April 23, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Since the Phillies' lineup was matched up against lefthander Paul Maholm, who has seen righthanded hitters hit nearly 70 points higher than lefthanders in his career, it was hardly surprising that Cody Asche was out of last night's starting nine at Dodger Stadium. Asche also gave way to a pinch-hitter a day earlier in Denver, in another right-lefty matchup. And since Freddy Galvis returned from the disabled list 10 days earlier, Asche has been out of the lineup in four of the last 10 games.
April 23, 2014 |
Edwin B. Leaf tells seafaring tales in three dimensions. He's built more than 150 exquisitely detailed, historically accurate model ships - to scale, by hand - and has authored a book ( Ship Modeling From Scratch ) about how to do it. Not that technique is everything, mind you. "You don't build a model because it's a model. There has to be a story to the ship," says the retired Army lieutenant colonel, his manner congenial yet authoritative. The stories flow effortlessly: The iterations of the Battleship New Jersey; the sheer beauty of a "revenue cutter" called the HMS Speedy; and the Mikasa, a Japanese national symbol spared by U.S. bomber pilots during World War II. "If there isn't a story," Leaf says, "a model is just an object.
April 18, 2014 |
'THE SUMMERTIME is where you make money," 76ers coach Brett Brown said yesterday. He was alluding to the work he believes his many borderline-NBA players must put in if they want to continue a career either here or elsewhere. He could have been talking about general manager Sam Hinkie, though. Yesterday the players, coach and GM gathered for one last time before going their separate ways for the offseason, with the players and coaches also talking to the media. Despite a season that produced only 19 wins, the third fewest in team history, the genuine mood the first day after the end of the season was mostly of hope and excitement for next season.
April 12, 2014 |
Wow - that was fast. On Thursday, CBS announced that Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman on the Late Show. Letterman, the host since 1992, announced during his April 3 taping that he would step away in 2015. In the announcement, Colbert, who signed a five-year deal with CBS, praised Letterman and said, "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.
March 24, 2014 |
ONLY ABOUT once every 30 years does Philadelphia see the kind of winter just past, with 19 separate snowfalls and extreme temperature fluctuations. And that's why the city is on track to fill the most potholes in its history, city officials say. Readers may have noticed the "Crater Philly" graphic that ran in the Daily News for weeks, with many writing in to share their tumultuous tales of breaks in the blacktop, with their cars taking the beating. Typical is this plea from Stacey Scanlan: "Please urgently fix the potholes on City Ave. from just before [St. Joseph's]
March 20, 2014 |
THE Rolling Stones have called off their tour in Australia and New Zealand following the death of fashion designer L'Wren Scott , Mick Jagger 's longtime girlfriend. Scott was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide in a high-rise apartment building in NYC's upscale Chelsea neighborhood. "The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L'Wren Scott," the group said in a statement.
March 13, 2014 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - David Buchanan was one of the final players added to the Phillies' spring-training roster this winter. Two months later, the 24-year-old righthander is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, at least until lefthander Cole Hamels is healthy and strong enough to pitch again. Buchanan helped himself yesterday afternoon, blanking the Braves for three innings in the Phillies' 9-1 loss. Facing most of Atlanta's regular lineup - B.J. Upton was the only name missing - Buchanan limited Atlanta to a hit and a walk.
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.