June 18, 2013 |
TEHRAN, Iran - The newly elected president showcased his reform-leaning image Monday by promising a "path of moderation" that includes greater openness on Tehran's nuclear program and overtures to Washington. He also made clear where he draws the line: No halt to uranium enrichment and no direct U.S. dialogue without a pledge to stay out of Iranian affairs. Hasan Rowhani's first post-victory news conference was a study in what may make his presidency tick. Rowhani may be hailed as a force for change, but he also appears to carry a deep and self-protective streak of pragmatism.
June 14, 2013 |
THE GOOD NEWS for Geoff Sisk was he birdied the 10th hole yesterday at Merion East. The bad news was that was his final hole of the first round of his seventh U.S. Open. And it left him at 8-over-par 78. But hey, it's something. Sisk, 48, who calls Massachusetts home, went to Temple a long time ago. This is the sixth time he's made the national championship field via the qualifying process. He made the cut twice, in 1999 (a tie for 30th) and 2004 (t-40). He's made half his career earnings (some $56,000)
June 13, 2013 |
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our coverage of the tournament in Merion . HE IS hard to embrace, even when victimized. He is hard to like and yet impossible to ignore, a flawed sports deity the way Mike Tyson and Eric Lindros once were and perhaps Kobe Bryant is now. Tiger Woods likes to use the word "grind" to describe the four rounds of golf he must play to win a championship, and any news conference of his I have ever attended most certainly feels the same.
June 12, 2013 |
Sergio Garcia's Tuesday at Merion didn't begin with a putt or a drive, but by slipping a note into the locker of Tiger Woods. "A handwritten note," Garcia said. The note's exact wording is unknown, but assume it reflected some remorse, and maybe Garcia's agitated state since he followed up critical comments of Woods at the Players Championship with a joke at a European Tour dinner last month about serving Woods fried chicken this week. Preparing for this week's U.S. Open, Garcia and Woods shook hands on the practice tee Monday, but Garcia said he didn't feel that was the right time for a discussion or apology.
June 11, 2013
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has named John Hoffman as acting state attorney general. The appointment was announced yesterday during a news conference in Trenton. Hoffman takes over for Jeffrey Chiesa, who Christie named to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Frank Lautenberg died last week. Hoffman, a 47-year-old Marlton resident, was named by Chiesa in August to serve as executive assistant attorney general. Before joining the office, Hoffman served for about two years as director of the Division of Investigations in the state Comptroller's Office.
June 6, 2013 |
Last seen working in the basement of the Salvation Army thrift store at 22d and Market Streets, Liberian immigrant Borbor Davis, 68, had been missing since the building collapsed about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. More than 10 hours later, his wife, Maggie, 74, sitting by the phone at their house in Darby, got the call she had dreaded. "I'm not all right," she said, as she wept softly. "He passed. " She gave the phone to her daughter, MaryAnne Mason, who was Borbor's stepdaughter.
May 31, 2013 |
A prominent local philanthropist warned Wednesday that the Philadelphia School District's looming financial crisis would be disastrous for city schools and students, and urged residents in the region to support increased funding. "I'm going to be giving a call to action to the citizens of this region - not just Philadelphia," Carole Haas Gravagno, chair of the Stoneleigh Foundation, said at a news conference at the district's headquarters. "I live in Wayne, and I care deeply about what happens in Philadelphia because Philadelphia is the hub of the region.
May 30, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz and Mayor Nutter presented vastly different pictures Wednesday of the state of the city's police surveillance cameras. Only 32 percent of the surveillance cameras are working, Butkovitz said in the morning, down from the 45 percent he found a year ago. He gave the system an "F" grade and said Nutter had failed to keep his promise to fix it. Nutter disputed the accuracy of the Butkovitz study, conducted by consultant EisnerAmper L.L.P. At an afternoon City Hall news conference on an unrelated matter, Nutter said that 85 percent of the cameras were working as of Monday and that the percentage usually varies from 85 percent to the low 90s in percentage.
May 22, 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.