March 8, 2015
WITH THE NEWS earlier this week that the Eagles had released Cary Williams, a good many of the team's fans took to social media to give him a single-digit salute and hurl the kind of insults at the 30-year-old cornerback that they never, ever would have had the guts to hurl if he was standing in front of them. But that's par for the course these days when so many manage to find courage only when they're hiding behind an anonymous user name or a blog that doesn't require them ever to visit a locker room and look a man in the eye. I'm not suggesting Williams deserved a parade down Broad Street for his 2 years of service with the Eagles.
March 8, 2015 |
Hundreds of friends, neighbors, schoolmates and family members on Friday joined in the search for a missing Shipley School eighth-grader from Delaware County. The family's Newtown Square home has become a command central as volunteers - sustained by doughnuts, energy bars, and coffee - show up to receive their assignments in the well-coordinated search effort for Cayman Naib. The 13-year-old boy left home Wednesday evening after receiving an e-mailed progress report from school.
March 4, 2015 |
AFTER more than a month of scouring social media and consulting with police, Wilfredo Rojas found some relief. Well, as much relief as he can muster, knowing that the man allegedly responsible for his son's death in Feltonville is behind bars. Leonaldo Rivera, 25, turned himself in to police Friday. The Camden resident has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and firearms violations, court records show. Law-enforcement agencies on both sides of the Delaware River had sought Rivera in the death of Alejandro Rojas-Garcia, 24, who was gunned down Jan. 24 outside the A Lounge Social Club, on Macalester Street near Hunting Park Avenue in Feltonville, after a night out with friends.
February 17, 2015 |
IT'S TAKEN Hollywood 29 years to come up with a new "9 1/2 Weeks," but the big-screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey" whipped bean counters into an orgasmic frenzy (audiences, not so much), earning an estimated $81.7 million at the weekend box office. In addition to destroying Valentine's and Presidents Day weekend records, "Fifty Shades of Grey" has also become the second-highest February debut ever, behind the $83.9 million "Passion of the Christ" opening in 2004. How's that for a double feature?
February 13, 2015
THE EAGLES found themselves being widely ridiculed on social media yesterday when a number of people and media outlets, including TMZ and Deadspin, noticed that the 2015 team calendar features a photo of wideout Riley Cooper illustrating February. February is Black History Month. Cooper, of course, made headlines in the summer of 2013 when video footage surfaced of him using the "N-word" during a dispute at a Kenny Chesney concert. He ended up apologizing to fans and teammates. "We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar," the Eagles said in a statement released yesterday afternoon.
February 12, 2015 |
THERE'S NO chance a story finds a happy ending when a man lies dead on the ground with a bullet in his head. That's the cold, unavoidable truth at the heart of every homicide investigation that unfolds in this city, whether a trigger was pulled by someone settling a drug dispute or by a cop struggling with a suspect. What families of victims strive for instead is justice and truth , words and concepts that have become controversial - and harder to define - whenever someone dies as a result of a police-involved shooting.
February 9, 2015 |
Time was running out in Denver's Super Bowl XXXIII victory over Atlanta when the cattle drive began. Reporters, shuffling unthinkingly like barn-ward Herefords at sunset, began exiting the press box and crowding into a single elevator. Reaching the basement of the Miami stadium, we were herded - literally herded - into a gated corral. Soon the insufficient space was overflowing, the brays of unhappy, uncomfortable sportswriters mingling with the noisy postgame atmosphere. Finally, we were unpenned and marched down a narrow chute to a place where Broncos and Falcons sat in raised pulpits like gods we'd come to worship.
January 27, 2015 |
FOR A FEW brief hours yesterday afternoon, there was still hope. Police reported that the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue - a group formed in 1979 to help locate lost and missing people - had found a body at 1:18 p.m., caught in the tree line along the Schuylkill near the Falls Bridge. Despite immediate speculation that it could be the body of missing Bucks County teacher Christopher Tully, police would only identify the man as "John Doe. " But as the sun was setting, Tully's brother, Eddie, broke the news to thousands of supporters that #findtully was over.
January 16, 2015 |
Every January, the Phillies gather a large handful of minor-leaguers for what the team calls a Prospect Development Seminar, and this week 10 players are in town for the four-day program. Feel free to insert your observation about the front office's need for its own seminar on how to develop prospects, since that hasn't appeared to be a strength recently, but the program for the players is a good one. The seminar concentrates on advising the players about the potential pitfalls of baseball life as they climb closer to the major-league level.
January 16, 2015 |
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - On the day last week that Langston Galloway signed his 10-day contract with the New York Knicks, he called his college coach to share the good news, and from the St. Joseph's team bus, trundling through downtown Pittsburgh to a game against Duquesne, Phil Martelli gave Galloway a sound piece of advice: Don't let the culture around the NBA's worst team corrupt you. The Knicks' season has been a car crash that everyone should have...