January 14, 2016 |
ISH SMITH doesn't keep a suitcase packed at all times, have a plane ticket ready for anywhere in the country or sleep with a phone next to his head. Yes, the 76ers' starting point guard is very familiar with being uprooted during his six-year NBA career. But he doesn't let it rule his days or his career. Smith is about as easy-going as anyone you will come across. He can be self-deprecating one minute and then quiet and serious the next (though that doesn't usually last for very long)
January 9, 2016 |
Frontier Airlines will add flights to 10 new cities from Philadelphia this spring, among 42 new routes nationwide announced by the Denver-based airline on Thursday. Flights from Philadelphia International Airport to New Orleans; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Indianapolis will begin April 14. Nonstop flights to Nashville, Cleveland, and St. Augustine, Fla., will start April 15. Frontier will begin flying to Cincinnati on May 13, to Austin, Texas, on May 15, and to Kansas City, Mo.; and Milwaukee on June 2. One-way fares on the new routes were advertised on the airline's website, flyfrontier.com, as low as $59 to $99 Thursday.
January 5, 2016
NEW ORLEANS police say a driver apparently hit a pedestrian in the city's French Quarter and dragged the body more than 6 miles, crossing a Mississippi River bridge to the other side. Police say a driver found the disfigured body about 3:30 a.m. Friday in the road leading from the bridge. A police Facebook posting says investigators believe the body is that of an unidentified pedestrian hit in the French Quarter. It says witnesses told investigators a black sedan with tinted windows struck the man and drove off. Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman, said in an email yesterday that police don't have further leads to the car or driver.
January 5, 2016 |
MAKEOVERS in the Hollywood area are about as common as disappointing pro sports seasons here in Philadelphia. So it's a little bit ironic that the 76ers come back from a 11-day, six-game road trip out west with a team that only slightly resembles the one that last played here on Dec. 22, when it lost to visiting Memphis. In that 104-90 loss to the Grizzlies that seems so long ago, coach Brett Brown was still juggling the point guard position as Kendall Marshall was just coming back from offseason surgery for a torn ACL on his right knee and Tony Wroten was just a couple of games in from his return due to the same injury.
December 11, 2015 |
THE CHATTER around the fantasy football taproom this week was heavy on the Buccaneers. Should I start Jameis Winston? Where does Mike Evans rank? How about that Rastafarian guy at tight end? Uh, that's Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. While the Bucs are building a nice foundation in Tampa (life's good when there's a franchise quarterback in the building), many of this week's fantasy questions are more because of whom the Bucs are playing. The Saints got rid of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after giving up 324 yards and four TD passes to Kirk Cousins in Week 10, but their generosity has continued.
December 4, 2015 |
IT'S THE obvious answer, but Chip Kelly put it perfectly. The Patriots - despite losing Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and now Rob Gronkowski - continue to hum along. They scored 24 points last weekend on the road in the snow against a solid Denver defense without a receiver or a running back reaching 100 yards. How do they manage such efficiency, despite losing all those weapons? "Did they lose Brady?" Kelly asked jokingly. They did not, which is the primary reason New England averages 31.5 points per game.
November 22, 2015 |
It has been a while since I've seen Black Nativity , perhaps not since the last time Ozzie Jones directed it for Freedom Theater. Theatre Horizon's version of this Afrocentric holiday tradition is a joyful, noisy alternative to all those grim Dickensians and cynical elves. Written as a "gospel-song play" by the great Langston Hughes, it puts the Christ squarely back in Christmas, with a first act placing the manger in pre-diaspora Africa, and a second act in the present day. But there's so much latitude in its meager script and song choices that every production can be drastically different.
November 16, 2015 |
How good are the New York Giants? That question has been asked often at various times during the 21st century, and chances are whoever answered got it wrong. The 2007 and 2011 Giants are the examples every middling playoff contender holds up, saying: "See, if you get in, you can win. " And now it appears coach Tom Coughlin has another one of those teams. This, of course, matters to the Eagles, because they also appear to have one of those teams, and it's entirely possible that only the team that survives the race to win the NFC East will get into the playoffs.
November 12, 2015 |
Allen Toussaint, 77, the New Orleans songwriter and pianist responsible for a long list of hits recorded by artists that included Aaron Neville, Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, Warren Zevon, Robert Plant, Robert Palmer, and Devo, died of a heart attack Monday after a concert in Spain in the midst of a European tour. Tributes poured in from across the music world. "He was one of the most gentle, loving, and wise people I've ever known," Raitt wrote.
November 11, 2015 |
SERVING UP BANANAS laced with marijuana to rhesus monkeys on an island in the Caribbean - all in a day's work for Jon Greene. Well, not exactly, but Jon was the cameraman recording the effect of this unusual repast on the unsuspecting primates as part of a study. Jon, who spent most of his life behind a camera, mostly with Philadelphia's Channel 10, had been hired for this project by a researcher from the Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital in Raleigh, N.C. It involved lugging heavy cameras onto the island off Puerto Rico, tramping through the jungle, dodging an irate ape that threatened to attack, and setting up the cameras to record the pot-eating monkeys' reactions compared with a control group that got a regular monkey diet.