March 5, 2015 |
THREE MONTHS after Joyce Craig became Philly's first female firefighter to die on duty, three investigations into her death remain unresolved. That's because a series of errors occurred that morning, complicating investigators' probes, sources said. Fire spokesman Clifford Gilliam declined to comment on the Dec. 9 fire in West Oak Lane that killed Craig, saying he couldn't talk about ongoing investigations. But veteran firefighters described it as "a perfect storm of things that went wrong," including: An inexperienced ladder crew took 18 minutes to respond.
February 28, 2015 |
At the time, Fran Dunphy could feel the wave coming, and only in retrospect did he see a way to keep it from crashing upon him and those Kansas coaches and players along the sideline at the Wells Fargo Center. This was Dec. 22. Dunphy took a timeout with Temple leading the No. 10-ranked Jayhawks by 27 points and with 50 seconds left in regulation, the Owls' 77-52 victory a formality. Already, the Temple players were lining up near the scorer's table, juiced and ready to celebrate their upset, and already Temple fans and students were nearing the court, preparing to storm it at the sound of the final buzzer.
February 27, 2015 |
ON TUESDAY NIGHT, I was watching the closing moments of the Big Ten game between No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 14 Maryland. The Terps pulled off a 59-53 upset at the sold-out Xfinity Center on their campus. In my younger days, I would not have had any feeling of trepidation as the student section was getting amped for the end of one of the biggest wins since head coach Mark Turgeon took over in 2011. A storming of the court was imminent, and, soon after the final buzzer, hundreds of yellow-clad fans rushed out of the student section in an all-out frenzy to join their players in the celebration on the court.
February 26, 2015 |
COURT-STORMING isn't always a peaceful outburst of spontaneous celebration. After Kansas State pulled off an upset over No. 8 Kansas Monday night, fans rushed the court and, in several instances, were seen pushing and banging into players and coaches. Yesterday, Kansas State athletic director John Currie apologized to Kansas coach Bill Self and his team. "Although no one was hurt last night," Currie said, "we fell short of our expectations for securing the court and escorting KU to its locker room without incident.
February 23, 2015 |
Heavy snow Saturday wreaked havoc on regional transportation systems, causing flight cancellations at Philadelphia International Airport, mass-transit delays, and a spike in motor-vehicle accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground stop for several hours barring flights from taking off from the airport. Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said the action was taken because of the reduced visibility and high winds in the storm. The FAA lifted the ground stop in the late afternoon, but about 20 percent of flights into and out of the airport were canceled, and flight delays persisted the rest of the day. A winter storm warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Sunday.
February 17, 2015 |
The question "Whatever happened to 50 Cent?," if not answered, was entertained, entertainingly, during Friday's show at the Electric Factory with longtime pals G-Unit. In the early 2000s, the often-shot drug-dealer-turned-gangsta-rapper from Queens went from zero to 100 after signing with Eminem's label and selling a gagillion copies of the hard, loping single "In Da Club" and the album Get Rich or Die Tryin '. Known for his menacing low register and diabolical delivery, Fiddy and G-Unit (Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Kidd Kidd)
January 29, 2015 |
From airports and hair salons to hotels and bars, the talk Tuesday was about the no-show snow. "Cancellations, people not coming in, and people whose kids are home from school, for what?" said Natalie Norton, co-owner of Salon A in Bryn Mawr. "Snow flurries. " By the time it became clear that Monday night's expected blizzard was a bust, the damage had been done. Just the specter of a storm was enough to scuttle plans, paralyze businesses, and send swaths of the local economy into a sharp, one-day lockdown.
January 29, 2015 |
As meteorologists apologized for predicting a blizzard that amounted to little more than a dusting, Mayor Nutter stood by his decisions to shut down the city, saying it's better to be prepared and inconvenienced, than unprepared and in danger. "The overriding component of our decision-making process is public safety," Nutter said. "I'd rather be wrong and virtually nothing happens as opposed to wrong and 14 inches of snow shows up and we're not ready for it. " All courts and city government offices are closed Tuesday along with public schools, many private schools and private businesses.
January 28, 2015 |
IN ROMAN mythology, the goddess Juno is hailed as a protector, a guardian of her people. A different "Juno" is bearing down on the Philly region and doesn't seem interested in protecting anyone. Winter Storm Juno forced the city's public schools to close today. Meteorologists had tracked the formidable storm all week, and it was expected to hit the city late last night, bringing heavy snowfall and powerful winds. Last night, the forecast from the National Weather Service called for 10 to 14 inches of snow, the brunt of it expected early this morning.
January 21, 2015 |
Jason Anderson cracked jokes during meetings and volunteered to help coworkers. He put in extra hours to further his career, and spent the last five years leading the office of ticket sales at Dover International Speedway. Most of all, his colleagues said, he loved being a father. Anderson, his wife, and their 1-year-old son were on their way home to Delaware from visiting family in the Philadelphia area early Sunday when their car slid into a jackknifed tractor-trailer on an icy stretch of the Blue Route.