March 28, 2013
IN HIS MARCH 25th letter, Chris Isles suggested that Jack McMahon, the attorney defending Dr. Kermit Gosnell in his murder trial, is attempting to play on the sympathies of minority jury members by suggesting that Dr. Gosnell, who is African-American, is a victim of "prosecutorial lynching. " Well, of course he is, Mr. Isles; he'd be crazy not to! Jack McMahon is (literally) fighting for his client's life, as the District Attorney's Office would like none other than to see Dr. Gosnell put to death!
March 18, 2013 |
THE MOST poignant comment of the week may have come from Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who observed that it was probably a good thing that founder Dave Gavitt wasn't around to see the dismantling of the Big East. The lights going out on the tournament as we know it wasn't the only storyline of championship week, but it will be the legacy of 2013. Here, then, are other observations made from the last 7 days of insanity: * The fallen teammate award goes to UCLA's Jordan Adams, who suffered a season-ending broken foot in the Pac-10 semis and led his team onto the floor for the finals while in a wheelchair.
March 8, 2013 |
For the first time, a lawsuit alleges that the derailment of a freight train and subsequent chemical leak Nov. 30 in Paulsboro claimed the life of a resident of the waterfront industrial town. The children of Wessie L. Hardy, 77, who had an underlying cardiovascular condition, charge that she died in a hospital three days after she was enveloped in a cloud of vinyl chloride gas from the derailment. Their lawsuit, filed Feb. 25 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, names as defendants Conrail, its joint owners CSX Corp.
January 16, 2013
19 troops killed in train crash BADRASHEEN, Egypt - President Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday pledged to hold officials accountable for a deadly train wreck that fueled anger against his administration for failing to carry out reform and overhaul the nation's deteriorating public services. Nineteen Egyptian soldiers were killed and more than 100 others were injured early Tuesday 12 miles south of Cairo. Part of the rear car rested by the side of the road. Shoes and remains of the soldiers' clothes and food were scattered along the tracks.
December 16, 2012 |
Two Salem County, N.J., chemical plants that require shipments of vinyl chloride have temporarily shut down as a result of last month's train derailment in Paulsboro, which spewed the toxic chemical into the air and blocked a critical railroad bridge, a chemical trade association said Friday. As many as 400 people are employed at the OxyVinyls and PolyOne Corp. plants in Pedrickstown, according to the association. The companies use vinyl chloride to make and distribute products including plastics, pipes, and floor materials.
November 9, 2012 |
OK, I'VE LEARNED my lesson. Team meetings, pledges to make this the week the season turns around - none of that means anything with this particular group. As Rich Hofmann pointed out in Thursday's Daily News, the Eagles CAN still get it back together - from a math standpoint, they still hold their fate in their hands, this week against a pretty similar 3-5 train wreck of a team. But Demetress Bell against DeMarcus Ware? Really? After watching the disjointed defensive efforts against Atlanta and New Orleans, I'm convinced something is going on here beyond offensive-line injuries and unfortunate turnovers.
October 5, 2012 |
"V/H/S" ENDS with an actual train wreck. But don't think of this as a spoiler. Consider it a warning, because the rest of the film is a train wreck as well. Realizing that horror's "found footage" gimmick has grown stale, "V/H/S" takes the next step forward by looking a few steps back. It uses a traditional anthology format, dividing its run time across multiple shorter stories that usually are connected by a thematic thread. On paper, it's a clever conceit. The framing story - which exists solely to get us to the abbreviated chapters - follows a group of destructive idiots hired by an unknown client to break into a deserted home and retrieve a VHS tape.
August 29, 2012
AND THUS it ends for Terrell Owens. For anyone who has even remotely followed T.O's career and had dealings with him, can anyone be surprised at its Greek-tragedy finish? Owens was cut on Sunday by the Seattle Seahawks - which presumably means his NFL career is effectively over. The former Eagle, who had a dramatic, if short, stint in Philadelphia, did not play last season following surgery on his left knee. He was trying to make a comeback with Seattle. "I'm no longer a Seahawk," he tweeted.
August 11, 2012 |
Before the case against Pennsylvania's Voter ID law got its hearing in Commonwealth Court, ID advocates could pretend they were the good guys. This campaign isn't about voter suppression, they could say with a straight face, this is about putting an end to voter fraud. But over seven days in a Harrisburg courthouse, that plausible deniability was shredded. Yes, it's possible that Judge Robert Simpson will let the law stand next week, when his ruling is expected. The legislature has a well established authority to regulate elections, and Simpson may not want to meddle with that.