July 28, 2016
Update: The Eagles released linebacker Travis Long Wednesday morning. From Tuesday: Travis Long was listed as a third-year player, which is both technically true and a cruel taunt. Long has been here since the 2013 training camp, when he impressed coaches as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He was an undrafted rookie with size (6-4, 255) and talent, available after the draft because he was coming off a late-season right ACL tear at Washington State. Long went on to spend 2013 on the Eagles' practice squad, setting him up as a first-year player in 2014, under the NFL's rules.
July 26, 2016
They say news travels fast. But a cynic might have wondered Sunday whether word that Sen. Bernie Sanders has ended his presidential campaign and endorsed Hillary Clinton ever reached the far corners of Washington state, about 3,000 miles from the Wells Fargo Center. How else to explain this craziness - a wired and tired 42-year-old Shanda Masta, cigarette dangling from her fire-engine-red nails, telling the story of how she and 21 complete strangers all met up Thursday morning at Seattle's Safeco Field and then drove 70 hours nonstop in four vans and a tricked-out RV called "The Berniemobile.
June 30, 2016
ISSUE | ANIMAL CRUELTY Give up eggs I watched and read about Mercy for Animals' disturbing footage from its recent undercover investigation of a possible egg supplier for Malvern-based Eggland's Best ("Activists allege cruelty by egg supplier," Thursday). Sadly, I know that such inhumane treatment of egg-laying hens is all too common in the industry. The debate over whether two Briarwood Farms locations in Washington state are supplying Eggland's Best must not distract us from this fact: As consumers, if we want to be sure that we are not contributing to this cruelty, whether packaged as Eggland's Best or some other brand, the best thing we can do is keep eggs off our plates.
March 16, 2016
ISSUE | STATE STORES Business is booming As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I was pleased to hear that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board sold a record $2.34 billion in wine and spirits in fiscal year 2014-15. To ensure that sales keep increasing, however, the LCB has agreed with House Democrats that we must make the state system more convenient by expanding store hours and Sunday sales, establishing flexible pricing, and allowing lottery ticket sales in stores.
October 28, 2015 |
It took a little longer than usual to make the announcement, but ESPN's College GameDay is indeed coming to Philadelphia, the network said Monday afternoon. The popular college football pregame show will be televised from Independence Mall on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The show is coming to Philadelphia in advance of the game that night between Temple and Notre Dame in a battle of nationally ranked teams. The game will be broadcast on ABC, giving the surging Temple program even more national exposure.
September 9, 2015 |
It sounds like one of those uplifting sports movies Hollywood loves, those whose stirring sound tracks are designed to mask cornball plots and historical inaccuracies: In the early 1960s, when African Americans were rare on Catholic League and Big Five basketball rosters and the Civil Rights Act remained a dream, the players on an all-white, Catholic grade-school team in Delaware County asked a young, black Villanova graduate to be their coach....
August 20, 2015 |
SAY IT ain't so, Josephine. A Little League softball team was eliminated from the World Series playoffs yesterday under unusual circumstances. On Monday, a team from Washington state failed to get a hit in an 8-0 loss to a team from North Carolina. The loss created a three-way tie in Pool B play and, due to tiebreaking rules, Washington and North Carolina advanced to the semifinals, while Central Iowa did not. Here, the plot thickens. Had Washington won, North Carolina would have been eliminated and Central Iowa would have advanced.
July 28, 2015 |
IT'S INTERESTING how little things can stick in your memory. Like Jim McLaughlin's No. 44. It was the number he wore when he played wide receiver on the football team of St. Francis of Assisi Parochial School in Springfield, Delaware County, back in the '50s. "It was a number he always remembered," his family said. Which might seem curious, because Jim McLaughlin went on to more athletic achievements, success in business and many charitable activities. But, apparently, in his mind he would always be No. 44. James J. McLaughlin Jr., a health-care marketer, founder of a health-care consulting business, an active alumnus of St. Joseph's University, an Air Force veteran and a devoted family man, died Friday at age 67 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
June 4, 2015 |
SEEMA S. SONNAD was passionate about her researches in the health services field, but she had another passion, running. She was one of those runners who think mere marathons (26.2 miles) are not challenging enough. They go for the big distances. It was while running an ultramarathon in Washington State on May 27 that Seema suffered a cardiac arrhythmia. She died in Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash. She was 52 and had homes in West Philadelphia and Chadds Ford. Seema S. Sonnad was director of Health Services Research for the Value Institute at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del., a position to which she was appointed in October 2012.