February 6, 1998 |
A hula dancer stretched across a sailor's upper arm, her hips swaying whenever he flexes a biceps; a dainty heart decorating a dainty ankle; a beefy forearm proclaiming "Mother" in florid script. Think of tattoos and these are the images that spring to mind. And who wears tattoos? Bikers, truckers, hipsters - and an Oxford-educated professor of history at Bryn Mawr College. Professor Jane Caplan, 52, declined recently to show a reporter the three tattoos on her arms, which include Chinese characters and a monogram of her initials.
August 16, 1994 |
It was about 2 a.m. yesterday and the two boys were stranded in Riverside, several miles from their homes in Delanco and Beverly, Burlington County. John Krenzel, 16, and Bill Saltzman, 17, hopped aboard a slow-moving Conrail train, hoping for an easy trip home, police said. But by the time the heavy freight train reached their towns, it had picked up speed and was heading toward Bordentown at about 10 miles per hour, too fast for the boys to leap to the gravel and dirt beside the tracks.
November 25, 2004 |
When Nelson Tyler landed on the field after colliding with an opposing football player, it was immediately apparent that something was seriously wrong. Unable to move his arms or legs, Tyler, 13, was carried out on a stretcher from the Camden City Youth Football League game nearly two weeks ago. "Even before the play was whistled dead, the coaches rushed to his aid," said the Rev. Chris Collins of Camden's Little Rock Baptist Church, who coaches for Nelson's team, the Whitman Park Tigers.
March 13, 1989 |
I would be remiss if I didn't record the shocked disbelief among Sonny Liston's many local friends when it was learned the former heavyweight champion had been found dead in Las Vegas. Sonny's body was discovered on Jan. 5, 1971, by his wife, Geraldine, in their luxury home adjoining a country club in Paradise Valley, two miles east of the famed Las Vegas "strip. " Geraldine, just back from an extended tour of holiday visits with relatives and friends, had been away from the house for 10 days.
November 19, 2011 |
Every interview with those involved in Occupy Philadelphia begins with the same disclaimer: "I am not speaking on behalf of the group. This is just my own opinion. " Anyone yearning for an identifiable leader or unified voice to define and explain the movement is bound to be disappointed. This exercise in "direct democracy" demands that all participants have an equal right to be heard, and that no one person or select group of organizers can speak for the community. The challenge to understand the purpose and intent of Occupy Philly grew more perplexing after an aborted attempt Thursday night to move the scruffy tent city away from City Hall.
April 7, 2011 |
Christopher DeFelice has some serious Popeye arms. He's a rower who does about eight miles every morning - and often an additional 11 to 13 miles at night. He competed in the 2004 world championships on the U.S. rowing team. He gives his muscles such a workout that he has three pins holding his shoulder together from previously repaired injuries. He's also 6-foot-6. That adds up to arms that are perfect to pluck a thrashing, terrified teenager who can't swim out of the Schuylkill River.
April 28, 1988 |
HOLDING A POTENTIAL future voter is Thomas J. Judge Sr., the chairman of the Republican Party in Delaware County. In his arms Tuesday was 3-month-old Caroline Fizzano of Rutledge.
September 5, 2014
THE SOCIAL-MEDIA craze that was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has slowed to a trickle. But instead of letting the viral fundraiser, which had everyone from Oprah Winfrey to former President George W. Bush dumping buckets of icy water on their heads, fade into a summer memory, District Attorney Seth Williams has a plan to keep donations pouring in. He wants Philadelphians to pledge $1 or maybe $5 for every pound he loses between now and December....
February 6, 1987 |
Since it came out that President Reagan keeps a personal diary, congressmen have suggested that he show it to investigators to help them unravel the Iran arms deal. Now he has agreed to let them peek at certain parts. But I'm afraid they are going to be disappointed. A White House source has shown me the diary. And it's clear that the president was innocent of wrongdoing. For example, there is the first mention of Iran and arms during August 1985: "Poindexter came in and asked me what I thought of an idea to sell arms to Iran.
February 11, 1988 |
Gouged into a dark, heartwood slab of black walnut, the story has been told with tool and mallet, paint and varnish, patience and toil. The craftman's steady hands, pale as pine, have cut and carved, making the wood speak, coaxing into its tough flesh the story of the man who today melds his life with that of this city. In the end it is all there: a coat of arms, telling, as the heralds of old, something of the life and soul of the man it represents - Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who today becomes the seventh archbishop of Philadelphia.