March 1, 2014
Washington 122, at Philadelphia 103: Trevor Ariza made eight three-pointers and scored a career-high 40 points to help the Washington Wizards win their sixth straight game, 122-103 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. Ariza made all six three-point attempts in the first quarter for 24 points and finished 14 for 23 from the floor overall. The 76ers lost their 13th straight game on the night they retired Allen Iverson's No. 3. Iverson had his number sent to the rafters, fit between Maurice Cheeks' No. 10 and Charles Barkley's No. 34. The 76ers had a rare sellout of 20,856 for Iverson's triumphant homecoming.
February 26, 2014 |
Jason Collins wore the No. 46 jersey in his season debut Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets. He will eventually wear No. 98, his preferred jersey number. But as far as the folks in the NBA are concerned, he has the No. 1 jersey. Just two days after he signed with the Nets and became the league's first openly gay player, Collins' No. 98 jersey was the top seller on NBAStore.com. A league spokesperson told the Associated Press it is selling well again Wednesday. And he hasn't even worn that number in a game yet. It wasn't available Sunday for the Nets game against the Lakers, during which Collins had no points and two rebounds in 11 minutes.
February 19, 2014 |
New Jersey legislators investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal are going to court to try to shake loose documents from two key figures in the case. Bridget Anne Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie, and Bill Stepien, the man who ran Christie's campaigns, are refusing to comply with subpoenas seeking copies of emails and other records in the months before the scandal. Their lawyers say turning over the records would violate their 5th Amendment rights.
February 13, 2014 |
DES MOINES -- As the Chris Christie Mystery Tour continues, he may want to swing by Iowa, where a rare welcome mat awaits the beleaguered governor of New Jersey. Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Assn., has been plying the party fundraising circuit, raising cash, if not his political profile, ahead of a possible 2016 presidential bid. The problem is the George Washington Bridge scandal back home, which has made Christie, for now at least, the political equivalent of plutonium: a possible danger if you get too close.
February 13, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The sixth storm of a long, exhausting winter paralyzed residents up and down the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday as millions struggled with nasty commutes, widespread power outages, government closures, canceled flights and icy messes. More than a foot of snow fell in areas of Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey one day after the storm battered much of the South. In a winter that has crushed many snowfall records, the latest storm heaved more grief onto shoulders weary of the relentless cycle of digging out and preparing anew.
February 7, 2014 |
The phone begins to ring at 8 a.m. with incessant calls from creditors. Kevin Meyer has stopped picking up because he's sick of explaining the truth: that there's no money coming in, so he can't pay his bills. Two years ago, Meyer, 51, had a six-figure salary, a sizable 401(k) and the knowledge that he could support his wife and daughter. But he lost his job as a spokesman for a car rental company, and though he soon found another position, he was downsized again four months later.
February 3, 2014 |
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday insisted he never knew that his aides had intentionally fouled up traffic approaches to the George Washington Bridge until after the lanes had been reopened - though he admitted he might have heard about traffic snarls while they were happening and not paid any attention. Answering questions during his monthly radio call-in show from Trenton, Christie also said that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from his office, as part of investigations into possible abuses of power by his administration.
February 1, 2014 |
TRENTON, N.J. - With a hot sun bearing down, Gov. Chris Christie grasped a ceremonial shovel and dug into a patch of dirt where a new park would bloom in a blighted area of Newark. To his right, holding another shovel, was Bill Baroni, then Christie's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - and now a central player in the George Washington Bridge scandal that has enveloped the New Jersey governor and his aides. Baroni was delivering a $9-million boost from his agency's coffers to buy land for the park.
January 31, 2014 |
A former close aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said through his attorney that the governor knew about the closures of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, disputing Christie's assertion that he only learned about the traffic mess later. A lawyer for David Wildstein, who engineered the lane closures while working as a Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a letter that the closures came "at the Christie administration's order.
January 31, 2014 |
This is how it works in that Asgardian realm where major sports franchises reside: Alternate = money. Hey, rainbow bridges aren't cheap. So the Dodgers have announced they will sometimes wear alternate road jerseys that have “Dodgers” in script across their chests. Sometimes, they'll go with “Los Angeles.” Ugh, I'm old school on this one, preferring the Dodgers -- and every other major league team -- proudly wear the name of their home city on road jerseys. Maybe they're concerned people will mistake them for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.