June 25, 2015 |
Harvey Pollack, a statistical savant whose highlight in a lifetime of compiling and inventing complex sports data came one night in 1962 when he hurriedly scrawled a simple round number on a piece of paper, died Tuesday at age 93. The longest-tenured employee in the NBA, having worked for the 76ers and Warriors since the league's founding in 1946, Mr. Pollack had been hospitalized since January when he was injured in a Center City car accident....
May 18, 2015 |
The first caucuses and primaries of the 2016 presidential election are nine months away, and some of the Republican Party's top contenders haven't even declared their candidacies. Yet a flurry of national and state polls already is taking the pulse of the electorate. Horse-race figures - which dominate the headlines and show who's leading the pack - capture only a snapshot in time and cannot reliably predict who will win the nomination, pollsters say. But early polling data do offer some clues into how the race could evolve, showing where some candidates might build on a base of support and where others need to improve.
February 26, 2015 |
BIGGIE SMALLS' "Ready to Die" was playing on the radio of a 1987 Buick somewhere in the woods of Delaware County when N.A. Poe did it for the first time. Chris Goldstein was at a Quaker youth retreat in Cape May when he did it for the first time on the beach. Nearly two decades after both men first smoked pot, they planted the seeds for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana here in Philadelphia. The buddies found fertile ground in then-Councilman Jim Kenney, and with him on board as their "stallion," the city passed an ordinance decriminalizing up to 30 grams, or about an ounce, of weed.
December 18, 2014
GUN-CONTROL zealots like Helen Ubiñas don't miss a beat when it comes to exploiting tragedy. Here's a more accurate breakdown: Of the 30,000 "deaths by gun," more than two-thirds are suicides. Not much we can do about this; if guns had any link to suicide rates, Japan would have the lowest suicide rate in the world instead of one of the highest. Of the 10,000 or so homicides by gun, the vast majority are criminal-on-criminal or likely self-defense homicides. Studies have shown consistently that at least three-fourths of homicide victims (regardless of weapon)
December 1, 2014 |
Baseball was the subject of a graphically rich ESPN SportsCenter segment last week, but it might easily have been physics. In a detailed dissection of Lorenzo Cain's best catches, the network employed such metrics as foot speed, ball acceleration, and the gradated circumferences of the area the Kansas City star and other outfielders could reasonably be expected to cover. Days later, the New York Times sports section included one story reimagining the arcane mathematical formula that gauges quarterback performance, another scrutinizing the economic and educational demographics of the most football-crazed states, and a third examining the statistics-based rationale behind the Patriots' penchant for deferring possession after successful coin tosses.
January 2, 2014
Thanks to goalie Steve Mason, the Flyers have improved in shootouts this season. Here are Mason's shootout numbers, compared with Ilya Bryzgalov's in his two years with the Flyers. Rec. Shots GA Save % Steve Mason (2013-14) 3-3 20 6 .700 Ilya Bryzgalov (2011-13) 4-7 34 18 .471 Shooters' statistics The Flyers' statistics this season: Shots Goals Shooting % Claude Giroux.
September 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With the National Press Club as their bully pulpit, Mayor Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu used the occasion Thursday to bring a national focus on the epidemic of urban violence. Their joint, nearly hour-long address pulled at heartstrings, put murder statistics into graphic perspectives to challenge the federal government, churches, and nonprofits to invest more to stop the thousands of murders that plague America each year. "Where is our 'red line' on violence in America?"
August 25, 2013
State's engine needs SEPTA The point of a letter from State Rep. Brad Roae (R., Crawford) appears to be that mass-transit agencies such as SEPTA should increase their fares to reduce their government subsidies ("New SEPTA fares still too low," July 29). Roae clearly doesn't understand the role SEPTA plays in allowing Southeastern Pennsylvania to function as the economic engine of the state. Without SEPTA, that engine won't run. There are not enough roads to handle the traffic and no place to put new ones.
July 8, 2013 |
Michael H. Halbert, 87, of Bala Cynwyd, a specialist in marketing theory and statistics, died Monday, June 17, of prostate cancer at Saunders House in Wynnewood. He graduated in 1943 from Central High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1949. He did graduate work in psychology and statistics. In 1943, he joined the Army Air Forces and served in World War II. Mr. Halbert began his career as an operations research specialist with the advertising research section of the DuPont Co., working from an office in Wilmington.
July 2, 2013
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has announced the following promotions: Charles Kirkland to assistant vice president in financial statistics, from statistics officer; Heather Derbyshire , to officer in financial statistics, from statistics manager. Jack Kelly has been transferred to assistant vice president in enterprise risk management, from treasury services. Freedom Systems Corp. , a King of Prussia provider of enterprise-level software for the public sector, hired Charles McNew as chief executive officer.