June 25, 2015 |
Harvey Pollack, a statistical savant whose highlight in a lifetime of compiling and inventing complex sports data came one night in 1962 when he hurriedly scrawled a simple round number on a piece of paper, died Tuesday at age 93. The longest-tenured employee in the NBA, having worked for the 76ers and Warriors since the league's founding in 1946, Mr. Pollack had been hospitalized since January when he was injured in a Center City car accident....
June 11, 2015 |
Elizabet took a taxi to Reynosa, Mexico, then walked across the border with $200 in her pocket and a handful of English words in her vocabulary. In Cuba, she'd been a teacher, a daughter, a sister. Here, she dreamed of freedom - for herself and for the child she hoped, someday, to have. That first year in the United States, at 26, she lived with relatives of her brother-in-law; she acquired a Social Security card and cleaned the machines in an egg-processing plant at night. She cried a lot. And she persisted, getting her teaching certification and other paperwork from Cuba, eventually landing a job as a bilingual teacher in a Camden public school.
June 2, 2015
WE NEED another language to describe the pain of losing a child, because the words we use - "It's unnatural," "No parent should live longer than her son," "What a tragedy" - don't convey the full weight or nature of that suffering. When you look at the faces of those who have experienced the death of a son or daughter, you realize even years later that they are not completely whole. Living without part of your heart, walking on half a limb and navigating the light with a constant shadow, it is the deepest of all sorrows.
May 14, 2015 |
Four police officers were injured by a motorist in Northwest Philadelphia in a protracted incident Tuesday afternoon that ended when police fired into the vehicle, leaving the driver in critical condition. Mayor Nutter said the motorist "used a car as a weapon against our officers," but the driver's family, who identified him as Rudolph Keitt, said his history of seizures may have played a role. The incident began about 2:15 p.m. at Wagner and Olney Avenues in Fern Rock when police responded to a report of a car accident, Deputy Commissioner Richard J. Ross said.
March 14, 2015 |
They were just kids, Haddon Township High School friends in the springtime of their lives. Boys and girls hanging out in houses, driving Jersey roads, pulling pranks. Laughing. But in July 2006, the laughter was cut short. One of the friends, 16-year-old junior and field hockey player Ann Marie Lynch, died in a jet ski accident off Ocean City. "That was my first experience with mortality," said Tom Turcich, one of the pack, now 25. For months, he walked around in a fog of grief. Until one day in class, he saw the movie Dead Poets Society and had his own carpe diem moment.
March 9, 2015 |
Like the borough itself, the emergency calls that summon the members of Newfield's sole fire company tend to be rather temperate. A small house fire, a trash container blaze, a car accident. Still, the brothers and sisters of Newfield Fire Company No. 1 have long taken pride in voluntarily serving the 1.7-square-mile borough just north of Vineland. It's a job the company has performed since 1908, 16 years before Newfield incorporated. "This town is well-protected by us knowing this town," said Ken Barbagli, the company's president and a lifelong Newfield resident.
February 14, 2015 |
L.J. Barlow walked onto the mat pretty confident for the last match of the meet. He hadn't heard of the younger Penn Charter wrestler he was facing. As a senior at the Haverford School, wrestling at 195 pounds, Barlow knows enough to take every opponent at face value, that there are no givens. "He was stronger than I expected," Barlow said later. So the match wasn't going to be over immediately. Barlow's style isn't to dazzle anyway. His matches tend to be low-scoring affairs.
January 22, 2015 |
As each of the five guilty verdicts was read aloud Wednesday, Don Tollefson simply nodded. He seemed neither upset nor surprised. Over 11 days, the onetime celebrity sportscaster had given what he had hoped was the performance of a lifetime: Acting as his own lawyer, trying to convince the Bucks County jury that he was tortured by addiction and bad business skills but never meant to rip off anyone. The verdicts on charges of money laundering and theft mean that Tollefson, 62 - who turned down a plea deal that would have meant just months in prison - could instead spend years there for fleecing people who thought they were buying his sports and travel packages.
January 19, 2015 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - So, who is Joel Embiid, really? The 76ers rookie appears to be a likable person. The 7-footer always speaks to reporters in passing, even though he's off-limits for interviews. He displayed a fun-loving personality on Twitter and Instagram by unsuccessfully recruiting LeBron James to the Sixers and asking out Rihanna and Kim Kardashian on dates. Yet there appear to be some concerns. Embiid has a weight issue. Although the Sixers wouldn't disclose his weight, a source said he's close to 300 pounds after being 250 pounds at Kansas last season.
January 18, 2015 |
After he was fired from his $240,000-a-year job at Fox29, Don Tollefson was living off his wife's income and disability payments related to a car crash. But two infusions of cash soon came his way. The first was a $333,000 out-of-court settlement in the car accident. When that dried up, he cracked open his $400,000 pension from Fox, Tollefson testified Friday. All the money was gone in less than four years. "I'm proud to say I spent it on the kids," Tollefson told jurors on the ninth day of his fraud trial.