March 11, 2015 |
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez noted last week that he and Dr. Salomon Melgen "celebrate holidays together, have been there for family weddings and funerals, and have given each other birthday, holiday, and wedding presents - just as friends do. " The Florida eye doctor has also spent about a million dollars on campaign donations and vacations for the New Jersey Democrat, who brought Melgen's multimillion-dollar Medicare billing dispute to the attention of...
March 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), whose profile has risen in the Senate and on the international stage, is expected to face criminal corruption charges. The charges, first reported by CNN on Friday, could come within weeks, several media outlets reported. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has signed off on the case, CNN said, citing sources briefed on the matter. Menendez said late Friday that he had "always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law," and that "every action" in his 23-year public career "has been based on pursuing the best policies" for New Jersey and the United States.
February 19, 2015 |
STEPMOTHER Margarita Garabito, accused of fatally beating her 10-year-old stepdaughter, took the stand in her own defense yesterday, telling a jury that the girl's father repeatedly beat the child. Her head lowered and speaking in Spanish with an interpreter at her side, Garabito, at times tearfully, said she did all she could to help the girl, Charlenni Ferreira. Garabito, 48, told the Common Pleas jury during questioning by her lawyer, J. Michael Farrell, that she didn't tell authorities about the abuse because she was afraid of her husband.
December 3, 2014 |
THE SEATTLE Mariners are on the verge of landing the righthanded slugger they were seeking for the middle of their batting order. Free agent slugger Nelson Cruz and Seattle are nearing agreement on a contract, two people with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press yesterday. The pair spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized and was still pending a physical. El Caribe , in the Dominican Republic, first reported the agreement, saying it was worth $57 million for 4 years.
September 20, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Darin Ruf lost his rookie status in 2013, but when he returned to his locker Wednesday after a two-hit night, he found a costume. It was dress-up night for the rookies, an annual hazing event he should have avoided. Ruf's space-rock outfit made him look like David Bowie in Labyrinth . That was fine. Ruf is just happy to see more playing time. His reward Thursday for starting two rallies Wednesday was another start at first base, this time as the cleanup hitter. He doubled and scored a run in a 7-3 loss to the Padres.
May 30, 2014 |
FORMER ST. JOHN'S forward Orlando Sanchez will work out with the Sixers tomorrow, his agent confirmed. The franchise has seven picks in the upcoming draft, set for June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Sixers have the third and the 10th overall picks, which were decided in last week's lottery, and they also have five second-round choices. Sanchez, a 6-9, 232-pound forward from Nagua, Dominican Republic, averaged 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds this past season, his lone season with the Red Storm.
April 25, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - The Phillies believe they have a long-term solution at third base, a revolving-door position filled mostly by players from outside their farm system since Scott Rolen ascended to baseball heaven - that's St. Louis, in case you've forgotten - in the middle of the 2002 season. What the Phillies don't know and won't know for a while is the name attached to that solution. Maybe it's Cody Asche. It's his job to lose, and some would argue he's doing a pretty good job of losing it. To be fair, he has a history of being a slow starter, and he deserves a lot more than three weeks to prove himself.
March 21, 2014 |
JUST WATCH HIM. Keep your eye on Ronald Roberts Jr. when St. Joseph's plays Connecticut tonight in the NCAA Tournament. He is a 6-8 senior, slight and springy, the closest thing the Hawks have to a center. Still, with an NBA vertical and a 7-foot wingspan, he's worth a look. Your jaw will drop when he blocks a shot with his elbow, as he did against Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday. You won't believe it when he rams in a tip-slam, his head hovering above the rim, as he did later in that game.
February 21, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph unwrapped the plastic that covered a red Nike chest protector and shin guards. While seated at his locker, he strapped the new equipment to his body, and approved. For Joseph, just being able to wear catcher's gear was gratifying. His future behind the plate was jeopardized last season because of persistent concussion symptoms. It limited him to 36 minor-league games. When asked how many career concussions he has endured, Joseph said, "Three, I think.