December 23, 2013 |
Viewed narrowly, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's momentous decision Thursday to strike down key provisions of the law that regulates natural gas drilling doesn't change anything at all. The court's 4-2 decision restores local zoning control of drilling activity, which was in effect before the law known as Act 13 was passed last year. Despite having to navigate an uneven landscape of local zoning laws, Marcellus Shale gas producers flourished under the old rules. But opponents of shale gas drilling say the court decision carries substantial symbolic and political weight.
December 6, 2013 |
CITY COUNCIL yesterday voted 16-1 to override Mayor Nutter's veto of a bill that would require new doctors, dentists and medical offices to get zoning variances before opening in much of Northeast Philly. Councilmen Brian O'Neill and Bobby Henon championed the measure, which they say would give neighborhoods more input on development. Critics claimed it was a veiled attempt to keep methadone clinics out of their districts. "This bill effectively bans the establishment or expansion of medical, dental or other health practices . . . in these districts," Nutter wrote in his veto letter.
December 5, 2013
A MASSACHUSETTS law that says that "no person" may enter or remain in the 35-foot buffer zones established outside abortion clinics in the state has set off a controversial legal battle about the proper balance between the rights of speakers and the rights of those who must listen to them. Although several federal courts have upheld the law over the past few years, the Supreme Court has now agreed to review it. The high court should uphold it as well. The petitioners, including a grandmother in her 70s who stands outside abortion clinics hoping to talk to women on their way in, claim that the law is an impermissible infringement on their right to express their opinion.
December 3, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' offense seemed to spend an unfortunate amount of time failing to pick up third-down conversions around midfield yesterday, which made Donnie Jones kind of important. The Eagles' 33-year-old punter put his left foot into the ball eight times in a 24-21 victory over the visiting Arizona Cardinals. Seven times, the ball was downed inside the Arizona 20, including a spectacular 69-yarder that rolled dead at the Cards' 17. It was among the keys to the game. No Eagles punter had ever downed seven inside the 20 before.
November 20, 2013 |
LOWER MERION The Lower Merion school board on Monday turned the clock back to 2009, restoring the full size of a school-choice zone that had been the subject of a failed discrimination lawsuit. The 5-4 vote came during a sometimes combative three-hour meeting. The plan attempts to maintain an even balance of students at the two district high schools in the face of a sharp and unanticipated rise in enrollment. It does so by expanding the areas where students can choose to attend either Lower Merion High School or Harriton High School.
November 11, 2013 |
Believe it or not, this is not the worst 15-game scoring run in Flyers' franchise history. It's not even their least productive stretch in the new millennium. Here is a 15-game run, in Ken Hitchcock's first season, in which the Flyers scored 21 goals. They've scored 22 in their first 15 games this season: Nov. 2, 2002: vs. Washington . . . W 2-1 Nov. 5, 2002: at Carolina . . . W (ot) 2-1 Nov. 7, 2002: vs. New Jersey . . . L 1-0 Nov. 9, 2002: at Washington . . . L 4-1 Nov. 13, 2002: vs. Florida . . . T 1-1 Nov. 15, 2002: at Carolina . . . T 1-1 Nov. 16, 2002: vs. Boston . . . T 2-2 Nov. 19, 2002: at Tampa Bay . . . W 3-2 Nov. 21, 2002: vs. San Jose . . . T 2-2 Nov. 23, 2002: at Toronto . . . L 6-0 Nov. 27, 2002: at Pittsburgh . . . L 7-2 Nov. 29, 2002: vs. Toronto . . . L 3-0 Nov. 30, 2002: at Montreal . . . W (ot)
October 31, 2013 |
RYAN GETZLAF zigzagged in the Flyers' zone and hesitated. The Anaheim playmaker and sixth-highest-paid player in the NHL was waiting for help, but he could not evade Braydon Coburn, who promptly shut him down and any scoring opportunity. Minutes earlier, Nick Grossmann flattened former Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry with a thundering body check in the corner. That sequence last night was just one shift apart in the first period. Juxtapose that with the second half of last night's 3-2 loss to the Ducks - where the Flyers were outshot 27-13 and committed an egregious 16 turnovers - and what you have is what Craig Berube calls "a work in progress.
October 18, 2013 |
ATTEMPTING TO solve the problem of the Eagles in the red zone is like attempting to solve the problem of the kind of weather that rolled through the Delaware Valley yesterday. Our happiness is mitigated by the laws of physics, and there is no exception provided to an offense that has long lacked the power personnel to thrive in tight spaces. That the Eagles will enter Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys with one of the poorest performing red-zone offenses in the NFL isn't so much a fixable problem as it is an inevitability of their roster.
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.
October 8, 2013 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles' red-zone issues continued Sunday, when they settled for five field goals and did not score touchdowns on 3 of 5 red-zone attempts. This has been an issue all season. The Eagles have seven red-zone touchdowns in 17 appearances. "Obviously, we don't want to get threes, we'd rather get sevens," coach Chip Kelly said. This will be a key development to watch, because the Eagles have no trouble moving the ball. Kelly's offense is the first in NFL history with 1,200 passing yards and 875 rushing yards through the first five games of the season.