May 21, 2013
In the Region Cabot begins Pa. fracking with gas Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. became the latest exploration company - and the first in northeastern Pennsylvania - to use natural gas to fuel its hydraulic fracturing operations. The Texas drilling company, which is producing Marcellus Shale gas in Susquehanna County, announced that it has converted the compressors employed in fracking to use a combination of diesel and natural gas, displacing about 70 percent of the diesel typically used in the high-energy process.
February 3, 2013
PHILADELPHIA 3 judges suspended from Traffic Court The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday suspended without pay three of the nine judges indicted Thursday for what federal investigators called a massive "culture of ticket-fixing" at Philadelphia's Traffic Court. The suspended judges are Michael Sullivan, who had been administrative judge until being removed from the leadership post in December 2011 by the Supreme Court while the federal probe was still going on; Michael Lowry, and Chester County District Judge Mark Bruno, who heard cases in Traffic Court.
February 2, 2013 |
British authorities have decided not to prosecute Aussie DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian , who impersonated members of the royal family in a prank call to London's King Edward VII's Hospital on Dec. 4. Posing as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles , they asked after the pregnant Kate Middleton . Jacintha Saldanha , the nurse who originally took the call, committed suicide three days later. (The reasons have never been clarified.) Reports suggested the DJs might be charged with manslaughter, but prosecutors on Friday said there were no grounds.
December 19, 2012 |
ANTAKYA, Turkey - NBC News correspondent Richard Engel and his four-person crew were freed unharmed Monday after being kidnapped inside Syria and subjected to five days of forced moves and death threats. The journalists were released following a gun battle between their captors and Syrian rebels at a checkpoint manned by the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, NBC said. They crossed safely back into Turkey. Appearing on the Today show Tuesday morning, Engel, 39, said his captors were part of a government militia known as Shabiha, which is loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
July 18, 2012 |
NBC News and Comcast Corp. moved on Monday to fix brand confusion between the MSNBC 24-hour cable news show, whose ratings have surged with liberal commentators Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and Ed Schultz, and the straight-news MSNBC.com news website. Comcast and NBC bought out Microsoft's 50 percent stake in MSNBC.com for a reported $300 million late last week. Readers logging on to MSNBC.com on Monday were redirected to NBCNews.com, a new website. NBC officials would not comment on the financial terms of buying out their 16-year partner in the venture.
July 4, 2012
Former NBC president Julian Goodman, 90, who helped establish Chet Huntley and David Brinkley as a news team and led the network from 1966 to 1974, died Monday. He died of kidney failure in Juno Beach, Fla., where he lived after retiring as chairman of NBC's board in 1979. The native of Glasgow, Ky., joined the network at the night news desk in Washington in 1945. He rose to become executive vice president of NBC News at the time Huntley and Brinkley were competitors to Walter Cronkite on CBS. As network president, he gave Johnny Carson a long-term contract to stay on the Tonight show and helped make the American Football League a force by broadcasting the upstart league.
June 22, 2012 |
An Ohio man became the second purported victim of Jerry Sandusky to divulge his name and publicly accuse the former coach of child molestation in an interview Thursday with NBC News. Travis Weaver, 30, alleged that the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach coaxed him into locker room showers, took him to bowl games, and often invited him to sleep over at his State College home. In all, he said, he was abused more than 100 times over a period of four years starting when he was 10. "I'd punch him in his mouth," Weaver said, when asked what he would do if he saw the former coach again.
June 21, 2012 |
Rob Zombie will write, direct and produce "Broad Street Bullies," a film about the 1970s-era Stanley Cup-winning Flyers, reports Deadline.com. Zombie, the former White Zombie musician who became a successful horror filmmaker with "House Of 1000 Corpses" and "Halloween," tells the website that he has the rights to the Flyers story and the full support of the Flyers organization. "The backdrop of the turbulent year of 1974 is perfect for this ‘stranger than fiction' sports tale," Zombie told Deadline.com's Mike Fleming.
June 1, 2012 |
David Gomberg, 86, a legendary behind-the-scenes "idea man" and mentor in Philadelphia TV news, died Wednesday, May 30, at his home in Cherry Hill. Known professionally as Dave Neal, Mr. Gomberg had suffered from congestive heart failure and kidney failure, his family said. Mr. Gomberg worked for all four TV news operations in Philadelphia as well as KYW radio. He was an assignment manager, producer, or adviser to such luminaries as Larry Kane, Jessica Savitch, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.
May 24, 2012
Camryn Drew Rollins is the newest Phillies fan. The baby girl was born to shortstop Jimmy Rollins and fitness trainer bride Johari Smith Rollins late Sunday night. The little lady weighed in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces. As we mentioned yesterday, Rollins had to leave a charity event Sunday night upon learning that Johari was in labor. He was out of the lineup on paternity leave for Monday's and Tuesday's games against the Washington Nationals. Jimmy and Johari wed in the Grand Cayman Islands in January 2010.