November 20, 2011 |
Seven games. After 220 games, the most of any Eagles coach ever, the ninth most of any NFL coach who stayed with one franchise, Andy Reid's future in Philadelphia has come down to just seven games. Or has it? In this city, in the newspapers, on the talk radio airwaves, by the office water coolers, Reid's days appear to be numbered after the Eagles' 3-6 start. It is the most disappointing start in Philadelphia sports history since the roof blew off the Spectrum. The question being debated by Eagles observers from Allegheny to Andorra is: What kind of finish will it take for owner Jeffrey Lurie and team president Joe Banner to pull the plug on Reid's monolithic reign?
October 17, 2011 |
As rumors swirled over the summer that Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman was on her way out, many reacted by pointing fingers. Some claimed Mayor Nutter, State Rep. Dwight Evans, or former School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie Jr. were pressuring Ackerman to step down after three years. Others said Ackerman was engineering a buyout for her own departure. Nicholas D. Torres, cofounder of the online Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, thought neither the speculation nor the blame was productive and decided to do something else: He rounded up local education experts and asked them to contribute essays for a special blog to look ahead, decide what the district needed in its next leader, and suggest ways to make sure that leader would be held accountable for delivering it. "We thought, 'However it plays out, how do we do it right in the future?
October 3, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Gov. Christie needs to decide soon whether to seek the GOP presidential nomination, Republicans said on the Sunday television news shows. On Sunday, Christie met with New Jersey National Guard members but stayed away from reporters, ignoring questions about whether he would run for president. He traveled to Sea Girt for a private breakfast with veterans and an awards ceremony for guardsmen at the National Guard Training Center. National Guard soldiers were instructed to keep reporters, photographers, and attendees cordoned off as Christie left.
September 29, 2011 |
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - The speech that could have clarified it all did anything but. In front of 1,000 devoted Republicans, a national TV audience, and Nancy Reagan herself in the front row, Gov. Christie could have said Tuesday night: "I am not running for president in 2012. " Instead, the surging non-candidate-of-the-moment charmed, joked, and answered the "Will you run?" question by referring the audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum to an online video compilation of his previous declarations against running.
August 18, 2011
FOR JEREMY Maclin, the waiting and the uncertainty and the word cancer combined to conjure up the kind of burden no kid should have to carry. Anyone can empathize with Maclin's struggle the last few months, and with the joy of a clean diagnosis he must currently feel. Few, though, understand the rest of it: Maclin's quiet insistence on dignity and privacy as his medical situation remained uncertain. He is a celebrity, after all, a wide receiver whose potential for stardom is as underrated as the man himself is understated.
August 17, 2011 |
For Jeremy Maclin, the waiting and the uncertainty and the word cancer combined to conjure up the kind of burden no kid should have to carry. Anyone can empathize with Maclin's struggle the last few months, and with the joy of a clean diagnosis he must currently feel. Few, though, understand the rest of it: Maclin's quiet insistence on dignity and privacy as his medical situation remained uncertain. He is a celebrity, after all, a wide receiver whose potential for stardom is as underrated as the man himself is understated.
July 29, 2011 |
Amy Winehouse 's parents, Mitchell and Janis Winehouse , maintain that the British blues singer died from alcohol withdrawal, People mag says. Winehouse died Saturday at age 27. Officials are waiting for toxicology tests before they can determine cause of death. But an Unnamed Family Friend tells London's the Sun that Winehouse, who had been battling addiction for years, ignored her doctor's advice to taper off booze gradually. Instead, she went cold turkey, which can cause seizures and even death.
July 25, 2011 |
An Eagles spokesman reported he was under siege yesterday, following Saturday night's Howard Eskin report that the Eagles might consider Brett Favre as a backup to Michael Vick, once they trade Kevin Kolb, the guy currently wearing jersey No. 4. In the NFL media world these day, "Favre" is the magic word. Say it aloud and havoc ensues. Our understanding is that Eskin meant only to throw this out as a possibility, that he didn't mean to unleash the apocalypse. But Howard has been around long enough to know what happens when you evoke He-who-must-not-be-named.
June 29, 2011 |
Sorry to be a spoilsport, but . . . Forget the reports about Tampa Bay superstar Steven Stamkos becoming a Flyer. Two sources connected to the Flyers dismissed the rumors on Tuesday. "Not happening," one club executive said. "I think we're blockbustered out," said Peter Luukko, another club executive, referring to the bombshell trades that sent Mike Richards to Los Angeles and Jeff Carter to Columbus last week. Stamkos is a restricted free agent, and an NHL source said the Lightning would match any qualifying offer - he could get about $10 million a season - that another team makes, including the Flyers.
June 26, 2011 |
Commodities markets have always been recognized as volatile. Drought, civil war in Libya, boom times in emerging economies - one way or another, anything affecting supply or demand plays a part. You don't have to pay attention to the causes to see the results at the gas pump. Last week's average national price for a gallon of regular gasoline was about $3.60 - down 6 percent from a month ago but still up a whopping 31 percent from a year ago. But what if part of what's driving prices doesn't have anything to do with market fundamentals such as Libyan unrest or Chinese demand?