May 17, 2013 |
When he wore that slouch hat and blue frock coat 150 years ago, Union Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade faced a crucial choice that could affect the outcome of the Civil War: Fight or flee? Across an open field at Gettysburg, the Confederate Army under its legendary commander, Robert E. Lee, was preparing a final all-out attack that would become known as Pickett's Charge. Meade stayed put and won the battle on July 3, 1863 - and now, his wool felt hat, with two bullet holes from earlier fighting at Fredericksburg, Va., and the coat with the major general's shoulder straps are part of an exhibit, "Treasures of the Civil War," at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
May 14, 2013
Clearing the Record In Monday's Sports section, the ERA of Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick was mistakenly reported as being lowered after Sunday's game. It was raised from 2.45 to 2.47.
May 12, 2013 |
BIRJAND, Iran - When many struggling families in this eastern Iranian city take stock of departing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's legacy, it's not about the oratory full of bluster and menace or his tussles with Iran's ruling clerics that are known to much of the world. What matters more here are the dusty rows of government-subsidized, two-story apartment buildings on the outskirts of the once-neglected outpost - testament to an effective populist outreach that has won the president millions of loyal backers in the provinces.
May 9, 2013 |
On Thursday, Charlie Manuel will pass Gene Mauch as the longest-serving manager in Phillies history, which is quite an accomplishment given the historically poor record the Phillies compiled until recent days. Manuel is not only the dean of Philadelphia team managers, but he is also unusual in that he has remained popular with a fan base known for its toughness and fickleness. The two managers were vastly different characters. Mauch was the baseball sharpie, honed in the Leo Durocher image of knock down your mother if it means winning a game.
April 15, 2013 |
MIAMI - The two longest-tenured players in the visiting clubhouse at Marlins Park toasted Roy Halladay with a magnum-sized champagne bottle that included a congratulatory inscription and photos of the pitcher, too. After Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley were through, the soft-spoken Halladay had a chance to talk but stayed in character. He smiled, thanked them and said he'd rather have a World Series than a celebration for his 200th career win. "The personal milestones are great," Halladay said on Sunday, when he threw eight sharp innings in a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
April 12, 2013 |
It's another week of slim pickings with new DVD releases. Howdy Kids: Saturday Afternoon Western Roundup, Grade B-plus : If you grew up in the 1950s, then this is a three-DVD set you have to own. It's a fun trip back to Saturdays when heroes - who rode horses, flew planes, and even got around in a jeep - ruled the television airwaves. There are 25 episodes of live-action programming originally designed to entertain children. Included are episodes of The Lone Ranger , The Range Rider , The Rifleman , The Adventures Of Rick O'Shay, Fury, The Roy Rogers Show, Annie Oakley, The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Adventures of Champion, The Cisco Kid, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, Sky King, Red Ryder, and Buffalo Bill Jr. Everyone will find a favorite, but two of the standouts are Sky King - whose hero battled bad guys using an airplane - and Sergeant Preston of the Yukon - whose companion was King, a dog billed as a husky but that was really an Alaskan malamute.
April 4, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Ender Inciarte said it was "like a dream come true" to make it to the big leagues on Opening Day. Less than 24 hours later, his dream came to an end, at least in Philadelphia. The Phils claimed fellow Venezuelan outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday afternoon. To make room for Carrera on the roster, Inciarte was designated for assignment. Why Carrera over Inciarte? The 22-year-old Inciarte has never played in a game above the Class A level.
March 29, 2013 |
Setup: Fitz Dixon buys the 76ers from Irv Kosloff for $8 million with the hope of bringing an NBA championship to Philadelphia. When told that superstar Julius Erving of the New York Nets might be available, Dixon, after being told who Julius Erving actually was, instructed general manager Pat Williams to get him. Dixon wrote a check for $3 million made out to the New York Nets and gave Erving $3 million in salary. The fans were thrilled, and an NBA championship . . . not so fast. FITZ EUGENE Dixon, despite spending his summers in his native Maine and winters in Florida, was a true Philadelphian.
March 20, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The first drill on the first day of Penn State's spring practice Monday was simple enough: Wide receivers took on a cornerback one-on-one. The quarterbacks threw. The entire team stood on the sideline watching. Three repetitions in, coach Bill O'Brien didn't like what he saw. So he blew his whistle and stormed across the field. His face turned red. His voice echoed through Holuba Hall, the Nittany Lions' 118,000-square-foot indoor practice facility. "I'm not taking that this year," O'Brien shouted.
March 18, 2013 |
I think it's about time to reassess my position on the 76ers and star-crossed center Andrew Bynum - no, not the trade itself, because I thought it was a good one in August, and I'm not going to turn on it, even though it has blown up in the Sixers' faces. But I have been pointing out the risk of exacerbating the problem. I've looked at what the Sixers gave up to acquire Bynum and said the only chance to recover is for them to risk re-signing him and hope his battered knees can give you 70 games and the playoffs for at least three seasons.