May 23, 2014 |
THREE YEARS AGO, workers who were part of a painting crew on the double-decker Girard Point Bridge, which carries I-95 across the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, allegedly disrupted the peregrine falcons nesting there so much so that the birds flew away, abandoning their nest. The birds, which are on the state's endangered-species list, left behind an egg that failed to hatch. According to a federal indictment unsealed yesterday, it was on June 4, 2011, when two workers - Mikhail Zubialevich, 41, of Princeton, N.J., a/k/a "Russian Mike," and Walter Eduardo Morgan Gomez, an illegal immigrant - were directed to carry tools and equipment along a catwalk underneath the bridge deck, and to grind and sand in an area that was supposed to be restricted to protect the birds.
May 22, 2014 |
GRETA GREENBERGER exited the elevator on the 15th floor of the City Hall tower yesterday with announced anticipation. Greenberger, City Hall's tour-guide director, was there to see some special tenants that she has affectionately nicknamed her "grandbabies. " Unlike most, Greenberger's "descendants" eat pigeons instead of hot dogs - they are peregrine falcons. She visited them in the tower yesterday to witness the banding of four nestlings that were born about 30 days ago. "This is so exciting, I can't believe that I get to see this!"
March 20, 2014 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - There were dropped passes and mishandled loose balls. A couple of balls didn't bounce the way of the Phil-Mont Christian girls' basketball team, and a few hit off the hands of Falcons players. Things didn't often go the way Phil-Mont would have wanted Tuesday night at Freedom High, and the Falcons lost, 43-31, to Old Forge in the PIAA Class A state semifinals. But the journey the Falcons took before the loss was remarkable - one that made program history.
March 3, 2014 |
Jana Goodman knows that 10 seconds is long enough for a team to go down the court and shoot a three-pointer. With her Phil-Mont Christian girls' basketball team up by three points in the waning moments of the District 1 Class A final Saturday, Goodman couldn't let the Falcons' opponent, Jenkintown, tie the score. As the Drakes rushed the ball up the floor, hoping to take the game to overtime, the 6-foot-1 Phil-Mont senior baited the Jenkintown player before collapsing in the passing lane and stealing the ball.
January 6, 2014 |
Lauren Mosher used the word "rattled" to describe how her Central Bucks South girls' basketball team made its opponent, Pennsbury, feel over 32 minutes. The senior forward couldn't have explained it any better, as the Falcons never truly looked comfortable Saturday afternoon, falling at South, 54-35. The Titans' press - which started as a diamond but changed in the second half to further frustrate the Falcons - did the most damage in the Suburban One League interconference game. "I think our intensity was up, so we just really pressured the ball and made sure we got those traps on the wings to help with the other girls," South sophomore guard Jordan Vitelli said.
November 8, 2013 |
The hair was not supposed to make a statement - at first, anyway. "It started basically because I didn't like doing my hair in the morning," Carin Arline said with a laugh, describing her somewhat retro Afro hairdo that is two-tone and spans about two feet in length and width. It has become something of a trademark. "People will yell, 'Get the girl with the hair,' " said Arline, a senior striker for the Burlington Township girls' soccer team who also has added neon cleats to her game-day wardrobe.
October 22, 2013
The Eagles lost their ninth straight game at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Their last home victory was against the Giants, 19-14, on Sept. 30 of last year. The Eagles host the Giants on Sunday. Here is a look at their nine straight losses: This Season Sunday Cowboys 17, Eagles 3 Sept. 19 Chiefs 26, Eagles 16 Sept. 15 Chargers 33, Eagles 30 Last Season Dec. 23 Redskins 27, Eagles 20 Dec. 13 Bengals 34, Eagles 13 Nov. 26 Panthers 30, Eagles 22 Nov. 11 Cowboys 38, Eagles 23 Oct. 28 Falcons 30, Eagles 17 Oct. 14 Lions 26, Eagles 23, OT
October 11, 2013 |
IN MOST LEAGUES, there are enough wide receivers on the waiver wire to fill out lineups running low because of poor play or to cover those that are on bye. But the problems Julio Jones owners face can not be covered with a simple drop/add. When Mama Pajama rolled out of bed Tuesday, she found Julio down by the trainer's room. The news has been grim, and the panic high, ever since. Jones is out for the rest of the season with a broken right foot. "You know, when it rains, it pours," Falcons owner Arthur Blank told USA Today . "In this case, we're having a monsoon right now in Atlanta.
July 27, 2013 |
Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday. Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said the deal was being finalized as the Penn Charter product led the offense through practice on the first day of training camp. A source said Ryan's extension is worth $103.75 million, with $59 million guaranteed. Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first three years of the extension. The 28-year-old Ryan, the NFL's No. 3 overall draft pick of 2008, is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary.
July 26, 2013 |
PRO BOWL quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a 5-year contract extension. Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said the deal was being finalized as Ryan led the offense through practice yesterday on the first day of training camp. A source familiar with the situation said Ryan's extension is for $103.75 million deal, with $59 million guaranteed. The source said Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first 3 years of the extension. "I've always not worried about the business side of it," Ryan said at a news conference last night.