April 3, 2013
Fare impact from airline mergers It's laughable to hear US Airways chief Doug Parker say that Philadelphia will benefit from the merger with American Airlines ("In Phila., extolling airlines' merger," March 27). I've been flying twice a year for business to Portland, Maine, for more than 20 years. Tickets for a 52-minute nonstop flight once cost in the $300 range at a time when there was competition on that route. But now it's in the $800 to $1,000 range. The reason? Southwest Airlines in the last year or so decided it was only flying in a southwest direction from Philadelphia.
December 31, 2012 |
PORTLAND - Over the last two games, 76ers coach Doug Collins has turned to veteran point guard Royal Ivey with more consistency. In the Sixers' win at Memphis the day after Christmas, Collins counted on Ivey to fill in for Jrue Holiday, and Ivey responded with six points, making both of his three-point shots in almost 11 minutes. In a 96-89 loss to Golden State on Friday, Ivey logged more than 25 minutes. And while he scored just five points, Collins said that foes are going to see more of Ivey as the coach tightens his rotation.
December 22, 2012
New York's Carmelo Anthony and three others were thrown out of a foul-filled game, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks for the second time this season, 110-106, on Friday night in New York. Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Bulls counterpart Joakim Noah were tossed after a fourth-quarter altercation, shortly after New York coach Mike Woodson was ejected following his second technical. Anthony finished with 29 points on 10-of-25 shooting, ending his streak of four straight 30-point games.
December 12, 2012 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - A gunman opened fire in a Portland-area shopping mall Tuesday, killing two people and wounding one as people were doing their Christmas shopping, authorities said. Witnesses described a scene of chaos and disbelief as a gunman wearing some sort of camouflage outfit and what looked like a hockey mask fired rounds from a military-style rifle near the food court at Clackamas Town Center. Parents with children joined other shoppers rushing to stores' back rooms for safety as teams of police officers began entering the mall to find the shooter.
July 24, 2012
Court-martial set in alleged hazing NEW YORK - Chinese Americans decrying the suicide of an Army private who allegedly was hazed because of his ethnicity left Monday for the North Carolina court-martial for one of eight U.S. soldiers accused of pushing Pvt. Danny Chen to the edge. Dozens of supporters of Chen's family held a news conference in Manhattan before some boarded a van for the 10-hour trip to Fayetteville. Military officials said Chen, 19, shot himself last year in Afghanistan after weeks of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of fellow soldiers.
July 19, 2012
Peter N. Kyros, a Democrat who represented Portland, Maine, in the U.S. House for four terms, died July 10 - the day before his 87th birthday - at George Washington University Hospital of respiratory failure. Kyros was a lawyer in private practice in Portland before serving in the House from 1967 to 1975. In Congress, he helped oversee legislation involving conservation and wildlife protection, and he promoted the passage of a law establishing a 200-mile offshore commercial fishing boundary.
June 19, 2012 |
THE INITIAL BUZZ at the NBA Combine in early June was about Syracuse's Dion Waiters and reports that one team had given him a guarantee that he would be selected in the lottery. Waiters, a Philadelphia native, immediately left the combine and canceled all of his remaining workouts and interviews on the advice of his agent, Rob Pelinka. That only increased the buzz. Speculation focused on Toronto at No. 8, Portland at No. 11 or Phoenix at No. 13. The Raptors immediately denied such a promise existed.
June 7, 2012 |
Danny Mwanga heard the rumors and saw the signs — but was surprisingly OK with all of it. Mwanga was traded Wednesday to the Portland Timbers for speedy Colombian striker Jorge Perlaza. But to hear Mwanga speak of a move that returned the Union's first MLS SuperDraft pick to the city where his career began, one might have thought he won the Powerball jackpot. "There were rumors here and there, and I knew this might be something that was going to happen," Mwanga said on a teleconference held by the Timbers Wednesday night.
May 31, 2012
NEW YORK - The New Orleans Hornets, recently sold by the NBA to Saints owner Tom Benson, won the NBA's draft lottery and the No. 1 pick overall. The Hornets, after a difficult season in which they traded All-Star Chris Paul, have a shot to add another superstar, with Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis considered the best player available. The Hornets moved up from the fourth spot to earn the pick. The Charlotte Bobcats, after the worst season in NBA history, fell to the No. 2 pick.
March 19, 2012 |
The Union's world is in turmoil, but it's nothing a win, a clutch goal, or possibly a new starting lineup wouldn't solve. For the first time in their three-year history, the Union have started a season 0-2 with Sunday's 2-1 Major League Soccer loss to the Colorado Rapids in the home opener at PPL Park in Chester. A sellout crowd of 19,074 watched the loss, a number just slightly more than the scoring chances the Union failed to cash in on. Even Mayor Nutter was at the game, wearing a retro Union 2011 jersey, which made him look old-school, since the Union have new, bright-blue uniforms.