August 9, 2013 |
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - In the month after he tapped in his final putt on Merion's 18th green in the U.S. Open, saluted his deceased father, and celebrated his first major championship victory, Justin Rose spent a lot of time accepting congratulations and basking in the glow of his achievement. But when he returned to competition in the British Open after three weeks off, mainly enjoying himself with family and friends back home in the United Kingdom, he sensed something was wrong, and it was evident after he missed the 36-hole cut at Muirfield.
August 9, 2013 |
The only tension between the students from rival high schools Wednesday was in the wire beneath their feet. Suspended 25 feet in the air on a high-ropes course at a park in Roxborough, Casey Williams, 16, a rising sophomore at the former Bok Technical High School, and Lateaf Sterling, 17, a rising senior at South Philadelphia High School, shimmied 15 feet on separate wires. This fall, Bok and South Philadelphia High will merge. This day, the wires did, too. As the teens approached one another - gripping an overhead rope that kept them airborne - Williams, a tall fullback on Bok's football team, began to struggle.
August 2, 2013 |
DOUG PLANK says he abruptly left the Soul last year because he needed a different challenge. Boy, did he get it. Plank was the Soul's coach in 2012 and took them all the way to the AFL championship game. Shortly after losing to Arizona, he dropped his resignation on Ron Jaworski's desk and headed out of town. Plank was being pulled in different directions. His wife and family lived in Arizona. The Soul's offensive coordinator was poised to become the head man. He had no roots here.
August 2, 2013 |
LONG, LONG ago, before the Riley Cooper video was posted, the Eagles practiced yesterday and Chip Kelly addressed the issue of whether the NFL wants to slow down his offense. The subject was raised in a curious Wall Street Journal story this week, which seemed to be advocating that officials take umbrage at Kelly's hurry-up style. Current and former officiating figures were quoted as saying the NFL sets the ball differently than the college game, and that Kelly would just have to wait for the umpire to do his thing, that Kelly wasn't going to come into the pro league and push them around.
August 1, 2013 |
A long simmering feud between New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Gov. Christie over a seat on the Rutgers University board of governors ended up Tuesday in the Appellate Division of Superior Court. Sweeney (D., Gloucester) sued seeking to remove board member Martin Perez, who was appointed by Christie and sworn in July 15. The Senate president argued that the governor was required to appoint a Camden County resident, according to a provision of the higher education restructuring law that expanded the body from 11 to 15 members.
July 31, 2013 |
William W. Scranton, 96, the patrician Republican who served as governor of Pennsylvania and sought in 1964 to wrest his party's presidential nomination from Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, died Sunday, July 28, of a cerebral hemorrhage at a retirement community in Montecito, Calif. He was the father of former Lt. Gov. William Scranton 3d and scion of a long line of Scrantons who built a fortune in the Northeastern Pennsylvania city upon which they bestowed their name. Politics for him was an act of service, a duty rather than a passion.
July 28, 2013 |
A federal appeals court ruled Friday against the Mennonite owners of a central Pennsylvania cabinetmaker who claimed new health-insurance requirements that they pay for employees' contraceptive services violated their First Amendment rights. The 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a decision that Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. of East Earl, Lancaster County, does not qualify for the exemption because it is a for-profit company making a secular product with no formal ties to a church or other religious group.
July 27, 2013 |
Ever since Philadelphia began taking its waterfronts seriously a decade ago, it has dreamed of shores lined with lithe, elegant, Vancouver-style towers. Master plans were assembled, new recreation paths were laid, parks were created. Yet only a few high-rises have materialized, none of them the least bit thin or urbane. That may be about to change. Developer Carl Dranoff is planning a 21-story apartment building on the Schuylkill that has the potential to raise the bar for all waterfront design in Philadelphia.
July 24, 2013 |
MAYOR NUTTER has repeatedly appealed a firefighters' arbitration award, and a frustrated union has now teamed up with elected officials to make it harder to challenge future awards. This fall, City Councilman Jim Kenney will introduce an amendment to the Home Rule Charter that would require the mayor to get two-thirds of Council's vote before challenging an arbitration award. Voters could take up the proposed ballot question in November. Kenney believes there's support to get it through.
July 18, 2013 |
MUIRFIELD. Located on the northeast coast of Scotland, not far from Edinburgh, it's considered the fairest test of any course on the Open Championship rotation, because it doesn't contain nearly as many of those quirky bounces and hidden dangers that define links golf. But that doesn't mean it's any less daunting. There are no trees or water hazards to contend with, but the thick rough and small greens more than make up for that. The two nines rotate in opposite directions, with the back (which goes clockwise)