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.
December 2, 2012 |
With the way La Salle's defense regularly stormed in on him, Parkland quarterback Tim Baranek did more dodging, most times in vain, than throwing. The Explorers, with an impressive effort from their front four, sacked Baranek an astounding 11 times and cruised to a 28-7 victory Saturday in a PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinal at Northeast. "We just came out firing on all cylinders," said senior defensive end Jon Naji, who registered a team-high five sacks. "A lot of credit has to go to our coaches.
October 26, 2012
THE SWANKY AFFAIR that developer Bart Blatstein put on Wednesday to unveil his plans to seek Philadelphia's second casino license seemed finely tuned to create an air of inevitable success. The usual Democratic suspects from City Council and the state General Assembly were there. But it was a trio of Republicans who stood out to Clout. Attorney Bill Sasso served as master of ceremonies while John Brabender and Brian Nutt roamed the crowded venue. This trio is super-tight with Gov. Corbett . Sasso served as co-chairman of Corbett's transition team when he moved from state attorney general to governor.
October 10, 2012
The New York Times reports that, despite a sellout crowd of 36,067 on the season's final day, and despite an outcry from fans seeking playoff tickets - including the website removethetarps.com - the Oakland Athletics are keeping the tarps on the seats for the playoffs. After finishing fourth-from-last in major-league attendance in the regular season, the A's decided to maintain intimacy in the postseason. They will be keeping 20,878 upper-deck seats at the Oakland Coliseum - a number greater than the team's 20,728 average attendance - under wraps through the AL Championship Series, should the A's make it that far. In the meantime, they hosted Detroit on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their best-of-five division series, which the Tigers led, two games to none.
September 24, 2012 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - There were different explanations in the locker room after the game Sunday, with different players taking responsibility for breakdowns in the Eagles' 27-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. There was plenty of blame to go around as turnovers and miscues and just poor football eradicated the excitement generated after two comeback victories. "I didn't have my football team ready to play, and [the Cardinals] did," coach Andy Reid said. "I did a terrible job this week.
September 7, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - For the past few years, Atlantic City's casinos have been thinking outside the box to try to drum up new business and compete with gambling halls proliferating in neighboring states. But the Golden Nugget Atlantic City is literally outside the box. It has become the first casino in New Jersey to offer outdoor gambling. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement recently granted the casino's request to move three blackjack tables onto its deck. Tom Pohlman, the casino's executive vice president and general manager, said the outdoor games debuted right before Labor Day weekend and did better than expected.
August 22, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - At first, it seemed like a coincidence, the kind of thing that happens from time to time at a casino, where the same number or same sequence of cards occurs twice in a row. But when the players at an April game of mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City kept seeing the same sequence of cards dealt, over and over and over again, their eyes grew wide and their bets grew bigger, zooming from $10 a hand to $5,000. Forty-one consecutive winning hands later, the 14 players had racked up more than $1.5 million in winnings - surrounded by casino security convinced they had cheated but unable to prove how. In a lawsuit against a Kansas City playing card manufacturer, the Golden Nugget contends the cards were unshuffled, despite being promised to be preshuffled and ready to use. The April 30 incident was the latest instance of unshuffled decks of cards causing headaches for an Atlantic City casino.
June 3, 2012
Playing at home in a key Game 4, the Oklahoma City Thunder - paced by Kevin Durant's game-high 36 points - beat San Antonio, 109-103, Saturday night to tie their Western Conference finals series at two games each. Tim Duncan paced the Spurs with 21 points. Wade pledges to step up Everywhere Dwyane Wade turned Friday, two Boston Celtics seemed to be waiting. And as long as Chris Bosh is out, he understands it's probably going to stay that way. The Boston Celtics can double-team him without fear, knowing LeBron James is the only other Miami player who can consistently hurt them.