May 13, 2003 |
Carl Upchurch, 53, formerly of South Philadelphia, an author and social activist who organized a nationwide gang summit in 1993, died May 2 at Grant Medical Center near his home of 16 years in Newark, Ohio. The cause of death was not made public pending the results of toxicology tests. A gang member in South Philadelphia from age 9, Mr. Upchurch spent 18 years in reformatories and prisons. While serving a sentence at the State Correctional Institution-Pittsburgh, better known as Western Penitentiary, in the 1970s he developed the ideas that led to his vocation as a prisoner advocate.
August 7, 1987
The circumstances were pathetic almost beyond belief. The little girl's dried-out body was found in May, kneeling beside her bed in a West Philadelphia housing project apartment, apparently in the spot where she had died three months before. The girl's 22-year old mother has been charged with murder for allowing the child to starve to death. The death raised the question of whether others were to blame as well. Child welfare workers working for the city had been aware that Sylvia Smith had been the victim of child abuse prior to her death.
August 9, 1987 |
Cinelli's Country House Restaurant, the famous Cherry Hill establishment that collapsed into bankruptcy three years ago, is expected to succumb to the bulldozer by the end of the summer. Rouse & Associates, the development firm that bought the property in December for $2.4 million, has received a demolition permit from the township and plans to raze the building by late August or early September, according to Rouse regional partner Robert Heimerl. Rouse plans to build a $20 million 12- to 15-story office building on the site, at Route 38 and Haddonfield Road.
September 20, 1998 |
Neshaminy Adult School will conduct registration for its fall classes on Wednesday and Thursday. The school offers more than 100 evening classes in a variety of subject areas. Registration is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Neshaminy High School on Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Carl Sandburg Middle School on Harmony Road in Levittown. Classes, which will begin the week of Oct. 5, will take place at Neshaminy High School, Carl Sandburg Middle School, Poquessing Middle School, and Neshaminy Middle School.
June 27, 1998 |
Acme Markets intends to build a 1.4-million-square-foot warehouse and distribution complex near Reading, worrying leaders of the union that represents the company's warehouse workers in Philadelphia. Acme, operated by American Stores Inc., has two warehouses in Philadelphia that together employ about 750 in about 1.1 million square feet, according to Jim Brennan, president of the warehouse workers' union, Teamsters Local 169. The local, fearing that Acme plans to move those operations out of the city, will hold an informational meeting this morning at its headquarters.
June 13, 1990 |
Dear Polly: Could you tell me if milk and powdered eggs have any cholesterol? I have to watch my cholesterol intake. - Tana Dear Tana: If the powdered milk were whole milk, yes, it would contain cholesterol, as do powdered whole eggs. However, powdered non-fat milk, which is the kind normally found in the supermarket, does not contain cholesterol. Powdered egg whites (as opposed to powdered or dried whole eggs) also do not contain cholesterol. Dear Polly: Here's a quick dish: Heat a can of chicken-and-rice soup (don't dilute)
June 26, 1988 |
There's a technique to visiting country stores in rural Maine. Unfortunately, I don't know it. When I walk into a store like Solari's, here in Fryeburg, the chattering stops and it grows unnaturally quiet. People sitting on stools and milk crates sip coffee, eat their powdered-sugar doughnuts and don't say a word. They just look at me like I've stopped in from Mars on my way to the Maine coast. I've tried most tricks. I've worn baseball caps (Red Sox) and tractor caps (John Deere)
November 19, 1999 |
A Superior Court jury convicted a former Mount Holly councilman and his friend yesterday of hate crimes for their roles in a racially motivated bar fight two years ago. Robert Byham, 40, of Mount Holly, was convicted of two counts of bias assault and two counts of bias harassment after the jury found he used a racial slur in front of two African American men and then tried to head-butt one and swing at the other after they angrily confronted him....
September 30, 1997 |
She's young. She's smart. She's outtahere. Yesterday was Channel 6 reporter Kristen Sze's last day on the air for WPVI. She's departing for New York City, and a spot as the sole East Coast correspondent for the syndicated show Extra, which airs locally on the competition, WCAU (Channel 10), at 7 p.m. Sze describes the show as "a People magazine on TV," covering feature stories, interesting people, medical developments and, of course, celebrities and their woes (the show was big on Diana's funeral, Versace's murder, and recent fave, the Marv Albert trial-cum-guilty plea)
April 18, 1995 |
Bob McMurtrie was a smart, lanky kid with eyes for bigger places than Two Street, the hard-bitten pocket of South Philadelphia where he came from. At 22, McMurtrie set out on a journey of unfathomable distance in pursuit of glitter and riches. From Two Street, he traveled to Center City, where he got a job in 1964 as a clerk in a real estate office. He worked hard and kept his eye out for opportunities. By 1990, he'd stitched together a small empire. His assets were $29 million.
March 5, 1996 |
Most Americans haven't spread out a map on the dining room table, planning their Road to Atlanta. They are focusing on March Madness, the NHL, NBA and the return of major league baseball. Athletes, however, have been training for and thinking about the Summer Olympics for years. The Olympics are on their minds day and night. In gymnasiums and pools, on tracks and fields, Atlanta has been the favorite destination of Olympic hopefuls as they pursue their dream. The Olympic Swim Trials are this week in Indianapolis.
February 13, 1986 |
Penn State's football program, thought to be on wobbly knees before its surprising 1985 season, apparently landed a second straight recruiting bonanza yesterday when the Nittany Lions signed 16 players, five of whom were rated among the top 100 scholastic prospects in the nation by the Terranova Report, a national scouting service. Meanwhile, Pitt and Notre Dame, two of the main rivals on the Nittany Lions' 1986 schedule, followed different tracks as the Panthers went for "skill position" players and Notre Dame stocked up with beefy linemen.
May 7, 1989 |
After a glowing college football career at Nebraska, former Burlington City standout Charles Fryar assumed that his future would be determined during the recent NFL draft. Fryar, a cousin of former Nebraska all-American and current New England Patriots receiver Irving Fryar, had been a three-year starter at cornerback for one of the nation's highest-profile football programs. Last season, the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder was named first-team all-Big 8. He grabbed five interceptions for the Big 8 champions, including two in his final game, a 23-3 loss to Miami in the Orange Bowl.
September 16, 1997 |
Aaron Thomas has done the pyramids and the Sphinx. He has ridden a boat on the Nile. He has stayed at swanky hotels in Alexandria. Just don't remind him of the cuisine the Downingtown junior had to stomach in two trips to Egypt this summer with the United States' under-17 national soccer team. "The food was horrible," said Thomas with a recollection of queasiness. "We ate the same thing over and over again: rice and chicken. And the chicken was probably camel meat or llama meat, we didn't even know.