May 27, 2013 |
Mike Buxbaum took the final step in his last high school tennis match. One year after falling in the state final, the North Penn senior won the PIAA Class AAA singles championship in boys' tennis Saturday at the Hershey Racquet Club. Buxbaum defeated Pittsburgh Central Catholic's Adam Blasinsky, 6-0, 6-4. The West Chester Rustin doubles duo of seniors John Lim and Derek Sommers also won state gold in Class AAA, defeating Alok Nimgaonkar and Chris Grubbs of Shady Side Academy, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4. Buxbaum and Lim and Sommers had reached the finals with semifinal wins earlier Saturday - Buxbaum topping Peter Hazlett of Mount Lebanon, 6-1, 6-2, and the Rustin pair outlasting Fox Chapel's Sid Rajupet and Ben Short, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11)
May 27, 2013 |
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Wellington Zaza lifted himself from the long-jump pit and sprinted several strides back toward the start before dropping to the turf. He lay there face first, head tucked under his crossed arms, as one long jumper, then another, raced by on their final turns. This was the last act of Zaza's incredible weekend at the PIAA state track and field championships, and the emotions finally landed on the floor of Seth Grove Stadium. "It's over," Zaza said. "It was a hurtful moment.
May 26, 2013 |
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Returning to the scene a year later, Cait Mautz saw it philosophically. "Everyone has bad meets," she said. "Mine just happened to come at the state meet. " Of course, it helps to look back from the perspective of a newly minted state champion. Given a chance to atone for a poor performance here last spring, Mautz triumphed in the Class AAA javelin Friday on Day 1 of the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Seth Grove Stadium. The senior became the first Central Bucks West athlete to win a state title in a field event.
May 23, 2013
DEAR HARRY: I am 62, and I'm not financially able to retire. I don't have much saved, only about $23,000 in my IRA. I have been hearing a lot about investing in gold. Recently I attended a "seminar" given by a company that promoted gold ownership. One of the speakers predicted a damaging inflation before 2018. That would make gold king. He had a history of accurate investment predictions that looked impressive. That company said that it would invest in gold bullion for me for the IRA. The charge would be $250 for the first year, followed by a $150 annual custodial-and-management fee. Is it OK to roll over my IRA into gold this way?
May 10, 2013
A 72-foot-long Swedish sailboat capsized Thursday in San Francisco Bay while practicing for this summer's America's Cup races, leaving one sailor dead and another injured, authorities said. Artemis Racing said Andrew "Bart" Simpson , 36, of Britain died after the capsized boat's platform trapped him underwater for about 10 minutes. Simpson was the team's strategist and had won two Olympic gold medals. SOCCER: The job of coaching Manchester United has gone to David Moyes , 50, a former professional player who will have to step into the shoes of Alex Ferguson , 71. Man U awarded Moyes a six-year contract.
April 29, 2013 |
TIÉBÉLÉ, Burkina Faso - On the rocky ground outside the Kollo mining village near the border between Burkina Faso and Ghana, about 100 people are working, 30 or so of them children. They smash boulders into pebbles and pebbles into grit with primitive hammers and sticks. They haul buckets of well water up the hillside and, pouring this water into shallow pans filled with rock and dirt, they swirl the muddy mix, looking in the silt for tiny flecks of gold. Nearby, a small hill rises from this barren gold field, and atop this hill are hand-dug shafts that plunge 150 feet into the ground.
April 22, 2013 |
There's gold in them thar hills! And rubies, sapphires, platinum, and silver. Who could resist that siren call? Not Philly guy Americo DiSantis. "It was a chance to change my family's life," says the 31-year-old father of two, who works for AmeriDrill in Levittown. "How could you not do that?" Actually, a few reasons spring to mind. First of all, them thar weren't hills. They were rugged, forbidding mountains. In Greenland. With one of the most inhospitable and treacherous climates on the planet.
April 12, 2013 |
THE FOOD in front of Shawn O'Hanlon looks like slop suited solely for a pig trough: leftover cheeseburgers, peas, bologna sandwiches and other bits stewing in the sunshine on concrete outside the old Holmesburg Prison. But to Laura Cassidy, it's liquid gold. "We have drive-bys every day, people asking: 'When's it going to be ready?' " Cassidy brags. O'Hanlon, an inmate laborer, pushes his shovel under the food and mixes it with wood chips before hurling it into a concrete bay, where it will decompose for a month or so into compost.
April 1, 2013 |
BEIJING - A massive landslide engulfed a gold mining area in mountainous Tibet, burying 83 workers believed to have been asleep Friday morning, Chinese state media said. About 2.6 million cubic yards of mud, rock, and debris swept through the area as the workers were resting and covered an area about 1.5 square miles, China Central Television said. The official Xinhua news agency said the workers in Lhasa's Maizhokunggar county worked for a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group Corp., a state-owned enterprise and the country's largest gold producer.
March 31, 2013 |
It's no joke: The Phillies are opening on April 1 this year. It will be the third time the season starts on April Fools' Day, and since that history is mostly recent, it's actually pretty good. Plus, because it's April 1, you certainly can prank the ones you love. First some history, then some foolishness to try at home: April 1, 2011, Phillies' home opener vs. Astros It was the baseball gods playing a prank. It had to be. The Phillies came into 2011 with great promise: The team, two years removed from a World Series win, shockingly reacquired Cliff Lee as a free agent in the offseason.