May 8, 2011
James Mongan, 69, a physician and health-care-policy expert who helped develop President Jimmy Carter's doomed national health plan and who was one of the architects of Massachusetts' landmark health-care law, has died. The San Francisco native was Carter's deputy assistant secretary of health. He developed a health plan that failed amid disagreements among Democrats. He later served as president of New England's largest hospital chain, Partners HealthCare System Inc. He was president of Massachusetts General Hospital and dean of the Missouri School of Medicine.
March 28, 2011 |
The 76ers haven't lost three games in a row since November, when they dropped five straight during that train wreck of a 3-13 start. But they'll face a challenge to avoid three straight defeats after Sunday's 114-111 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings in a matinee mishap at the Wells Fargo Center. After losing in Miami on Friday, the Sixers must win Monday in Chicago against the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls to avoid a three-game skid. The last time the Sixers visited the United Center, they lost by 45. The Sixers (37-36)
February 26, 2011 |
THIS TIME last season, the 76ers were in the same predicament the Detroit Pistons are in now. The players didn't like the coach; the record was abysmal. Playing basketball had become a chore more than anything else. The train wreck that is the Pistons rolled into town, halfheartedly played a game, lost, 110-94, then headed for the team bus seemingly without a care in the world. And probably without coach John Kuester for too much longer. But the Sixers can't worry about other teams' trials and tribulations.
December 6, 2010
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The wind whips and the bones crunch. New Meadowlands, old Meadowlands, it doesn't matter. December is December up here, brutal. Two weeks from now, it is where the NFC East is probably going to be decided. There are details, certainly - other games, other places, and tiebreakers that will need to be untied. But when the Eagles play the Giants up here on Dec. 19, in all likelihood the winner is going to take the division title and the loser is going to be thrown into the wild-card heap for a merciless round of sorting.
November 7, 2010
So now it begins for the Republican House and the newly elected senators on both sides of the aisle ("A powerful shift to the right," Thursday). The people who paid for all of those mud-vertisements on TV and radio are already lined up to get paid back. This is how our system works. Any dreams of America having a representative government of the people should have been abandoned years ago. Money talks in Washington and if you don't have a lot of it you are mute. Watching the Republicans and Democrats arguing in a polarized fashion while the country swirls in the toilet puts me in mind of Abraham Lincoln's quip, "It's like watching two fleas argue over who owns the dog. " How dare these two brand names indulge themselves in this destructive exercise when we have serious economic, social, and infrastructure problems with which to deal?
October 26, 2010 |
ANDY REID does not do futility or despair, which is one reason he is in his 12th season as the Eagles' coach. You saw a train wreck, a humiliation, a come-from-ahead loss at Tennessee infuriating enough to make you want to rend the hem of your garment (especially if that garment happened to be an Ellis Hobbs jersey). Andy saw a teachable moment. "There are some great things that we can learn from this game as a young football team," Reid said yesterday at his weekly post-mortem.
September 23, 2010 |
This is why you never put anything in writing, or texts Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, who's already in a heap of trouble for allegedly beating up his girlfriend's father, now faces seven counts of second-degree criminal contempt. Rodriguez, who wore a studded T-shirt and a gold chain to his hearing Wednesday in Queens, posted $7,500 bail and left court without speaking - and under a new protection order barring him from contacting girlfriend Daian Pena or her family. At an earlier hearing in connection with the alleged Aug. 11 thumping of 53-year-old Carlos Pena, Rodriguez was told to keep away from Pena and his daughter.
March 7, 2010 |
His closest confidant asked the basketball world to pray for Allen Iverson, as if no one has all these years while seeing this train wreck coming. He acted as if the former 76ers star hadn't needed a significant dose of prayer, luck, and divine intervention until now. And as the rest of us are forced to bear witness to a disintegration, the rapid decline of a career clearly lacking nurturing, the time has arrived for Iverson's inner circle to stand up and be counted, to provide some semblance of tough love - by any means necessary.
March 4, 2010 |
Despite the Nutter administration's stated intent to reform Philadelphia's planning and design process, the proposed new Family Court building suggests the same insular, dysfunctional system that has for too long valued everything except the quality of planning and design. Sadly, in terms of urban fit and architectural aspiration, the design falls far short of what Philadelphia deserves from a building that will represent our city, our judicial system, and our attitude toward families.
February 7, 2010 |
I hadn't intended to do a sequel to last week's column on former U.S. Comptroller David Walker and his book Comeback America, on the fiscal train wreck that is the federal budget. But the same week I read Walker's book, I stopped by the Lower Makefield/Yardley Republican Committee meeting. There, State Rep. Sam Rohrer, the underdog candidate for governor, spoke about a number of things, including Fiscal Train Wreck II: The Commonwealth. In some respects, he gave a standard conservative pitch.