March 25, 2015 |
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis took the high road yesterday by publicly forgiving a young man who insulted her on the Internet. Joey Casselberry , a/k/a @Big Cass24, is no longer on Twitter, but posted last week: "Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada. " Casselberry, a junior and first baseman for the Bloomsburg University Huskies, was bounced from the team over the weekend after college president David L. Soltz said he was "deeply saddened" by the offensive tweet.
December 18, 2014 |
AS COLLEGE football gets set for its first Final Four, the "others" in college basketball await their fate. Saint Joseph's and La Salle are among the "others. " They are both in a very good league whose priority is men's basketball. Still, even the Atlantic 10 can't protect the "others" forever. If you don't think the Power Five conferences are in charge of college sports, you really have not been paying attention. Many of those conference power brokers look at the NCAA as middleman that is more nuisance than facilitator.
October 13, 2014
If I hadn't been looking for "psychylustro" through the tinted windows of the Chestnut Hill West train, I would not have seen the helium balloon bucking at its tethers above the Philadelphia Zoo. I wouldn't have wondered about the skinny, leafless trees (like tinder, like wishbones) or imagined 19th-century factory girls behind the smashed windows of abandoned manufactories or reflected on Philadelphia's history as a generative incubator of modern graffiti. I wouldn't have thought about rail yard grass, either, or about how, despite every zooming, spewing, speeding thing, it grows.
September 23, 2014 |
HEY, THE BIG fellas need ink, too. Sure, the quarterbacks and speedsters rack up the stats, but what about the hurly-burlies up front? At 6-4 and 280 pounds, Roman Catholic senior two-way lineman Gavin Wiggins was large on Saturday as the Cahillites chased down host Archbishop Ryan, 24-16. Grunts might not get the touchdowns or the numbers, but that doesn't mean they aren't playmakers. "On the offensive line, you're doing it for someone else to make plays, but on defense, you can be the person to make those big plays," Wiggins said.
August 8, 2014
NOT EVEN a decade after Wall Street gamblers took us to the brink of global economic ruin, the same players are back abusing the financial product that caused so much trouble - the subprime loan. This time the loans are for used cars sold to lower-income Americans who can't afford them. It's such a lucrative market that, according to the New York Times , subprime car loans have increased by 130 percent in the last five years. And Equifax reported this spring that subprime auto lending was the highest it has been since 2006.
August 1, 2014
THE CRIMINAL GANG was ruthless and relentless: kidnapping and beating up victims, stealing money and property, and dealing drugs. What set them apart from an ordinary criminal cabal was not their greediness. What set them apart was that they were police. In the latest black eye on the Philadelphia Police Department, a 42-page federal indictment released yesterday describes in chilling language a "criminal organization" whose six members organized for the purpose of "generating money for the members through crimes including robbery, extortion, kidnapping and drug dealing and concealing those activities from law enforcement scrutiny.
July 1, 2014 |
David Buchanan fired 187 pitches in his last two starts. Just 99 - or 52.9 percent - were strikes, a number that bothered the rookie righthander despite two five-inning starts that were decent enough to keep the Phillies in games. "I'm trying to get as many chances to win as I can," Buchanan said. "I'm taking these last two and trying to scratch them from my memory. Walking guys like that is unacceptable. " He walked six batters in his first six major-league starts (361/3 innings)
July 1, 2014 |
Luis Rodriguez knew it was the house for him and his family when he saw the rhododendron on the side, the size of a tree. He is a landscaper. His wife, Danielle, loved the size of the lot, a corner, and the five bedrooms. She was excited about all the work her husband could do! This was in Williamstown, a place to raise their family. Luis never finished high school in Camden. He worked, often seven days a week, to provide for his family. His wife worked full-time, too, first for Comcast, then for Penn Medicine scheduling appointments.
June 15, 2014 |
I've probably done worse things to our kids than drag them through innumerable ruins - Greek, Roman, Mayan, etc. - but we have been to a lot of ruins. If it was built and fell down, we'll make a detour; if it was built, fell down, buried, and dug up again, we'll book a room. Owing to their proximity to margaritas and warm beaches, we've been to a lot of big-ticket Mayan ruins in particular (Tikal, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Caracol). On a recent cruise, though, we stopped at Costa Maya, Mexico, and discovered, by circumstance and somewhat by accident, a new favorite.
May 23, 2014 |
Nearly four years after its supposed completion, the President's House commemorative site on Independence Mall is so plagued with chronic leaks, water pooling, and moisture drenching the ruins of George Washington's and John Adams' executive mansion that Independence Park may have to cover the site to protect the archaeological remains. While the memorial, at Sixth and Market Streets, is within the park's confines, the city managed its construction with the understanding that it would turn over a finished, functioning President's House to the park's care.