October 17, 2013 |
DeSEAN JACKSON says he has worked hard to become a red-zone weapon, so let's not give Nick Foles all the credit just yet. "In past years, they used to take me out, use two tight ends and things like that," Jackson said yesterday. He has caught three touchdown passes from Foles in the past two games, two of them in the red zone. Jackson, who has five TD catches this season, caught 11 over the previous 3 years. "I think Chip [Kelly] does a great job of putting me in positions to be successful in the red zone, so that's an addition to my game . . . It was something I just kept working with.
September 28, 2013 |
Here are my picks to roll - and get rolled - in Week 4 of the 2013 season. Watch 'em roll Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers vs. Vikings. Big Ben struggled to start the season, hampered by the lack of a running threat and the absence of Mike Wallace and Heath Miller. He got his tight end back last week and promptly passed for 406 yards against the Bears. On Sunday in London, Le'Veon Bell will attempt to restore hope in the running game. If your QB is on a bye, Roethlisberger has a great matchup against the secondary that just got torched by Brian Hoyer.
September 27, 2013 |
CLOUT HAS a question: Is the Pennsylvania Democratic Party the one thing Gov. Corbett has going for him in his bid for a second term next year? Corbett, a Republican, is routinely listed as one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents for 2014. And he is under constant attack from his party's right wing. (We're looking at you, state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe , a Butler County pol who clearly despises the government that has issued him a paycheck for the past 14 years.) Smelling blood in the water, eight Democrats have declared their candidacy for the 2014 primary election for governor.
September 25, 2013 |
Lincoln High School in the city's Mayfair section was placed on a brief lockdown Friday afternoon after police found several firearms in the car of the school's building engineer. District spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed Monday that Robert McKenna, a veteran employee, was removed from Lincoln and that the district had begun proceedings to have him dismissed. No weapons were found inside the school, but Gallard said McKenna's vehicle was parked on school grounds. The district, he said, had no idea why McKenna had the guns.
September 12, 2013
Feet on the floor Michael Smerconish's comments on bad drivers were amusing ("This is for you, lousy drivers," Sept. 1). As a salesman who spends hours behind the wheel on the region's highways, it amazes me how many drivers abandon courtesy and common sense. Traffic laws and enforcement are there to address people acting badly, and stupidly (for instance, violating the seat-belt law). But maybe we need yet another law to protect the dimwitted: Prohibit feet on the dashboard. Driving down to my Shore home, I regularly observe this thoughtless behavior.
August 19, 2013 |
POLICE Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey yesterday replaced the head of the department's firearms-training unit. Capt. Mark Fisher, who had overseen the unit - which is based at the Police Academy - was transferred to offender processing and replaced by Capt. Charles Green, who had previously worked in Internal Affairs, Ramsey said last night. The command switch comes four months after the commissioner asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate after a regularly scheduled audit of 1,356 Colt M-16 rifles in a vault at the academy revealed that one of the weapons was missing.
July 15, 2013 |
A 65-year-old Cherry Hill man has been charged with illegally possessing weapons and related charges after shots were fired inside his home early Friday afternoon. Stephen Menyhar, of the unit block of Tearose Lane, was inside the house when officers arrived just after noon, police said in a news release Saturday morning, which did not include a motive for the shooting. Shots had been fired inside the house, police said, and the department responded with a SWAT team and other units to surround the house.
July 9, 2013
New York Giants linebacker Dan Connor , who was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport with a switchblade in his luggage on Saturday, was charged with a misdemeanor weapons offense and released on his own recognizance, Philadelphia police said Sunday. The 27-year-old former Penn State and Strath Haven star was "fully cooperative" and told investigators he did not realize he had the knife in his backpack when he went through a security checkpoint, police said. GOLF: Jonas Blixt shot a 3-under-par 67 for a 267 total to win the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., by 2 strokes.
June 23, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - At a time when Mayor Nutter and other Philadelphia officials are campaigning for tougher gun laws, a central Pennsylvania legislator says he will introduce a proposal to make it easier to get a license to carry a concealed firearm in the Philadelphia area. State Sen. Richard Alloway II of Chambersburg contends Philadelphia has been aggressive in denying its residents concealed-carry permits. Some city residents whose applications were rejected then applied successfully for a permit from Florida.
June 21, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syria's rebels have received shipments of more powerful weapons from Persian Gulf allies in recent weeks, particularly antitank and antiaircraft missiles, that have already helped stall aggressive new advances by regime forces. But those same shipments have sparked feuding and squabbling among rebel factions, illustrating the complications the United States will face as it starts directly arming the rebels, a major policy shift by the Obama administration. Every shipment enters a tangle of complex rebel politics, with dozens of brigades and battalions operating on the ground, riven by jealousies, rivalries and competition, with radical Islamist fighters dominant.