January 19, 2015 |
WHEN AARON Rogers' little brother, Tremaine, was murdered as they played basketball outside their Overbrook house in 2013, his world was broken. "My brother is all that I had," he told the Daily News . "Ninety percent of me is gone now. " This week, someone took the rest of him. A gunman shot Aaron, 20, in the face about 6 p.m. Wednesday outside Vincent's Pizza at 65th Street near Lansdowne Avenue, police said. He died 24 hours later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - the city's 16th homicide victim of the new year.
January 16, 2015
WILL BUNCH informs us ("Free to be - and not be - Charlie"), that he and his colleagues at the Daily News disapprove of the crude humor in Charlie Hebdo , and so will not print the cartoons that led to mass murder in Paris. A month ago, there was perhaps a place for Mr. Bunch's nuanced editorial judgments about what is, and what is not, proper. Now, however, the cartoons are at the heart of the biggest news story in the world and you are a newspaper. How can you not publish them?
January 15, 2015
U SHER IS MAKING things official with longtime girlfriend, business partner and - three cheers! - older woman Grace Miguel . Miguel, 44, was spotted with a major rock on her ring finger on New Year's Eve, when Usher, 36, performed in Miami, and at Sunday's Golden Globes awards show. The couple hasn't confirmed. But when you know, you know. NBC-ya later Two-and-a-half years after her tearful on-air goodbye to "Today," Ann Curry appears to be flying the peacock coop for reals.
January 14, 2015 |
In yesterday's column , I wrote about how Nicki Minaj was caught cuddling up with North Philly rapper Meek Mill after Friday's Wale concert at the TLA. The couple has been teasing a relationship for some time, with Mill guesting on two songs on Minaj's new album, "The Pinkprint," and throwing out the line "Baddest bitch in the game wearing my chain, I'm ready," on his new track, "The Get Back (Freestyle). " But a tipster let me know that the relationship was not just a tease.
January 13, 2015 |
JOE O'DOWD, a crack Daily News police reporter, was relaxing at his rental house in Brigantine, N.J., in the summer of 1987 when there came a heavy knock on the door. It was a Brigantine cop with a message from Joe's office telling him to get back to Philly to cover a development in the notorious Gary Heidnik murder case. Apparently, the office didn't have a number for Joe's summer place, so it had to track him through the local cops. Of course, Joe hightailed it back to Philly to check out the case of the man who kidnapped, tortured and raped six women he held prisoner in his North Philadelphia "House of Horrors," killing two. Joseph Donald O'Dowd, considered one of the best of a legendary contingent of reporters who covered the cops for the Daily News, the Inquirer and the Bulletin in the days before cellphones and the Internet, died Wednesday of cancer.
January 7, 2015
ISSUE | JOE-PA LEGACY Keeping score isn't what counts here The outrage shown by Penn State alumni over the supposedly unfair treatment of Joe Paterno indicates that their priorities are out of line ("Paterno dispute leaves a growing rift," Dec. 28). Paterno was a successful football coach, no more and no less. It was demonstrated that he - along with other higher-ups at the university - failed to take necessary steps to stop now-convicted predator Jerry Sandusky. It sickens me to think that many in the Penn State community seem to care more about Paterno's win total than about Sandusky's young victims.
January 5, 2015 |
BY NOW, getting crowned the Sportsperson of the Year by the Daily News is just another notch on the belt of Mo'ne Davis' baseball pants. That's just how the last 5 months have gone for the 13-year-old baseball phenom who dazzled Little Leaguers on the mound, gained local and national attention for being a girl playing with the boys and inspired many of her peers to follow in her footsteps. From the baseball diamonds in Williamsport - where she became the first girl to earn a win, throwing a shutout - her story was followed around the world.
January 5, 2015 |
MIKE TROUT'S ascension from promising prospect to multitalented major league All-Star to the game's greatest current player took all of about 12 months. And the Millville Meteor's meteoric rise happened nearly 2 1/2 years ago. But baseball's award voters and the public relations machine that was The Official Retirement of Derek Jeter Throughout All of Major League Baseball meant Trout apparently had to wait his turn for validation. All Trout did in his first two full seasons was hit .324 with a 976 OPS, hit 57 home runs, steal 82 bases and score 238 runs.