May 14, 1994
State Sen. Chaka Fattah won a resounding victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary over incumbent Lucien Blackwell by beating the party bosses and the 30-second spot. The relatively young policy wonk touted his sound accomplishments and visionary ideas, and he put a fresh, savvy political organization on the streets to carry his message. People got it. Philadelphia voters, who were understandably disappointed when they lost the congressional force of former U.S. Rep. William Gray 3d in 1991, found a worthy replacement.
June 3, 1989
Sure, to be a "star," you need the artistic or athletic skills that set you above the countless others who wish they could be stars. But there's more to it than talent - it's an attitude expressed this week by two very disparate performers. Riccardo Muti on his Philadelphia Orchestra: "The players want to be good, to prove to themselves that they are good . . . Being with this orchestra when it plays this way night after night is the reason for being in this profession. " Retired Phils star Tug McGraw on his career: "The best job in the world is to be a big-league . . . relief pitcher . . . You get to go to every game . . . and maybe two or three times a week they ask you to pitch a couple of innings.
October 13, 1990
Say it ain't so, Lenny. It's unthinkable that somewhere in the world, Leonard Bernstein isn't conducting a concert. One of the most illustrious alumni of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, he is a musical superstar - thanks to his television charisma, the scope of his talents and his once-inexhaustible energy. It turns out, though, that this energy isn't inexhaustible. Battling respiratory ailments, the 72-year-old Bernstein has hung up his baton. Bernstein plans to continue composing (he's created "West Side Story," "On the Town" and an extensive symphonic repertoire)
April 29, 2011 |
VILLANOVA WAS the favorite. Not only to win the race, but perhaps even to challenge a 24-year-old world record set by another group of Wildcats at these same Penn Relays. But sometimes the storyline doesn't turn out to be as much about who takes the victory lap as how it unfolds. This was one of those instances. The Distance Medley Relay is the marquee event of the Carnival's opening day, even if it did start some 90 minutes late because of lightning delays. Yet as far as the Wildcats - who'd recently hoisted the hardware at the NCAA indoor championships in program-record time - were concerned, it was over before things ever had a chance to get interesting.
April 29, 2001 |
His grip is almost as good as his stride. Track phenom and part-time souvenir collector Alan Webb proved that yesterday at the Penn Relays. Just minutes after he helped South Lakes High of Virginia win the Championship of America 4x800-meter relay in 7 minutes, 41.75 seconds at Franklin Field, Webb tried to leave the track with the red-and-blue baton as a memento. Unfortunately for Webb, a meet official spotted the booty first and tried to pry it from his hands. Webb gripped it tightly.
May 26, 1986 |
Penn State and Villanova turned the IC4A track and field championships into their own private dual meet yesterday and produced one of the most bizarre finishes in the 110-year history of the meet. Surviving a daylong scoring assault by the Wildcats, plus the loss of sprinter-hurdler Michael Timpson, Penn State edged Villanova, 69-68, for its fifth IC4A title overall and its first since 1974. Maryland finished third with 42 points, while George Mason, the 1985 champion, was fourth with 38. They were followed, in order, by Boston University with 34, Princeton with 32, East Carolina with 31, Iona with 29, Manhattan and James Madison with 28 each and Dartmouth with 24. But while the IC4A cast included 58 schools and 850 athletes, three of whom broke meet records, the focal point was the Penn State-Villanova battle - a matchup between the Lions' quantity and the Wildcats' quality.
April 18, 2004 |
His legs carried him across an ocean and around the world. They took him from Ireland to the United States. They sent him to Los Angeles and Seoul, to Barcelona and Atlanta for the Olympic Games. At each stop, and hundreds more in between, the world's best milers waited for him. But for all the places Marcus O'Sullivan has been, and all the miles he traveled looking to run four perfect laps around a track, the former Villanova standout - and current head coach - remembers finding his biggest athletic challenge close to his adopted home.
April 22, 2007 |
The 113th edition of the Penn Relays take place this week - the decathlon and heptathlon begin on Tuesday - so track and field athletes across the nation are preparing to descend on Franklin Field. But no team, not the University of Texas men nor the powerful South Carolina women, is more anxious to hit the track than the Pleasantville High School 4x800-meter relay team. The Greyhounds, who inexplicably dropped the baton in last year's Championship of America final, are determined to erase their yearlong nightmare.
April 27, 2002 |
For the 14th time in 21 seasons, those repetitious runners from Arkansas captured the distance-medley relay yesterday in the 108th Penn Relays track and field carnival. But it was Villanova losing its grip, more than the Razorbacks' continued dominance, that left the sun-baked Franklin Field crowd of 39,104 baffled by the bizarre nature of the event. For the record, the Arkansas foursome of Dan Lincoln, Robbie Stewart, Chris Mulvaney and Alistair Cragg got to the finish line nine meters ahead of runner-up Stanford, to win in 9 minutes, 31.21 seconds.
April 15, 2012 |
Conductors are discovering competition coming up, literally, from behind their backs and over their shoulders. One after another, violinists have claimed music-director positions and guest-conducting engagements in some of the world's better orchestras. Leading from the concertmaster's chair, they don't necessarily hold a baton or reap the glory of their more Bernsteinian colleagues. But they're changing how music is made — and, perhaps, how it's heard. "Each player has enormous responsibility," says violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, who is in her fourth season as music director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco.