December 11, 2014 |
Two of the nation's largest pay-TV operators, Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., are marketing slimmed-down, low-cost TV bundles to young adults who might only be interested in Internet-delivered entertainment - the so-called cord-cutters. The double-play product offerings, or Internet and TV services, are part of the ferment in the pay-TV industry as YouTube, Netflix, and other Internet-delivered entertainment gain footholds with Internet-savvy millennials. Premium-network HBO and broadcast network CBS Corp.
December 8, 2014 |
2015 Honda Fit EX-L Navi vs. the 2015 Nissan Versa SV Sedan: Battle of the stocking stuffers. This week: 2015 Honda Fit. Price: $21,590 as tested; no options. (A basic LX with the six-speed manual starts at $15,525.) Marketer's pitch: "There's so much to Fit. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "unmatched small-car versatility thanks to unique rear seat design; quick acceleration; high fuel economy . . .," but not that a "sedan version isn't offered; touchscreen interface can be frustrating to use. " Reality: Yes, there is. New Fit on the block: If last week we looked at the $265,000 McLaren 650S as a holiday treat, then the Fit and Versa are toys, by comparison, stocking stuffers, things you buy yourself on the 26th.
December 7, 2014 |
The Subaru BRZ - for those of you who have been trapped in a cave in British Columbia since before the car's debut as a 2013 model - is a small sports coupe as affordable as it is handsome and athletic. It sprang from a joint venture with Toyota, which offers a fraternal twin called the Scion FR-S. With the BRZ now in its third model year, Subaru decided that some tweaks were in order, notably a suspension revision designed to make that sports car's undercarriage handle the bumps a little better.
September 29, 2014 |
PARIS - On Avenue Montaigne, the heart of this city's fashion district, sits the Hotel Athénée, where rooms start at $1,820 a night. On this particular sun-laved September afternoon, there was a Bugatti Veyron parked in front of the hotel entrance. The Bugatti is the fastest, most powerful production car on Earth. When equipped with the 1,200-horsepower, 16-cylinder engine, it will top 250 m.p.h. - and $2 million. Parked nearby were five chauffeurs in white shirts and black German sedans, awaiting the return of their employers.
September 4, 2014 |
DeMECO RYANS played 1,189 snaps last season, which was the most by any Eagles defensive player, and also the most of any linebacker in the NFL. If you're expecting him to complain about being overworked, if you're expecting him to request some relief, fuhgeddaboudit. Ryans wears those 1,189 snaps like a badge of honor; they are a testament to his relentlessness and warrior mentality. He'd rather play 200 more snaps this season than one fewer. Which is why he got this sour look on his face yesterday after practice when I asked him for his feelings on the six-defensive-back "dime" package that the Eagles will use this season against certain multiple-receiver personnel looks.
August 26, 2014 |
Shoppers and employees at the Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting were evacuated Sunday when a suspicious package was found in the store - the second time this month a threat shut down the market. The package was found around 1 p.m., store team leader Sue Haney said. Haney said the store - which is part of the Plymouth Meeting Mall along Germantown Pike - was closed for about 90 minutes while police investigated. Several surrounding stores were also evacuated. The Plymouth Township Police Department declined to comment.
July 26, 2014 |
TRENTON - With less than two weeks to vote on a measure that could lead to pretrial detention without bail, New Jersey lawmakers remain divided over how to address the right to a speedy trial. The schism could upend the criminal-justice reform package that has been in the works for two years. The proposed constitutional amendment, which requires voter approval, would allow judges to deny bail if, following a prosecutor's motion, they are concerned that defendants would not show up to court, would threaten the safety of others, or would obstruct or attempt to obstruct justice.
March 23, 2014 |
BUFFALO - It has probably been more than two decades, give or take a season, since the best player on the University of Connecticut's basketball team was a senior. That says something about the impatient nature of big-time college basketball - always willing to trade tomorrow's stability for the short-term fix of today's elite prep players - and it says something about UConn's ability under Jim Calhoun to successfully fish those waters. The streak is over, however, and that says something much more about Shabazz Napier, the 6-foot-1 senior point guard who led the Huskies in points, rebounds, and assists and was named the American Athletic Conference's first-ever player of the year.
January 11, 2014 |
A Montgomery County judge on Thursday entered a $3,300 judgment against Don Tollefson, the latest in a series of mounting legal woes over sports trips arranged by the once-prominent broadcaster. District Judge Katherine McGill in Oreland rendered her decision after Tollefson failed to appear to defend claims from an Allentown couple that he sold them a Super Bowl package, then never provided airfare. The judgment comes as Bucks County prosecutors prepare felony fraud charges against Tollefson on behalf of 100 more people whose claims total $200,000.
December 13, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - More than two years in the making, a package of bills to strengthen the state's child-protection laws was approved by legislators Wednesday and sent to the governor. One bill widens the net for adults who could be held responsible in suspected child abuse. Another seeks to improve coordination among county and law enforcement agencies that investigate such claims. But a bill mandating that suspected abuse be reported directly to state welfare officials - a requirement some say could have snagged Jerry Sandusky years before his arrest - is on hold at least until January.