, which was impressive in its own right. "One of the strengths I bring to this office, potentially, is that I am not any different than anyone else, and I don't think I am," Kenney said at the school, the Daily News ' David Gambacorta reported.
October 23, 2015 |
(One of the things you discover when participating in a weekly feature called "Birds Over Beers" is that day-drinking isn't as easy as it sounds. So, because we're all about transparency here at B-Over-B, it must be noted that David Murphy drank water during this episode and Rich Hofmann drank vanilla cream soda. Our apologies for falling short of our admittedly high expectations, and for letting you down.) Dave: Now that we know that you hate Sam Bradford, you need to define your parameters.