June 26, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - On Monday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said there were "inexplicable delays" in the Jerry Sandusky investigation and suggested that may have set the stage for two more young men to be victimized. She said the two told prosecutors they had been abused while the state was undertaking its 33-month investigation. Kane said she could not give details except to say the two were not among the 10 victims Sandusky was later charged with sexually assaulting. Late Tuesday, Kane's office acknowledged that she misspoke - that Sandusky had indeed been charged with abusing one of the young men. In fact, prosecutors had called him to the stand during the 2012 trial and a jury convicted Sandusky of abusing him. On Tuesday, one day after Kane released a report that failed to affirm many of her complaints about the Sandusky investigation, the focus turned to Kane herself and her new charge that a bogged-down investigation may have enabled Sandusky to strike again.
June 20, 2014 |
EUGENE GILYARD and Lance Felder were teenagers when they were arrested and charged in the robbery and murder of a North Philadelphia store owner in the 1990s. A jury found them guilty of first-degree murder in December 1998, resulting in both receiving life sentences in state prison without the possibility of parole. Yesterday, the cloud of guilt that had been hanging over the men officially dissipated after the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office announced it would not retry them for the 1995 murder of Thomas Keal, 52. In October, a judge ruled that they were entitled to a new trial based, in part, on newly discovered evidence.
June 12, 2014 |
THE CREATORS of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," including Philly's Rob McElhenney , and FX's sister station, FXX, were set to do a sitcom with comedian Tracy Morgan , who remains in critical condition after his limo was hit by a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike last weekend. The crash also killed comic James "Jimmy Mack" McNair and left two others with serious injuries. "The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident," read a statement from the "It's Always Sunny" team and FXX. "We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery.
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.