July 31, 2016 |
It isn't very often that a 33-year-old running back receives a contract extension, let alone one during the first week of training camp. But that's just what the Eagles did on Friday when they added another year onto the remaining year of Darren Sproles' deal. The Eagles have been generous to their elder players this offseason. They gave 31-year-old tight end Brent Celek a two-year extension in January, and they retained 34-year-old tackle Jason Peters even though his salary and last season's regression suggested they might do otherwise.
July 5, 2016 |
Dave Chappelle never just phones it in. The comic is always improvising, said his new friend Graham Dugoni. Fans lucky to score Chappelle tickets for shows Tuesday and Wednesday at the new Punch Line Philly comedy club in Fishtown will be required to do the same, living in the moment by going "phone-free" and concentrating "Yondr" on the talent. For this, all praise and maybe a few curses are due to a Dugoni invention of the same name, Yondr, which Chappelle now uses to protect his routine from getting posted online.
May 31, 2016
Solid new evidence on preventing drunken-driving deaths validates Pennsylvania's new law requiring more DUI offenders to have ignition interlock devices on their cars. That's also the right route for New Jersey, which is considering similar legislation. In Pennsylvania, the long drive to require most first-time offenders to have Breathalyzer-equipped locks on their cars ended successfully with Gov. Wolf's signature last week. The milestone came just before the long Memorial Day weekend, a time when typically heavy traffic too often leads to fatalities when alcohol becomes part of the mix. The new law could lead to a 15 percent reduction in alcohol-related highway deaths within a few years, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers, who surveyed states that already require devices that prevent vehicles from being started by an intoxicated driver.
May 18, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - After being pushed for years by advocates, legislation to require some first-time drunk drivers in Pennsylvania to use ignition-interlock devices is inching toward becoming law. The House on Monday voted, 193-2, to approve a bill that would force the use of ignition interlocks by first-time offenders whose blood-alcohol concentration was at least 0.10 percent. After returning to the Senate, which unanimously approved an earlier version, the bill would head to Gov. Wolf, who supports it, according to a spokesman.
March 26, 2016
Two pit bulls missing for about a week were found Friday after a tip led rescue officials to an abandoned building where the dogs were being held, likely to be trained for dogfighting. On Friday, Justice Rescue reunited the pit bulls with their owner, who had been looking for them since they got away a week earlier. Justice Rescue officers got a call last week about dogs locked in an abandoned building in Chester. The group said it gets many calls about dog fighting in the area and had rescued dogs from that building before.
February 18, 2016
A man wanted in an attempted-murder case in Wildwood was arrested Tuesday in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, after a police chase during which two schools were placed on lockdown. About 7:45 a.m., Egg Harbor police responded to a domestic incident on Glenn Avenue. A woman told them that her ex-boyfriend, Hakim Clark, 25, of Atlantic City, broke her vehicle's windshield, made threats against her, and fled on foot. Before Clark was found by cops about an hour and a half later, the Joy Miller Elementary School and Alder Avenue Middle School were put on lockdown.
February 17, 2016 |
More than 15 million years ago, the delicate flowers fell to the floor of a muggy, tropical forest, and somehow did not rot and wither away. Instead, they were trapped in sticky globs of tree resin, hardened into amber, and carried on the high seas to what is now a Caribbean mountain range. The first Lena Struwe heard of all this was last April at Rutgers University, when she opened an email depicting the fragile petals trapped in golden splendor. On Monday, the botanist and her collaborator, Oregon State University's George O. Poinar Jr., who found the two amber fossils, announced that the plants they contained represented a new species, Strychnos electri . For Agatha Christie fans, this is a distant cousin of the plant that contains the poison substance strychnine.
February 15, 2016 |
O f the artists who composed the Pictures Generation - Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, and others who appropriated images from various sources in their art - Matt Mullican, born in Los Angeles in 1951 to artist parents, and a student of John Baldessari at the California Institute of the Arts, always seemed to be off in his own world. He sort of was, it turned out. Looking at Mullican's mid-1970s pictographs of everyday signs (say, the isolated male figure indicating the men's room, or the lighted cigarette with the diagonal line crossing it)
February 4, 2016 |
The roller coaster that is the Penn State recruiting process for the Class of 2016 swung upward on Tuesday, when the Nittany Lions received a pair of oral commitments from two players, one a 305-pound junior college transfer who will shore up the defensive tackle position. The Lions, who have picked up commitments from four players in the last three days to reverse some recent negative momentum, enter Wednesday's national signing day hoping to hold on to at least two of the players who committed to them last summer, and perhaps pick up one or two more from those announcing their college decisions.
February 3, 2016 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Democratic caucuses here were too close to call late Monday, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a fixture in national Democratic politics for more than two decades, was locked in a tight race with insurgent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Iowa is less important for the number of national convention delegates at stake - 44 for the Democrats - than the momentum that the first presidential nominating contest has the potential to give its winner. But with Sanders nipping at the heels of the presumptive Democratic front-runner, he might be the one to gain momentum from Iowa even if the eventual result is a Clinton win. Both he and Clinton emerged to claim they had a good evening - without quite declaring victory.