January 25, 2016 |
When the corrupt and inept float to the surface of the swamp known as the Philadelphia Democratic Party, its chairman, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, usually looks the other way. In Brady's party, a former sheriff and a fellow congressman - whom Brady just endorsed for reelection - face federal charges. A Supreme Court justice from its ranks resigned in disgrace amid investigations of profane emails and questionable fees. A state senator, five state representatives, and eight city judges have been found guilty of crimes.
January 5, 2016 |
MY TOP-FOUR NCAA Tournament seeds if the selections were today. East: Virginia South: Oklahoma Midwest: Michigan State West: Kansas Villanova attempts 48 percent of its shots from the three-point line. The Wildcats, however, are the most accurate two-point shooting team in the country and put on a performance for the ages Saturday night, going 28-for-32 on twos in their 85-71 win at Creighton. The ball movement, passing and finishes were near-perfect as the 'Cats (12-2, 2-0 Big East)
December 4, 2015 |
JONATHAN KRAUSE has caught passes from both Tom Brady and Sam Bradford, but he is not into comparisons. That might be because Krause, released by the Patriots at the end of the preseason after spending much of last season on their practice squad, has been employed by the Eagles since joining their practice squad Sept. 22. He moved to the active roster Nov. 24 - curiously, about the same time New England was going through a wide receiver injury crisis and was looking for help. The Pats ended up signing former Eagle Damaris Johnson.
July 2, 2015
WILL BUNCH'S recent column is as pure a potpourri of leftist rhetoric as I have seen in some time. It's so blatant all I have to do is translate just some of his phrases into normal-ese to make my point. Here goes. He tells us that the (forced by political correctness) removal of the Confederate flag reminded him "of something remarkable that happened a quarter-century ago: the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the Iron Curtain. " Nonsense. Those things stood for a failed ideology from the nineteenth century; the Confederate flag (whether you like it or not)
June 6, 2015 |
I stood in front of the winner's circle at Belmont Park, ready to scribble some history into my notebook. A record crowd showed up, 120,139, all there for the same reason, that June day in 2004, to see if a horse from Philadelphia Park could capture the last leg of the Triple Crown. The whole sport was rooting for Smarty Jones. I stood next to a young Belmont Park jockey, dressed in a dapper gray suit. As he talked to his girlfriend on his cellphone, I scribbled down what he said: "They haven't thrown me out yet. Oh, honey, I wish you were here.
May 13, 2015 |
Mike Coccia would understand if he hears an occasional boo from the crowd while playing for the Eagles. The undrafted rookie center is a Bethlehem native and son of an Eagles season-ticket holder whose memories with his father include sitting in the 700 level at Veterans Stadium and collecting stories unfit to print. Malcolm Bunche, an undrafted lineman from Newark, Del., would understand, too. His father, Curtis Bunche, was an Eagles draft pick in 1979. Bunche grew up rooting for the Eagles less than one hour down I-95.
May 13, 2015 |
IT WAS every Sunday, Curtis Bunche said. Bunche and his son, Malcolm, would - like thousands of other Eagles fans - sit in front of the television and watch their beloved team. Malcolm loved watching Eagles greats like Tra Thomas, Brian Dawkins and Hugh Douglas. "A few times we did go to the game," Curtis Bunche said. "But we enjoyed it more so at home in front of the television than actually sitting in the stadium. That was every Sunday his entire life, really, growing up. " Now, Malcolm has a chance to wear an Eagles helmet on Sundays.
January 2, 2015 |
* MASTERPIECE: DOWNTON ABBEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. LAURA Carmichael knows all about the Jan Brady comparisons. Carmichael, whose "Downton Abbey" character, Lady Edith Crawley, has gotten the short end of more sticks in four seasons than the "Brady Bunch" middle daughter could ever have imagined, doesn't mind a bit. "She's smart, she's bookish. I get it. I love that and I sort of read that and embraced that," Carmichael said in an interview during a PBS event in Beverly Hills last summer to promote the show's fifth season.
December 12, 2014 |
CITY COUNCIL finished off its final session of the year with grand overtures of jingle-bell ringing, flag waving, back slapping and a litany of bill passing before members broke for the holidays. Several new measures were introduced as well, to be debated in the coming year. The third time could be a charm for Councilman Bill Greenlee, who's pushing for paid sick leave for private companies. He introduced an ordinance yesterday that would require businesses with 10 or more workers to offer earned paid sick leave.
November 2, 2014 |
Since Newsies , the Walt-Disney-movie-turned-musical based on New York's Newsboy Strike of 1899 closes on Sunday, I will immediately say that if you like uplifting David-and-Goliath stories set to rousing music and filled with aggressive, gymnastics-propelled choreography, get tickets. Since Philadelphia also launches the 2014-15 national tour, I will offer my criticisms of a show that I enjoyed thoroughly, for as long as I could stand it. Alan Menken's music and Jack Feldman's lyrics strike a single note all night: yearning.