Brian X. McCrone

More than police tape, teddy bears left behind

A first-person account from Metro city editor Brian X. McCrone.When I covered the streets of Philadelphia, many neighborhoods stood out for their memorials to the dead, for their crumbling rowhouses, for windblown rags of yellow police tape around utility poles and stop signs.Kensington, Mantua,...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 12:53 AM

Gov. Christie: Storm damage in N.J. 'unimaginable'

Gov. Chris Christie has just given a detailed assessment of the damage as the brunt of Hurricane Sandy seems to have moved through.Christie, noticably sick with a cold, said National Guardsmen and vehicles that can drive through high water are already in some of the state's northern big cities...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 3:59 PM

Your move, Mr. President: Obama’s biggest night yet

Sixty-seven million people.That's how many people tuned in to watch the first debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney -- or what the Obama campaign might as well call the "Debacle in Denver."The president went into that debate Oct. 5 with the chance to put Romney in his rearview window for good...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 12:41 AM

An editor's take: Paul Ryan coverage in Metro Philly Tuesday

My reporter who wrote the story (cover headline, "Hey, Philly Republicans, he's coming for your cash"; inside headline, "Ryan expected to 'suck money out' of Philly") forwarded me some interesting emails the day after our coverage of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's Tuesday appearances in West Chester and...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 9:47 PM

Phillies Victorino traded, Pence also likely gone in separate deals [UPDATED]

One of the most popular Phillies of the last decade, Shane "Flyin' Hawaiian" Victorino, is trading in his Phillies red for Dodgers blue after the Phillies parted ways with their strong-armed outfielder, but he wasn't alone.Hunter Pence, who came here last year to fortify a lineup that lacked any...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 6:59 PM

Ross Douglas: Top Penn State prospect begins potential exodus

Ross Douglas, a cornerback who was expected to be a cornerstone of Penn State's first group of incoming freshmen under new head coach Bill O'Brien, decommitted from the school just minutes after the 9 a.m. press conference regarding NCAA punishment this morning, according to one reporter on Twitter...

Monday, July 23, 2012, 4:45 PM

Charges filed in crash that killed city cop Brian Lorenzo

The Philadelphia District Attorney officially charged the suspect in the death of Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo, who was struck by a vehicle heading the wrong way on Interstate 95 early Sunday.John Leck Jr., 47, of the Levittown section of Bucks County, faces third degree murder, homicide by...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 1:01 AM

'El Wingador,' Philly eating champ, busted for cocaine

The man who put Philadelphia on the map in the world of competitive eating has allegedly been caught up in another compulsive habit: cocaine dealing.William "Bill" Simmons, 50, who at one point earlier last decade had won four straight Wing Bowls, was pulled over Friday in Harrison Township, N.J.,...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 8:58 PM

Nantucket's expensive, but we found some real deals

If lucky or determined enough to brunch at Nantucket's remote Wauwinet Inn, the lobster roll and bloody Mary from the acclaimed Topper's Restaurant is exquisite and worth the $41.It's not just that the lobster is mouth-watering and the bloody Mary is the right blend of pepper, hot sauce and vodka,...

Monday, June 18, 2012, 11:19 PM

Merion, you have honors: National golf championship returns to Montco's famous course

The last time Merion Golf Club in Ardmore hosted the U.S. Open in 1981, Richard Ill drove a cart carrying participating players to and from the practice tees.Ill, who recently served five years as the prestigious club's president, wasn't even a member during that tournament.A lot has changed in...

Monday, June 18, 2012, 1:59 AM

Golf fitting that gave hope to the hopeless

Watching the U.S. Open today — in between editing news pages for Metro's weekend paper, of course — I know my swing will never have the velocity of the world's best players. Heck, I won't ever even have the swing speed of my weekend playing partners like Sean Stoneback, who lash out at the ball...

Monday, June 11, 2012, 12:36 AM

As Marty always says, 'One game at a time'

After the New Jersey Devils eked out a victory last night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, thus avoiding the embarrassment of a sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings, I got two texts: one from my uncle who's been a season-ticket holder since the franchise played its first game and another...

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 1:01 PM

Twas once a writer on Nantucket, sort of expensive but what of it?

If you're ever lucky — or determined — enough to brunch at Nantucket's remote Wauwinet Inn, the lobster roll and bloody Mary from the acclaimed Topper's Restaurant is exquisite and worth the $41 price.It's not just that the lobster tastes like all-claw and the bloody Mary is the right blend of...

Monday, June 4, 2012, 8:42 PM

Where you find affluence, infidelity tends to follow

After 10 years establishing itself as the infidelity destination on the Internet, AshleyMadison.com has finally built enough of a membership -- a whopping 210,000 members in the Philadelphia region alone -- that it has now begun identifying the neighborhoods most likely to cheat.And like many other...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 1:37 AM

Slow economy? Not for businesses at the Jersey Shore

As the summer of 2011 neared its final weekends, businesses up and down the Jersey Shore had visions of a big finish.But a vengeful woman named Irene came ashore and washed away any chances for a truly successful season. The final numbers proved underwhelming. Tourism grew just 1.5 percent in...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 12:38 AM

Victims in Mantria fraud begin class action lawsuit

The search by a Philadelphia law firm has begun for victims of a $54 million Ponzi scheme dubbed last year as the largest green scam in America -- in part evolving from a City Avenue company called Mantria.Attorney Patrick Howard, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, said yesterday that...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 2:03 AM

Families of victims in Ride the Ducks river tragedy settle for $17 million

Twenty-three months since a catastrophe on the Delaware River just off Penns Landing left two Hungarian tourists dead, a huge settlement between operators of the Ride the Duck tourism vehicles and the city-contracted tug boats and the families of Dora Schwendtner,16, and Szabolcs Prem, 20 was...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10:10 PM

Revel in Atlantic City's new casino

When Kevin DeSanctis began his career in Atlantic City many years ago, the CEO of the gambling mecca's new, $2.4 billion Revel resort and casino wasn't working for casinos -- he was monitoring them as a New Jersey state trooper.His transformation into the top official at the resort town's most...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:41 AM

Camden drug busts show suburbs’ addicts

When Camden police set up a sting for purchasers of illegal drugs in thecity's Lanning Square section, they might not have realized the Tuesdaynight undercover operation would so easily highlight a problem for manystruggling urban areas: suburban drug addiction.The numbers easily told a tale of how...

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 2:00 AM

Nicki Minaj wows downtown Philadelphia

Fast-rising hip hop star Nicki Minaj, whose new album was released Tuesday, arrived to blocklong crowds in Center City yesterday afternoon as hundreds jammed sidewalks along Chestnut and Sansom streets waiting for the pint-sized rapper.She signed CDs of her new "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" — which...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 11:12 PM