April 7, 2016 |
A failure to follow one or more safety rules designed to protect rail workers likely played a role in the Amtrak crash that killed two men Sunday, sources with knowledge of the crash said. The National Transportation Safety Board has said the communication between dispatchers and the work crew on the track will be one of the factors examined in the investigation. On Tuesday, several sources said a possible focus was on the failure to properly secure the permission that work crews need to safely access tracks.
March 30, 2016
By Peter Binzen This is a war story - actually an after-the-war story. I was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, the so-called "ski troops" of World War II. It's true that we trained on skis in Colorado before shipping overseas. But once we entered combat against the Germans in Italy's Apennines, skis were forgotten. We were ordinary foot soldiers. The 10th entered the fray in January 1945. The Apennines were white with snow and the fighting was static.
March 26, 2016 |
Imagine for a moment that Babe Ruth hit his 714 home runs, compiled his 2.28 career ERA, and won his seven World Series titles and then went on to became the best manager in baseball history. That, essentially, is what Cael Sanderson is in the process of doing in the world of college wrestling. You can have an argument about who is the greatest college wrestler of all time, but you can't have it without including Sanderson. Your odds of winning by backing somewhere else are slim.
March 25, 2016 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - This is Ryan Arcidiacono's team. Villanova coach Jay Wright has said as much, many times. So have his teammates, to a man. And it's been his team for a while. Thursday night, "Arch" played like someone who didn't want this to be his last college game. The way the Wildcats followed his lead, maybe the next one won't be his last, either. In their first Sweet 16 game in seven years, he came out and set the tone. The first eight minutes belonged to him. And to Villanova, even after top scorer Josh Hart took a seat on the bench with two fouls.
March 16, 2016 |
Cousin Danny's Exotic Haven, a West Philadelphia strip club, has closed in the wake of a report in the Inquirer and Daily News detailing violence in the area of the club. The Department of Licenses and Inspections issued several violations after an inspector tried unsuccessfully to meet with the club's owner over the last two weeks, L&I spokeswoman Karen Guss said. The March 4 story reported that eight people have been killed since 2009 within two blocks of the club, in the 300 block of South 52nd Street.
March 12, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first two starts for Aaron Nola this spring have been a search for consistency. What must the 22-year-old righthander improve upon? "Pretty much everything," Nola said Thursday after a 6-6 Phillies tie with Detroit. "Throwing all three of my pitches for quality strikes when I need to. The biggest thing is getting ahead of most guys. That's what I want to be better at than I was today and my last outing. " Nola needed 65 pitches to complete just 22/3 innings.
March 11, 2016 |
NEW YORK - So, just how much will Jay Wright miss Ryan Arcidiacono, whose Villanova career is now down to somewhere between two and eight games? "I have to stop myself from thinking about it, I really do," Wright conceded Thursday afternoon while standing outside the New York Knicks' locker room at Madison Square Garden after his Wildcats had beaten Georgetown for the second time in six days, this time by 14, in a Big East quarterfinal. "But lately I've found myself thinking about it more than ever.
March 9, 2016
ISSUE | CATHOLIC CHURCH Tough to follow Just when you think it's possible that the Catholic Church may have cleaned up its act, another vile story of the systemic cover up of child sexual abuse is revealed - this time in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese ("Bishop vows change after abuse report," Friday). This is another nail in the coffin of whatever is left of the church's moral capital and credibility. While not relinquishing my faith, I haven't attended church in years. I find it difficult to understand the "Catholics in the pews" who blindly accept the church's regressive stance on the ordination of women, married priests, homosexuality, contraception, and other issues.
February 22, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When the new-look Phillies debut in six weeks at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark, it is possible that two players in the starting lineup will make $33.5 million while the other seven account for a total of $6.5 million. The team's payroll could dip below $100 million for the first time since 2006. That is by design. "Sometimes where we spend our money is pretty public, in the case of a major-league player contract," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said.
January 19, 2016 |
The Eagles appeared to value Doug Pederson's connection to Andy Reid when they picked him to be the next head coach, but it does not sound as if Pederson will bring any of Reid's assistants from Kansas City to Philadelphia. That could be a factor at offensive coordinator, where Pederson's background with Brad Childress, the Chiefs' spread game analyst/special projects coach, led to speculation that he could be a possibility. Childress was Pederson's quarterbacks coach in 1999 and is a former Eagles offensive coordinator and Minnesota Vikings head coach.