February 24, 2008 |
A fever is sweeping through America's retirement communities. Bowling fever. Few are spared. It strikes even the infirm. Mary Mortenson, 89, has it bad. When her turn came to bowl on Thursday, she stood, leaning on a metal chair for support. "My legs won't hold me," she said. She slid the chair out into the center aisle of her retirement community's auditorium. As she braced herself on the chair with her left hand, she concentrated on the projector screen in front of her, which displayed a virtual bowling lane.
January 22, 2008 |
Two men who have confessed in the beating death of a teenager argued after the killing about what to do with her 5-week-old girl, authorities said yesterday. Douglas Mandichak and Christopher Mikels considered throwing the baby into the icy waters of Pennsauken Creek, but in the end abandoned her in the front yard of a Cherry Hill home, acting Camden County Prosecutor Joshua Ottenberg said. After finding the baby's stroller in the water, police yesterday continued to comb the banks of the creek in Cinnaminson for the body of her mother, 17-year-old Felicia Mikels of Pennsauken, which the men said they dumped into the water.
January 13, 2008 |
This year will be chock-full of 1968 commemorations. Deservedly so, because that was a pivotal year in which the convulsions of a decade converged and the country slouched over the edge of a precipice. It was, after all, the year of the Tet offensive in Vietnam; Walter Cronkite's televised farewell to victory in that wretched war; the My Lai massacre (unknown until the next year); Eugene McCarthy's presidential run; Columbia University's uprising; President Johnson's decision not to run for a second full term; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination; scores of subsequent riots; Robert F. Kennedy's assassination; the Chicago Democratic Convention riot; the Miss America protest in Atlantic City; Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" and election; and, for good measure, the first manned voyages in the Apollo program - not to mention Prague Spring, the French student uprising, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and, in Mexico City, the massacre of protesting students and the black power salutes of Olympic athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith.
July 8, 2007 |
The folks at 20th Century Fox are holding a contest to finally resolve a mystery that has perplexed TV viewers for nearly two decades: Where does Homer Simpson live? In Springfield. Right. But which one? About 55 are scattered from Maine to California. More puzzling: Why is Fox wasting its time? We know the Simpsons' hometown is near water, far enough north to get snow, close to a nuclear power plant. Mrs. Van Houten, Milhouse's mom, mentions Mechanicsburg, and Barney, the town drunk, has been a lecturer at Villanova University.
June 4, 2007 |
When Michael, 12, grows up, he wants to be a police officer, so "I can help people get safe," he says. Handsome and likable, he has a variety of interests, including playing basketball, reading, listening to rap music and watching cartoons. He also enjoys challenging his friends at computer games, as well as trying to raise his own scores. Not long ago, he started playing football and already has made a couple of interceptions. He recently visited a bowling alley for the first time and soon was skilled enough to knock down almost all the pins with one ball.
March 12, 2007 |
A man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after police said he threatened troubled Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones with a knife at a Franklin, Tenn., bowling alley Friday night. Franklin Police Detective Stephanie Cisco told the Tennessean newspaper that Jones was bowling at the Franklin Family Entertainment Center when Clayton Smith, 33, instigated the confrontation, brandishing a small pocket knife. Smith "threatened to beat up Mr. Jones and to use the knife on him," Cisco said.
January 24, 2007 |
You can't hear the shots being fired, but surveillance videos released by police yesterday offered a view to what happens when gunfire erupts in a crowded bowling alley. People dash for the doors, a panicked mass on the run for their lives. Parents grab children and flee. Young men dive over counters and crouch. Others duck and squeeze behind video machines for cover. A gunman kneels and peers around the corner. One suspect holds his head where he was grazed by a bullet. Hardly any time passes before a police officer arrives, gun drawn.
November 14, 2006 |
The first day of baseball's general managers' meetings produced plenty of action. At the bowling alley. Dressed in flowery bowling shirts, the game's GMs gathered in the lobby of the Naples Grande Resort on their way to a kickoff bowling tournament about noon yesterday. Upon returning a couple of hours later, Phillies GM Pat Gillick reported that he had rolled a 122. He went on to say that Chicago White Sox GM Ken Williams won the event and that St. Louis' Walt Jocketty brought up the rear with a 46. "But he won the World Series," Gillick said.
October 20, 2006 |
Buying a fixer-upper is always a leap of faith. But as bold leaps go, it's hard to top Dominic Episcopo's. Two years ago, he picked up an old Fishtown church with 50-foot vaulted ceilings, two-story-high stained-glass windows, and a pipe organ, and embarked on a mission to carve a home and studio out of the crumbling, but still majestic, building. "Some of my friends thought I was out of my mind when I bought it," Episcopo says of the circa-1876 structure, which at 10,000 square feet is about twice the size of the average McMansion.
July 10, 2006 |
Ravens linebacker Roderick Green was stabbed early yesterday during a fight at a bowling alley, Baltimore County police said. Green was taken to Sinai Hospital. A Ravens spokesman, Kevin Byrne, told WBFF-TV that Green's injury doesn't appear to be serious. Police said a fight broke out when Green bumped into another bowler. Green tried to break it off and left the bowling alley, but the man came after him and stabbed him in the parking lot. Green ran after being stabbed, and the attacker tried to chase him down but was unable to do so. Police have no suspects in the attack.