June 15, 2016 |
TORONTO - Last month, when Jerad Eickhoff threw a slider that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton missed by a foot, Larry Andersen's eyes widened. Andersen - former reliever and minor-league pitching coach, now broadcaster - considers himself a slider connoisseur. When Eickhoff shelved the pitch in a subsequent start, Andersen approached him in the dugout. Eickhoff, who tossed six shutout innings Monday in a 7-0 win over the Blue Jays, had become too predictable as a two-pitch starter.
May 31, 2016
By Seymour I. "Spence" Toll As Memorial Day has evolved since the Civil War, our nation celebrates it to remember and honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. At the national level, the service itself is more important than the cause. It doesn't matter if the sacrifices were made during World Wars I and II, in Korea and Vietnam, or in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whenever and wherever those deaths occurred, they offer a unifying theme of the spirit: Honor those whose service cost their lives.
May 27, 2016
JOHN "JOHNNY DOC" Dougherty believes there is a time for subtlety. That time is never. So when the hard-charging labor leader weighs in on a topic, he weighs in heavily. Think carpet-bombing, not precision strike. Case in point: Last week in City Council chambers. Topic: Mayor Kenney's soda-tax proposal. Targets: Everyone against the tax. We hear Dougherty, head of the Local 98 electricians union and the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, dropped some verbal napalm after last Thursday's session, making a beeline for opponents of Kenney's 3-cents-per-ounce tax and telling them they need to quit stonewalling the mayor and learn the art of compromise - fast.
May 19, 2016 |
IF LOSING a child is the worst kind of pain, then I can't imagine the kind of gut-wrenching anguish Channabel Latham-Morris will be in Wednesday as she returns to the city where her beloved son, Jamal Morris, died. The 27-year-old mechanical engineer with the bright smile and promising future was fatally injured April 18 in a hit-and-run accident while cycling in the wee hours near 45th and Market Streets. Morris, a 2011 graduate of Drexel University, was an avid cyclist, which is why Latham-Morris is scheduled to make the trek from Warwick, N.Y., to Philly.
April 13, 2016 |
Some stories work in any language. It's not good news that stories about the horrific abuse of children figure among them. Game of Silence , a new drama about childhood friends reunited years after a prank gone wrong landed four of them in a nightmarish juvenile detention facility, arrives at 10 p.m. Tuesday on NBC looking like some other network dramas. There are secrets. There are lies. And there are conspiracies meant to be labyrinthine enough to stretch beyond a single season.
April 10, 2016
The Detour Jason Jones ( The Daily Show ) and Natalie Zea ( Justified ) star in a new comedy - created by Jones with his wife, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee - about a family on a hilariously bad road trip. 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday on TBS. Game of Silence A lawyer (David Lyons) is drawn back into the darkest period of his boyhood by old friends looking for his help. 10 p.m. Tuesday on NBC. The Mindy Project As Season 4 resumes, big changes lie ahead for Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling)
February 19, 2016 |
SUPPOSEDLY, THIS was the game that Temple's student section - which has a reputation for letting visitors hear about their sore spots, real or otherwise - had circled first and foremost when the schedule came out way back when. Hey, maybe some longtime alums even felt the same way. Villanova always seems to bring out the most vocal response from the rest of the city, which it has pretty much dominated for the last three seasons. And when you throw in the fuel that Jalen Brunson was now playing for the Wildcats, well, it made for some fascinating possibilities.
January 27, 2016 |
Question: Knowing she was dying, my friend asked me to look after her husband and include him in our lives. She died this past fall and I've been trying to abide by her wishes. They were a childless couple, and my husband and I are considerably younger and have two young children. We have had her husband over several times for dinner, but I feel that we're not clicking. He doesn't really know how to interact well with our boys (in fairness, ages 2 and 4 are hard!) and he is generally a quiet person who doesn't talk much.
December 23, 2015 |
Earlier this year, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. sued the U.S. Justice Department, claiming it was attempting to prosecute him on bank and tax fraud charges for statements that should be protected by the First Amendment. Now, a federal judge has tossed that lawsuit, in part because the typically loquacious son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah failed to speak up to defend it. In an order filed last week, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III dismissed the suit because Fattah, 32, failed to meet a court deadline to respond to government arguments that his claims were meritless and, by now, moot.
October 31, 2015 |
It's been more than two years since that terrible June day when a wobbly, three-story wall tumbled onto the roof of a Salvation Army thrift store during a demolition project, killing six people. But the architect who was supervising the job, Plato Marinakos Jr., has never stopped working. Marinakos designed a five-story apartment house on Buttonwood Street last year and has sought zoning variances for other buildings. The website for his firm, Plato Studio , lists four projects for 2015.