March 4, 2015 |
THERE ARE no Cinderellas in the NBA. Mull that for a moment. They have as many teams in their playoffs as the NHL does, as many revenue-producing rounds, but there is an almost zero percent chance that any seventh or eighth seed wins an NBA championship this year, next year, or any year after that. Not in the NHL. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup 3 years ago as an eighth seed. The Flyers reached Game 6 of the 2010 finals after making the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.
February 28, 2015 |
A hung jury resulted last spring in the mistrial of the Rev. Andrew McCormick on child sex-assault charges. Lawyers in the retrial that started this week spent parts of four days to select a jury before opening arguments could be heard Thursday afternoon. The Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men heard accusations that McCormick, 58, abused a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Bridesburg. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp, in her opening statement, showed the jury an old photo of the boy while describing a troubled child victimized by a man of authority.
February 27, 2015
WHEN I WAS about 11 or 12, I saw a made-for-television movie called "The Man Without A Country. " It was based on a short story written by Edward Everett Hale, and told the tale of a man who - angered at being tried for treason against the United States - spouted out in the middle of the trial, "I wish I may never hear of the United States again!" In punishment, the astounded judge grants him his wish: He is found guilty and sentenced to spend the rest of his life on U.S. Navy warships.
February 22, 2015 |
View a gallery of photos from Swedesboro at www.philly.com/swedesboro
February 18, 2015 |
TECHNO-CIZE or be trampled! That's a theme repeated often in exhibitors' booths at Toy Fair 2015, the international trade show of children's playthings heating up the Javits Center, in New York, through today. LIONEL'S NEW TRACK: "Young children have a natural fascination with trains, but as they grow, flashy gadgets distract them," noted Howard Hitchcock, president of 115-year-old Lionel. So, his venerable toy company, one of the first to harness electricity, is freshening its game with train sets that run on dedicated (LionChief)
February 10, 2015 |
The chief executive of the Gallup polling service calls the current 5.7 percent unemployment rate a big lie. Jim Clifton unsettled the financial world last week with a controversial blog post, writing: "If you, a family member, or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job - if you are so hopelessly out of work that you've stopped looking over the past four weeks - the Department of Labor doesn't count you as unemployed....
February 10, 2015 |
THE GALAXY is dimming at an alarming rate. Kobe and Peyton ground to a rusty halt over the past few weeks, but hope sprang in the world of golf. No other sport offers the promise of renewal in the worst of February's doldrums; scenes of Hawaii, California and Arizona, dazzling green, while much of the rest of the country slumbers under icy white. Then, the stars fell. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed to reach the weekend in consecutive weeks. They played two punch-line tournaments, and never were a factor.
February 6, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Like nature itself, the most important job for farmers in the Garden State is to evolve, according to agricultural officials hosting the 100th annual New Jersey State Agricultural Convention, which officially opened here on Wednesday. Hundreds of farmers of vegetables, fruits, nursery stocks, and even aquaculture packed the parking garage at the Tropicana Casino & Resort with their "No Farmers No Food" bumper-stickered pickups and cars. The two-day convention offers conferences and meetings on dozens of farm-related topics.
January 30, 2015 |
THREE MEDICAL experts yesterday offered conflicting opinions on whether charter-school founder Dorothy June Brown is mentally competent to stand retrial. Brown, 77, is accused of defrauding three brick-and-mortar charters and a cyber charter she created of about $6.3 million and conspiring with other administrators to cover up the alleged activity. A retrial was scheduled after a jury acquitted her on six charges but deadlocked on nearly 50 others. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ordered Brown to undergo examination upon request from her defense team.
January 29, 2015 |
The white house on Main Street is falling down. Its back porch is unstable, and its windows are broken. Inside, the walls are decaying and the floors are covered in debris. John Haigis sees past the blight of the 19th-century house. "It has character," said Haigis, president of Darby Borough's Historical Commission. Home to the oldest continually operating free library in the United States and a Quaker meeting house that dates to 1805, Darby is rich in history. But the small Delaware County borough is not rich in resources.