September 5, 2004 |
The way LaForrest Russell sees it, child abuse is epidemic. So when he was approached about volunteering to help find missing children, he wanted to help. "Children are our future," said Russell, one of five Project Alert volunteers in Pennsylvania who offer free assistance to police in domestic and international cases of missing and runaway children. "You have to wonder: 'How does this happen?' " he said of the 2,000 children believed to go missing every day, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
November 2, 2003 |
My husband wanted to get away - really away. We had just spent a month learning how to scuba dive, first in a swimming pool, then in a frigid quarry near Bethlehem. After a few late-night conversations, he had me convinced that a vacation without fancy restaurants, crowded beaches and loud bars would relax us and challenge us as divers. He found Andros Island through an online search. The swath of land, about 100 miles long and up to 40 miles wide, is the least-developed in the Bahamas chain of islands southeast of Florida.
October 20, 2002 |
Investment tycoon Sir John Templeton has spent $1 million asking scientists to find an answer to the question, "Is there a fundamental purpose in the cosmos?" Now, as he gets ready to celebrate his 90th birthday, he believes he has the answer - or at least part of it. "The universe is so remarkable, and we know so much more than we knew a century ago that it is hard to believe it could happen by chance. I would say we're not here by accident," said Sir John, founder of the John Templeton Foundation in Radnor, which studies the connection between science and religion.
January 6, 2002 |
For a place we couldn't find in most guidebooks, the Turks and Caicos proved quite a charmer. Early each morning we strolled from our room onto miles of white powder beach abutting a sea so turquoise you'd think it was colorized. On a snorkeling excursion along one of the world's longest coral reefs, we swam amid purple and orange sponges, neon anemones, giant sea fans, and a resident bottle-nosed dolphin named JoJo, whose favorite marine life appeared to be people. One moonless night, we hopped a 50-foot sailboat to watch the showy spectacle of millions of glowworms mating like lilliputian lava lights.
November 6, 2001 |
Bystanders pitch in as cops chase carjacker Bystanders lobbed bricks at a stolen sport utility vehicle, injuring a carjacking suspect who led police on a 40-mile high-speed chase through the upper Florida Keys yesterday. The suspect forced several motorists off the road as he sped through the island chain along U.S. 1 at over 100 mph, police said. Deputies spiked the fleeing vehicle's tires but the kept driving on the rims. When he finally pulled off the road and jumped out of the SUV near Key Largo, it rolled over his leg. Having seen the chase on TV, bystanders on the roadside threw rocks, bricks and even a bicycle at the white SUV as it sped past, said Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin.
April 8, 2001 |
Holiday-makers bound for Grand Bahama Island from Philadelphia - a trip that usually requires connecting flights - soon will have a more convenient option. Twice-weekly nonstop flights from Philadelphia to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, are scheduled to start May 4 as part of vacation packages offered by Apple Vacations, based in Newtown Square. The flights, on Fridays and Mondays, will be the only nonstop service from Philadelphia to Freeport, the Bahamas' second-largest city, with morning departures and late- afternoon returns aboard planes from UPS Airways.
September 18, 2000 |
John W. Benson Jr., 64, of Berwyn, a builder and developer, died of a stroke Friday at Paoli Memorial Hospital. Mr. Benson built all types of homes, office buildings and shopping centers in the area. Among the developments he built were the Benson House, a condominium on Montgomery Avenue in Rosemont; the Island House, another condominium, in Margate, N.J.; the Chichester Shopping Center; and the Valleybrook Shopping Center in Lima. Although his main offices were in West Chester, Mr. Benson kept track of his properties by using one of his three helicopters to travel to the different sites, said Jean Ann Quaid Benson, his wife of 35 years.
August 21, 2000 |
She is one of the most self-serving, hate-filled, race-obsessed politicians in America. The Democratic Party doesn't just embrace her. It kneels at her feet. Los Angeles Rep. Maxine Waters reigned supreme last week when Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Lieberman appeared before a black audience to "explain" himself. The Connecticut senator's sins? Opposing affirmative action and supporting educational vouchers that benefit minority children. Lieberman, once a courageous voice for equal opportunity, has now been schooled: Pander hard and keep your dissenting thoughts to yourself.
July 27, 2000 |
Patrick Ewing wants to play three more seasons, even if the New York Knicks don't want him back after his contract expires next June. "I'd probably like to play two more years after next year. If it's New York, it's New York. If not, it's somewhere else," Ewing told the Associated Press yesterday at Paradise Island in the Bahamas, breaking a long silence over his plans for the future. Ewing, in the Bahamas for the players' union's annual meeting, has one year remaining on the four-year, $60 million contract extension he signed three years ago. Ewing, who will turn 38 Wednesday, is eligible to sign an extension, but the Knicks have not said whether they will offer him one this summer.
May 12, 2000 |
Just what we needed to take our mind off Whitney Houston's troubles: Her hubbo Bobby Brown is back in jail. Bobby has been keeping a low profile in recent months, as the buzz was all about the erratic behavior and health problems of wife Whitney. But a warrant has been out for Bobby's arrest since June - he'd been accused of violating terms of his probation, more on that in a sec - and Wednesday, customs officials at Newark International Airport jumped on the star when he passed through on his way home from a Bahamas holiday.