January 31, 2012
The trouble with using a liquor-by-the-drink tax to support the Philadelphia public schools is that there's a natural temptation to look for ways to keep tavern patrons perched on their bar stools longer. So, along comes a proposal from City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to let bars stay open an extra hour - until 3 a.m., rather than the 2 a.m. closing time that's the rule in most cities across the country. Brown estimates the extra 60 minutes at the brass rail would mean the city raises an additional $5 million each year through its 10 percent per glass tax on retail sales of liquor, wine, and beer.
January 25, 2012 |
THE OAKLAND Raiders reportedly agreed yesterday to hire Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their new head coach, breaking a more than 3-decade stretch of offensive-minded head coaches for the franchise. The hiring was first reported by Fox Sports and ESPN, with both outlets saying final details were still being worked out last night. The Raiders had no immediate comment on the reports. New general manager Reggie McKenzie decided on his new coach exactly 2 weeks after he was hired.
January 6, 2012
HARRISBURG - The parents of a woman murdered more than four years ago stepped forward Thursday to pay a past-due animal-rescue bill that had led officials to tell police to kill, dump, or adopt stray animals. Vincent and Margaret Moran of Tempe, Ariz., told the Harrisburg Patriot-News they would cover the city's $800 balance with the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area. Their daughter, Darlene Ewalt, was stabbed to death in her home outside the city in 2007. The newspaper said the Humane Society stopped serving the city in October because of the outstanding bill, but with the bill paid, a new contract was expected to be signed.
December 14, 2011
Already No. 1 in the world, Luke Donald is No. 1 in the eyes of PGA Tour players. Donald capped off a sensational season Tuesday by winning PGA Tour player of the year, the most significant of the postseason awards because it's a vote of the players. He became the first British player to win the award since it began in 1990. "It's a great honor to cap off what has been an amazing year for me," Donald said from the Australian Masters in Melbourne. "Thank you to all the players for their votes.
December 6, 2011 |
COLLEGE basketball coaches Pat Summitt (Tennessee women) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke men) were selected yesterday as Sports Illustrated's sportswoman and sportsman of the year. Summitt, who announced in August she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, earned her 1,075th career victory Sunday. Krzyzewski passed Bob Knight as winningest men's coach on Nov. 15. In other college news: * Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III (Baylor) and Andrew Luck (Stanford)
November 11, 2011 |
Veteran public official Lee Solomon, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, will be nominated to return to his previous position as a Camden County Superior Court judge, Gov. Christie said Thursday. The Haddonfield Republican has been a county freeholder, state assemblyman, county prosecutor, state monitor of the Camden police, and deputy U.S. attorney for South Jersey. Solomon, 57, was a judge from 2006 to 2010. After Christie was elected in 2009, he asked Solomon, who worked under him when the governor was U.S. attorney, to take a cabinet-level position heading the BPU. The agency regulates natural gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, and cable TV. "If anybody else in the world had asked me to leave the bench, I would have said no," Solomon said at a joint Statehouse news conference.
October 8, 2011 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - No more watching for Justin Verlander. The Detroit Tigers ace is back on his normal routine to start the American League Championship Series opener. Verlander will pitch against defending American League champion Texas on regular rest Saturday night. It'll be the fifth day after his Game 3 start in the AL division series that was a restart of sorts since rain halted the series opener of aces after just 11/2 innings. Tigers manager Jim Leyland was steadfast in sticking with the decision not to use his 24-game winner in the clinching game of the ALDS against the New York Yankees on Thursday night, even though Verlander volunteered to pitch in relief, and the manager joked with the big righthander about doing so during the 3-2 victory.
October 7, 2011 |
FORMER ALL-STAR third baseman Robin Ventura is replacing the fiery Ozzie Guillen as manager of the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox say that Ventura agreed to a multiyear deal yesterday. A longtime star with the White Sox, Ventura was hired by the club last June as a special adviser to director of player development Buddy Bell. Ventura is the 38th White Sox manager overall, including 17 who played for the team. Guillen was released from his contract with 1 year remaining after eight seasons with the White Sox and immediately was hired by the Florida Marlins as their manager.
September 14, 2011 |
Former Audubon and Old Dominion star John Oehler has been named the baseball coach at Gloucester. Oehler replaces Kevin Fahy, who resigned at the end of last season. Oehler played for coach Rich Horan at Audubon and helped the Green Wave win the Group 2 state title in 1998. He was an All-South Jersey selection as a senior catcher in 1999, when he batted .492 with eight home runs. Oehler was an assistant baseball coach at Pennsville last season. He is a physical education teacher at Pennsville High School.
September 13, 2011 |
GET BUSY LIVING, or get busy dying. That line was uttered quite a bit in "The Shawshank Redemption," but it would have fit in just as well yesterday when Philadelphia Media Network, the company that owns the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com, announced that it would sell discounted tablet computers that feature digital versions of the papers. Some 5,000 of the Arnova 10 G2 tablets, which are powered by Google's Android operating system, are available beginning today for as little as $99. To get the tablets at that low price, buyers must sign up for a two-year, $10-a-month subscription for digital editions of the papers and the Inquirer 's newly developed Android multimedia app. Customers also have the option of purchasing a one-year, $13-a-month subscription to the digital editions, which would raise the price of the tablet to $129.