March 6, 2013
PERSONALLY, I'M GLAD that at least a couple of Philly state lawmakers appear to focus on goals higher and nobler than usually seen in your Legislature. Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans, for example, is out to save the planet. Democratic Sen. Mike Stack seems driven to cleanliness, which, as you know, is next to godliness. So, good for them. And I hope you admire their aspirations because, well, you're paying for them. These factoids about this pair emerge following a comprehensive review of lawmakers' expenses published in Monday's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . Evans, of course, is a two-decades-plus North Philly House member who once ran for governor (and lieutenant governor and mayor)
February 25, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Bill Davis calls it the "predator. " Gus Bradley calls it the "Leo. " It's the weakside defensive end, who predominately rushes the passer in a hybrid defense. Whether they ended up with Chip Kelly or Bradley, the Eagles were moving to a hybrid scheme that utilized both 4-3 and 3-4 principles. Kelly, of course, got the head coaching job, but he and Davis, his defensive coordinator, have revealed very little about their defense. Kelly's stated preference and Davis' history, along with the buzz at the NFL combine this past week, have made it evident that the Eagles will have a very different scheme, one that needs players they don't have.
February 10, 2013 |
When the NHL's 119-day lockout finally died last month, it took with it a potential rule change that hit home for Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster. Granted, Foster would rather be playing than pushing for new league policy. Still, Foster couldn't help but shake his head when asked about the AHL - the minor hockey league often used as the NHL's proving ground for potential changes - abandoning its experiment with hybrid icing once the lockout ended. Foster, 31, nearly lost his leg and almost had his career cut short because of the NHL's dangerous icing regulations, which require players to touch the puck after it has been iced by the opposing team.
January 13, 2013
America's destiny for the Rhône's famous red grape will ultimately be crafting wines that land between the earthy French version known as "syrah" and the luscious Aussie fruit bomb dubbed "shiraz. " The perfect compromise should probably be called "sy-raz," although I'm sure the great winemakers of Washington State would object. They stick with the classic label of syrah, and since these tend to be my favorite domestic renditions, they've earned the right. Even so, a great bottle like this 2006 Cougar Crest Reserve from Walla Walla, steeply discounted in Pennsylvania issue from $55 to $24.99, shows its true hybrid personality in the glass - in the very best way. The fruit is New World ripe, brooding, figgy, round, and deep.
January 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As members of Congress pledged Thursday to revive legislation to save the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service, a Washington think tank announced that it will conduct an independent study of how the quasi-government agency could cede much of its operation to private companies. The review by the nonprofit National Academy of Public Administration will analyze the benefits of restoring the agency's financial health by using a "hybrid" model, which would farm out to the private sector postal operations other than the last delivery mile.
November 15, 2012
Recall affects Priuses in U.S. Toyota is recalling 670,000 Prius hybrids from model years 2004-09 in the United States to fix problems involving loss of steering and hybrid powertrain shutdown, the automaker has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Metal used for a steering component is not hard enough, according to a report the automaker filed Wednesday with the safety agency. The part could wear out "if the steering wheel is frequently and forcefully turned to the full left or full right position while driving at low speeds," and that "could result in the loss of steering," according to the report.
October 18, 2012 |
Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL: Smooth, sippy family mover. Price: $32,075 as tested, including a $3,080 package that adds premium audio and navigation, power liftgate, rear camera, and automated parking. (A base model starts at $25,020.) Marketer's pitch: Hybrid efficiency. Real-world performance. Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com credits its "superb gas mileage ... refined ride and responsive handling. " Reality: I'd call it 2½ out of 3. Weekend vehicle: The C-Max came to me in an unusual way. Normally, I work with fleet companies that provide test vehicles for members of the media.
September 27, 2012
ROSEVILLE, MICH. - Investigators will take soil samples from the ground beneath a suburban Detroit driveway after a man told police he believes that he witnessed the burial there of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa about 35 years ago, police said Wednesday. Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said that his department got a tip from the man, who said he "thinks it may have been Jimmy he saw interred. " Hoffa was last seen on July 30, 1975, outside a suburban Detroit restaurant where he was supposed to meet with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain.
July 18, 2012 |
I'M A SUCKER for a love story. I just never thought I'd see one on "Frontline. " The weekly PBS documentary showcase rivals only "60 Minutes" in its Very Important Coverage of news and public affairs. The last thing you'd expect while watching "Frontline" is to reach for a Kleenex while pressing your hand to your heart and sniffling, "I LOVE these guys…" But if you watch Tuesday night's "Frontline" premiere of "Fast Times at West Philly High," I promise that you, too, will be tearful and smitten.
July 9, 2012 |
LITITZ, Pa. - Levi, the hybrid wolf-dog who eluded capture in Pennypack Park from March until 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, is not seeing any visitors these days. That's the word from Speedwell Forge Wolf Sanctuary, where Levi lives in quarantine in a 10-by-10-foot enclosure. The gray wolf-Malamute can hear the barks, growls, and howls from the 44 other gray wolves and hybrids on the place, a private, nonprofit sanctuary licensed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. If he were suddenly thrown in with one of the packs of wolves that roam 22 acres of securely fenced Lancaster County land, he'd be torn to pieces in two minutes.