November 22, 2010 |
FIVE MONTHS AGO, Daniel Vassallo was undergoing abdominal surgery. Today, he is the winner of the men's Philadelphia Marathon. Vassallo, part of a record-setting field of 23,000 in the 17th annual event that included the half marathon and an 8K this past weekend, finished yesterday's race in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 28 seconds. It eclipsed his previous personal best, which he set in Houston earlier this year. "I was kind of overcome by emotion a couple times," Vassallo said minutes after he crossed the finish line.
October 19, 2010 |
Conviction opens with the eerie shot of a weather-beaten shack on a bleak, wintry patch of land in rural Massachusetts. The camera pokes inside: There is blood and debris everywhere. Something bad has happened here. And something bad happens to Kenny Waters (Sam Rockwell), the small-town mug who gets arrested, tried, and sent to jail for life, charged with murdering the house's occupant. It is 1983, the circumstantial evidence is damning, there is incriminating testimony from witnesses, and Kenny's been skirmishing with the law since he was a little kid. Since he and his sister, Betty Anne, were little kids.
September 25, 2010
Drexel basketball received its third oral commitment for the freshman class of 2011-12, from Tavon Allen, a 6-7, 185-pound senior at Worcester (Mass.) Academy. Allen, who hails from New Haven, Conn., is expected to sign during the November early-signing period. Ranked among the top 200 high school players nationally by ESPN's "Rise," Allen is touted as an explosive player on the open floor and as an outside shooter. He shoots and passes with both hands and has improved his defense. - Kerith Gabriel
July 5, 2010 |
In 1980, Massachusetts voters passed Proposition 2½, which imposed a property-tax cap similar to the one being pushed by New Jersey's governor. As a Massachusetts resident and taxpayer, I hoped the cap would make living in my state more affordable. Unfortunately, the price we have paid in public-safety and service reductions far outweighs any tax break we've gotten. Arlington, Mass., is a Boston suburb where I grew up and currently serve as chief of police. It has a population of just under 50,000 people who enjoy the community's beauty and proximity to Boston.
May 30, 2010
Civil War sites Intrigued by the past? From Fodors.com, here are some locations that helped determine the course of U.S. history. 10. Appomattox Va. Geoquiz Which state bordering the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick was once part of Massachusetts? (Answer below) SOURCES: Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2010 |
It hasn't gone the way her senior softball season was supposed to go - at least not so far. In January, Downingtown West pitching ace Caroline Raymond felt a twinge in her back. Her first reaction was to ignore the pain. It would go away, but then it would come back. "Finally, it got too bad to ignore," said the 6-foot righthander, who is capable of throwing nearly 70 m.p.h. When she is fully healthy, she is among the most powerful pitchers in the state. Because doctors couldn't diagnose the cause of her pain right away, she was ordered to stop pitching and give the back a rest.
March 10, 2010 |
The last time Massachusetts faced Charlotte, the Minutemen were stung by a 14-point loss on their home court. But Massachusetts learned a few things from that game, using the lessons to pull ahead late in the second half to beat the 49ers, 59-56, last night in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in Charlotte. "We paid attention to the details this time," said Massachusetts guard Ricky Harris, who scored 24 points as the 11th-seeded Minutemen (12-19) won their first A-10 Tournament game since 2002.
March 8, 2010 |
One day after his Temple Owls clinched a share of the Atlantic Ten's regular-season title, Fran Dunphy was named coach of the year yesterday in voting by the conference's 14 head basketball coaches. Temple (26-5, 14-2 league) will be the top seed in the A-10 tournament, which begins tomorrow. Temple has a bye until the quarterfinal round Friday in Atlantic City. Owls junior Lavoy Allen was named to the all-Atlantic Ten first team. Senior Ryan Brooks was a second-team pick, and sophomore Juan Fernandez earned honorable mention.
January 25, 2010 |
On Jan. 14, five days before the Massachusetts special election, President Obama was in full bring-it-on mode as he rallied House Democrats behind his health-care reform. "If Republicans want to campaign against what we've done by standing up for the status quo and for insurance companies over American families and businesses, that is a fight I want to have. " The bravado lasted three days. When Obama campaigned in Boston on Jan. 17 for Obamacare supporter Martha Coakley, not once did he mention the health-care bill.
January 21, 2010
Whether or not all Democratic Party leaders are willing to hear it, the election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate should be a loud wake-up call. Brown on Tuesday easily won the seat held for nearly half a century by the late liberal lion, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Brown won in a state that's as Democratic as they come. His victory wasn't just an upset. It was a humiliation for Democrats and President Obama, who won Massachusetts in a landslide a little more than a year ago and was a late campaigner for Democrat Martha Coakley.