June 3, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - As the U.S. Opens approach, things could hardly be better for the ladies of golf. The United States has charged back atop the LPGA roster even as the tour becomes more global and its footprint in the United States becomes larger. Americans have won nine of the 13 tournaments this season, including Stacy Lewis' second win of the season, yesterday, when she won the ShopRite LPGA Classic and overtook Korean star Inbee Park as the No. 1 women's golfer in the Rolex Rankings.
May 4, 2014 |
The fraternity whose Greek letters were spray-painted onto a dead whale in Atlantic City issued a statement Friday decrying the "reprehensible act. " "While we don't know if any of our members were involved, we have been in contact with the authorities and have offered our assistance in their investigations," reads the statement sent by Jesse Cohen on behalf of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity Inc., the national umbrella organization. "This act is in direct contradiction with our mission statement and our teachings of friendship, chivalry, and service, and we wholeheartedly condemn it," it says.
April 2, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jimmy Rollins strode into the Metroplex around 11 p.m. Sunday. He was wearing Jordans and a gray track suit and walking with his usual swagger. First pitch was about 14 hours away, and for those looking to push a preordained narrative, this could have been a "Thing. " But Rollins never has cared much about these kinds of things. At times - like, for example, yesterday afternoon, surrounded by a pack of media, discussing a 14-10 win sparked by his second-inning grand slam - he offers the not-so-subtle impression that he is amused by it all. The glint in his eye, the gap-toothed grin.
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.