October 28, 2014 |
New Jersey political fixture John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, died a month ago today as emergency workers fought a deliberately set fire in their home and tried to revive the couple. And yet almost as little is known about who or what killed them now as on the morning of Sept. 28. Especially in light of Sheridan's long-standing prominence as chief executive of Camden-based Cooper University Health System and a onetime member of New Jersey's cabinet, the dearth of information about his death is remarkable and disturbing.
September 4, 2014 |
He has not been charged with any crime, and the plea memo summarizing the wrongdoing of his onetime top aide does not even name him. Even so, some political leaders around Philadelphia already are talking about potential replacements for Rep. Chaka Fattah - a.k.a. "Elected Official A" - just in case the federal corruption investigation that has reached the Democrat's inner circle eventually forces him from office. They can't help themselves. It's how politics works. Among the names under discussion are Mayor Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and William Green, chairman of the School Reform Commission and a former councilman.
June 14, 2013 |
* MAGIC CITY. 9 tonight, Starz. * MAD MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. SOME OF THE PEOPLE watching "Mad Men" are being driven a little mad themselves. Starved of sensation by a show that's so far failed to deliver a Red Wedding, a la "Game of Thrones," or even a measly serial killer, they've begun spinning theories on the Web about Charles Manson, the murdered actress Sharon Tate and a certain T-shirt worn by Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) - theories that, if true, would turn the show into something I doubt it was ever intended to be. I blow hot and cold on "Mad Men," but even I appreciate that it's not that screwed up. I think.
February 12, 2013 |
Now that Pope Benedict XVI has made (modern) history by stepping down from office, so begins one of the Western World's oldest parlor games: Guessing who will be the next pope. Close watchers of the Vatican say the 118 cardinals who will select Benedict's successor are watching the media-savvy leader of the massive Milan archdiocese, Cardinal Angelo Scola; top Vatican administrator Marc Ouellet of Canada; and Peter Turkson of Ghana. Also in the mix is jovial New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who would make history, as a superpower pope has been frowned upon thus far. The list is highly speculative.
December 7, 2012
PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY, the annual gathering of the state's political class, convenes in New York City Friday with plenty of speculation about the Democratic primary for governor in 2014. One name that will be floated - U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz , who just won a fifth two-year term to represent a district that covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. The congresswoman was coy when asked about her future, responding with the political boilerplate for such situations: She is very focused on her work in the U.S. House even as supporters ask her to run for governor.
November 11, 2012 |
Fourteen years ago, the Eagles were 1-7, all but lifeless and with a lame-duck coach in Ray Rhodes. The drumbeat for who would be the team's next leader didn't really start until late December. Andy Reid's name wasn't mentioned until a week before he was hired on Jan. 11, 1999. But that was then, and this is now, with Reid just a couple of more losses from not returning, and fatigued fans already thinking about his successor. So here's a look at some of the candidates to replace Reid - should he go - with the understanding that we're still some distance from a new regime.
September 15, 2012 |
We'll start with this assumption: You don't care about the impact on a handful of media types when Andy Reid decides to close Eagles practices after 228 regular-season and playoff games. And that's fine. Even if the information gathered by reporters is meant for and thirstily consumed by Eagles fans, we get to skip over the knee-jerk reaction that goes, "Nobody cares about you guys in the media. " The reason to examine Reid's decision - which came down suddenly and without warning a half-hour before Thursday's scheduled-to-be-open practice - is what it tells us about Reid and about the state of the team.
September 5, 2012 |
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index fell, after trimming steeper declines, as speculation that European leaders will announce new steps to tame the debt crisis tempered concern that the economic recovery is slowing. Down for much of the trading session, the S&P 500 lost 0.1 percent to 1,404.94, trimming a drop of as much as 0.7 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average retreated 54.90 points, or 0.4 percent, to 13,035.94. Volume for exchange-listed stocks in the United States was 5.6 billion shares, or 7.3 percent below the three-month average.
August 7, 2012
AT SOME point during his 800-meter preliminary run on Monday, Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria determined he had no real shot in the event so he stopped running on the first lap. Speculation is that Makhloufi, the African champion in the 1,500, wanted to conserve energy for that event final on Tuesday, in which he was a strong favorite for a medal. Not so slow, my friend. The International Association of Athletics Federations - track and field's governing body - did not look favorably on Makhloufi's lack of effort.
July 27, 2012 |
CHICAGO — There has been some speculation at the Big Ten media days about the possibility of Penn State sporting a different look when it takes the field this season. Probably nothing along the lines of Oregon. At least not for now. But maybe change, no matter how minor, is appropriate. Because, let's face it, the Nittany Lions have had the plainest look for the longest time. And that somehow always seemed appropriate, too. Perhaps not anymore. It's likely too late for Nike to come up with anything too elaborate.