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.
January 18, 2014 |
When ESPN's College GameDay crew shows up at the Palestra Saturday, Jay Bilas will speak of the old place from experience. "I think I was in foul trouble at the warm-ups," Bilas said of facing La Salle in January of 1983 as a freshman starter for the Duke Blue Devils. "I had to cover Albert 'Truck' Butts. I found out pretty quickly that he had that nickname for a reason. He basically ran over me. " Duke survived the day, beating the Explorers by a point, so Digger Phelps and the other GameDay hosts can't give Bilas too much of a hard time as they recount their own Palestra memories.
January 17, 2014 |
EVERY ONCE in a while, Sixers coach Brett Brown feels the need to whet his appetite. For the past 12 seasons as a member of the San Antonio Spurs' staff, Brown was fed a steady diet of 50-plus wins a season, deep runs into the playoffs and four NBA titles. Now that he is overseeing an organization entrenched in reconstruction, he needs to find something to keep his sanity. Looking back at highlights of his championship years won't do it, as that might just lend itself to a bout of depression over what he left behind.
December 18, 2013 |
DOYLESTOWN Nearly two years to the day after guitarist Danny DeGennaro was murdered in his Levittown home during a botched robbery attempt, the last of five defendants was sentenced Monday in Bucks County Court for his role in the crime. Kazair Gist, 19, of Trenton, who was convicted of first- and second-degree murder in October, was sentenced to 52 to 104 years in prison. Because of a sentencing law enacted last year, Judge Rea B. Boylan determined the penalty for Gist, who was two days shy of his 18th birthday on the day of the murder, Dec. 28, 2011.
December 13, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Nerlens Noel is being rebuilt in more ways than one. The 76ers are rebuilding the shot of the rehabilitating rookie center, who was known just as a shot blocker at Kentucky. "I'm thrilled with what he's done with his shot," coach Brett Brown said before Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. "You know, we said from the very beginning, it's an opportunity. One I hope he never has again. " The 6-foot-11, 228-pounder has yet to play in a game this season while he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
November 6, 2013 |
PENNSVILLE Saying it has "fully cooperated" with authorities, the family of Paul Ciancia, the South Jersey man charged with last week's deadly shooting spree at Los Angeles International Airport, on Monday offered regret and sympathy for the victims. In a statement read by attorney John Jordan outside the Pennsville police headquarters, the Ciancia family said, "We, like most Americans, are shocked and numbed by the tragic events last Friday. " But noting that "Paul is our son and brother," they said they "will continue to love and care for him . . . [and]
October 23, 2013 |
A 55-year-old man charged with shooting and seriously wounding two managers at a Montgomery County go-go bar after he was asked to leave, and later firing at police, is being held with bail set at $2.5 million. The charges against Joseph Oesterle Thiers, 55, of Warrington, Bucks County, include attempted murder, aggravated assault, weapons charges, and assault on a law enforcement officer. The affidavit of probable cause gives the following account: About 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Thiers was asked to leave Double Visions, on Easton Road in Horsham, but 10 to 15 minutes later was buzzed in at the back entrance of the club by an employee who recognized him as a "semi-regular" patron.
October 23, 2013 |
WE'VE seen at least 12 active-shooter situations so far in 2013," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told thousands of law-enforcement officials gathered at the Pennsylvania Convention Center yesterday. By the time he was done speaking, the number had risen to 13. As Holder addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police on the rise of active-shooter situations in the United States, a Nevada middle-school student was shooting a math teacher, two classmates and himself.