December 27, 2012
Virginia Tech is honoring the school shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., with decals on players' helmets as it prepares for its bowl game, ESPN.com reported. The Hokies will play Rutgers on Friday in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which 20 children and six faculty members died, was the second-deadliest school shooting in the country. The deadliest was April 16, 2007, on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, where a gunman killed 32 people and wounded 17 others.
December 23, 2012 |
'D ear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Other friends say there is a Santa Claus and bad Eagles fans hit him with snowballs. Papa says, 'If you see it in SportsWeek , it's so.' Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus and did Eagles fans hurt Santa?" Virginia O'Hanlon Fifth and Shunk South Philadelphia Virginia, your little friends are peddling half-truths. Eagles fans did pelt Santa, but they aren't bad people. Your pals are brainwashed by urban legend, fueled by the mindless chatter of national sports announcers and sports writers piling on Eagles fans as if they were Satan's green-garbed disciples, assaulting St. Nick without provocation.
December 20, 2012 |
Virginia Alice Meyer Smith, 89, of Chestnut Hill, the founder and major force behind the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, died Sunday, Dec. 9, at Cathedral Village in Upper Roxborough. Mrs. Smith's experience in the Middle East in the 1940s, and her appointment in the 1970s to the Philadelphia Episcopal Task Force on Hunger, paved the way for her life's work - feeding the hungry. She established the food bank in 1981, and in 1983 became its executive director, a post she held until retiring in 1993.
December 7, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My 62-year-old husband was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and I have since learned that his co-workers spotted his troubles long before I did at home. Had I been informed, he could possibly have retired on disability and have Medicare today (which he does not now). Additionally, he would have known to have structured his retirement to include survivorship on his pension, which he did not. I realize his co-workers were in a difficult spot, so I'm not blaming them, but I'm hoping a few words from you might get the word out to others: Friends, when you notice someone is declining, please speak up. - Donna in Virginia DEAR DONNA: I'm sorry about your husband's diagnosis.
December 3, 2012 |
Rutgers officially accepted a bid on Sunday to play Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla. The Hokies (6-6) lost twice to Big East teams this season. They fell by 35-17 to Pittsburgh and by 27-24 to Cincinnati. Virginia Tech and Rutgers were Big East foes before the Hokies left for the ACC in 2004. Virginia Tech holds an 11-3 all-time edge against Rutgers. "After winning a share of the Big East championship for the first time in school history, it is great reward for our football family to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said.
December 1, 2012 |
Virginia Halfmann's violin was just one voice among many, but her "monster" talent, colleagues said, contributed mightily to Eugene Ormandy's Philadelphia Sound. The violinist, 68, died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure, nephew John Halfmann said. Ms. Halfmann was hired by Ormandy in 1972 and retired from the second violin section in 2010. A gruff exterior belied a kind soul, friends said. "She was a real character, to say the least, a wonderful character," said Louis Lanza, Ms. Halfmann's stand partner in the orchestra for more than a decade.
November 13, 2012
KELSEY WOLFE scored 22 points as visiting Virginia overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to defeat Penn, 68-65, in a women's game at the Palestra Monday night. Alyssa Baron scored 21 points and Kara Bonenberger added 14 for the Quakers (0-2), who led by 35-20 just before intermission. Telia McCall had 14 points and Ataira Franklin added 13 for the Cavaliers (2-0).
November 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats won a narrow majority in the Senate on Tuesday, snatching Republican-held seats in Massachusetts and Indiana and turning back fierce, expensive challenges in Virginia and Ohio to maintain the control they have held since 2007. With a third of the Senate up for election, Republicans were undone by candidate stumbles. GOP candidates in Missouri and Indiana made clumsy statements about rape and abortion that did severe damage to the party's hopes of taking over.
October 20, 2012 |
The West Virginia-Kansas State game was supposed to be a matchup of top-five teams with national championship implications, let alone Big 12 title implications, until the Texas Tech Red Raiders threw a giant sombrero in those plans. Kansas State goes into Morgantown on Saturday with a pretty good blueprint for success. The difficulty is in trying to follow it. "There might be philosophical thoughts in regards to how you defend [West Virginia quarterback] Geno Smith and how you function on special teams that you say, 'Maybe within our own schemes, we can do something,' " said Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who should be facing an ornery group of Mountaineers.
October 7, 2012
The numbers for West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith leap off a stat sheet in 3D: four games, 1,826 yards passing, 83.4 percent completion rate, 20 touchdowns, zero interceptions. When he takes to the field for the Mountaineers' first-ever Big 12 road game Saturday night at Texas, his 656-yard, eight-touchdown performance of last week against Baylor will be an extremely distant memory. "Got to focus on Texas," he said in an Associated Press article. "We don't take wins into the next week.