January 3, 2016
NEW YORK Afghan bombing victim laid to rest A Long Island man who was among six U.S. service members killed when their patrol was attacked outside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan was laid to rest Saturday. The remains of Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa, 31, had been returned Thursday in a ceremony at the F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard base in Westhampton Beach. Bagpipers led Saturday's the procession at New Beginnings Christian Center in Coram, N.Y., reported WABC-TV, which also said members of the New York City Police Department and Patriot Guard Riders saluted as the hearse bearing Bonacasa arrived.
January 2, 2016 |
With a spectacular display of fireworks bursting over the Camden waterfront, the Battleship New Jersey ushered in another year with glory deserving of the world's most decorated warship. Each year, an average of 2,000 visitors hit the deck on New Year's Eve to tour the ship and catch the fireworks displays at 6 p.m. and midnight. Dozens of spectators turn the night into a historical adventure, eating dinner and breakfast on the chow line and sleeping in bunks as sailors did from World War II through the ship's final mission in 1989 in the Persian Gulf.
January 1, 2016
DOYLESTOWN Bucks County authorities know the implications of impaired driving well: Between 2013 and 2014, officers have handled dozens of drunk-driving crashes that ended in 23 deaths. So this year, in an effort to prevent impaired-driving incidents on New Year's Eve, local and state police are boosting patrols in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, especially along the Route 611 and Route 309 corridors. From 10 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday, officers from 11 municipal police departments - nine in Bucks County and two in Montgomery County - will employ additional officers on the roads to spot signs of unsafe driving, the Bucks County District Attorney's office announced Wednesday.
December 30, 2015 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The 76ers took some criticism for releasing Tony Wroten on Christmas Eve. However, that wasn't their intent. They decided to cut the backup point guard in order to create a roster spot to complete the trade for Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans. They just never intended for it to happen Thursday. The Sixers wanted to make the trade on Saturday, the day after Christmas. However, the Pelicans pushed to make it happen on Thursday. As a result, Wroten received the bad news Thursday while the Sixers were on the trade call with the Pelicans.
December 26, 2015 |
Even though you're still unwrapping presents this morning, there's a question that always looms around this time: What are you doing New Year's Eve? Here are several options if you don't have your party nailed down (all prices per person). Wanna dance? Local hipster dance fiends live for every wild, electro-hop party thrown by Making Time throughout the year, yet nothing compares to the frenzied fun of that DJ collective's annual Dec. 31 jam. Union Transfer's two floors and multiple rooms make it easier for the planners to weave musical magic.
December 21, 2015 |
Last week, just days after signing a lifetime deal with Nike that figures to earn him more than a half-billion dollars, LeBron James tweeted a recipe for kale cake to his 25 million followers. Where to begin? Whatever their implications for the future of sports - not to mention humanity - the details in that sentence, coming to light so close to the holidays, got me thinking about a somewhat more obscure professional athlete and a favorite Christmas sports memory. In this Age of Irony, Christmas remains the last bastion of earnestness, the only day when sentimentality is not just permitted but demanded.
November 18, 2015 |
I can still remember the day my daughter, Eve, promised to take me to Paris. I was sitting at the kitchen counter, and she was telling me of her dreams. It's something she's always done because, from the time she could talk, Eve has been a dreamer, and I have been her kindred spirit. Eve's dreams are painstakingly specific: a pink Infiniti convertible; male and female shih tzus; shopping sprees funded by her job as a lawyer; a corner office with a view. However, this dream of Paris is different from the rest.
November 11, 2015
I have learned a critical piece of fatherly information through my various clandestine sources and underground networks. This is not the usual scuttlebutt about my kids getting home 3 1/2 minutes late from school. Nor is it the average news I gather through routine spying. This is more than finding an ugly text message, or learning that my children viewed a forbidden movie on Netflix. This is big news, dear reader; news I've been preparing for since the day my daughter was born.
November 4, 2015 |
I AM A BAD Philadelphian. I just started reading A Prayer for the City , a book I was repeatedly told was pretty much required reading when I moved here three years ago. The book by author Buzz Bissinger is about Mayor Ed Rendell's first term. It's 400-plus pages, but I barely got through the prologue before a quote from Rendell stopped me cold: "Gratuitous, senseless, f---ing violence," Rendell roared in response to violence that was bringing down the city. What a brutally familiar ring that has, on another mayoral Election Day and in the wake of an especially violent weekend in which 14 people were shot, one of them a 16-year-old who later died.
October 23, 2015 |
Two former foes did big favors Wednesday for Hillary Rodham Clinton. First, Vice President Biden got out of her way in the Democratic presidential contest, announcing from the White House that he would not run for the nomination. Then, writer David Brock, once a member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy" that hounded the Clintons and now head of a pro-Clinton super PAC, argued in a Philadelphia speech that the House Select Committee on Benghazi should be disbanded. "There's no reason to keep this farce going," Brock said to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.