December 18, 2014 |
YOU NEVER KNOW what the camera will find. Yesterday, after Archbishop Ryan's Austin Chabot was asked to hold a postgame pose, his smile revealed a black mouthpiece styled with painted-on white fangs. Usually, the 6-6 junior forward plays with unencumbered chompers. However, last week's gruesome injury made that impossible. "When we played Washington on Friday, a kid threw an elbow and my tooth went through my lip, right here," Chabot said, lifting his right upper lip to reveal a gnarled gash.
November 10, 2014 |
In minutes, the opening salvo in the latest skirmish of the Pennsylvania pigeon wars was due to begin. And there, a half-mile away across the Delaware River, lay ground zero. Shrouded behind a long, 30-foot-high wall of pale fabric, the Philadelphia Gun Club looked fortresslike in the distance. For decades, the club in Bensalem has been staging pigeon shoots that animal activists call cruel, savage, and an outrage. On the New Jersey side of the river, in Beverly, five of those activists stood watching Saturday as the clocks on their laptops ticked toward 9 a.m. Armed not with shotguns but an inflatable boat and a drone-mounted video camera, they could barely contain their contempt for the men and women who fire at caged birds flung skyward by handlers.
October 16, 2014 |
MAYBE A shorter game is something 76ers fans would like to see. And perhaps it's not too far away. The NBA announced yesterday it will experiment with a 44-minute game this exhibition season when Boston visits Brooklyn on Sunday. One minute will be chopped from each quarter, and timeouts for each team will be reduced from 10 to eight, two per quarter. "At our recent coaches' meeting, we had a discussion about the length of our games, and it was suggested that we consider experimenting with a shorter format," said Rod Thorn, NBA president and former Sixers president.
September 5, 2014 |
A HOT-BLOODED punk took major offense to a harmless accident, shooting another man several times outside a West Philly corner store Friday. Now, that victim - who police sources say is the husband of a department radio dispatcher - is fighting for his life at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Edward Lynn, 49, was shot six times outside A&A Deli, on Haverford Avenue near Farson, according to sources. Medics took him to the hospital, where he remained last night in critical but stable condition.
July 29, 2014 |
A CHILD'S drawing of Dr. Lee Silverman is taped to his front door in Lower Merion, waving with a bandaged hand and with a Band-Aid on his head. "My dad is a hero," Silverman's little daughter wrote above it. Meanwhile, Richard Plotts, Silverman's psychiatric patient for 20 years, was arraigned on murder and attempted-murder charges Saturday night in his bed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for fatally shooting a caseworker and...
June 13, 2014 |
CHANCIER McFarland, one of two men charged in the August 2012 robbery and slaying of an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, pleaded guilty yesterday and agreed to testify against his co-defendant. McFarland, 21, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy in the Aug. 18, 2012, early-morning shooting of Officer Moses Walker, 40, who had just left work in street clothes and was walking to a bus stop on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Under terms of the negotiated guilty plea, McFarland will serve 20 to 40 years in state prison and testify against co-defendant Rafael Jones, 24, the suspected gunman.
April 11, 2014 |
THOSE TV commercials for the new HTC One (M8) smartphone strike a novel chord. Mid-spot, there's a long, pregnant silence, during which viewers are supposed to go searching online for user comments. Clearly, HTC is confident that it's built something different and worthy here. And after a week of "hands-on" use, Gizmo Guy would agree. Especially for photo shooters, this is one special whipper-snapper. THREE LENSES ARE BETTER THAN TWO: Everybody's into selfies - self-portraits shot with the screen-side camera on a smartphone.
March 21, 2014 |
IF YOU'VE attended a 76ers game this season and gotten there early enough to see the players go through their individual warmups, you likely saw coach Brett Brown working on the shot of rookie Nerlens Noel. Brown said before the season that the 19-year-old's shot needed to be totally reconstructed. So the two are constantly engaging in one-on-one sessions before games and after practices. Noel, of course, is one of the few staples for this team moving forward. So investing the time with him, even though he most likely won't be on the floor for a game this season, is paramount.
March 14, 2014 |
ROBERT PENN didn't get a look at the guy who put a bullet in his shoulder. The whole thing played out in a matter of seconds, a jumble of fear, panic and pain in the dead of night. Penn had just pulled into the driveway behind his Overbrook Park rowhouse. It was shortly after midnight on March 2, and the veteran cop had just finished working a shift in West Philly's 16th District. A man appeared - had he been lurking in the shadows, waiting for Penn? - muttered something, and squeezed his trigger.