October 31, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Luc Mbah a Moute rejoined the 76ers in time for their season opener Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers. The power forward did not play in the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The reason: He spent a total of 17 hours on flights from his home country of Cameroon. He was there to attend the funeral Saturday for Arthur Embiid, 13, the brother of Sixers center Joel Embiid. The teenager was killed in a car accident Oct. 16. "Dealing with Joel and that situation in Africa and long flights, knowing he had a back problem, [it would not be smart to]
October 19, 2014 |
Sixers head coach Brett Brown gathered his team on Friday afternoon before practicing at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He said he talked "very quickly" about Thursday's preseason loss to Boston before moving on "to the most important thing. " He told all the players that they needed to find a way to reach out - on their own terms - to Joel Embiid. Brown told the team that "their friend, their teammate" had went through an "incredible, personal tragedy. " The rookie center left the team on Thursday after learning that his 13-year-old brother Arthur had died in Cameroon.
July 26, 2014 |
Federal Customs and Border Protection officers came across a rare counterfeit-money scam when they caught a man from Cameroon bringing $17,000 in bogus currency into Philadelphia International Airport recently. The officers discovered three packs of "black notes," bound similarly to checkbooks, during a routine baggage examination July 16, an official said Thursday. The notes appeared to be blank sheets of white paper, but under ultraviolet light, officers detected faint images resembling U.S. currency, officials said.
July 9, 2013 |
WHEN PATRONS walk into Wazobia, a West African restaurant specializing in the comfort foods of Nigeria, many greet the owner in the Yoruba language. "This is my countryman," owner Risikat Bola Jamiu, who usually goes by Bola, says of a man from the Ibo tribe. Jamiu is Yoruba but welcomes all three of Nigeria's major ethnic groups. Even her North Philadelphia restaurant's name is a combination of the words for "come in" from the three languages: wa in Yoruba, zo in Hausa, bia in Ibo. "We are all blended together as one Nigeria," Jamiu said Friday.
May 13, 2012 |
HARRISBURG — There were still trips to faraway places and "comped" tickets to glitzy galas, ritzy receptions, and sold-out sporting events. But overall, 2011 proved to be a lean year for legislators and administration officials accepting gifts, according to annual statements of financial interest, due this month. Perhaps the belt-tightening climate in Harrisburg has taken its toll — or perhaps because it's an election year, and most want to avoid even the whiff of controversy — but many elected officials ended up reporting little more than the paycheck they collected for their work in the Capitol.
April 26, 2011 |
The e-mail directed us to come to the training session armed with our new cell phones and computers, prepared to start a revolution. Well, not actually. But our instructor did remind us that the first pictures from the late January uprisings in Egypt were taken by a photojournalist using nothing more than a smartphone - photos that changed the world. For an old-school scribe honed on pens, dimes, and notebooks, it's dizzying to think that I can write, text, tweet, Skype, video, photograph, listen to the police scanner - oh, and talk, too - all on a single device.
April 7, 2011 |
DOUALA, Cameroon - Ange-Felix Patasse, who led the poor nation of Central African Republic for ten years before being ousted in a 2003 coup, has died at a hospital in neighboring Cameroon, officials said. He was 74. Patasse returned from exile in late 2009 and finished second in January's presidential election. He lost to current president Francois Bozize, who had overthrown Patasse as head of an insurgent army that seized the capital in a hail of mortar-fire. Hospital officials said he died of complications from diabetes.
June 11, 2010
2 are convicted in Bosnia genocide THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Two Bosnian Serbs were convicted of genocide and sentenced to life imprisonment Thursday for the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica - the harshest judgment ever delivered by the U.N. war-crimes tribunal on the Balkan wars. A third Bosnian Serb officer received a 35-year prison sentence for aiding and abetting genocide. Four others were found guilty of lesser charges. It was a dramatic conclusion to the largest trial conducted over three years by the tribunal, set up in 1993 to prosecute the worst war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.
February 21, 2009 |
Buffalo police say Lazare Adingono, an assistant coach at Canisius College, has been arrested on charges he beat his 4-year-old son with a belt. Police spokesman Michael DeGeorge says Adingono was arrested Feb. 10 on a felony charge of second-degree assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. The Erie County district attorney's office is investigating. DeGeorge said yesterday that Adingono was at his home in Buffalo on Jan. 15 when he used a belt to hit his son numerous times, causing pain and swelling on the boy's back, neck and arm. Adingono, 31, coached the Cameroon national basketball team in the Olympic qualifying tournament last year.
April 17, 2008 |
Delaware teenager Madison Brengle and former South African player Liezel Huber will be on the star-deprived U.S. team in the Fed Cup semifinals against Russia. Brengle, an 18-year-old from Dover, was one of the four players chosen to represent the Americans in the best-of-five series starting April 26. Huber, Vania King and Ahsha Rolle also were chosen to face Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Chakvetadze, Dinara Safina and Elena Vesnina on indoor clay in Moscow. Huber, the No. 1 doubles player in the world, spent four years on the South African Fed Cup team.