March 12, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Six days ago, the Phillies were pinning their hopes of being a surprise, sleeper team on the left arm of a man who hadn't thrown in a game since July. After suffering a setback, there's a decent chance Cliff Lee won't pitch at all in 2015. So now the Phillies are hoping a guy who is coming off two surgeries and has logged all of 12 major league innings since 2012 can fill in for Lee. And the one pitcher in camp who is older and who has pitched in more games than Lee. And the International Man of Mystery, too, for good measure.
February 23, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Eric Kendricks has a tiny scar on his left cheek. He can't specifically remember the flying object that caused the gash that left the scar. But he definitely knows who was responsible. His older brother Mychal. "I think it was a rock," he said. "It definitely was something that was thrown. " The Kendricks brothers were born 17 months apart and spent a good portion of their childhood and adolescence doing what brothers close in age do - fighting and competing and destroying pretty much everything in their path.
February 9, 2015 |
Troy Shorts could have sat behind a podium, smiled for the cellphone cameras, and put pen to paper like many top South Jersey football players did on Wednesday as part of national signing day. He could have accepted a scholarship from Central Connecticut, an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Northeast Conference with Sacred Heart, Wagner, and Bryant, among others. He could have been part of the celebratory scene on Wednesday - the attention in school, the posing for pictures, the swirl of excitement and congratulations.
February 5, 2015 |
Mark Maccarone has many memories of coaching Ronnie James. His most vivid comes from his freshman season. "We put him on the field in his first game and, you know what?" the Glassboro High School football coach said. "He was so good that he never came off it until his career was over. " By Maccarone's estimation, James, a 6-foot, 180-pound safety bound for Rutgers, played in every quarter of every one of the 45 games that made up his high school career. During that time, James, named to The Inquirer's all-South Jersey second team as a defensive back, split time at safety and running back.
February 4, 2015 |
IN THE 1970s true-life thriller All the President's Men , journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein had one basic rule for covering politics: "Follow the money. " But if the Watergate-reporting sleuths were on the trail of the 2015 Philadelphia mayor's race, they might be asking: "Where the hell did all the money go?" With yesterday's deadline for filing 2014 year-end campaign-finance reports, the major Democratic candidates laid their financial cards on the table for the first time, and no one had a royal flush.
February 1, 2015 |
In the moments before Deja Brown hit the biggest shot of her life, most didn't even realize she was on the court. And of those who did, many likely wondered why. Two years ago, Brown could have passed for a middle-schooler. Her Rancocas Valley girls' basketball teammates didn't help the matter: Lauren Moses was a 6-foot-2 wrecking ball. Dominque Ward was a 5-11 guard who could dunk a basketball. Brown was a slight, 5-6 sophomore in a baggy uniform who most outside of Westampton had never heard of. "It feels like a long time ago," Brown said.
January 27, 2015 |
The Rev. Mark Tyler awoke before dawn Tuesday, invigorated by the giant protest that had shut down Center City the previous day - and ready to confront the question on everyone's mind: What's next? Through weeks of planning, he and other organizers promised the Martin Luther King's Birthday march would be just the start, the public launch of a new movement to bring concrete change to Philadelphia. But protest can be a limited tactic, and even the best-led social movements can fizzle.
January 22, 2015
NEW GOV. Wolf has made increasing state aid to public education one of his priorities, but to do anything about it now would be putting the cart before the horse. Before the debate begins in Harrisburg over how much to give the public schools, a decision should be made on the formula by which the money is handed out. A special commission is looking into the matter and its recommendations are due in June. One thing everyone agrees on is that the current method is out-of-date and unfair.
January 11, 2015 |
Collingswood's Tyree Mann-Barnes hasn't had the best of luck playing one-on-one with his older brother Tyrone, a record that mirrors the Washington Generals' log against the Harlem Globetrotters. Yet the Collingswood senior has enjoyed much greater success against high school competition, and a lot of that can be attributed to the tutoring from his older brother. A senior guard, Tyree is averaging 13.6 points for a Collingswood team that has won six in a row since a close opening-night loss to Haddonfield.
January 10, 2015 |
The day began with a robbery, and ended with a multicounty chase. The Medford News Shop on Stokes Road was the starting point. A man wearing a heavy brown coat and black pants barged into the Medford store around 9:05 a.m. Thursday, showing a handgun and demanding money. Once he had driven off, township police notified other agencies about his gold pickup. A few hours later, according to several people involved in the investigation, the suspect was found in Camden. Then came a pursuit that carved through Camden and Burlington Counties, and brought out multiple agencies - and a state police helicopter - before it ended around 1:30 p.m. in Wharton State Forest, where the suspect was caught after bailing from his vehicle, police said.