October 16, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Great success brings great expectations. Villanova is now getting all of that in October and March. The last two Octobers have been right on. The last two Marches have been way off. The Wildcats were once again the unanimous pick to win the Big East by the coaches. They were 33-3 last season. This team has two returning starters (Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu), Josh Hart, the conference sixth man of the year who doubled as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Jaylen Brunson, the preseason rookie of the year and enough talent to go eight deep.
October 9, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Braydon Coburn got his turn last night to stand and gaze toward the rafters of Amalie Arena as a black curtain was lifted and a banner was revealed. A little less than 24 hours earlier, his friend and former teammate, Kimmo Timonen, who is now retired, was at United Center in Chicago as the same thing happened. For Coburn and the Tampa Bay Lightning, the banner read "Eastern Conference Champions," a feat Lightning coach Jon Cooper said was much more of an accomplishment than a disappointment.
July 28, 2015 |
AS EAGLES fans count down the months, weeks and now days until the Aug. 2 start of training camp, they are eager to know exactly what to make of Chip Kelly's turbulent, transformative offseason. No one has sensed this eagerness more acutely than your intrepid beat writer, who almost daily has fielded questions - walking into the dry cleaner, buying mulch at the hardware store or sitting on the exam table at the doctor's office. ("Turn your head, cough, and explain the LeSean McCoy trade, please.
June 20, 2015 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) Cupid arrives with summer. You will meet quite a few tantalizing people provided you decide to go out and about. The possibilities are endless. Be joyous and pursue what you love. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (****) The bull might decide to take a slow few days alone. It appears others like the same spot. You share well. You might notice as you sniff the flowers that there is someone who arouses a great deal of interest. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) (*****)
November 1, 2014 |
It cannot be a simple task, adapting Charles Dickens' Great Expectations for the stage, but playwright Gale Childs Daly gave it a go. A few nips and tucks later, the Arden Theatre Company's new production brings bright, young Pip, dismal Miss Havisham, and her ice-cold adopted daughter Estella (along with more than 30 others) to life with a six-person cast and minimal props. However, those reasonable cuts - even Dickens purists might not miss the excised personages and events - don't result in an entirely taut show.
October 15, 2014 |
Targa Resources Corp. is buying two oil-and-gas pipeline companies controlled by Philadelphia's Cohen family for $5.9 billion, creating a substantial energy transportation and storage firm. Targa announced Monday that it had agreed to buy Atlas Pipeline Partners L.P. and the "midstream" assets of Atlas Energy L.P. for a combination of cash and partnership units. With the acquisition, Targa, owner of a Gulf Coast plant to export natural-gas liquids including propane and ethane, would expand its operations in the Permian Basin oil field and gain footholds in shale regions in Texas and Oklahoma, where Atlas has a strong presence.
September 26, 2014
I DID NOT have a Dickensian childhood. I had more than enough to eat, unlike orphaned Oliver Twist. I had the love and attention that was denied to poor little David Copperfield. I was not forced to scavenge in graveyards, like Pip from Great Expectations . All in all, it was much more Brady Bunch than Bleak House . But there were moments when one of the parental units - usually dad - would explain to my butt those things that my mind was unwilling or unable to process. This is a roundabout way of saying that I sometimes got slapped on my roundabout.
September 14, 2014 |
THEATER season has kicked off, as always, with the Fringe Festival, now in its 18th year. Between now and the holidays, the region will see a slate of performances ranging from Broadway-blockbusters like "Newsies" to dramas like Arden Theatre's take on "Great Expectations" to one-person presentations on a dizzying array of topics - including a cheeky zoology lesson by Isabella Rossellini. If you blink you'll miss what figures to be the most talked-about one-night stand on the schedule - the musical horror story "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett.