March 10, 2016 |
I TEXTED John Calipari not long after I heard that Drexel had told Bruiser Flint he was out as coach Monday morning. I asked if he wanted to talk about his longtime friend and colleague. The Kentucky coach got back to me Monday night, but I missed the call. He left a classic 80-second voice mail, an impassioned defense of Flint and a call to get rid of the graduate-transfer rule that allows players who have graduated with eligibility to go to another school without having to sit out a year.
January 4, 2016
Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic are known as the Word Mavens and are the authors of the "Dictionary of Jewish Words" Every now and then, we find ourselves asking questions that prove we're not as hip or as with it as we think we are. And undoubtedly, when our kids read this, they'll tell us that nobody says hip or with it anymore. We love new apps, gadgets, and conveniences, and we marvel at the things they can do, but we don't fully trust them. We spent decades dialing the phone, putting family photos in albums, and getting up from our chair to change the channel.
September 30, 2015 |
A FORMER Philadelphia police officer who was charged with making a false report and related offenses in a bizarre case that involved his wife has died, a prosecutor told a judge Tuesday. "Robert Penn is deceased," Assistant District Attorney Sybil Murphy told Municipal Judge William Austin Meehan Jr. on Tuesday, when Penn, 48, was scheduled to face a preliminary hearing. Murphy said afterward that she did not know the cause of Penn's death. A report from the Medical Examiner's Office indicated that Penn was pronounced dead at Nazareth Hospital, in Northeast Philadelphia, at 5:40 p.m. Sept.
July 16, 2015 |
A PHILADELPHIA police officer who was shot outside his house last year was charged yesterday with allegedly trying to pin the blame on his estranged wife. Authorities say Robert Penn's wife was innocent of any wrongdoing. Someone shot Penn, 48, in the shoulder as he arrived home from work early March 2, 2014, outside the Overbrook Park rowhouse the couple, though estranged, still shared. As investigators chased dead ends and after the Daily News chronicled the mystery, Penn allegedly persuaded his friend, Charles Mays, to call the People Paper and implicate Penn's estranged wife, Jennifer.
January 22, 2015 |
Robin has a strategy for fielding strangers' queries about her son: She simply answers every question in the affirmative. "Is his father tall?" Yes. "He has so much hair! Did you have a lot of heartburn?" Yes. "Did you have a long labor?" Oh, you have no idea. She was in her mid-30s before she realized that pregnancy was not a prerequisite for parenting. "I never felt the urge to pop a human out of my body," she says. A genetic legacy wasn't important to her. But, increasingly, she longed to raise a child.
November 2, 2014 |
Only two people are known to have witnessed off-duty Moorestown Police Officer Craig Berner lose control of his motorcycle as the pickup truck approached. One of them is Patrolman Berner, who's dead. The other is Sgt. William McGovern, the off-duty Burlington County detective who ran over Berner on a dark stretch of Westfield Road in Moorestown. McGovern isn't talking, and an investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office was concluded without any criminal charges being filed.
March 12, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - It's a good thing that Delaware men's basketball coach Monte' Ross coach decided to check his voice mail. Ross received a call Monday morning from a number he did not recognize. Then he played the voice mail and it was a person calling on behalf of Vice President Biden, who wanted to wish him good luck. Ross called back and was connected with Biden. "We talked for a few minutes and it was great," Ross said about an hour before Monday's Colonial Athletic Association championship against William and Mary at the Baltimore Arena.
February 13, 2014 |
ON JAN. 23, I called the main number of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office and asked to be connected to the Real Estate Department, which handles sales of foreclosed and tax-delinquent properties. I had been phoning the department's direct number, but it repeatedly rang and then disconnected. "There's no one in real estate today," explained the woman who answered my call. "They're all at the sheriff's sale. " "Is there someone I can talk to for just a minute?" I asked. "No one's there," she repeated.
January 9, 2014 |
One of the region's leading paving contractors, Danella Cos., has agreed to pay more than $2.3 million to settle claims that it overbilled the Philadelphia Gas Works for materials. The city's Office of Inspector General said Tuesday that it found "significant discrepancies" over three years in the amount of paving materials the Plymouth Meeting company used to patch up roadways after gas-main repairs. The investigation, undertaken at PGW's request, included more than 400 core samples of roadways.
July 18, 2013 |
Hello there After a year of first dates without a single second, Ashley Kurtz was just about done with J-date. Her subscription was about to expire, and the online dating service wouldn't get another cent. Soon after logging in one day in April 2010, she got an IM from a California bachelor: "Hey, I just want you to know that you're the most beautiful girl on this site. " Super-cheesy, Ashley thought, and from a guy who lived 3,000 miles away, at that. "There was something intriguing about the profile she wrote, and her pictures were stunning," Brandon explains.