March 27, 2015 |
It was the most effective - and clearly cynical - strategy employed in Philadelphia politics in decades. "Republicans did it," went the claim from Mayor John F. Street's 2003 reelection campaign, suggesting that an FBI listening device discovered in his City Hall office was a GOP political dirty trick. Frank Keel, a political consultant who calls developing that strategy for Street the "defining moment" of his career, sued David Axelrod on Tuesday for taking the credit in his new memoir, Believer, My 40 Years in Politics.
March 22, 2015 |
Emanuel "Manny" Morales is in for the fight. The Philadelphia City Council candidate, who came under fire this week after a political rival pointed out racist, antigay, and anti-poor-people messages on his Facebook page, said Friday that he is staying in the May 19 primary to determine the Democratic Party's candidate in the Seventh District. "We will continue doing like we did with our petitions," said Morales, who until this week was the Democratic Party's endorsed candidate, "knocking on doors and visiting every single person in the district.
March 21, 2015 |
Having received limited playing time in two years at Syracuse, former Lower Merion High basketball standout B.J. Johnson said Thursday he will transfer. "He wants a chance to go somewhere where he can maximize his playing potential, get 25 minutes or more a game," said his father, Bobby Johnson. "And with the year off, he'll have time to work on his body and put on a few pounds. " Johnson made the announcement the same day that Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in an hour-long news conference that he and the university will appeal punishments for academic and benefits violations.
March 21, 2015 |
The Philadelphia police officers involved in the shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown will not face criminal charges, District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday. "In this case, the facts show a tragedy, a terrible tragedy, but not a crime," Williams said at an afternoon news conference, saying his conclusion came after a three-month investigation. An attorney for the family of the 25-year-old Frankford man said questions remained in the case and indicated he would file suit.
March 18, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The latest news on Cliff Lee wasn't really news, in a way, because nothing has been new regarding the lefthander's $120 million arm in the last 10 months. Lee has had a sore elbow since last May, when the pain was enough to cause him trouble when he turned a door knob. He's had a sore elbow since grabbing at it during his last regular-season start in Washington on the last night of July, hours after baseball's trade deadline. He's rested it. He's rehabbed it. Twice.
March 13, 2015 |
MAYBE IT'S just my vivid imagination or maybe it's just the way he talks, but there seemed to be at least a couple of times yesterday when Sam Bradford sounded as if he was about to, well, cry. The last time came way at the end of the 14-minute news conference introducing him to his new, already-skeptical city, a news conference in which he spoke repeatedly of the two knee injuries that transformed him from Can't Miss to Huge Risk, of the doubts...
March 9, 2015 |
Nobody wanted this. You can't find a person walking around the Palestra who is overjoyed to hear that Jerome Allen's Penn tenure is down to one game, Tuesday against Princeton. An all-time Quakers great who clearly poured his soul into his job but didn't have the success needed to keep it, the news leaked out Saturday that Allen had found out earlier last week that his contract will be bought out after the season. Allen was elevated from assistant when Glen Miller was let go in 2009-10, when Allen had just joined the staff.
February 26, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Before walking into the news conference Tuesday to announce that he would be Columbia's new football coach, Al Bagnoli spotted a Philadelphia reporter and asked, "What are you doing here?" The response to the former Penn football coach: "What are you doing here?" This was not a scene that anybody could have predicted, as Bagnoli acknowledges. Yet his return to coaching after 23 seasons as Penn's head coach is a story with Philadelphia roots. The road to Columbia began on the Main Line.
February 20, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Give Cliff Lee credit for being savvy enough to bring a prop to his postworkout press conference yesterday afternoon. Less than 24 hours after Cole Hamels' words to USA Today went viral, implying that he wanted to be traded since his No.1 priority is winning and that's "not going to happen here" with the Phillies, Lee knew he'd have to answer similar queries. And so when one of those questions came his way - would you also welcome the opportunity to play somewhere else via trade?
February 20, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It's easy to understand why athletes get frustrated with us. You felt it in Cliff Lee's voice yesterday, saw it in his facial expressions, heard it in his readings from the Magic 8 Balls. Yep, there was a Magic 8 Ball. Lee brought a prop to his first media availability of the spring. Marshawn Lynch seems to have started a trend: the news conference as performance art, a platform for commentary on the state of the media in post-news-cycle America. This was more subtle than recent offerings by Lynch or Kevin Durant, but it nevertheless succeeded in turning the spotlight on the absurdity of our expectations when it comes to athletes and the things they tell us. Maybe that wasn't Lee's intent.