March 4, 2014 |
The getaway car carrying Amber Long's killers sped from the crime scene up Front Street, careening onto Laurel, past vacant lots and shuttered warehouses in Northern Liberties. Behind them, on a desolate patch of sidewalk, Stephanie Long tried to revive her dying daughter, shot once in the chest during a botched purse snatching. Police were en route, but surveillance video from that January night shows the dark Chevy Impala already long gone - a left on Frankford, another on Girard, still another on 12th, where Stephanie Long's cellphone was found near a dark side street off Girard.
February 26, 2014 |
TRENTON The Christie administration official overseeing distribution of $3 billion in federal Sandy aid testified Monday that "lawyers are engaged" to sort out the firing of a $68 million contractor, which he said occurred after the state tried to resolve complaints from Sandy victims. But Richard E. Constable, commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, insisted that hiring Hammerman & Gainer Inc. (HGI), the Louisiana-based firm that ran housing recovery centers to distribute $700 million in rebuilding money, was "the right thing to do. " "We obviously became aware of concerns that many members of the public had," said Constable, during two hours of testimony before the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee.
February 25, 2014 |
JADEVEON CLOWNEY, the talented defensive end from South Carolina, is projected to be the top pick in the NFL draft. That would be a mistake, according to Dee Ford, who played the same position at Auburn last season. "I'm better," Ford told SiriusXM radio yesterday. "Let's put it like this. People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes. " That may be so, but Clowney is 6-5, 266-pounds and listed No. 1 overall by Scouts Inc. Ford is 6-2, 240 and projected at No. 37. "You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller.
February 23, 2014 |
A SPATE OF shootings in North Philly this week ended with arrests of nine people Thursday night. The trouble began about 1:05 a.m. Wednesday, when a 23-year-old man was wounded in the left leg and buttocks on Park Avenue near Somerset Street, said Capt. Michael Cram, commander of the 26th District. The injured man refused to cooperate with police, but was taken to a hospital, treated and released. Investigators found numerous shell casings at Park Avenue and Rush Street. About 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, police were called back to the same stretch of Park Avenue for a report of gunfire, and found 26 fired cartridge casings from 9mm handguns on the street.
February 2, 2014 |
Neutral Milk Hotel has hit upon a winning career strategy. Make a great, heartbreakingly beautiful, ultimately unknowable album - in this case, 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea . Go away for a while - for as long as 15 years, if necessary. Give the people a little time to ponder your compellingly mysterious music, and for a new generation to discover its rare virtues via this thing called the Internet, which had barely gotten rolling when you put down your guitar. Then step back onstage with talent intact - and behold the cult audience that has grown up with your music and is so eager to see their musical heroes in the flesh that your shows this week at the Tower Theater and Union Transfer were immediate sellouts.
January 28, 2014 |
JON MICHAEL O'CONNOR is Father Judge all the way down to his tube socks. After the Crusaders sacked Archbishop Ryan, 56-45, yesterday, the 6-1 senior guard stood shoeless in the locker room clad in Columbia Blue from head to toe. Hell, it's even in his genes. Interestingly, however, he came very close to wearing Raider red. "I was actually going to come here," O'Connor said inside the visitors' locker room at Ryan. "I had all my paperwork ready, but at the last second my family and I decided to come to Judge.
January 17, 2014 |
* THE FOLLOWING. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29. Moves back to 9 p.m. Mondays on Jan. 27. PASADENA, Calif. - There were some things about the first season of "The Following" that even creator Kevin Williamson didn't see coming. How inept its cult of serial killers would sometimes make the FBI look. How distracting a kid in jeopardy could be. How tricky it is wrapping a thriller around commercial breaks. As the drama about former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Philadelphia's Kevin Bacon)
January 8, 2014 |
With Penn State's search for a new head coach cloaked in secrecy, its football program nevertheless made news on Monday with the resignation of eight assistant coaches and staff members who are headed for Houston to work for new Texans head coach Bill O'Brien. A Penn State spokesman said letters of resignation were received, effective Monday, from defensive coordinator John Butler, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London and safeties coach Anthony Midget.
January 5, 2014 |
In Center City, blowing snow and 18-degree temperatures didn't stop 70 devoted Eagles fans from picking their way across frozen sidewalks to cheer at a midday pep rally. In Camden County, officials pleaded with drivers to stay off dangerously icy roads, as schools closed across New Jersey. In the Pennsylvania suburbs, commerce would not be stopped by harsh weather - the Plymouth Meeting, Willow Grove Park, Exton Square and Springfield malls all managed to open by about noon Friday.
January 3, 2014 |
IT WAS A GOOD New Year's eve and day for sons of a pair of sports greats. Jerry Rice Jr., a fifth-year senior receiver at UNLV and son of, who else but Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, caught his first career touchdown pass yesterday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. And Ken "Trey" Griffey III, a freshman receiver for Arizona and son of probable first-ballot Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., was on the receiving end of his first two collegiate TD catches in something called the Advocare V100 Bowl on Tuesday.