February 25, 2014 |
VILLANOVA HAS won in blowouts and been blown out a few times. If the game is close, these Wildcats don't lose. It was so again Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Villanova trailed for just 90 seconds against St. John's, but was never comfortable. Every time it looked like the 'Cats would get a working margin, the Red Storm pushed back. Finally, Villanova played the perfect possession, a microcosm of a game that was much less art than survival. Holding on to a three-point lead with 3:20 left after a Ryan Arcidiacono banked trey, the Wildcats found a foolproof way to win - don't give up the ball.
February 25, 2014 |
SOCHI - Vladimir Putin hoped these 2014 Winter Olympics would show the world that a bright, new, and modern Russia had emerged from a nation with a mysterious and often dark past. In case anyone missed the point, it was reemphasized spectacularly Sunday night during closing ceremonies rife with 21st-century technology and augmented with the same artistic sensibility with which Russia launched the Sochi Olympics 17 days ago. Laser-lit and with special effects worthy of Hollywood, the colorful and musically rich ceremonies at Fisht Olympic Stadium marked the official end of an Olympiad that not only informed the world but astounded it. Logistically, the Sochi Games were, to a remarkable extent for so vast an enterprise, trouble-free.
February 17, 2014 |
My twin sister contacted me in early 2013 with a proposal: "We are going to celebrate our 66th birthday in Salthill, Galway, Ireland. " She had lived in Salthill for two years and the people and place had entranced her. She rented an apartment on the Promenade in Salthill. The "Prom" is a walkway along the Galway Bay and beaches. Salthill is to the Irish as the Jersey Shore is to Philadelphians. There are a couple of casinos, a bingo hall, an aquarium, and many restaurants and cafes.
February 15, 2014 |
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Poor weather and the corresponding traveling logistics resulted in a 12-hour bus ride for the Drexel basketball team before it could take the court against the College of Charleston Cougars on Thursday. However, both teams played as if they had just stepped off the bus, and that kept things close before the Cougars gutted out a 47-46 Colonial Athletic Association victory at TD Arena. "The bus ride going back is going to be a whole lot worse than the bus ride down here," Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said.
February 12, 2014 |
Mondelez International sells $35 billion worth of Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers, Cadbury chocolates, Trident gum, and other brands a year. Its Wall Street fans expect the company to boost its annual profit one-third, to $2.7 billion, when it reports Wednesday. Not enough, Mondelez chairman and chief executive Irene Rosenfeld has told her investors, including New York investor Nelson Peltz , a billionaire crusader for higher dividends and lower costs, who has also been buying into DuPont Co. Rosenfeld collected $29 million in cash and stock last year (plus personal use of the corporate jet)
February 5, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It would be easy to look at the Seahawks following their dominating 43-8 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and envision what might have been for the Eagles, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles, in theory, could have had Seattle's entire starting lineup, and, in fact, once had linebacker Chris Clemons on their roster. But the same could be said for virtually every other team in the NFL, and detailing every missed opportunity would be an exercise in futility.
February 3, 2014 |
WHEN THE people of Mount Airy wanted to satisfy their cravings for foreign or obscure films, they went to see Bill Mercer. Mercer, the manager of the Video Library of Mt. Airy, helped link them with titles like "El Violin," a 2005 Spanish-language movie about a violin player, and "Little Otik," a bizarre Czech movie that provides a modern take on a classic fairy tale. Now, the library, the city's last remaining independent movie-rental store, has announced that it will be closing on Germantown Avenue near Mount Airy as soon as it liquidates its remaining stock of tapes and DVDs.
January 29, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY It takes a lot to close the iconic Irish Pub in Atlantic City - before this week, the last time was Hurricane Sandy. But a man who was refused service Sunday afternoon left the pub on St. James Place and had some trouble executing his getaway. Next thing anyone inside knew, his SUV was crashing through the front wall, landing in a heap of brick, old stained glass, and dark wood, denting the wooden bar and brass foot railings of this place just off the Boardwalk that dates back to before Prohibition (but has Foghat on the jukebox)
January 25, 2014 |
Kmart stores in the Gallery and Northeast Philadelphia will close in late April, the company said Thursday. Liquidation sales will begin Feb. 9. Employees at the Gallery store were told Thursday that the stores would close. But rumors had been rampant for months, and the smell of closure had already settled in. Following the holidays, the Gallery store had been looking sparse, with Christmas decorations and seasonal merchandise cleaned out but not replaced. The Gallery store has 120 employees and the Kmart at 900 Orthodox St. has 169, some of whom will receive severance pay and will be able to apply at other Kmart and Sears stores.
January 23, 2014 |
THE DREADED polar vortex hit Philadelphia again yesterday morning - earlier than expected - and resulted in school closures today, massive flight cancellations and a snow emergency that's in effect until noon. All Philadelphia district and Archdiocesan schools are closed today. Early-childhood and after-school programs run by the district also will be shuttered. For more information on school closures, call the district's information hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636) or log on to philasd.org.