June 25, 2015 |
A swift, spectacular, and damaging line of storms ripped through the region at the height of the afternoon commute Tuesday, disrupting mass transit, taking down trees, and knocking out power to a half-million electric customers. What was far and away the worst outbreak of severe storms this year forced both SEPTA and PATCO to suspend service for a time, and shut southbound lanes on a portion of the New Jersey Turnpike. PATCO announced about 11 p.m. that service would not be restored until mid-morning Wednesday, meaning no trains would run during the morning rush hour.
June 22, 2015 |
When he heard the names of those killed in the Charleston, S.C., church shooting, the Rev. Robin Hynicka wrote all nine on a white index card, tucked it in his shirt pocket, and started to search for the right words to deliver on Sunday. "It's not hard to make the decision to go there. But it's an emotional and spiritual challenge," said Hynicka, pastor of Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church. "You have to take a leap of faith to begin to engage. " Hynicka was one of many faith leaders who in the wake of Wednesday's shooting put their planned sermons - some still in process, some already complete, several focused on Father's Day - to the side and tried to find a new message in the tragedy.
May 25, 2015 |
The Soul rebounded from their only loss of the season by routing the Tampa Bay Storm, 71-27, on Saturday night at Amalie Arena in Florida. The Soul (8-1) jumped to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Dan Raudabaugh threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 19-for-26 passing. Bryan Randall was 4 for 6 for 57 yards and two scores. Lonnie Outlaw led all receivers with 85 receiving yards and a touchdown on four catches. Joe Goosby led a Soul defense that held the Storm scoreless in the first half.
May 24, 2015
What: Arena Football League. Who: Soul (7-1) at Tampa Bay Storm (3-4). When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla. Standings: Soul first in American East; Storm second in American South. Last week: The Soul suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Jacksonville Sharks, 55-47; Tampa Bay fell, in overtime, 63-62, to the Orlando Predators . Three stars: Soul - QB Tim Raudabaugh (196-302, 2,337 yards, 55 TD, 5 INT); WR Marco Thomas (73 catches, 834 yards, 16 TD)
April 8, 2015 |
Amber hearts Johnny OK, so we don't know whether any of this is true or not, but reports are making us blush about this here Amber Heard and that dude she just married, Johnny Depp. He's way over there filming the 1,197th Pirates of the Caribbean thing, and she's way over there, filming The Danish Girl . OK, they just got married, they're far away, so whatcha do? Between scenes, you scurry to your trailer and get to sexting your new mate! Sext, sext, sext, until the phone (or the recipient)
March 25, 2015 |
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is not ready to reveal his plans for next season when this one is still in progress for the struggling team. In a conference call with reporters Monday, Hextall did not want to delve into future moves, although plenty are likely to be coming. The Flyers are 11 points out of the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with just eight games remaining. So while Hextall is likely looking at the future, he's not ready to discuss anything but the present.
March 15, 2015 |
It had all the signs of a humiliating loss for the 76ers. Shooting guard Jason Richardson was sidelined because he hasn't been cleared to play on back-to-back nights. The Sixers also were having a tough time stopping Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. To make matters worse, the Kings had a commanding 18-point cushion with 8 minutes, 46 seconds left in third quarter. But things started to change in their favor in what turned out to be a 114-107 Sixers victory Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
March 14, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Tournament college basketball, whether at the conference or NCAA level, is all about winning when you don't play your best. Any significant run is going to last long enough to see hot hands go cold, matchups become unfavorable, and bad bounces accumulate. A year ago, Villanova lost its opening game of the Big East tournament on a day in which all those things conspired against the Wildcats. It took a buzzer-beater of a shot by Seton Hall to complete the upset, but Villanova still went home.
March 8, 2015 |
Thursday's snowstorm had nothing on Philadelphia's Streets Department, which used everything from mini-bulldozers to trash compactors and the city's supersecret "snow farm" to keep roads passable. By noon Friday, Streets Commissioner David Perri reported, all 665 miles of the city's primary routes - which include 110 miles of snow emergency routes - were plowed to blacktop. The same could be said for the 700 miles of secondary streets, although there was still a fair amount of snow left just off the travel lanes, he said.
March 8, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A pair of Bright House Field groundskeepers manicured the pitching mound Friday afternoon, drying the dirt and briefly delaying Cole Hamels from warming up before the second inning of his spring training debut. It was the lone hitch for Hamels, who sped through the first two innings of a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees. He threw 31 pitches, 22 for strikes. The lefthander was on the mound for less than 10 minutes. Heavy rain forced a 50-minute delay, but held off just long enough for Hamels to complete two scoreless innings.