April 8, 2016 |
IF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN came back to visit the science museum that bears his name, he'd find that a new digital sign along his Ben Franklin Parkway has become something of a lightning rod. After nearly four years of zoning and court battles, the Franklin Institute is expected - in a matter of weeks - to convert its traditional sign, at 20th Street and the parkway, into a digital sign that changes its message every 20 seconds. But if critics have their way, it won't happen. A flurry of emails between L&I Commissioner David Perri and longtime billboard critic Mary C. Tracy suggest that some city officials were exploring ways to stop the sign from going digital.
November 25, 2015 |
THE LIGHTS dimmed inside Wells Fargo Center and players from the Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes walked out to their respective benches to watch the ceremony, the Flyers wearing No. 17 patches on their jerseys. A tribute started to play on the video board, showing the newest Flyers Hall of Famer - and current Hurricanes assistant coach - Rod Brind'Amour. Highlights from the eight-plus seasons Brind'Amour spent adorned in orange and black in Philadelphia played with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" as the background music.
October 12, 2015 |
HAVING CHANGED teams five times in nine years, there isn't much of the football world that 31-year-old Allen Barbre hasn't seen. None of it seems to discourage him. He's a long-term kind of guy. Barbre got no offers from Division I schools, but he made himself a fourth-round pick in 2007 out of Division II football afterthought Missouri Southern. He spent his first two NFL seasons in Green Bay, waiting for a chance to start. He got that chance in 2009 . . . and lost it midway through the season.
June 7, 2015 |
If people had just quit nagging him about it, Tommy Edward would never have started impersonating Rod Stewart. "People would come up to me and say, 'Well, you sound like Rod Stewart, and you look like Rod Stewart,' " Edward said from his studio in Ocean City, Md. "And I was like, 'Maybe I look a little bit like him, but I don't really look like Rod Stewart.' " Edward tried to dodge the comparisons. He grew a goatee. He let his hair grow long and dyed it jet black. It didn't help.
May 13, 2015 |
They share your memories. Roy and Gretchen Jackson do - but they have so many more of their own. The Jacksons remember every minute of Preakness day, 2006. It was their horse, Barbaro, who broke down shortly after leaving the starting gate, two weeks after Barbaro had romped in the Kentucky Derby. The Jacksons can remember where they were, who they talked to, their jockey walking over and saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" . . . even the policemen who helped Barbaro get out of Pimlico Race Course, on the road to the New Bolton Center in Chester County, where the horse had surgery for his catastrophic leg fractures the next day, just down the road from their own home in West Grove.
March 31, 2015 |
Alex Rodriguez played first base for the first time in his professional career Sunday, handling three chances in three innings during the New York Yankees' 7-0 win over the Houston Astros. "It was fun," Rodriguez said. "It was quite interesting, after 20 years in the league, to see the game from a totally different lens. " The 39-year-old, who lost his third-base job to Chase Headley during a season-long drug suspension, caught Headley's throw following Jose Altuve's grounder leading off the bottom of the first.
March 6, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Six years ago they were World Series headliners and at the peak of their popularity in their respective cities. Ryan Howard had just hit .333 with two home runs and eight RBIs, winning the NLCS MVP in the Phillies' five-game series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had carried his team back to a second straight World Series for the first time in franchise history. Alex Rodriguez had batted .438 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in nine playoff games to help the New York Yankees get back to the World Series for the first time since 2003.
February 20, 2015 |
MAYBE THEY should rename it the Off-The-Wall Street Journal . The conservative daily hired Paula Sassi, a handwriting specialist, to analyze the handwritten statement Alex Rodriquez recently issued in which he apologized for his use of performance-enhancing drugs that led to his seasonlong suspension in 2014. After examining the sample, Sassi - a certified master graphologist - came to the following conclusion about the Yankees one-time slugger. "He writes like a girl," Sassi told the Journal.
November 26, 2014
A HEALTH SCARE motivated 47-year-old Rod Wilson to start losing weight. The Southwest Philadelphia family man and father of three boys got the scare of a lifetime at a track meet. A flood of frightening thoughts poured through Wilson's mind when he was unexpectedly rushed to the hospital while attending his son's track meet. "That was the turnaround for me," he recalls. I was at the track meet drinking coffee and eating a soft pretzel when suddenly my fingers began to swell up, like someone blew them up. Someone said I should get to the hospital right away, and off I went with the paramedics.
November 8, 2014 |
HE'S BECOME the professional sports equivalent of whack-a-mole. Alex Rodriguez isn't really much worse than the other steroid users who popularized baseball to unseen levels over the 20-year stretch that has coincided with labor peace. He's just a bigger tool than most of them. So when his testimony to DEA agents became public the other day, revealing a confession Rodriguez had arrogantly refused to make as he continually portrayed himself as a victim of an overzealous crusade, it was whack-a-mole time again.