June 1, 2015 |
THE INSIDE linebacker position in the middle of the Eagles' 3-4 defense was arguably the most inconsistent group on the roster last year. That isn't necessarily an indictment of the results, but more or less a mention of the injuries and lack of depth that ravaged the bunch. Now, it appears the middle of the Eagles' defense is the defense's strongest suit. When coach Chip Kelly unloaded franchise-leading rusher LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for 3-4 inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, the position got a whole lot stronger, and a whole lot deeper.
March 28, 2015 |
Five bounty hunters were charged in Camden County after beating and allegedly robbing a suspect they were pursuing, then kidnapping the suspect's teenage acquaintance and holding a knife to his throat, authorities said Thursday. The wild incident unfolded about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday along Briarhill Drive in Chesilhurst. The bounty hunters were watching for Eric L. Webb, 38, of Lindenwold, who was wanted on a drug-charge warrant in Camden County, the county prosecutor's office said. As Webb and the 17-year-old acquaintance stepped out of a car, some of the hunters walked toward them, authorities said.
December 25, 2014 |
A former Marine, Matt Broughton was aware of the irony when he was arrested, for the first time in his life, on Veterans Day. But, with bail set at $200,000, and the prospect of missing Christmas with his daughters, ages 5 and 2, looming, he didn't have time to dwell on it. "I missed Thanksgiving, but I was really wanting to get out for the rest of the holidays," said Broughton, 25, of Warminster, who was charged with burglary. He did a tour in Iraq in 2009-10 and still grapples with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
November 26, 2014 |
YOU TRY to explain to people what it was like, in the days before the coach only talked into a microphone on a podium and the trainer was forbidden to answer questions about injuries and every interaction with, well, with everybody on the team had a chance to be videotaped by another media outlet or by the team itself. It was a time when newspaper reporters had only one deadline a day, and when news that you broke stayed broken for 24 hours, not until the next tweet. It was a time when Buddy Ryan was the Eagles' head coach, and when a game wasn't memorable if it didn't have a nickname.
October 10, 2014 |
The mission to Montreal has become required eating over the last decade, its smoked-meat-and-poutine soul inspiring a generation of hipster-handcraft chefs from Brooklyn to Philly. But the quest for Québec profond requires a deeper drive into the heart of the province - 21/2 hours northeast to Québec City, where you'll find another metropolis in the midst of its own food revolution. More intimate than Montreal, and more deeply influenced by the historic stone-walled ramparts of its French-Canadian charm, Québec City has been energized in recent years by a generation of young chefs who have brought edgy bistro kitchens that take full advantage of the region's considerable artisan food bounty, from "ice ciders" to raw milk cheese, exceptional produce, and wild game.
August 8, 2014 |
WITH LITTLE to go on three days after a Northeast Philadelphia woman was found strangled in Pennypack Park, police last night announced an increased reward for information leading to her killer. In addition to the city's standing $20,000 reward for a tip leading to an arrest and conviction in any homicide, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 kicked in $10,000, and Philadelphia Federal Credit Union added $5,000 for information in the case, bringing the total reward to $35,000. The victim, Constance "Connie" Murray, 46, a wife and mother of two young daughters, left her home about 9 p.m. Monday to go for a jog and never returned.
July 13, 2014 |
WEST CAPE MAY - Chef Lucas Manteca is on his farm this weekday morning with a lot of catching up to do. He has named this patch of 10 acres Fincas del Mar - farms of the sea - and that's what it is: unusually fertile soil, tucked in by ocean, the bay, and a canal, and tantalizingly close to the gourmet restaurants spawned by the Shore scene. "I discovered this completely different world that nobody knows exists," he says. "It's like the Riviera, almost. Italy. I would say Mediterranean.
July 12, 2014 |
William H. Frederick Jr., known as Bill, is 88 now, a little stooped and hard of hearing, a far hike down the road from his 1948 Swarthmore College graduation. But this accomplished garden designer, nurseryman, and author remains an icon in plant circles. Since the 1960s, he has shared his expertise and extraordinary 17-acre garden outside Wilmington with 33 interns and thousands of professional gardeners, landscape architects, and students from around the world. Now, there's a good deed that cannot trump Frederick's half-century of knowledge-sharing, but certainly tops it off nicely: an $800,000 gift to Scott Arboretum, which covers 300 acres of Swarthmore's 450-acre campus.
June 13, 2014
SUMMERTIME, and goin' vegan is easy. Call it what you may, easing into eating more plants and fewer animal products is simple and fun in summer, with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and weather conducive to adventure. Combining these, summer vegan festivals offer everybody a chance to try new and different vegan foods while maybe learning something about the philosophy. * Saturday sees the debut of the Humane League's Philly VegFest , from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Shambles in the Headhouse Square District.
June 2, 2014 |
We asked readers if they could improve upon the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau slogan "PHL: Here for the Making," which lost us at PHL. And they could. They did. Contrary to perception, suggestions swelled with love, pride, and more love. Readers submitted drawings, photos, poems, jingles, a veritable coffeehouse of regional cheer. The enterprise was notable for its altruism. We offered no prizes, not even beer. And no one asked. (OK, a couple of people asked.) The lack of remuneration was intentional: To show the PHLCVB (which needs help with that acronym)