May 21, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania State Police suggested Monday that the Montgomery County 21-year-old Matthew R. Royer, who has been missing since leaving Rhode Island Thursday, might have decided on his own to detour from returning home to Skippack Township. "While it may be a voluntary move on Matthew's part, we are still expending all resources in this investigation to locate Matthew," said Trooper Morgan Crummy, a spokeswoman at the State Police's Skippack station. As that possibility took shape in what remains a murky situation, his mother made a tearful plea for her son to contact his parents.
May 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday defended the Justice Department's secret examination of Associated Press phone records though he declared he had played no role in it, saying it was justified as part of an investigation into a grave national security leak. The government's wide-ranging information gathering from the news cooperative has created a bipartisan political headache for President Obama, with prominent Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill expressing outrage, along with press freedom groups.
May 6, 2013 |
When challenged, Gov. Christie sometimes yells like a Marine gunnery sergeant, calling reporters, citizens, and opponents alike stupid. Judging by his stratospheric poll ratings, voters love that shtick. He's "Jersey Strong. " And how often did former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell say something outrageous, such as opining in 2006 that many old people love casinos because they "lead very gray lives"? After a brief flare, the outrage faded, as it always did; it was just Ed being Ed. Last week, Gov. Corbett mentioned in a radio interview that he had heard some employers say they have trouble finding workers who can pass a drug test - and for that moment of candor, he caught three days of hell, both from Democrats running to replace him in 2014 and from media commentators.
May 4, 2013 |
It's never a good sign for a president when he feels compelled to assure the public he still has a pulse. This is the unenviable position President Obama was in Tuesday morning when he held a news conference and faced a profusion of questions about the stalled pieces of his legislative program. Asked by ABC News' Jonathan Karl whether he still had "the juice to get the rest of your agenda through," Obama paraphrased Mark Twain's response to a newspaper's report that he was near death.
May 2, 2013 |
TRENTON - A $40 million initiative to provide counseling to military veterans and active duty members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological traumas hangs in the balance as Congress debates whether to pay for it once again. The funding, initiated in 2011 and pushed again by Reps. Rush Holt (D., N.J.) and Jon Runyan (R., N.J.), pays for suicide prevention and other forms of outreach to service members. A measure that would have made funding for treatment permanent was blocked in the Senate two years ago. Holt and Runyan, who held a news conference Tuesday in Trenton to call on members of the House to support the program again, said that if anything, the problem was worse than most realize.
April 30, 2013
'C LAP YOUR HANDS, everybody, for the Delaware 87ers. " On Saturday the 76ers announced the completion of the purchase of a franchise for the NBA Development League, to be called the Delaware 87ers, which will play games at the Bob Carpenter Center on the University of Delaware campus. The team nickname refers to 1787, the year Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. "The creation of the Delaware 87ers is an important milestone in our quest to ensure that the Philadelphia 76ers are viewed in all respects to be a world-class and cutting-edge NBA franchise," said managing owner Josh Harris.
April 26, 2013 |
THIS IS THE problem when prefight hype spirals too far out of control. Philadelphia light welterweight world champion Danny Garcia and Zab Judah have both done a lot of talking since their fight was announced in December. The situation wasn't helped by the fact that the original date of Feb. 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., was postponed because Garcia injured his ribs during training. That left 2 extra months for the camps to fire verbal jabs at each other leading into the fight now scheduled for Saturday.
April 25, 2013 |
Darryl Reynolds, a 6-foot-8 power forward who helped Lower Merion High School reach the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game in 2012, said Tuesday that he will continue his career at Villanova. Reynolds, who spent last season at Worcester (Mass.) Academy, committed to play for the Wildcats in a news conference at Lower Merion's Downs Gymnasium. He considered Seton Hall, South Carolina, and Utah. He made an official visit to Villanova this month. Reynolds is a three-star recruit, according to ESPN.
April 17, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter told reporters Tuesday there had been no specific threats or incidents in Philadelphia, but he said local law enforcement and emergency personnel would be at "a heightened level of security" in response to the Boston explosions. The city still expects to see about 40,000 runners compete in Philadelphia's Broad Street Run on May 5, the mayor said, but he said there would be "a more visible security presence" in place to make sure that participants and spectators are safe.
April 17, 2013 |
The most dangerous ground to occupy in Washington, it is said, is the space between New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and a television camera. He's pushy, talks fast, thinks quickly - and is absolutely certain. Even by the standards of a preening profession, Schumer has been noted, since arriving as a congressman from Brooklyn in 1981, for his ability to insert himself into the frame. Last week, though, freshman Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) hip-checked him out of the way. Toomey let it be known in private that he would not attend a news conference announcing a bipartisan deal to expand background checks for firearms sales at gun shows and on the Internet if Schumer, part of the group working on the agreement, was up on the platform near him. In the end, there was no white masking tape on that platform with Schumer's name on it when Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.)