June 16, 2013 |
NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. - Investigators began examining a twisted pile of concrete, metal, and wood Friday to determine why a deck at a popular sports bar collapsed into shallow Biscayne Bay, injuring two dozen people gathered to cheer the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Authorities estimated that 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill when a support on one end apparently gave way, causing the deck to buckle in the middle and drop about eight feet into the bay. The scene Friday was a tangle of partly submerged green plastic chairs, tables, umbrellas, and even flip-flops and cellphones lost in the chaos of the night before.
June 15, 2013
Boston officer leaves hospital BOSTON - The police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects left the hospital Friday and headed home with a bullet still in his body, nearly two months after the gun battle that severed one of his major arteries. Officer Richard Donohue, 33, walked out of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on crutches, emerging with his wife, Kim, to the applause of more than a dozen fellow Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officers.
May 24, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Shane Victorino can't wait to get back to Philadelphia. It has been nearly 10 months since the Phillies dealt the popular outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a journey that continued on to Boston when he signed 3-year, $39 million contract in the offseason. Victorino returns to Citizens Bank Park - the scene of memorable personal and team triumphs - for the first time Wednesday when the Red Sox visit for a two-game interleague series. But first, Victorino's Red Sox host the Phillies on Memorial Day and Tuesday at Fenway Park.
May 10, 2013 |
I was looking at my home's back steps, constructed of pressure-treated wood, and decided it was time for the annual get-rid-of-the-mildew-and-seal-them program. For some reason, they aren't looking as green as they were last year, so the job will be a snap. It has been a long time since I discussed deck cleaning in this space, probably because these few steps are all I have since we sold the house with the deck 12 years ago. But because the summer entertainment season is coming, it might be appropriate to run through deck-cleaning 101 before the arrival of hotter weather, when things dry too quickly or not at all. If you don't want to do the job yourself - especially if it has been a while since the last cleaning - there are companies that will do it for you. Go online or ask your friends and neighbors.
April 23, 2013 |
FOR MOST of the night, a palpable feeling of discontent radiated from the otherwise frigid stands. Citizens Bank Park is a great place to play when you are a member of a winning team. But when expectations are not being met, the frustration in the stands can create some cringe-worthy moments. In the fourth inning on Sunday night, a boisterous section in the leftfield seats zeroed in on 25-year-old rightfielder Domonic Brown after a blooper fell a couple feet in front of him for a base hit. At first there were boos.
March 27, 2013 |
Sophomore Lauren Weidler gave up five runs, three hits, and a walk and committed an error - all in the first inning of a nonleague game at Morrisville - but Christopher Dock coach Wayne Benner kept his pitcher in the game. He said he had no choice. "I stuck with her," said Benner, who coaches a softball team with an 11-girl roster. "I need her to pitch well and continue to pitch well. " Weidler held Morrisville to one more run over the next five innings, as Christopher Dock came back to defeat Morrisville, 18-6, Tuesday in a game stopped after six innings because of the mercy rule.
February 14, 2013 |
Top seed and host Delsea advanced with a 51-12 win over Barnegat in a South Jersey Group 2 semifinal wrestling match on Wednesday night, but it was Bryan Dobzanski who stole the spotlight. Dobzanski won a major decision, 4-0, at 285 pounds. The win marked the 100th of his career. The Crusaders established an early lead by winning the first six matches, including four consecutive pins from weight classes 160 through 195. David Gresk pinned in 27 seconds at 160 pounds to begin the streak.
December 23, 2012 |
If you can make it past the pizza counter at FrancoLuigi's without succumbing to at least one slice (I had two, pork and broccoli), you reach the door of the High Note Cafe, where chef Franco Borda is finishing a salad of shell-like pasta, beans, and vegetables. I'm not at 13th and Tasker Streets to eat, although sojourns into traditional South Philadelphia at Christmas transport me to another Italian neighborhood, one my grandfather helped create at the turn of the 20th century, when he left his farm in the mountains of Benevento to seek his fortune in America.
December 22, 2012 |
With the help of six pins Friday, Mariana Bracetti cruised to a 45-29 wrestling win over Martin Luther King in a Public League match. Carlos Rosas-Morales, Kyle Mallon, Donald Harrison, Edwin Morales, Felix Cabrera, and Pedro Rivera each won by pin for Mariana Bracetti. Rosas-Morales, who needed only 23 seconds to get the pin at 106 pounds, improved to 11-4 on the year with seven pins. Rivera earned his win in 24 seconds at 195 pounds and moved to 10-6 this season. Isaiah Estrada won by forfeit for Mariana Bracetti at 138 pounds, and Ronald Palmer picked up a win by decision at 145 pounds.
December 20, 2012 |
Connor Joyce's 21-second pin at 120 pounds highlighted Pennsbury's dominant showing at the lighter weights Wednesday night as the host Falcons downed Suburban One National wrestling opponent William Tennent, 45-27. Joyce's pin of Tennent's Josh Troy was one of eight Falcons victories of the lightweight classes between 106 and 160 pounds. Dominic Martocio landed a pin in 1:21 at 113 pounds, Luke Kowal scored a decision at 152 pounds and 160-pounder Alex Cwenar had a pin in 4:51. Central.