Jets cut Quinton Coples, next stop surely Buffalo Bills
Quinton Coples is gone. The former first round pick was cut by the New York Jets on Monday in a season where playing time for the edge rusher was becoming increasingly sparse. Once the golden boy of the Rex Ryan regime, Coples is now gone along with the head coach who drafted him, a casualty of greater depth at outside linebacker and defensive end compounding a declining return on the franchise's investment. Coples had just eight tackles this season and played a handful of snaps this past...
I support Republicans' school funding proposal
I hardly ever agree with the GOP on anything, but a new education reform proposal might change my tune … just this one time. Pennsylvania Senate Republicans plan to vote next week on a proposal that would terminate property taxes as a means of school funding and substitute them with increases in the sales and personal income taxes of locals. “The only solution is to eliminate them,” Republican Sen. David Argall told the press this week in regards to not reforming property taxes. “It's based on,...
VIDEO: Katniss sure loves pita
The last "Hunger Games" movie is out, so that means we're running dangerously low on time to make ridiculously stupid jokes about it, like this supercut of every time Katniss talks about pita — er, Peeta — in the series. For added goofiness, the clips are enhanced with some delicious-looking flatbread sandwiches. It's simple and stupid and that's why it's delightful. RELATED: Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2' is so, so, so, so grim Follow Ned Ehrbar on Twitter: @nedrick
Geek Girl in Hollywood: 'Jessica Jones' is great at portraying trauma
I’ve been marathoning Marvel’s new Netflix series “Jessica Jones” and I’m pretty blown away. I’m not going to spoil anything for you since this is likely to be a big Thanksgiving weekend binge watch. I just wanted to tell you all why. For anyone who’s gone through a significant trauma, you’re going to see yourself in this. Not that you’ve been mind-controlled by a super villain bathed in purple light and forced to do unspeakable things, but there is a universality to PTSD. Many of us have...
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Grab a last-minute (but still memorable) Thanksgiving feast
The first year I went out to dinner on Thanksgiving was a little weird. My father was in a panic that there wouldn't be any leftovers. But within an hour of sitting down to a delicious meal without chopping, roasting or mashing, we were all hooked. Let someone else do the cooking this year and just enjoy each other's company. Abboccato 136 W. 55th St., Midtown This restaurant will transport you to the warm, breezy countryside of Italy. For Thanksgiving, try the four-course menu ($65, 3-9 p.m.)
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Michelle Beadle hot Instagram, Twitter pics, photos (new gallery of ESPN SportsNation host)
Michelle Beadle is one of the more prominent female sports broadcasters in the world. She is currently a co-host on SportsNation on ESPN2 with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley. The 40-year-old Beadle was born in Italy but spent most of her childhood in Texas. She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio before her broadcasting career. RELATED: Hot Instagram pics of ESPN First Take host Molly Qerim Above are some hot Instagram and Twitter pics of Beadle.
Veteran indie rockers Modest Mouse still worth a watch
When Modest Mouse began their two night sold-out run at Webster Hall last Wednesday with the stretched-out slow burner "Of Course We Know" (off of their new full-length Stranger to Ourselves), it was quickly apparent they're not going anywhere anytime soon. Strangers to Ourselves comes after an eight-year hiatus, and a decade after band-defining single "Float On," but Isaac Brock's trademark yelp-y, staccato voice only gets more refined with age. Now 39, Brock is still the same quirky...
Ask SEPTA: Addressing Regional Rail frustrations
I have been a regional rail passenger to Center City Philadelphia since 1986, and live on the Warminster line. There is a huge frustration level with the 2450 6:16 pm train from Suburban Station to Warminster by all the regular riders. It is late arriving to Suburban every single day and that is not an exaggeration. The conductors never have any explanation for why it is so late every day. I have missed or been late for my orthodontist appointments, board meetings, dinner plans, etc. This is...
DAILY VIDEO: Pet owners rap about Cone Solidarity
What's a hardcore rapper who's also a sympathetic dog owner supposed to do when his four-legged friend ends up in a post-vet cone of shame? Cone solidarity, that's what. This music video — that also benefits animal rescue charity the Amanda Foundation — is utterly ridiculous and delightful and — and then the sweet vocal bridge kicks in and it becomes sublime. Let's all don a cone. And relax with a scone. Follow Ned Ehrbar on Twitter: @nedrick
Brooklyn comedy duo Bobo Touch releases video aimed at subway perverts
Brooklyn natives Brian Bonz and Mike Rizzo of the comedy duo Bobo Touch have a message for men who exhibit lewd behavior on the subway — don’t do it. In their latest video, “Subway Creeps,” they call out all the perverts riding the subway in this hilarious New York City public service announcement. PHOTO: Woman snaps pic of D train pervert The YouTube video highlights several types of New York City subway perverts: the guy who follows women and stares at their butts, the public masturbator...
VIRAL VIDEO: Cat bobs head to Drake's 'Hotline Bling'
A video showing a cat bobbing its head to Drake's new and catchy tune, "Hotline Bling' has gone viral — and for good reason. In the video, Vimeo user "Andy C." and his super relaxed cat are seen nodding their heads along to the Drake song. As soon as the beat drops, the cat and the owner appear to go into a Drake-induced trance. The cat appears to be the most relaxed animal on the planet. RELATED: Cat reacts to having its teeth brushed for first time SPOILER: While we all want to believe...
Obama on Thanksgiving urges generosity to Syrian refugees
President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in his Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution. "Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families," Obama said in his address. RELATED: NYC leaders affirm support for Syrian...
PHOTOS: Turkey downs Russian warplane, Moscow denies violation
Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over air space violations, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space. It was the first time a NATO member's armed forces have downed a Russian or Soviet military aircraft since the 1950s, and Russian and Turkish assets fell on fears of an escalation between the former Cold War enemies. A Kremlin spokesman said it was a "very serious incident" but that it was too...
Endangered rhino dies at California zoo, three remain worldwide
A northern white rhinoceros, one of just four left on Earth, died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park after suffering from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues, zoo officials said. Nola, a 41-year-old rhino brought to the Southern California park in 1989 as part of a breeding program, took a turn for the worse over the weekend following a Nov. 13 surgical procedure to drain a large pelvic abscess identified as the infection source, the zoo said in a statement. The...
5 Holiday books to get you in the Christmas spirit
Good, quality family time is part of what makes the holiday season so special, but sometimes, you just need to escape for a bit and get some alone time. Sneak away and dig into one of these new holiday-themed books. You'll reemerge ready to let the festivities carry on. All quick reads, they're also perfect to get lost in while you're traveling. Related: The most-indemand holiday toys this season
Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy talk science and 'Victor Frankenstein'
In "Victor Frankenstein," James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe join a long tradition of actors, usually British (or Scottish), playing Mary Shelley's mad scientist and his assistant. But they are the first to play with this dynamic: Instead of Frankenstein's lowly, hunchbacked helper, Igor is a dandy and a medical genius in his own regard. It also allowed the two actors to goof around on the set of a particularly nutty what-if. This is your first time working together but you seem to have a mutual...
Ranking the 'Rocky' movies, from the first to 'Creed'
The “Rocky” films were among the first of the modern kind of franchises. Historically movie series were mostly comprised of individual, largely self-contained installments, like the Mickey Rooney-led Andy Hardy films of the ’30s and ’40s or the 50-year-plus Bond cycle. But the “Rocky”s were among the first brands that kept a story going for years, following the same character as he ages and changes. “Rocky II” even came a year before “Star Wars” wrought “Empire Strikes Back.” With “Creed,” its...
NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Patriots, Panthers fend off challengers
1. New England Patriots (10-0) Def. Buffalo 20-13. Previously: 1. The Patriots have endured two of their closest victories the past two weeks, but those victories leave them five clear at the top of their division with six games left. They did struggle to run the ball with LeGarrette Blount for much of the game in Dion Lewis' absence, but James White emerged as Belichick's newest offensive toy and scored both Patriots touchdowns, the first two of his NFL career. 2. Carolina Panthers (10-0) Def....
NHL Power Rankings: Rangers at No. 1 - Devils, Stars, Kings climb
1. New York Rangers (14-2-2, last week No. 2) – Finally, a little shakeup at the top of the power rankings! New York is on fire as it has won its last nine games in a row and is off to its best start in franchise history. New York is tied with Montreal for the best goal-differential in the NHL (plus-25) and it has allowed the fewest goals in the league (32). 2. Dallas Stars (15-4-0, last week No. 4) – The Rangers, Stars and Canadiens have clearly separated themselves as the NHL’s elite teams so...
NFL Power Rankings: Two unbeatens remain, Chiefs, Bills climb in Week 10
1. New England Patriots (9-0) Def. New York Giants 27-26. Previously: 1. If even the Giants can’t beat the Patriots, the NFL is in trouble, especially because New York getting a shot at a rematch in the Super Bowl seems….unlikely. Give Stephen Gostkowski credit for his 54-yard game winning field goal. While so many kickers around the league are falling apart, Gostkowski is steady as ever. 2. Carolina Panthers (9-0) Def. Tennessee 27-10. Previously: 3 Leave it to the Panthers to be...
How to avoid Cyber Monday scams
Millions of shoppers will hit retailers’ websites today, expecting serious discounts and promotions. But be aware, online shopping hysteria can lead you to make impulse buys, as online stores never close and you can casually browse from the comfort of your couch. “It causes many people to shop more often and make unnecessary purchases or splurges,” says Andrea Woroch, consumer and money-saving expert. “Especially since many keep payment information saved, buying something with a single tap...
Swap wine for Champagne on your holiday table
If you only think of Champagne on special occasions, then AJ Ojeda-Pons is celebrating most days of the year. “For the longest time, I had a motto: Drink Champagne every day,” says the sommelier, who mans the wine list at Geoffrey Zakarian’s The Lambs Club. “Champagne is not just a celebratory item, it’s really a very versatile wine.” RELATED: Where to eat on Thanksgiving, from brunch to dinner How versatile? Ojeda-Pons sips a glass of bubbly to start many of his meals, whether that’s a cheese...
Thanksgiving hazards for pets
Thanksgiving — it can be dangerous for animals, and we’re not just talking about turkeys. So says Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, Chief of the Emergency Service at Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital, who advises dog owners against the impulse to share scraps with Fido. “They don’t tolerate dietary changes the way humans do,” Drobatz said. A heaping helping of table scraps could give dogs diarrhea, lead to vomiting, or in very rare instances, lead to pancreatitis, a painful inflammation of the pancreas that can be...