February 4, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Tom Brady always believed the Patriots would win Super Bowl XLIX, he said yesterday morning, in a croaking, scratchy voice that no doubt reflected a very long night of celebration. "Then they made that catch, and I had a little bit of doubt," Brady said at the morning-after news conference for the winning coach and Super Bowl MVP. "And then we made a great play. " Surely, as others have suggested, Brady will donate the MVP's Chevy pickup to Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie cornerback from West Alabama who stepped in front of Seattle wideout Ricardo Lockette on Butler's 18th defensive snap of the evening.
February 3, 2015
GLENDALE, Ariz. - It seems silly, the Super Bowl measuring sticks we sometimes place on quarterbacks. Tom Brady came very close to losing in his third straight Super Bowl appearance Sunday night and the argument, by some, would have been that he didn't warrant mention as the greatest, especially in light of "Deflategate. " The Patriots of Bill Belichick and Brady faced their largest deficit ever in a Super Bowl and the Seahawks, with a 24-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, looked as if they could not be beaten.
January 13, 2015 |
After more than three days of searching, firefighters Sunday found the body of a worker who was missing after a silo filled with cement collapsed in Bristol Township, township police said. The missing worker was identified as Anthony Gabriele, 48, of Tullytown. The collapse happened at the Riverside Cement distribution facility in the Riverside Industrial Complex. At 4:45 p.m., searchers were digging the body out of the wreckage by hand, according to a police department news release.
January 10, 2015 |
At dusk Thursday, fire crews hauled spotlights toward the mangled remains of a collapsed steel silo at an industrial complex in Bristol Township. They had already searched the wreckage for nearly 14 hours, hoping for any sign of Anthony Gabriele, a plant worker they believed was trapped beneath mountains of cement when the 125-foot silo collapsed overnight. Given the scale of the debris and the temperatures, officials weren't optimistic about finding Gabriele alive. After a few hours, they stopped calling their effort a rescue attempt and started to call it a recovery.
May 14, 2014 |
SHAME ON Donald Sterling, yes. His shame is the sort that never will wash clean. But shame on CNN, too, for letting him hang himself again with his own rope. And shame on us, too, for watching. In the wake of his recent comments that laid bare his bigotry, Sterling this weekend sat down with this public confessor, Anderson Cooper, and vainly tried to punish himself, in the hopes of . . . what? Convincing other NBA owners to lift the lifetime ban and not force him to sell his Clippers?
December 27, 2013 |
WITH ALL due respect to Brian Westbrook, Duce Staley and the inimitable Ricky Watters, there never has been a back with the gifts of LeSean McCoy. Indeed, only the romance of the run by the La Salle men's basketball team and the shameless self-promotion of ageless boxer Bernard Hopkins kept McCoy from . . . er . . . running away with the award. Mostly, it's because the balloting ends a month before football season ends. Yes, McCoy has been enabled by flashy new coach Chip Kelly, who finished third in the voting.
October 27, 2013 |
THE SEARCH for answers in the increasingly tangled case of Homicide Detective Ron Dove will involve more digging. Lots of it, as a matter of fact. Narcotics cops found pictures of Dove with a suspected drug dealer earlier this week when they raided a property in the city, law-enforcement sources said yesterday. Also, the sources said, investigators working on a sprawling Internal Affairs investigation into Dove have been told that Reynaldo Torres, who was involved in an unsolved homicide case that Dove handled, might have been covered in cement and buried in a gritty North Philly gully.
March 8, 2013 |
Question: Our 1920s Colonial has a stone foundation with some sort of cement coating on the interior. Much of the coating has flaked off, exposing the mortar joints, which are disintegrating. We recently had a sump pump and French drain installed in the basement, which will eliminate much of the dampness from minor water leaks. What would be the best process to re-coat the interior walls of the foundation? Answer: It's nostalgia time, and to answer the question, I return to the basement of another of my houses, which had a stone foundation and something that perpetually flaked off the walls.
October 9, 2012
TRUNCATED DOMES. First time hearing those words? The little bumps under your feet are picking the city's pocket. Truncated domes - also known as "tactile warning strips" - are those bumps the size of elevator call buttons that blister the surface of recently installed ramps at street corners, by order of the feds. The cost to the city - meaning you, the taxpayer - is astronomical. The outlay is required by changing federal regulations, according to Terry Gillen, director of federal affairs for the city of Philadelphia.
June 2, 2012 |
McLain Ward, fresh off a fantastic victory over many of the top riders vying for a spot on the Olympic team, won again Friday night in the $20,000 Open Jumper Gambler's Choice at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. This time he rode Apple, and he just edged out Laura Chapot on Quointreau Un Prince, a horse Ward owns in partnership with Chapot. Ward won more than just the class - he almost certainly sewed up the Devon Leading Open Jumper rider title. And he has done that despite a horrific fracturing of a knee in a riding accident four months ago. Ward and Chapot have swapped the title for this event a number of times, with Chapot having won it three of the last five years and Ward taking it once.