March 26, 1986 |
In early 1984, Barry Ginsberg got the call he'd been waiting for. "Get ready to go to London," he was told. "The trust is ready to be disbursed. " By that point, Ginsberg, a Philadelphia lawyer, and 11 friends had invested close to $2 million - "give or take a couple hundred thousand" - over three years in the Oman Ghana Trust Fund. And now, finally, it was time for the investment to pay off. Ginsberg had been awaiting this phone call anxiously - so much so that he didn't take vacations or even go to concerts for fear he'd miss the moment.
June 28, 1990
You have to wonder why a bunch of guys in plaid shirts with chainsaws are so much more important than thousands of shipyard workers, steelworkers and auto workers. Our government certainly thinks they are. When those heavy industries went south (sometimes in more ways than one), the government acted as if it were somehow those workers' fault. Their getting paid interfered with management's right to be incompetent. At best, they were considered victims of economic circumstances beyond anyone's control or ability to help.
August 14, 1999 |
Antonio Romero Jr., a Pennsylvania State Police trooper for nearly 11 years, had been putting handcuffs on suspected drug dealers for some time now. Yesterday, Romero was the one wearing handcuffs in a federal courtroom in Philadelphia. Federal authorities say Romero, 32, of Leithgow Street near George, stole marijuana that was supposed to be taken to a state police evidence room, and resold the drug through a cousin. Romero also allegedly allowed a major Colombian cocaine dealer to escape from State Police custody last year in expectation of a big payoff.
January 11, 2008 |
A doom-laden Spanish thriller about the ghostly goings-on of castoff children, The Orphanage isn't as scary as Guillermo Del Toro's similarly themed The Devil's Backbone . But Del Toro has lent his name to The Orphanage anyway, "presenting" it in the manner of Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg, in hopes that the Pan's Labyrinth maestro's name will lure the crowds. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, The Orphanage stars Belen Rueda (from The Sea Inside )
April 16, 1990 |
As America struggles with its Great Tax Hangover, as customers are peeled off the walls of H&R Block offices in shopping malls across the land, as emergency service paramedics cart the last remaining basket cases out of regional post offices, it is time once again to offer to America an idea whose time has come: a national tax lottery. Let us look at a few, apparently disconnected, facts and see how they fit together: Item: Tens of billions of dollars a year in taxes due to the U.S. government go uncollected because it is simply too easy to cheat the government.
July 22, 2014 |
A LOT OF PEOPLE say they believe their children will be successful. Rory McIlroy's father put his money where his mouth is, and it reportedly paid off big. According to Andrew Cotter, a reporter who works for the BBC, McIlroy's father, Gerry, and three friends made a legal wager 10 years ago that Rory would win the British Open by the time he turned 26. Gerry and his mates, reported Cotter, collectively wagered 400 pounds. At 500-1 odds! When Rory won the Open yesterday at age 25, he dedicated the victory to his mother, Rosie, who watched him win a major in person for the first time.
November 3, 1999 |
Yesterday was Judgment Day for some important people in this city. Particularly John White Jr. By turning his back on his own party in the race for mayor, and giving his blessing to the Republican instead of the Democrat, White was gambling with his political future. And with yesterday's win by Democrat John Street - the man he spurned - White's own power and prestige in Philadelphia may have been seriously damaged. White, after losing in the Democratic primary to Street, promptly turned around and endorsed Republican Sam Katz.
November 3, 1996 |
Greg Gibson wrote the book on remodeling. Then he illustrated it with photographs of his Main Line clients' projects, from muddy-boot stage to finished addition or deck. If there is one lesson the architect figures homeowners contemplating a major "redo," as he calls a remodeling job, should follow, it's this: Start with a sound plan, preferably prepared by an architect. Rule two? Work with the remodeling team to modify that plan when dreams outrun dollars. "You learn after doing this for a while, builders will line up, they'll put their hands over their hearts and they'll say, 'This is a fair price.
July 27, 1992 |
You're sweet. Sure, you can be rough at times. One letter I just got described my column as "guilty drivel. " Another called us racists for using the term "eenie, meenie, miney, mo. " And in the mail too were the usual death threats from my co-workers. But when it comes to babies, you're all heart. A few weeks ago, I asked you to help Deb and me name the baby boy we're expecting in a couple weeks. Given this newspaper's long history of anything-goes, it is hard to record a first here.
September 30, 1993 |
Instead of playing the lottery or the slots, sporting types may wish to peel a few dollars off their bankrolls the next four days for a competition that offers a big payoff - possibly - and some exercise - definitely. The Bancroft organization's second annual hole-in-one shootout will open today at noon at the Greens on Route 130 in Delran, and if a lucky person scores an ace in the finals, the payoff will be $1 million. Holes-in-one being as improbable as they are, anyone who can grip a club probably has a chance in the contest, which costs $1 a ball and benefits Bancroft, a private, nonprofit organization for those with developmental disabilities and head injuries.