May 10, 2015
Ken Giles' fastball has yet to reach triple digits this season. The Phillies reliever has not lived up to his "100 Miles Giles" nickname. But, "95 Miles Giles" has proven effective despite his fastball's decreased velocity. "100 miles per hour is just a luxury thing," Giles said. "I'm still 95-96. Who cares? I'm going to be more effective if I learn how to pitch. That's how I get out. Not blowing guys away. It's learning how to pitch. " Giles' fastball has averaged this season at 94.7 m.p.h., according to Pitchf/x data.
January 12, 2015 |
It's getting personal. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz accelerated his two-year campaign to break up the DuPont Co. last week by naming himself and three allies to run against CEO and chair Ellen Kullman and her backers, when shareholders vote in April. Peltz wants more, deeper, and faster management cuts, a breakup of DuPont into smaller chunks he thinks will make faster profits for shareholders, and closer scrutiny of research and development spending. The Kullman board shot back with an existential defense of the 200-year-old, Wilmington-based global manufacturer.
December 11, 2014 |
Several nationalist groups in Japan have called for the country to ban Angelina Jolie because of her film Unbroken , which, they claim, represents Japanese officers during WWII in a negative light. Jolie's film tells the story of real-life Olympian Louis Zamperini , an Army Air Forces second lieutenant taken prisoner by the Japanese. One scene has an imperial officer named Mutsuhiro Watanabe mercilessly beating the American. The film is based on Laura Hillenbrand 's biography of the same name and Zamperini's own accounts.
November 19, 2014 |
After seven years of deadline writing for newspapers, Bryon MacWilliams quit his reporting job and moved to Russia. He knew only one of the nearly 150 million people who lived there. He couldn't speak Russian, either. He was 30. "I knew I wanted to live more in the moment . . . and write, perhaps essays or short fiction," said MacWilliams, who departed for Moscow in 1996. "I just knew it was time for me to go," he added. And when he returned after a dozen years, "I knew the last part of the journey was this book.
November 9, 2014 |
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - For the last few years, ski resorts in cowboy country - and the skiers who love them - have been riding a bucking bronc. Huge dumps of snow blanketed slopes in the up years; in down years, late snow and warmer days cast a pall over the industry. At Steamboat Resort, in western Colorado, hard-core skiers were over the moon in 2008 when monster storms dropped 433 inches of snow on the slopes. But disbelief followed when the next winter brought fewer, weaker storms and half as much snow.
November 2, 2014 |
One in an occasional series on America's changing face. Grigory Konkin hurls a pail's worth of water into the huge, hellishly hot brick oven. Steam too hot to fog diffuses in the room as men and women in bathing suits file in. Banya veterans scurry to the highest of its three benches, where the temperature can exceed 200 degrees. Some wear felt hats to prevent scalps from scorching. Some carry veniki , soaked branches used to whip skin to a rosy hue, increasing the sensation of heat.
November 1, 2014 |
Camden Catholic football coach Nick Strom says he watches his language around his team. "We don't use the 'H' word," Strom said. Every other South Jersey team is allowed to say the word huddle . But fewer and fewer are doing it. It's one thing for a young, innovative first-year coach such as Strom or an iconoclast such as Pennsville's Ryan Wood or a mad scientist of an offensive coordinator such as Paul VI's Russ Horton to feature...
May 23, 2014 |
WITH A projected $125 million opening weekend and an incredible 94 percent "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes, it appears "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set to not only revive the mutant franchise but take it to new heights. Fox certainly has confidence in the film, as there has been talk among producers that "Days Of Future Past" could lead to as many as 10 new or rejuvenated X-film franchises. These include already-confirmed "X-Men: Apocalypse" in 2016, a third "Wolverine" film starring Hugh Jackman in 2017 and a "Gambit" solo film starring Channing Tatum.
May 9, 2014 |
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Sectional title games in boys' and girls' basketball will be held on neutral courts at area colleges starting in 2016, according to a plan forwarded this week by the NJSIAA basketball committee. NJSIAA director Larry White said Wednesday the committee wants to implement the change in 2016 rather than 2015 to allow schools time to adjust schedules, especially with regard to the highly popular county tournaments in North and Central Jersey, as well as conference tournaments such as the Cape-Atlantic League's annual tournament.
March 23, 2014 |
If 2011 had a signature soul sister, it was Marsha Ambrosius. The Philadelphia (by way of Liverpool) singer, songwriter, and one-time member of the rap-and-R&B outfit Floetry released her solo debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in March 2011. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Charts, No. 2 on the Top 200 Album Chart, each live show was more silken and passionate than the last, and Ambrosius far outran the typecasting of neo-soul that Floetry brought. Like Phyllis Hyman without the tragic torchiness, Ambrosius' voice and lyrics spoke cattily of wronged romance and haughtily of sour times with jazzy aplomb and salty tenderness.