March 4, 2014 |
Mary Y. Holcombe, 72, a former Philadelphia radio dispatcher and the widow of Fire Capt. David Holcombe, who died in the One Meridian Plaza fire in 1991, died Saturday, Feb. 8, of lung cancer at her home in San Rafael, Calif. In 1998, Mrs. Holcombe retired from the Philadelphia Police Department, where she had worked in the radio room for many years. Before that, she worked briefly as a pharmacy technician at a drugstore in the city. David Holcombe, commander of Engine Company 11 at Sixth and South Streets, was one of three firefighters killed Feb. 23, 1991, during the 12-alarm blaze at One Meridian Plaza.
January 27, 2014 |
Kaelyn Johns has great hands. Wearing goalie gloves in the fall, the Downingtown East junior earned 13 shutouts as the Cougars reached the District 1 Class AAA final and the state quarterfinals in girls' soccer. In the winter, Johns sheds the gloves to play guard for the Cougars in basketball, using her athleticism and soft touch to find teammates seemingly anywhere on the floor. Saturday, her hands didn't put the ball in the hoop many times, but they did a lot of other important things really well as East took care of Freire Charter, 50-30, in a nonleague game.
January 11, 2014 |
The message Terry Rakowsky relayed to his Central Bucks West girls' basketball players at practice on Wednesday was to step out on the basketball court with a lot of energy and emotion. That was something his team hadn't done in its previous contest, and it really hurt then. From the opening tip to the final buzzer Thursday night at North Penn, the Bucks were fired up. There were emphatic high-fives after big plays. There were powerful fist pumps followed by trips to the foul line.
October 25, 2013 |
Isaiah Kuris buried his sixth goal of the season in double overtime Wednesday to lead Rancocas Valley over visiting Lenape, 2-1, in a nonleague boys' soccer matchup. Kuris' goal came 4 minutes, 39 seconds into the second overtime. The winning tally was assisted by Don Palmucci. Lenape had forced overtime with nine minutes left in regulation on a goal from Connor Wolfe. Jesse McPartland stopped five shots for the Red Devils, and Chris Solecki held down the Indians net with nine saves.
March 25, 2013 |
Duke has played parts of three NCAA tournaments in Philadelphia and has never lost a game. The sixth win came as Sunday night turned into Monday morning, when the second-seeded Blue Devils sealed a 66-50 win over seventh-seeded Creighton in the Midwest Regional at the Wells Fargo Center. Duke advanced to play Michigan State in Indianapolis on Friday. It will be the Blue Demons' fourth Sweet 16 in the last five seasons. It's not often that a Duke game is anticlimactic, but that's how it seemed when the Blue Devils took the court following the frenzy of Florida Gulf Coast's win. And the game featured a different style - a physical, grinding contest of attrition rather than a full-court highlight reel.
March 23, 2013 |
Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points, and Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds, helping fourth-seeded Michigan (27-7) overcome a rough night for Trey Burke in a 71-56 NCAA tournament victory over 13th-seeded South Dakota State (25-10) on Thursday night in Auburn Hills, Mich. Burke made only two field goals and left the game briefly in the second half after a hard fall under the basket. The star point guard came back after that, but he finished with only six points in the South Regional game.
March 23, 2013 |
It was all so foreign for 15th-seeded Albany: Duke. Philadelphia. The NCAA tournament's bright glare. And, like so many who find themselves in exotic locales, the Great Danes succumbed to a familiar pitfall on Friday - too much hot Curry. Seth Curry, as cool as he was hot, scored 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting, sky-hooking Mason Plumlee added 23 points, and Duke used its typically relentless man-to-man defense to push past gritty but outclassed Albany, 73-61, in its entertaining 2013 NCAA tournament debut at the Wells Fargo Center.
March 19, 2013 |
The 911 calls poured in. Giocondo "Joe" Navek, a disgruntled former Virtua medical resident, had fired several shots through the driver's-side window of Payman Houshmandpour's silver Audi as the victim pulled out of a parking spot at his Voorhees apartment complex in April. Houshmandpour, also a Virtua resident, died at the scene; Navek sped off in a Nissan. At the Camden County communications center in Lindenwold, a dispatcher gave the description of the suspect and the Nissan and the vehicle's direction to Voorhees police.
December 29, 2012 |
Santa Claus came early to Cynthia Recarte's Lindenwold home, stacking gifts for her little ones under the tree more than a week ago. Then, hours before Christmas Day, a Grinch stole the presents. But Santa came back to save the day. This time, the jolly one's team wore blue uniforms, not red. The sleighs were motorized, with sirens - no reindeer here. When the Recartes lost more than $10,000 in cash and gifts during the burglary, South Jersey police officers and Camden County dispatchers decided they couldn't let the family's 4-year-old twin girls and 2-year-old son wake up without presents under the tree.
December 27, 2012 |
Camden County's ability to accept 911 text messages this summer will lead the state with a technology advance that will better protect residents, officials said. "This is not a replacement to the ability to call. It's another option," said Freeholder Scot McCray. "I think it's going to help every community in Camden County. " Supporters say the text service would be useful to those with speech or hearing problems, or could prove crucial in circumstances - such as a burglary - where individuals are hiding and afraid to speak while seeking help.