November 7, 2014 |
LAST SEASON, Michigan State came within a 17-13 September loss at Notre Dame of maybe playing Florida State for the national title. It was a game in which the Spartans were called for four pass-interference penalties - including two on the winning drive - and a defensive holding that also led to Irish points. "I've been coaching 30-plus years . . . never [saw that]," MSU's Mark Dantonio noted at the time. "I guess that's where we should stop. " So the next time anyone wants to bring up the late call that went against ND at FSU . . . Just saying.
November 4, 2014 |
I T TOOK a few years of running a financial ministry at my church before I realized that the program needed to be revamped. Initially, I would have participants start with creating a budget. But by the time we got midway through the 10-month schedule, far too many people hadn't done theirs. So I spent one session probing why folks couldn't finish - or even start - their budgets. For the most part, it all came down to fear. One 50-year-old woman clarified it for me. "I'm ashamed," she said, shaking and choking back tears.
November 2, 2014 |
Sexually inappropriate pictures circulated by students at Neshaminy High School prompted a police investigation Friday, authorities said. School officials and law enforcement were still determining whether any students were depicted in the pictures and how widely the pictures were shared. "It's a large number of students," district spokesman Chris Stanley said Friday night. "It's not just one or two. " He estimated that as many as 20 students among the school's 2,540 could have received the pictures, but said it was possible the investigation could reveal the number was more or less.
October 18, 2014 |
The photograph that 6-year-old Logan Reed snapped near the place he once lived as a homeless child conveys not a thousand words, as the saying goes, but one plain desire. "My hope is to have friends," says a quote printed beneath his photo, on a greeting card bearing an image of two young girls holding hands at a playground. His words convey a bittersweet longing against a sanguine snapshot taken by a boy with a fetching, toothless smile. "Maybe because we moved around so much," said his mother, Berniesha Crosby, 22, taken aback by what had been on her son's mind, laid bare on the card.
October 16, 2014 |
"It's amazing how many people texted and e-mailed me and said how awesome that you're bowl eligible. We're not bowl eligible. We have an opportunity to go to a bowl game. We need to make sure that we can take care of our business. " - James Franklin, Sept. 9 Everyone in Nittany Nation was ecstatic in early September when the NCAA lifted the sanctions that had prohibited Penn State from going to a bowl game the previous two seasons. Fans texted each other with their preference of bowl venues - San Diego, Orlando, Tampa or some other warm-weather locale.
September 11, 2014 |
As much as Penn State coach James Franklin tried Tuesday to shift his focus - and that of his media audience - to the game coming up against Rutgers, he seemed to relish the chance to talk about how much having the opportunity to play in a bowl game meant to him and his players. At his weekly teleconference, Franklin said he and his team were "very appreciative" that they had a chance to participate in a bowl at the end of this season, which was made possible by the NCAA's decision Monday to lift the postseason ban against Penn State and restore the full amount of 85 scholarships for next season.
July 31, 2014 |
Royal photobombers! Those Brit royals are kuh- razy for photobombs! They are just raising holy heck at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland! Five days ago, Queen Elizabeth II slap-happily crashed a selfie by Australian hockey players Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris , evidently all unplanned. Then on Monday, Prince Harry disrupted a self-shot by some rugby guys from New Zealand. And three makes a trend: Prince William himself messed up a perfectly good shot with Olympic cycling champ Chris Hoy. Those wacky monarchical types!
July 22, 2014
While men and women of note may be displayed in gilt frames and careful poses, the usual suspects have to settle for harsh lighting and height markers. The conventions of a portrait gallery, in other words, differ from those of a police lineup. The trouble with any sizable collection of Pennsylvania politicians' likenesses is that it is likely to be both. Take the pantheon of past legislative leaders whose images hang in the state Capitol: No fewer than four of the men depicted went on to pose for their mug shots.
June 6, 2014 |
MAYBE it's due to our already long summer of diarrhea jokes, but I developed a soft spot for the clunky bookishness of "Words and Pictures. " This is an inspirational teacher movie in the Mr. Chips/Mr. Holland vein, which doubles down on the inspirational teachers - an English teacher (Clive Owen) and an art teacher (Juliette Binoche) lead a student-body debate on the relative merits of writing and painting. It's also a love story - Jack (Owen) is a blocked writer and an alcoholic, Dina (Binoche)
April 23, 2014 |
IF A PICTURE paints a thousand words, this was an American classic. A runner collapsed near the finish line of yesterday's Boston Marathon, not far from where the first bomb exploded last year. Wesley Lowery, a photographer for the Washington Post, tweeted pictures of what happened next. First one runner stopped to help. Then three more. Two lifted the exhausted runners by the legs, while the other two grabbed his arms. Together, the five crossed the finish line, prompting what Lowery called "the loudest cheer I've heard today.