Betty Taylor

Betty Taylor, 92, an Oklahoma Methodist Manor resident, died Monday, January 8, 2018. She is survived by her children, Janie Miles (Walter) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Mary Hampel (John) of West Des Moines, Iowa, John Taylor (Lisa) of Glenpool, Oklahoma; brother, John A. Harrel of Monroe, Louisiana; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Taylor. Services will be held on Friday, January 12, 1 p.m. in the Rose Chapel of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Continue Reading

Vic Schaefer says Myah Taylor may redshirt after Mississippi State dominates Georgia State

STARKVILLE — What was most newsworthy about No. 4 Mississippi State’s 106-50 win over Georgia State on Thursday night was what didn’t happen.Highly-touted freshman point guard Myah Taylor didn’t play. She didn’t play in the opener last week, either.That’s because Vic Schaefer is contemplating having Taylor redshirt this season, he said.“It’s something that we’re discussing,” Schaefer said. “Right now, we may be a little closer to that. I can’t say right now that we’ve made a decision, but we’re closer to making one.”It’s highly unusual for a former five-star prospect to redshirt in women’s basketball. Taylor was a two-time Female Athlete of the Year, as awarded by the Clarion Ledger, and is one of the state’s best high school girls basketball players of all time.Still, the decision makes sense from Schaefer’s perspective. MSU already has senior Morgan William, who rarely exits games. The backup point guard is Jazz Holmes. Taylor would likely play only a handful of minutes per game as the rotation is currently constructed."It's extremely hard for all of us because she's such a tough competitor,” Schaefer said. “She is just in a great situation where we have Mo and Jazz. I think that’s why we are in the position we are in where we can even think about it.”Taylor is taking the situation well, Schaefer added.“She is great,” Schaefer said. “Man, what a competitor. She works her tail off. That’s why it’s such a blessing and opportunity for her because you’re talking about a point guard at 22, 23 years of age going against 19-year-olds. It can really be a great opportunity.”John Taylor, Myah's father, said the family is OK if Myah redshirts and although she wants to play, she will do whatever is best for the team.“He did consult with us and we all, at a point, just figured it Continue Reading

SEE IT: A look at the most heart-stopping, game-ending football drives starring Eli Manning, John Elway and Deshaun Watson

“And it all comes down to this” There’s nothing like a final drive in a championship setting to give football fans a mix of excitement and memories to last a lifetime. Eli Manning led the Giants through an undefeated Patriots team in the final minutes of Super Bowl XLII while Vince Young staged one of the all-time great drives in the 2006 Rose Bowl for Texas. On the 30th anniversary of “The Drive,” which was powered by the Broncos John Elway in Cleveland, let’s take a look at the best heart-stopping moments as the clock ticked down and champions were crowned. John Elway engineers “The Drive” Championship drives were a part of football long before 1987, but what John Elway and the Denver Broncos pulled off in the AFC Championship game against the Browns during the 1986 season was special that it will forever be known as "The Drive." Trailing 20-13 with 5:32 left in the game, the Broncos got the ball at their own 2-yard line. Slowly but surely, Elway started to maneuver the offense down the field in a moment that would forever ink Elway as clutch quarterback. He passed and scrambled his way all over the field, while the Browns had no answers as to how to stop the Hall of Fame quarterback. In 15 plays and five minutes and two seconds, the Broncos tied the game on Elway's five-yard pass to Mark Jackson to knot the game at 20 leaving just 37 seconds on the clock. Denver would go on to win the game in overtime 23-20, adding to the Brown's legacy of losing. Vince Young comes up Roses Vince Young was arguably one of the greatest college football quarterbacks to play the game. Young could run and throw with the best of them while at Texas and his abilities help lead the team on a National Championship run in 2006 when his team faced unbeaten USC in the Rose Bowl. The Long Horns wouldn't Continue Reading

UD director named 2017 John Taylor award recipient

The University of Delaware's Community Engagement Initiative Director Daniel Rich has been named the recipient of this year's John H. Taylor Jr. Education Leadership Award, named after a former News Journal editor and former president of the Delaware Public Policy Institute.Rich, a public policy professor who also serves as policy director for the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, will be presented the award at the Superstars in Education Reception & Awards Ceremony at 4:45 p.m. May 8. It will be held at Wilmington University’s Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium.The John H. Taylor, Jr. Education Leadership Award recognizes someone within the community who has provided sustained leadership in advancing Delaware education and who, by doing so, has also made the community a better place in which to live and work. The honor is bestowed by The Partnership, Inc., the 501(c)3 education affiliate of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. STORY: An effort to take politics out of redistricting in Delaware STORY: Wilmington police buy sixth-grader breakfast With nearly 50 years of experience as an educational leader at the University of Delaware, Rich is recognized for his passion, vision and commitment. He currently holds faculty appointments in the School of Public Policy and Administration, where he serves as a professor, academic advisor, and director of the Ph.D. program in Urban Affairs and Public Policy.In November 2016, Gov. Jack Markell inducted Rich into the Order of the First State for his service to the citizens of Delaware. Rich has served as Chair of the Delaware Early Childhood Council, a leader of the Vision Coalition education reform effort, a Delaware Commissioner to the Education Commission of the States and a member of many Delaware education boards, commissions and councils."I am deeply honored to receive the education leadership award from the State Continue Reading

Super Bowl Rank ‘em: From the NY Giants beating the perfect Patriots to John Elway and Denver Broncos ending AFC’s losing streak

As the Giants and Patriots get set to reprise their epic Super Bowl battle from 2008 a week from Sunday in Indianapolis, we asked veteran NFL writer Hank Gola to weigh in with his picks for the greatest games in Super Bowl history. The NFL's showcase game doesn't always live up to the hype, but these six sure did. Check out Hank's picks and then use our ranking tool below to submit your ballot for best Super Bowl. 1. Super Bowl XLII: Giants 17, Patriots 14 The Patriots' season falls short of perfection. The Giants stun them on one of Super Bowl's most amazing plays, an escape act by Eli Manning followed by a circus catch off his helmet by David Tyree to set up Plaxico Burress' game-winning TD catch. As a combination of history and drama, nothing tops it. 2. Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23 The Steelers win their sixth Lombardi in spectacular style with Santonio Holmes tip-toeing to take in Ben Roethlisberger's six-yard TD pass in the corner of the end zone with 34 seconds left. The Cardinals had mounted a furious rally, scoring 16 unanswered fourth quarter points. Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner combined for 608 yards passing. 3. Super Bowl XXIII: 49ers 20, Bengals 16 There's never been a better game-winning drive than the 92-yard march that Joe Montana caps off with a TD pass to John Taylor. The Bengals finish 34 seconds short of a title. 4. Super Bowl XXXIV: Rams 23, Titans 16 Rams linebacker Mike Jones stops Titans receiver Kevin Dyson one foot from the goal line on the game's last play to preserve a win. Kurt Warner caps off his out-of-nowhere year with an MVP performance. 5. Super Bowl XXV: Giants 20, Bills 19 Scott Norwood's miss may have been the only bad play in this fierce back and forth battle. The matchup of the league's best offense against the NFL's best defense lives up to its promise, with great performances from MVP O.J. Anderson, QB Jeff Hostetler and RB Thurman Thomas. 6. Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Continue Reading

Pork roll vs. Taylor ham: Obama weighs in…kind of

Over the weekend President Barack Obama spoke at Rutgers University and invoked a contentious New Jersey debate: Is it pork roll or Taylor ham?"I come here today for a simple finally settle this pork roll versus Taylor ham question," Obama joked.He then added that he's not afraid to take on much in his final year in office, but he "knows better than to get in the middle of that debate."And the long-standing debate is now the subject of legislation according to Politico New Jersey. Assemblyman Tim Eustace is trying to introduce a bill that would make the Taylor Ham/pork roll, egg and cheese the official state sandwich.Eustace says the name will be negotiated due to the regional debate on what is the true name of the sandwich. READ: Pork roll or taylor ham? New Jerseyans speak out What do you think? (Don't see the poll? Try refreshing your page) And if you think it's weird for New Jersey to be debating over a state sandwich, check out some other weird official state things we have:State mammal: HorseState reptile: Hadrosaurus foulkiiState fish: Brook troutState soil: DownerState bird: American GoldfinchState flower: The Common VioletState bug: The honeybeeState folk dance: The Square Dance A brief history of pork rollThe salted pork we know and love was created in the mid-1800s by John Taylor of Trenton, and he called it Taylor ham. According to John Yarusi of Monmouth Beach, whose Johnny's Pork Roll food truck is a favorite up and down the Shore, changes in food regulations in the early 1900s meant Taylor ham could not be called ham because, technically, ham is a specific cut from a pig. So Taylor and his company, Taylor Provisions in Trenton, began calling their product pork roll.Today, the company makes two types of pork roll — Taylor and Trenton, the latter being more mildly flavored and made with less salt, Yarusi said. A handful of other companies make pork roll as well — Continue Reading

Pork roll or taylor ham? New Jerseyans speak out

What do you call those thinly sliced circles of pink meat, served with a sizzle?Taylor ham? Pork roll?If you've ever eaten in a New Jersey diner, or strolled a boardwalk, you know about this local culinary treat. Made in Trenton since 1856, it is one of New Jersey's most beloved products. Slap a few slices on a hard roll, add a fried egg and American cheese and you've got a Jersey classic.When John Taylor first marketed his creation in the 19th century, he billed it as "Taylor Ham," but its official name is now "Original Taylor Pork Roll." (As if there could be imitators!)So, either term is correct, and the use of "Taylor" is akin to saying "Band-Aid" or "Jello" or "Kleenex" when referring to adhesive bandages, flavored gelatin or tissues.There seems to be a geographical split, with North Jerseyans saying "Taylor ham" and South Jerseyans saying "pork roll." So, those of us in the delectable center of the state are forced to choose sides. The website suggests that Middletown is the dividing line.New Jerseyans, usually such a mellow bunch, have very strong opinions on this issue, as I found out on Facebook.I recently posted a "luxury living" story, written by my colleague Gina Columbus, which focused on extravagant finished basements at the Jersey Shore. The centerpiece in that story was a basement in Spring Lake that featured its own Jersey diner, complete with the aluminum facade, fully functioning kitchen, and retro black-and-white-and-red color scheme. I wrote that I really wanted my own diner, too, and then I innocently asked everyone for their standard diner order.That eventuallly led to a discussion on what I, as a proud native of Middletown, call Taylor ham. And what lots of other people call pork roll.Join the discussion! Here's what some of my friends and I had to say about their favorite diner food:"My brother always has to get his Taylor's pork roll when he comes back to New Jersey." Simonne Gilmore Dorris "I'm not surprised, Continue Reading

Taylor ham: A New Jersey breakfast obsession

The scene: There are a lot of unique regional foods in this country, and New Jersey has more than its fair share. Food magazine Saveur recently devoted a month to the Garden State and made the argument that “New Jersey is America's most edible state, with a food culture more rich, diverse, and passionate than even big names like California and New York.” But while New Jersey college students have championed monster offbeat combo sandwiches, locals like crispy fried hot dogs, and there is a huge and delicious Portuguese culinary culture, no single food screams New Jersey as loudly as Taylor ham, more generically known as pork roll.Way back in 1856, Trenton resident John Taylor developed his namesake foodstuff, and it has been extremely popular in these parts ever since. Because it is not really ham, Taylor ham was later renamed Taylor pork roll (though no one calls it that) and competitors emerged, marketing simply pork roll. In Jersey, you order Taylor ham and you get pork roll. Either way, it is a processed pork product in the same family as Spam that comes in cylindrical deli “loaves” like domestic “bologna” (a pale, fake version of the real Italian sausage of the same name) with a distinctly uniform whitish appearance. It is thinly sliced like other deli meats and then pan-fried or grilled, its most popular use being on breakfast sandwiches in lieu of bacon, ham or Canadian bacon popular in the rest of the country. Slices usually gets little notches cut in their perimeter to so they don't curl up like pepperoni on pizza. This “Jersey Breakfast” is so popular here that I have a friend who constantly bemoans the sorry state of Taylor-less breakfast sandwiches in the rest of the country. I visited him to find out why.Reason to visit: Taylor ham breakfast sandwiches.The food:  “You should only have it on a roll, with egg and cheese,” said one of the four women in the next booth at the Summit Diner, a Continue Reading

John Taylor Skilling, son of Enron executive Jeff Skilling, found dead in California apartment

John Taylor Skilling, the son of former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling, was found dead in his California apartment, laying near bottles of medication, police said Thursday evening.Skilling, 20, was studying at Chapman University and had been distraught over a recent breakup, sources told police.Authorities have to wait until the autopsy and toxicology screenings are complete before ruling out a homicide, but police don't suspect any foul play his father's lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, told the Daily News."He was a wonderful young man," Petrocelli said. "His dad was very close to him … he was just a sweet young man."The younger Skilling, who went by the nickname J.T., was a sophomore at the California university interested in studying communications and had gotten involved in the campus radio, Petrocelli said.Skilling's body was discovered by police, who entered his apartment responding to a call from friends concerned when he didn't show up to dinner.Jeff Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading, and other crimes in the collapse of the energy giant Enron. He is serving 24 years in prison. JT was 15 when his father was convicted and had been present in court for many key moments during his trial.Petrocelli said he requested for Jeff Skilling to have permission to attend his son's funeral. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Wendy’s massacre killer John Taylor escapes execution

The last prisoner on New York's Death Row escaped execution Tuesday, effectively burying capital punishment in the state and leaving kin of his victims furious. The Court of Appeals ruled unconstitutional Wendy's killer John Taylor's death sentence for masterminding the massacre in the Queens fast-food restaurant in 2000. Taylor and an accomplice, Craig Godineaux, lined up seven Wendy's workers in the basement of the Flushing eatery, blindfolded them and shot them in the head before stealing $2,400. Only two survived. "I think about my brother every day," said Benjamin Nazario, 53, whose younger sibling Ramon, 44, was among the dead. "Taylor's getting away with murder. He executed my brother, he should be executed." Taylor, 43, appealed his sentence after a 2004 ruling by the state's highest court that a passage in the law made New York's death penalty illegal. The shortcoming required judges to tell jurors that if they deadlocked, the defendant would be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Critics said that instruction could induce jurors to go for the death penalty rather than risk putting murderers back on the streets. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown argued that Taylor's judge anticipated the problem and told the jury he would "almost certainly impose" a sentence keeping Taylor in prison for the rest of his life. But in a decision that was split 4-to-3, the court disagreed, declaring the trial charge instruction "coercive." Brown said there is no doubt that the murders were "one of the most brutal and horrific crimes this city has ever seen." But he added, "Our state's highest court has now spoken - albeit not with one voice - and it is for all of us to respect its decision." Taylor will be resentenced to life without parole, the same sentence Godineaux is already serving. "The [judges] who voted for this, if it was a member of their family who died, they would think like we do now," said Nazario, who Continue Reading