March 1, 2014 |
Among the standout songs on Wig Out at Jagbags , the new album by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, is "Chartjunk," a swaggering, horn-happy 1970s-style rocker. It's an excellent example of the penchant that the former leader of '90s indie-rock avatars Pavement has for playfully indirect rhyme schemes in nonlinear songs with unconventional subject matter. He delights in the dictum that source material for compelling pop songs is anywhere you find it. In the case of "Chartjunk," the inspiration is the NBA. More specifically, it's about former Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles and point guard Brandon Jennings and the relationship between a seen-it-all, would-be mentor and a talented novice tuning out the older man's advice.
February 6, 2014 |
REST IN PEACE, Channel 6 ZooBalloon. The once-ubiquitous figure over the Schuylkill Expressway that lived at the Philadelphia Zoo was damaged by the winter weather and had to be deflated yesterday. "Due to unprecedented weather conditions throughout the winter, including last evening's heavy and wet snowfall, the Channel 6 ZooBalloon has accumulated an estimated 5 to 10 tons of snow, which is equivalent to the weight of five hippos," a statement from 6ABC read. "The tremendous volume of snow has caused irreparable damage, despite efforts to minimize its impact.
January 10, 2014 |
Go ahead, Shep Garner says, and point to talent-filled Archbishop Carroll and five-time defending titlist Neumann-Goretti as the clear front-runners in the race for the Catholic League championship. "It's OK," the senior combination guard from Roman Catholic said. "That's big-time motivation for us. It's kind of like we're being disrespected. We're looking forward to playing both of those teams. We have the dates circled on our calendar. " With the Penn State-bound Garner and Drexel recruit Rashann London leading the way, the Cahillites should be viewed as a contender to take home their first crown since 2007.
January 3, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN JUST over a year since Vineland, N.J.'s first Hispanic mayor took the oath, and for some in the sprawling Cumberland County community, that's long enough. Ruben Bermudez, a former City Council member and owner of a formal-wear store in town, upset Vineland's incumbent mayor in a runoff election on Dec. 18, 2012, with his "Moving Forward" slate. But a recall petition is seeking to oust him amid accusations of cronyism, a closed-door atmosphere and flat-out incompetence. "Vineland's not moving forward at all. It's actually gone backward," said Tami Harold, one of the five organizers of the Committee to Recall Mayor Ruben Bermudez.
December 19, 2013 |
THERE ARE games in every team's season that fit the last two the Flyers have played. Reference points, markers, mileposts, however you want to describe them. Two seasons ago it was those matchups against the New York Rangers, beginning with a Winter Classic lead they couldn't protect, followed by the smallest of leads they could never overcome. New York owned them that season, the way the New Jersey Devils have traded ownership with them over the last 15 seasons, the way the Pittsburgh Penguins have, too. It's odd, but the Washington Capitals have never quite joined that club, never been the team that has helped the Flyers define themselves, for better or for worse.
December 19, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN At the urging of gay rights activists, United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson said Tuesday that some policies in the church's book of discipline are discriminatory toward homosexuals. Johnson, who oversees the church's eastern Pennsylvania Conference, said bans on ordaining homosexuals and performing same-sex weddings contradict other church doctrines that call for the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations. "This has led to confusion by many from the outside of the church," Johnson said in a statement, "wondering how we can talk out of two sides of our mouths.
November 28, 2013 |
Carlos Rivera told police that Atlanta Deveney was "the love of my life" and that she and her 12-year-old son were "all I had. " Still, when Deveney told him they were through, Rivera - fueled by PCP and two bottles of brandy - went into what he called a "blind rage. " When it was over, police say, Deveney, 35, was strangled and 12-year-old Elijah Rosado stabbed repeatedly and left with two blades still in his body. Rivera's four-page statement to Philadelphia Homicide Detective Brian J. Peters was the only evidence introduced Tuesday at a preliminary hearing where Rivera, 26, was held for trial on two counts of murder and related charges by Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter.
November 27, 2013 |
ROMAN CATHOLIC High School athletic director Sean Fitzherbert has been placed on administrative leave after school administrators received an allegation late last week of "inappropriate conduct via computer technology with a minor attending Father Judge High School," according to a statement released by the school last night. Fitzherbert has been relieved of all duties within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and, per archdiocesan policy, the allegation was shared with the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit, which is handling the investigation.
November 16, 2013 |
Chipism (n): an expression or phrase used by Chip Kelly to express a characteristic position or stand or goal to be achieved Chip Kelly invoked the mantra "Win the day" so much during his tenure as Oregon head coach that it became a slogan for the team and eventually a phrase trademarked by the state. But when Kelly left the Northwest for the Northeast his slogan, which was actually birthed during his time at New Hampshire, stayed with the Ducks, and he needed a new message for a new challenge.
November 1, 2013 |
ON TUESDAY, Daily News managing editor Pat McLoone sent me an email about the column I'd written about many Sixers fans wanting the team to lose so it could get a better draft pick. "Where I lose it is when Thad Young drives through traffic and banks in a runner at the buzzer for a win and fans scold him for making the shot," he said. Last night at the Wells Fargo Center, it wasn't Young driving through traffic. It was oft-maligned swingman Evan Turner and rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams going to the free-throw line in the closing moments of a close game against the two-time reigning champion Miami Heat.