January 9, 1986 |
Disappointed over what they saw as a counterproductive and impractical gesture, Americans working here grappled yesterday with President Reagan's ultimatum - leave or be prosecuted. None seemed in a hurry to decide. Some said they were waiting to see whether the new sanctions against Libya had real teeth and a basis in law. "He's done nothing to touch the (Libyan) oil companies," said a native Philadelphian, a top management aide to a Libyan government oil firm, after reading the Tuesday night announcement.
August 17, 1986 |
Europe and England, those enclaves of culture and Old World charm, lost one of their big summer traditions this year: the American tourist. But now the comeback is on. And for Americans currently heading to those time-honored vacation destinations, there is other good news. They're discovering that in many ways, their timing could not be better. Absent the usual summer invasion of Americans, the streets, restaurants and hotels are not nearly as crowded. London and Paris dining spots that last year would have required reservations a month or more in advance now need only a few days' notice, or none at all. Tickets for popular performances are not so difficult to come by. And in some quarters there are discounts, contests and package deals to tantalize tourists.
July 2, 1999 |
What better day to become an American citizen than just before the Fourth of July? And what better place than in the nation's first capital? Nearly 1,000 people from 93 countries raised their right hands and pledged allegiance yesterday at Community College of Phila.
July 17, 1987 |
By chance or by design, viewers tuning in to the final two rounds of the 116th British Open on Channel 6 (tomorrow from 12 to 2 p.m., Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) might catch only occasional glimpses of Americans. A number of U.S. players who could be touring the links of the hallowed Muirfield course in Scotland, including former British Open champion Bill Rogers, Curtis Strange, Gary Koch, John Mahaffey, Joey Sindelar and Doug Tewell, have elected to skip this year's event.
September 21, 1988 |
Oscar, Oscar. That's all the U.S. Olympic basketball players had heard for weeks, months. Oscar. "We were Oscared to death," coach John Thompson said. Yesterday, the Americans finally got this Oscar business out of their systems with an impressive 102-87 victory over Brazil provided by rapacious defense, rough muscle and withering depth. Oscar Schmidt had singed the Americans for 46 points in Brazil's shocking 120-115 victory in the Pan-American Games in Indianapolis last summer.
April 7, 1987 |
A group of state representatives have pooled their talents to introduce a bill that would prohibit state and local governments from providing government forms in any language but English. Since the other language we see on ballots and welfare forms is Spanish, we can be forgiven for assuming that the target of the ban is Spanish. This raises some questions: First, why? Do these legislators feel a strong need to express their patriotism - to assert that they are good Americans?
June 17, 2006 |
They know Claudio Reyna and DaMarcus Beasley and that's about it. The rest of the U.S. World Cup players are mostly no-names to some of their Italian counterparts. "Hopefully," Reyna, the U.S. captain, said yesterday, "they'll remember them after the game. " Trying to stave off elimination, the Americans take the field today in Kaiserslautern, Germany, against the famous Azzurri, a team stocked with many of the sport's richest and splashiest stars. Following their quarterfinal finish 4 years ago, the Americans hoped to become contenders in the world's game.
September 19, 2000 |
In watching President Clinton speak at the National Constitution Center site Sunday I felt the giddy elation of witnessing a vision become reality. Back in September 1996, when the future of the center was at best in doubt, I sought to offer encouragement by writing a scenario of how things might turn out. It concluded as follows: "In 2000, during the final year of his presidency, and at the dawn of a new millennium, Clinton will come to Philadelphia to lead the celebration commemorating the opening of the most important institution ever created for the perpetuation and promulgation of democracy.
December 9, 1987 |
Not even at glitzy White House dinners, where guest lists usually read like joint editions of Who's Who and Variety, are you likely to find Henry Kissinger and Yoko Ono in the same room. But the Russians pulled it off yesterday at the Soviet Embassy, where Mikhail Gorbachev assembled an array of Americans unlike any this town has seen in ages. Norman Mailer and John Denver hobnobbed with Cyrus Vance and Billy Graham. Paul Newman and Robert DeNiro schmoozed with John Kenneth Galbraith and Robert McNamara.
October 30, 1987 |
For decades, this city of confused identity, of narrow streets and sleazy bars, has catered daily to the tastes and temperaments of a transient population of American military personnel. Yesterday, the Americans stayed away. "When I first got here about 10 months ago, everything was G.I. Joe," an Air Force serviceman said as he shopped for trinkets in a shop on the sprawling Clark Air Base. "It was all just like World War II. We were the liberators. We were the heroes.