September 15, 2014 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse from summer break facing a withering indictment of the state's finances: two credit downgrades from Wall Street ratings agencies criticizing poor long-term fiscal planning. The immediate effect, an increase in the cost of borrowing, may not be too burdensome given the current low interest rates. But the downgrades by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings, the seventh and eighth on Gov. Christie's watch, magnify the state's systemic fiscal problems.
September 11, 2014 |
CITY COUNCIL members reconvene tomorrow morning after a sweltering summer hiatus, and they've got lots to do, right out of the gate. Public-school funding and the sale of Philadelphia Gas Works top the agenda. The asset-purchase agreement of PGW and its proposed $1.86 billion sale to UIL Holdings Corp. is being pushed by Mayor Nutter as one of his administration's final initiatives to help fill a $5 billion gap in unfunded pension liabilities. Council members have danced around an answer on whether the sale should go through, saying they await results of an analytical report from Concentric Energy Advisors on the viability of the sale.
August 7, 2014 |
Josh Huff was drafted just one round after Jordan Matthews, and yet he has been lost in his fellow rookie wide receiver's shadow at this Eagles training camp. While the coaches have earmarked Matthews for a starting spot in the slot, and narrowed his playbook load, Huff has been asked to learn every receiver role. "I can't get caught up in all that," Huff said Tuesday. "That's where the coaches want him at and he's doing very well there. . . . On my end, what I can do is learn from his mistakes on the inside while managing my mistakes on the outside.
July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - For three minutes, Joe Torre tried to explain the bewilderment behind Rule 7.13 - an "experimental" provision to prevent home-plate collisions - and concluded with an indictment of the rule that has frustrated both managers and players. "It's not as confusing as I'm making it sound," Torre said Tuesday. Managers and players may disagree. Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, said the rule will not be eliminated after its one-year trial.
June 23, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - Cole Hamels appeared irked on the mound, and since the Phillies' lefthander declined to speak with reporters after Saturday's 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, catcher Carlos Ruiz provided some insight. "He felt the umpire [Larry Vanover] was a little inconsistent," Ruiz said, "but he was still throwing good pitches and getting people out. " Hamels struck out eight but walked five. He threw 120 pitches, 75 for strikes. The five walks tied a season high and matched the total he had in his previous three starts.
May 25, 2014 |
The breakfast menu at the Oregon Diner on Friday was hard feelings, over easy as the vanquished Democratic candidates for governor met with winner Tom Wolf and party leaders in a unity ritual. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, and Katie McGinty, the former state environmental secretary, and Wolf talked and noshed along with former Gov. Ed Rendell, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the city party. No grand communiques emerged, just a reaffirmation that everybody wants to beat Republican Gov. Corbett this fall.
April 28, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Freddy Galvis started the season 1 for 25 but appeared in the Phillies lineup Saturday because Ryne Sandberg wants one of his key bench pieces to find his swing. Galvis is not alone in his struggles; the Phillies bench has lacked production over the first month of games. "I think up until now it's been adequate," Sandberg said. The manager used his lone lefthanded reserve bat - Tony Gwynn Jr. - in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-4 loss to Arizona. Gwynn hit a possible double-play ball that was booted by Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington and let in two runs.
April 23, 2014 |
IF YOU WANT a different way to appreciate the power with which Josh Ockimey mashes baseballs, keep your eyes closed the next time you watch Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, because when the ball leaves his bat - the sound is unmistakable. Yesterday beneath a beautiful blue sky at 26th and Moore, baseball's springtime city sound track was in full effect. Birds chirped as cars whizzed past while hey-batter-batter banter flew from both dugouts. And when he stepped to the plate, Ockimey would read a simple message on his bat, clear his mind and pierce through all the noise with a simple swing of the bat. And that was with a tweaked lower back, which forced him into designated-hitter duty.
April 18, 2014 |
IT IS PROBABLY overstating things to say Ben Revere was playing for his job yesterday afternoon. He went through something like this last year and eventually cemented himself as the Phillies' everyday centerfielder. Still, you don't want to give the guy behind you too many chances, and, over the previous week, Tony Gwynn Jr. had not just been getting those chances, but making the most of them, as well. And so here was Revere, who had entered the day riding an 0-for-12 skid, stepping to the plate with two outs in the eighth inning, the go-ahead run on second base.
April 15, 2014 |
IT TOOK only 54 seconds for umpires to confirm what they ruled they had seen in the fourth inning. It is going to take a lot longer for the Phillies to understand. "I think nobody really knows what the rule is, honestly," Tony Gwynn Jr. said. The situation: sixth inning, tie game, Gwynn on first base. Chase Utley lines a double to leftfield, where Marlins rookie Christian Yelich juggles the ball as he fields it off the ground. Phillies third-base coach Pete Mackanin waves Gwynn around third.