April 3, 2014
EVEN if her fashion line was in deep financial trouble, to the outside world it seemed that L'Wren Scott had everything: a personal estate worth $9 million, a rock-star boyfriend, fame. But who knows what demons Mick Jagger's girlfriend struggled with before hanging herself with a black silk scarf on a doorknob inside her posh New York City apartment last month? In hindsight, you'd think someone - Jagger maybe - would have sensed just how despondent Scott had become. "She didn't just wake up that day and say, 'I'm going to kill myself,' " said Marcella Daniels, an organizer of a free mental-health conference that starts Friday called "Breaking the Silence on Mental Wellness: Real Talk.
March 21, 2014 |
THE BIGGEST indicator that the Eagles are willing to trade DeSean Jackson remains the fact that the team hasn't responded to reports, or talked to Jackson about 2 weeks-plus of trade speculation, even after reading and hearing that Jackson is bothered by what he's hearing. For a while there yesterday, it seemed this all might go away. On 94WIP, former Eagle Ike Reese said he had been told that Eagles coach Chip Kelly had called Jackson and told the team's top receiver not to listen to the media speculation.
December 27, 2013 |
When Chip Kelly was hired last January, many thought the Eagles had missed the mark. In a defense-first town, after repeated heartbreaks and heartaches over 14 seasons with offensive-minded Andy Reid in charge, grabbing a pro-experienced coordinator, ideally one with a defensive background, seemed the savvier choice than another coach with innovative offensive schemes on his resumé, but no pro experience and no title. Someone such as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
November 26, 2013 |
LOWER MERION Like many who lose a loved one to suicide, the family and friends of Officer Sean Quinn said they didn't see it coming. Quinn, 46, was a veteran of the Lower Merion Police Department, a former DARE instructor who loved working with children. He was a private man with a strong jaw and youthful features. After a bumpy stretch, his life had smoothed out in recent years, and Quinn was doing what he loved - patrolling the streets. "It was all he ever wanted to do," said his wife, Eileen.
November 15, 2013
EVERYONE HAS an opinion about abortion. God knows I do. Out of the more than 500 columns I've written for this paper, a good 30 to 40 percent must have been about Roe v. Wade in some way, shape or form. To me, abortion is murder, pure and simple. I do not believe in exceptions for health and incest and rape, which obviously puts me on the farthest right edge of the social battlefield (it's just me and Sarah our here, eating s'mores and warming our hands by the rhetorical fires.) I am infinitely grateful that I have the opportunity to express my views to a fair-sized audience on a regular basis, and am proud of a system that gives me that communicative freedom.
November 5, 2013 |
OAKLAND - Riley Cooper does smug very well. And yesterday, as he headed for the locker-room door after his five-catch, 139-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Eagles' 49-20 win over the Raiders, smug was radiating from every pore of the wide receiver's 6-3, 225-pound body. "Y'all want to talk to me?" he said in mock surprise as a few reporters stopped him. "For what?" Cooper will tell you he doesn't read the papers or listen to the radio talk shows or pay much attention to the negative comments about him on social media.
October 25, 2013 |
Sean Patrick McIlmail kept his secret for 12 years as it chewed away at him and as his close-knit family watched him descend into mental illness and drug abuse. On Wednesday - four days after they buried the 26-year-old - his parents, brother, and sister decided the time for secrets was over. In an interview at their lawyer's Bucks County home, McIlmail's parents, older brother, and younger sister confirmed it was Sean who accused former Philadelphia Catholic priest Robert L. Brennan of sexually molesting him over four years beginning when he was an 11-year-old altar boy. Sean's death was still painfully fresh for the McIlmails.
October 21, 2013 |
I'm so excited about a new restaurant that just opened in a trendy part of Brooklyn. You know what's on the menu? Silence. You got it. I'm going, and I'm taking Mother Mary. It's true. This new restaurant has rules, and one of the rules is that you're not allowed to talk in the restaurant. This is an even better restaurant rule than my personal favorite, Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work. The restaurant owner got the idea for a silent-dining restaurant after a trip he took to India, where he saw Buddhist monks eating breakfast without talking.
September 6, 2013
THERE ARE a number of legitimate reasons to oppose intervention in Syria. There are many smart people, people whom I respect and with whom I share a philosophical foxhole, who lay out those reasons with eloquence and passion. * Why now? (Why, indeed, when we did nothing in Rwanda and the Sudan?) * Syrian President Bashar Assad is no worse than the Islamic jihadists challenging his authority. (True, even though he has bigger guns.) * It's a civil war. Why should Americans risk our own blood and treasure to save Syrian souls?
August 19, 2013 |
It's difficult to imagine that at the all-star break, the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were on even footing. Now one team is gearing for October, and the other for next season. The differing paths continued with the Dodgers' 5-0 win Saturday night over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, making interim manager Ryne Sandberg 0-2 and waiting for his team to score a run. The Phillies have been shut out 12 times this season. After games played on July 14, the Phillies entered the all-star break 48-48, and the Dodgers were 47-47.