November 1, 2014 |
HAWLEY, Pa. - Eric Frein, the captured suspected cop-killer who for six weeks was the target of a Poconos manhunt involving more than 1,000 law enforcement officers, on Friday was ordered held without bail on murder charges. Frein, his hair slicked back and sporting a goatee and bruises on the cheeks, nose, and eyes, answered politely as Pike County District Judge Shannon Muir asked if he understood the charges against him and the purpose of the arraignment in the packed, one-room 19th Century courthouse.
October 3, 2014 |
LeSEAN McCOY is not bothered by the questions and speculation that have swirled around the defending NFL rushing champ this week, McCoy insisted, with fans, reporters and talk radio hosts scrutinizing his 39 yards on 29 carries over the last two games. McCoy proclaimed his lack of concern a second time, while stating he was through answering questions about the Eagles' running game, and then yet again, at length, during the walk back to the locker room with reporters, following McCoy's weekly news conference yesterday.
September 26, 2014 |
The Union's interim manager, Jim Curtin, wanted to clear up some rumors and began Wednesday's news conference at PPL Park with a simple message: The interim tag has yet to be taken off. Curtin was responding to published reports that said it would happen. (The Inquirer reported that the sides were on the verge of a deal but that it was not completed.) This is not to suggest that Curtin won't have the tag removed, but as of Wednesday's news conference, his status had not changed.
September 19, 2014 |
EVER SINCE Ron Washington stepped down as manager of the Texas Rangers on Sept. 5, there has been speculation into why a manager would resign before the season ended. Many thought Washington was jumping ship, leaving an injury-depleted team mired in last place. Others thought that maybe his cocaine use, which was made public in July 2009, had resurfaced. They had to take Washington at his word, that he was resigning for personal reasons. Yesterday, at a press conference in a hotel in Irving, Texas, Washington revealed that he had, indeed, resigned for personal reasons, disclosing that he had betrayed his wife Gerry's trust.
August 22, 2014 |
AS A GROUP of law-enforcement and elected officials called yesterday for a mandatory two-year sentence for people convicted of illegally carrying a firearm, kids in the South Philadelphia neighborhood watched and played. It was a beautiful, sunny day. But on Aug. 1, horror enveloped the area after Tynirah Borum, 3, who was getting her hair braided on a porch on Etting Street near Dickinson, was fatally shot. The alleged gunman, Brandon Ruffin, 22, had been released from jail on July 3, after serving 23 months on an 11 1/2-to-23-month sentence after pleading guilty to illegally carrying a weapon.
August 11, 2014 |
Charlie Manuel descended a temporary staircase installed at center field inside Citizens Bank Park, and the man fired by the Phillies less than a year ago owned the building one more time. This was vindication. He shook the hands of executives who oversaw his demise. He greeted the players who ultimately failed him. He smiled at fans who once labeled him a West Virginia hick. They chanted his name. Charlie! Charlie! Charlie! They laughed when he spoke for six minutes while a baseball game was delayed 45 minutes to honor him. They waved at him as he circled the field for five minutes in a white Toyota convertible.
July 31, 2014
THE UNION is set to make what the club has deemed a "major announcement" in a noon news conference today at PPL Park. Both Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz and interim manager Jim Curtin are slated to attend, which suggests the announcement regards a roster move. Recent reports have pegged the Union as showing interest in Algerian World Cup goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, spotted earlier this month in a PPL Park box watching a game with Sakiewicz. M'Bolhi, 28, spent last season with Bulgarian club CKSA Sofia and has played in the last two World Cups.
July 26, 2014 |
The family of a pregnant Fairhill woman who died in 2012 after a fall at her parents' home sued the city Thursday, contending her death and her child's severe brain damage resulted from paramedic malpractice and defective equipment. The suit was filed in Common Pleas Court by Eriberto Rodriguez, widower of Joanne Rodriguez; their 21-month-old son, Xavier; and maternal grandmother Daisy Morales. "My wife should be alive today. My son should be healthy, growing, playing, laughing.
July 4, 2014 |
In a dramatic news conference two weeks ago, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane strongly suggested that two credible victims could have been spared harm if the state's investigation of child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky had moved more urgently. One day later, Kane's aides acknowledged that she misspoke about one of the victims - and that prosecutors in place before she took office had used the man's case to convict Sandusky. And on Wednesday, state police raised new questions about Kane's claim that a second credible victim was assaulted while the investigation dragged on. They said Kane's current chief of staff, veteran state prosecutor Bruce Beemer, did not support bringing charges based on this victim.
June 26, 2014 |
It is unclear whether Pennsylvania will ever recover from the sordid and tragic Jerry Sandusky case - or whether officials are capable of keeping politics and personal animus from further infecting the entire mess. Certainly Attorney General Kathleen Kane's recent actions prove we're still in the thick of it. This is a wound that shows no sign of healing. The latest chapter of the controversy concerns how long it took state prosecutors to arrest the former Penn State assistant football coach for sexually assaulting children.