December 9, 2013 |
The region's first serious winter storm - which took forecasters by surprise with its intensity - caused at least one death in the region. A motorist was struck and killed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike shortly after noon Sunday when he got out of his car after a minor crash, a turnpike commission spokesman said. The westbound highway was closed for about six hours between the Downingtown and Morgantown Exits. Meanwhile, Philadelphia International Airport reported delays averaging 4 hours and 35 minutes for arriving flights, the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday night.
November 25, 2013 |
QUEBEC - The happy group of 15 came pouring around the bend; men and women, some young, some older, dressed in boots, hats, gloves - and bathing suits. Walking single file through the snow, they approached a small mound and were greeted by the famous master of ceremonies, Bonhomme, as Quebec City's annual Winter Carnival's Snow Bath officially opened. The huge audience, suitably dressed for the minus-4-degree C weather, began taunting and laughing at the would-be "snow bathers. " Playful snowballs immediately began to fly between the audience, participants, and even Bonhomme.
November 11, 2013 |
I put in earplugs, wrapped myself in a blanket, and hoped for the best. Zack, my guide, fired up the Bombardier ("Bomb" for short), and started humming noisily along the eastern rim of Yellowstone National Park's snow-covered basin. I rode shotgun in this yellow, 10-passenger contraption on tracks, holding my feet close to the front floorboard heaters for warmth. Bombardiers were developed in 1937 by Joseph-Armand Bombardier for mail delivery, freight, school, and ambulance transportation in heavy snow, but went out of production in the 1980s.
October 31, 2013 |
NEW YORK - What would Baron Pierre de Coubertin have thought? The Olympic movement, the 19th-century French nobleman's homage to the amateur ideal, collided with 21st-century Times Square on Tuesday. As the countdown to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi hit 100 days, the U.S. Olympic Committee, by now as ardent a marketer as American Eagle, Hershey's, Marriott or any of the famous square's other neon-fringed enterprises, celebrated by commandeering the three gaudiest blocks in New York City's dense commercial forest.
October 19, 2013 |
Tend the vegetable garden. We've been lucky the harvest season has lasted this far into October. I'm still waiting to harvest the carrots and sweet potatoes, hoping they'll get as large as possible before frost. I've picked and enjoyed the various tomatoes daily. But when all the stems and vines eventually wither and die, gather them up and dispose of them to make sure that pest problems aren't left to overwinter in the garden. Put away the cages, tepees, and trellises. If you haven't done it yet, take notes about where you planted each crop so you can rotate them to different locations in the garden next year.
October 14, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Remnants from the systemwide disappointment and misfortune of the 2013 season could be spotted at the Phillies' Florida Instructional League camp, which closed down Friday after a couple of scrimmages against Toronto's prospects at the Carpenter Complex. This would have been a great place for shortstop Roman Quinn, the Phillies' second-round pick in 2011, to get some at-bats after he missed the final 10 weeks of the season with a fractured bone in his left wrist.
September 28, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Ryan Howard tugged on his gray T-shirt. He sat in one corner of the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field, and his left knee was exposed as he wore red Phillies shorts. A bag of his bats - for use only in batting practice - were shipped overnight and propped against his locker. The team's highest-paid position player wanted to be here to see his teammates and new manager before this long winter. There was an impression, he said, worth making in person. "It feels better," Howard said.
September 23, 2013 |
The baseball winter is long, cold, and remorseful for a team that begins a season with rich expectations but ends it with poor results. The Phillies, who finish out their home schedule Sunday afternoon, find themselves in that position for the second straight year, and it is more difficult this time to pass it off as just a temporary downturn made mostly of injuries and bad luck. The fans who bid them farewell Sunday and enter an offseason of chilly indifference rather than regret aren't necessarily buying the story again, and that's not all they aren't buying at their previous rate.
September 18, 2013 |
FRANKFORD HIGH is one of the few remaining places in the city where you might find multisport stars, as most of its programs are routinely competitive and success breeds participation. However, missing from this year's football roster is last year's starting cornerback, Anthony Wright-Downing, a skywalking athlete, who is also one of the Public League's top senior wing guard prospects at Sankofa Charter. Sankofa, whose main campus sits in the heart of East Frankford, has a cooperative sponsorship with Frankford for football.
September 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When the Phillies signed Miguel Gonzalez to an amended three-year, $12 million deal, they asked him to spend his time in Florida and learn the ways of American professional baseball. They view the Cuban pitcher as their potential third starter in 2014, and don't want him pitching in a competitive environment before spring training. "I don't think there is any necessity for him to go throw winter ball or anything like that," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.