March 16, 2012 |
"SEEKING Justice," this week's movie starring Nicolas Cage, starts intriguingly, turning the "Death Wish"-formula inside out. Will (Nicolas Cage), a high school English teacher, is distraught after his wife, Laura ("Mad Men's" January Jones), is beaten and raped and left clinging to life. In the hospital waiting room, a sharp-dressed man named Simon (Guy Pearce) approaches Will with an offer he can't refuse. Instead of having to wait for the cops to apprehend the perp - if they ever even catch him - and enduring a drawn-out trial that could result in a lenient sentence, Simon offers to track down and dispose of the cretin, completely free of charge.
March 7, 2012 |
THE PUCK rimmed around the boards, a weak clearing attempt by the Flyers' defense after a turnover by the Red Wings deep in the Philadelphia defensive zone. Jakub Voracek glanced once, quickly, to find Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall. And then the Wells Fargo Center fell silent. As Voracek turned his head to corral the puck, it was immediately met by a thunderous shoulder from Kronwall - one that sent Voracek into next week. Voracek's helmet was jarred loose as his head slammed into the ice. His hands were frozen in the air for a second until he regained his surroundings and somehow tried to get to the bench.
March 3, 2012 |
Holy Ghost Prep's two keys for gaining redemption against Octorara were handling defensive pressure and limiting second-chance opportunities. The top-seeded Firebirds fared pretty well in both categories, and surprisingly whipped the second-seeded Braves, 56-33, Saturday at Haverford College for their second PIAA District 1 Class AAA boys' basketball crown in three seasons. "We came in with a lot of motivation after losing to them in last year's final," said Tom Heston, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior forward.
February 26, 2012 |
This one was personal. Before last month's game at Temple was over, St. Joseph's guards Carl Jones and Langston Galloway said they were prepared for the rematch. "The way they did us at their place, it wasn't right," said Jones, recalling the 18-point setback. "At the end of the game, they were up probably 20 [points]. They were still throwing [alley]oops, shooting threes, and just disrespecting you. "So we felt really disrespected. So we really felt like we had to win this game.
February 14, 2012
* REVENGE. 10 p.m. tomorrow, 6 ABC. NOTHING SAYS romance like an engagement party that ends with a body on the beach. Or so goes the thinking at ABC's "Revenge," which has taken 15 episodes to get back to the point where it began last fall, managing to plop that pivotal hour into the middle of February sweeps and into a week dominated by hearts and flowers. Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) couldn't have planned it better herself. The true architect of one of the season's guiltier pleasures, though, is executive producer Mike Kelley, and according to Gabriel Mann, who plays Nolan Ross, the Internet billionaire who's doing everything he can to help Emily avenge her late disgraced father, Kelley doesn't give much away.
February 12, 2012 |
WESTERLY, R.I. - For two centuries it rested a mile from shore, shrouded by a treacherous reef from the pleasure boaters and beachgoers who haunt New England's southern coast. Now, researchers from the U.S. Navy are hoping to confirm what the men who discovered the wreck believe: that the sunken ship off the coast of Rhode Island is the USS Revenge, commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry and lost on a stormy January day in 1811. "The Revenge was forgotten. It became a footnote," said Charlie Buffum, a brewery owner from Stonington, Conn., who found the shipwreck while diving with friend Craig Harger.
February 10, 2012 |
SCOTT HARTNELL swears there was no carryover last night from when he embarrassed Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf on live television at the All-Star Game on Jan. 29 in Ottawa. Skating by Phaneuf after his All-Star linemate, Henrik Sedin, popped in a goal, Hartnell said, "Suck it, Phaneuf!" with a microphone underneath his jersey capturing the whole thing for a plugged-in "Hockey Night in Canada" audience. Last night was different. "I thought it was somewhat of a cheap play," Hartnell said.
February 8, 2012
The gunshot that left a rookie Philadelphia cop crippled 45 years ago continues to echo through the city's criminal-justice system. But it's the man who fired the bullet - and who remains behind bars, despite having served his entire prison sentence - who now seeks a measure of justice. William Barnes' recent appeal to the federal courts to be released from prison may not win much public sympathy for the 76-year-old inmate. It was Barnes' weapon, fired during a 1966 burglary, that paralyzed Police Officer Walter Barclay.
January 20, 2012
A Delaware County man who posted a sex-tape video he made with an old girlfriend to get revenge after they broke up has pleaded guilty to obscenity and harassment charges. Christopher Thomas Scott, 20, of Newtown Square, received a sentence of three to 23 months, followed by three years of probation. Scott will be on house arrest during weekdays and will spend weekends in jail for 12 weeks. Scott posted the video of the 24-year-old woman on a number of websites. According to court records, the victim learned of the postings when her employer called her in, showed the video to her, and asked her to resign.