April 22, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Steven Bench and Tyler Ferguson battled all spring to be Matt McGloin's successor as Penn State's quarterback, getting just about an equal number of snaps through the 14 practices. In Saturday's Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium, each quarterback threw 15 passes and completed nine, with Bench connecting for one touchdown and Ferguson two. So when head coach Bill O'Brien came in out of this "spring" day that featured a few snow squalls, a biting wind, and temperatures around 40 degrees, and was asked who had the edge, he indicated the competition still was an even one. "I'll go back by myself and watch all the film from the spring over the next week," O'Brien said.
April 22, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - It was the third quarter. It was cold, windy, and sometimes snowy. And Bill O'Brien on the stadium microphone, imploring fans to do the wave. Such was the laid-back atmosphere of the Blue-White Game on Saturday in Beaver Stadium, in which a taut defense ended up on the right side of a complex scoring system, 67-47. Leading the way for the defense (the Blue team) was defensive lineman Austin Johnson, who notched five tackles and a pair of sacks, while defensive linemen Brad Bars and Evan Schwan had a pair of sacks.
April 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For the third year in a row, the nation's economic recovery has hit a springtime soft spot. Reflecting that weakness, only one in four Americans now expects his or her own financial situation to improve over the next year, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. The sour mood is undermining support for President Obama's economic stewardship and government in general. The poll shows that just 46 percent of Americans approve of Obama's handling of the economy while 52 percent disapprove.
April 20, 2013 |
'Kale in the serpentine" sounds like the title of a whodunit, but there's no mystery here - just something new and fun that awaits visitors to Chanticleer, the public garden in Wayne that likes to change things up every year. Other Philadelphia-area gardens have added stuff this spring, too, from new tree houses and replenished rose gardens to "steps-free" walkways and giant bug sculptures. But "kale in the serpentine" definitely stands out. First, the serpentine. It's a hillside garden planted every spring with snaking swaths of cool and colorful crops like wheat, tobacco, barley, cotton, flax, sunflowers, or sorghum.
April 19, 2013 |
BERKS STREET near 16th, just west of Temple's main campus, looked hungover Thursday afternoon. Abandoned plastic cups dotted its sparse lawns and a cracked Keystone Light cup leaned against Carver High School's fence. A lonely, half-full cup of beer sat forgotten on a windowsill on 17th Street, next to a trash can full of bottles. It was a sobering morning-after, as the neighborhood, booming with off-campus housing, recovered from a Temple Spring Fling that was marred by tragedy.
April 14, 2013
IT'S TRASH TIME. Philly Spring Cleanup, the annual anti-litter event that last year mobilized 12,000 volunteers, returns Saturday with more than 500 locations around the city. In its sixth year, the cleanup encourages city residents to take to the streets with brooms and gloves, and cleanse a city with a serious litter issue. Residents collect more than 1 million pounds of trash each year. How it works is the city relies on community organizations to help recruit volunteers and initiate projects.
April 12, 2013
A PRISON guard at the Federal Detention Center in Center City started having sex with an inmate, then he tried to help her escape, authorities said. Lamont Lucas, 47, was charged Thursday with sexual abuse of a ward, providing contraband in a prison, and instigating or assisting an attempted escape, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lucas worked as a tool-room supervisor at the facility during the affair from February to May 2012, the office said. Investigators also allege he gave the inmate sterling-silver studded earrings.
April 11, 2013
USED TO BE, spring beer meant one thing, and one thing only: bock. Darkish, sweet, mildly strong, full-bodied lager meant to brace you against the last vestiges of winter and welcome the daffodils. It was liquid bread, the beer of Lent, of happy, dancing goats celebrating the verdant early days of the season. Paulaner Salvator . . . Ayinger Celebrator . . . Dock Street Illuminator . . . Anchor Bock . . . and so on. Bock beer is still alive and kicking but, lately, American beer makers have been giving us a whole 'nother take on the season - a lighter, spicier version of spring beer.
April 5, 2013
1. AIR CONDITIONER Avoid a first day of air conditioning stink bomb attack: Change the filter on your forced air heater/air conditioning unit now. The furnace blower motor runs harder with air conditioning, shaking loose the dust on an old filter. 2. ELECTRONIC DEVICES Take a vacuum cleaner to the open grill work on all your electronic devices. The devices will run cooler and last longer. 3. COMPUTER Clean out the accumulated tracking cookies on your computer. Just Google "removing cookies" and follow instructions.
April 5, 2013 |
Walt Whitman loved the waters of what is now Laurel Springs. In the late 19th century, the renowned poet wrote verse in the corner of Camden County where Crystal Springs empties into the Big Timber Creek. But the waterway where Whitman also enjoyed skinny-dipping and mud-bathing is now threatened by sedimentation, particularly in the Laurel Lake portion. "Twenty-five or 30 years ago, the lake was anywhere from 4 to 10 feet deep. Now it's from 4 inches to 3 feet, max," said Borough Council President James Redstreake, an organizer of the first large-scale cleanup in several years.