April 24, 2015
AMONG THE MANY things lost on the Harrisburg General Assembly - a strong work ethic, for example - count irony among the biggest. Case in point: As a lawsuit makes its way through the courts that claims the state fails to uphold its constitutional obligation to educate children adequately because of an "irrational funding policy," one lawmaker, Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R.-Lancaster, wants to give the state's failing schools a few years to turn around;...
March 26, 2015 |
Most car accidents involving teenage drivers are caused by distractions such as phones, passengers, and personal grooming, according to a study released Wednesday. Using video cameras installed in teens' cars, researchers concluded that 58 percent of the crashes they studied were caused by distracted drivers. That is much higher than official estimates of 14 percent based on police reports. The new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examined 1,691 moderate to severe crashes (none fatal)
February 20, 2015 |
BEFORE THE Sixers were turned on their ear yesterday with the trades of Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels, the players went through a workout in preparation for the final 29 games of the season. Despite all the guarded anticipation of the trade deadline, coach Brett Brown was pleased with the way his team shoved all distracting thoughts off to the side. "They just had as good a practice as they've had all year," said Brown. "They are together. Everybody understands the awkwardness of today.
December 4, 2014 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Embarrassed and angry after being forced to sit out as a healthy scratch for the first time at any level of hockey, Vinny Lecavalier did his best to bite his tongue yesterday. Lecavalier, 34, is only a quarter of the way through the second season of a seemingly interminable 5-year deal. Asked if he agreed with coach Craig Berube's decision, Lecavalier said: "I'm not going to start arguing. It's his decision. " It's no secret the Flyers tried to move Lecavalier last summer.
July 14, 2014 |
SOMEONE IN Southwest Philly needs to start snitching. Because someone knows how the Gesner Street fire started in the wee hours of July 5, destroying eight homes, taking the lives of four tots and injuring the mother who tried to save them. Neighbors have said they heard fireworks going off just before the inferno erupted. Its heat melted siding off homes across the street. But none of the residents I spoke with would even speculate about who might have caused the fire. "Whoever did it, it was an accident," said a neighbor.
June 21, 2014 |
The Eagles used to hand out T-shirts to their players that had a message for the next season. Two years ago there was the "It's Time" shirt that wound up having more to do with the end of Andy Reid's tenure than it did with finally winning a title. Chip Kelly ended that ritual, but if he was to have shirts emblazoned with a unifying message in the post-DeSean Jackson era, it probably would have the word "Drama" in a red circle and under a slash. The Kelly Eagles in Year 2 are devoid of divalike receivers, controversial quarterbacks, contract holdouts, and the sort of off-the-field drama that seemed to plague the Reid Eagles after their 2005 Super Bowl appearance.
April 21, 2014 |
Penn State has a problem. I'm sorry to tell you that it involves football. Also, an alleged sexual assault. After a Florida State University freshman reported she had been raped in December 2012, the prime suspect was identified as star quarterback Jameis Winston, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy and lead the Seminoles to a national championship. Winston was never charged. The police claim it was due to lack of evidence, though there was plenty, including DNA, witnesses, and a secretly recorded video of a portion of the incident.
February 15, 2014 |
Is there a more terrifying line than Mark Antony's in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar : "Cry, 'Havoc!' And let slip the dogs of war"? This powerful play is about self-deluded warrior-politicians; it is filled with conspiracy, ambition, corruption, betrayal, and tyranny. And if the leaders are vicious, the public, easily manipulated, is worse. The Lantern Theatre production, under the direction of Charles McMahon, is both intriguing and frustrating. Julius Caesar is a play for all times, as Shakespeare's plays always turn out to be, whether the setting is ancient Rome or the forest of Arden.
January 5, 2014 |
METAIRIE, La. - New Orleans Saints five-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans is awfully proud of his Philadelphia roots and over the years he hasn't hidden his affinity for the area's sports teams from his teammates. This week, the pro-Philadelphia talk has stopped since Evans and his Saints teammates will be visiting Lincoln Financial Field for Saturday's wild-card game. A proud alumnus of Frankford High, Evans used to get ribbed much more about his passion for Philadelphia. But this is his eighth season, so the novelty of teasing the 6-foot-4, 318-pounder has long passed.
November 14, 2013 |
A year after it seemed all but certain that his career with the Eagles was over, Michael Vick faces an uncertain future in which the only likely scenario is that he will be playing for another team next year. He is injured, Nick Foles is playing well and winning, and there are only six games remaining in the one-year contract Vick signed in the offseason. During an interview with The Inquirer, Vick said he did not know if he was still the Eagles' No. 1 quarterback. But sources close to the 33-year old have said that even when Vick returns, they expect Foles to remain the starter.