June 14, 2013
Fans of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 can't help but hear an echo of the novel's plot in the real-life drama playing out over the leak of information about massive U.S. government spying programs. The admitted whistle-blower, former National Security Agency contract worker Edward Snowden, apparently exposed the NSA's telephone and Internet data-gathering in an attempt to trigger a public debate about the extent to which our privacy has been compromised in the name of national security.
August 29, 2012 |
THE WORD on Michael Vick and his dinged ribs is this, after a day of practice at the NovaCare Complex: "Still sore," he said. "Feels a lot better," he said. "Just working through it," he said. There would appear to be little question now that he will be the Eagles' starting quarterback when the season opens on Sept. 9 at Cleveland. But there will be one addition to his equipment: a Kevlar flak jacket/vest kind of thing that is made from a different material and covers up more of his torso than the one he was wearing when he took that helmet to the ribs in the second exhibition game at New England.
June 2, 2012
For a few hours on the witness stand Thursday, former Houston Astros manager Phil Garner told one great Roger Clemens story after another. About Clemens working out in a flak jacket with 60 pounds of weights; Clemens yelling at himself; and Clemens pitching smarter. Testifying for the defense in Clemens' perjury trial, Garner, who managed Clemens from 2004 to 2006, enthralled the jury with tales about the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. "He continued to have great success, but for different reasons," Garner said.
October 11, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - LeSean McCoy spent most of last week watching his teammates prepare for the 49ers while he stood on the sideline, or in the training room nursing a fractured rib. But there he was last night, out on the field, fighting through the pain and helping his team win a game it absolutely, positively had to win. With the 4-1 Falcons coming to the Linc next Sunday, and a road battle against the Tennessee Titans right after that, a loss...
October 8, 2009 |
Donovan McNabb said yesterday that despite lingering pain from a fractured rib he will be ready to play Sunday against Tampa Bay at Lincoln Financial Field. "I'll be there," McNabb said. One place McNabb doesn't plan on being in is St. Louis. The Rams are for sale and one group submitting a bid includes conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh. In 2003, when Limbaugh worked on ESPN's NFL pregame show, he said that McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.
August 29, 2009 |
The robbery of the Upper Darby Pharmacy was quick and carried out by two armed men - one wearing a military-style bulletproof vest. Yesterday, Upper Darby police said one suspect in the Aug. 10 robbery had been arrested and they were looking for the second. The two, police said, also might be responsible for at least four similar robberies in Philadelphia and Delaware County since July. Theodore Jackson, 30, of the 5900 block of Agusta Street, Philadelphia, was arrested without incident Thursday evening at the Colwyn apartment of his girlfriend, said Michael J. Chitwood, superintendent of police.
September 16, 2006 |
So Meredith Vieira is giddy, and Katie Couric has taken to dressing like a nun. We notice these things because they're paid, exorbitantly, to be noticed. Couric and Vieira are being marketed like rock stars, which, in a medium surprisingly short of them, they are. Their debuts were reviewed like opening nights, as though they were one-shot deals, when the point is to build enduring audience loyalty. Their appearance and behavior are surgically dissected, too, demonstrating, yet again, that women are held to higher standards, and more criticism, than men. Some analysts see the moves as risky, when they are anything but. It seems obvious - expensive, but obvious - to hire morning television's largest personality to anchor the evening news, or shift one popular morning host to another program.
December 28, 2004 |
Shaquille O'Neal was banged up and sore, but still made his presence felt in a big way. O'Neal scored 31 points despite playing with a sore back and ribs, and Dwyane Wade added 27 as Miami set a franchise record with its 12th straight win, a 116-102 victory over visiting Atlanta last night. The Heat, playing for the first time since its much-hyped Christmas Day overtime win against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, eclipsed the team mark for consecutive wins set in 1997. Miami also set a franchise mark for home attendance with 20,291.
July 30, 2004
MICHELLE Malkin appears to be wearing a turtleneck in her column photo. Why isn't she wearing fatigues, flak jacket and a helmet? I don't know how old she is, but she looks fit enough to join the military - America's or the Philippines'. Mrs. Malkin, please spare us your lounge-chair lecturing and suit up! Blog us from Baghdad ! No sacrifice is too great, your family will be fine in your absence. You can go to Iraq, defend your parents' native country's honor AND "keep America safe"!
March 12, 2003 |
'YOU'RE NOT leaving this house without a jacket. " A flak jacket, that is. Safety-conscious rapper 50 Cent recently purchased a custom tailored child-size bulletproof vest for his 6-year-old son, Marquise. Why? So the kid is safe when he appears onstage at his Pop's shows this summer. As Tattle's Father of the Year award winner tells Rolling Stone magazine, "N-----s out there selling drugs is after what I got from rappin.' " Now, we don't have children, so maybe we really can't judge, but it seems to us that if 50 is really that concerned that Marquise will be shot at, he may want to, you know, not bring the kid onstage.