April 26, 2013 |
The following is by Rich Hofmann and first appeared on the Daily News Live blog on phillydailynews.com: OVER THE YEARS, the Eagles have gotten into the most trouble when they have overthought things, when they have outsmarted themselves. And make no mistake: There was plenty of opportunity here for the Eagles to outsmart themselves. Given that tackles Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel went 1-2 in the draft, the squeeze was quickly put on teams that needed a tackle. Given that Miami traded up into the third spot to take Dion Jordan - presumably because the Dolphins thought Chip Kelly would take his old Oregon defensive end/linebacker - there likely were several teams who might have been talked into making a deal with the Eagles to move into the No. 4 spot.
April 5, 2013 |
A University of Rochester professor's hypothetical question about whether the rape of an unconscious person should be illegal has led to demands he be censured or fired. Professor Steven Landsburg's blog post followed the conviction last month of two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, on charges they raped a drunken girl, 16. "As long as I'm safely unconscious and therefore shielded from the costs of an assault, why shouldn't the rest of the world (or more specifically my attackers)
March 17, 2013 |
"On Movies" by Steven Rea does not appear this week. Read his blog, "On Movies Online," at .
March 5, 2013 |
It's early on Saturday evening, and South Philly's own Rocco Palmo emerges from what he calls "the bunker" after a week of hunkering down and heads toward Center City. It's time for a breather. Time for a change of scenery. Grab it while you can because on Monday, "the craziness" will simply grow in intensity. Palmo, 30, hair already thinning, body all angles, conversation careering from baseball to Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to iPads and back again, is smack-dab in the middle of something no one alive has seen: what happens when a pope resigns.
March 3, 2013 |
Thirty-nine candidates will vie for three open alumni seats on Pennsylvania State University's 32-member board of trustees, the university announced this week. That's a crowded field, but not as crowded as last year, when more than 80 candidates competed for three seats in the aftermath of the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. This week, ballot positions for the election were determined through a drawing. Penn State alumni will be able to obtain ballots for the election online beginning April 10, Paula R. Ammerman, associate secretary of the board, said in a statement.
March 1, 2013 |
'Love does strange things to people," is all Elissa Altman can say. It made her trade Manhattan's urban chic for the "Green Acres" of Connecticut, and trout foam for backyard broccoli, and then write about her crazy adventures and in a food blog called "Poor Man's Feast" and a new memoir by the same name. In 2012, Altman won the James Beard Foundation award for best individual food blog. Her memoir is to be released by Chronicle Books on March 5, which, coincidentally, is the first of three days that she's scheduled to emcee culinary events at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
February 7, 2013
Bong, bong: Founder's Bell tolls a bit; help's on the way From "ArtsWatch," the blog of Inquirer music critic Peter Dobrin, at www.philly.com/artswatch If you think you heard the ailing Founder's Bell around midday Wednesday, you're not imagining it. Building managers at One South Broad Street have succeeded in getting the 17-ton bell to sound, but just once or a few tolls at a time. They're still working on getting it to ring the proper number of times each hour. At noon Wednesday I think I heard its low D ring five times.
January 25, 2013
WHETHER IT'S WOOL or cashmere, a solid knit or patterned cloth, the scarf is one of winter's most stylish accessories. These Philadelphians were ready for the week's bitter cold, wrapping up in style with fancy French knots and utilitarian around-the-world whorls. Email: Bigrube@streetgazing.com On Twitter: @BigRubeHarley Blog: streetgazing.com
January 23, 2013 |
NEIGHBORS SAID Melissa Ketunuti, a young doctor who lived in Center City, dedicated herself to three things: her work, her dog and her health. The petite, pretty woman could often be seen in her quiet section of Center City walking Pooch, a black Lab mix, heading to work or going for a morning run. So when a woman believed to be Ketunuti was found slain in the basement of her house Monday afternoon - her hands and feet bound behind her back...