March 5, 2015 |
Schilling vs. the Trolls Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling , furious, took up arms against two men he said were marauding his daughter Gabby via Twitter. On Feb. 25, he'd congratulated Gabby for getting to pitch for the Salve Regina University Seahawks softball team in Newport, R.I. The social-media reaction, mostly happy, included some gross and indecent messages. Schilling outed the messagers as one Adam Nagel of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., and another man later identified as Sean MacDonald.
February 6, 2015
TRUE STORY: Brian Williams had a terrible Thursday. Wednesday, the "NBC Nightly News" anchor apologized for a dozen-year-old story he's been telling. It went something like this, and I paraphrase: "In 2003, I was in Iraq aboard an Army helicopter hit by rockets. " Thing is, he wasn't. Williams was on a Chinook. RPG fire was nearby. But the rockets hit a copter flying 30 to 60 minutes ahead of the one the veteran newsguy was in, according to Stars and Stripes . Whoops.
October 9, 2014 |
Collins under investigation Actor Stephen Collins , best known as the Rev. Eric Camden on the WB's long-running family show 7th Heaven , is being investigated by New York City police on suspicion of child molestation, Fox News and Variety report. "There is a formal complaint on file and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad," an unnamed law enforcement official told Fox News. Amid news reports Tuesday that he admitted on tape to molesting three children, Collins withdrew from his costarring role in the comedy Ted 2 (Variety says he was fired)
February 3, 2014 |
Lolo Jones, as photogenic as she is physically gifted, may be the perfect representative of the Olympics' schizophrenic nature. If the Games' two personalities, that of an international sporting competition and a TV-entertainment spectacle, are increasingly indistinguishable, then so is Jones' role within them. After two Summer Olympics disappointments as a hurdler, Jones will return to the five-ring spotlight as a bobsledder when the 2014 Winter Games begin Friday in Sochi. And because she occupies that shadowland between athlete and TV attraction, the controversy her balancing act so often arouses is back as well.
October 18, 2013 |
LOOKS LIKE Alycia Lane is out of a job. Again. The former CBS3 anchor, who will live in Philadelphia infamy, was axed from her spot at NBC4 in Los Angeles, according to the website TV Spy, which gave no reason for the split. Lane went national recently when she happened to be near the blast site of the Boston Marathon attacks, speaking with the "Today" show and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams . " Also ousted was another familiar face: Sean Murphy , a former CW57 traffic reporter.
July 19, 2013 |
AFTER A DELAWARE County man garnered international attention when PayPal accidentally credited him $92 quadrillion, the online money-transfer company decided to turn its mistake into a good deed. PayPal said yesterday that it will donate to a charity of Chris Reynolds' choice. As the Daily News reported Monday, Reynolds, 56, of Media, a PayPal customer for a decade, opened his monthly email statement last Friday and was shocked to find that his account had been credited $92,233,720,368,547,800.
April 22, 2013 |
The national media descended on the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia last week, shamed into covering the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell by a misplaced sense of obligation. That arrival was compelled by a newspaper column written in USA Today by Kirsten Powers, who insinuated that the case was being ignored because of bias. "Let me state the obvious," Powers wrote. "This should be front-page news. When Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, there was nonstop media hysteria. The venerable NBC Nightly News ' Brian Williams intoned, 'A firestorm of outrage from women after a crude tirade from Rush Limbaugh,' as he teased a segment on the brouhaha.
May 12, 2011
Jeff Gralnick, 72, a longtime television producer who helped shape the CBS show 60 Minutes , made NBC Nightly News the top-rated show, and served in various roles at ABC News, has died. NBC said Mr. Gralnick died Monday night at his home in Weston, Conn. He had battled cancer for years. Steve Capus, president of NBC News, called Mr. Gralnick a pioneer who changed the way news was produced, reported, and presented during his 52-year career at the three broadcast networks.
August 19, 2010 |
CONGRATULATIONS to NBC 10 anchor/reporter Kristen Welker , who has signed a multiyear deal with NBC News to be a network correspondent on the West Coast. Starting Aug. 30, Welker will report for "NBC Nightly News," "Today," and MSNBC. In June, the Germantown Friends and Harvard graduate went to Los Angeles to report for the network. She'll continue to be based in Burbank. "I was just told that the network needed extra coverage over the summer and asked if I wanted to help out," Welker told us yesterday, when we asked if she knew that her L.A. assignment was a network audition.
April 15, 2006
We asked what characteristics readers were looking for in a news anchor, and whether Katie Couric, in her new role on "CBS Evening News," fit the bill. Bruce Corwin Riegelsville firstname.lastname@example.org The question isn't whether Katie Couric is qualified for the evening news, but whether the evening news is qualified for Katie Couric. Couric's got the whole package. She has delivered plenty of grim news and never giggled through it. Bryant Gumbel and Matt Lauer have worn many an apron, but no one would doubt whether they could report on Iraqi car bombings at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. I question whether the ailing medium of evening news is worth her time and talent.