August 20, 2010 |
As a gardener, Frank Victor started out like the rest of us. He planted things in the wrong place, stuff died, he soldiered on. There the comparison ends. From the looks of his Hainesport, Burlington County, garden today, Victor, 64, has zoomed ahead of the pack. His half-acre backyard, in the Sage Run development, was deftly thought out and planted to attract wildlife - mostly butterflies, and especially monarchs. "I'm a monarch guy," says Victor, who's been pretty much a full-time home gardener since April 17, 2009, when he was laid off from his management job at Unisys, after 40 years and five months.
January 11, 1987 |
White smoke from the small cooking fires rises lightly toward the tops of the tall Oyamel fir trees. Soda pops of every color are lined up precisely on the edges of primitive wooden picnic tables. Local peasant women, wearing bright checked aprons over clashing print dresses, slap-slap-slap their blue tortilla dough in anticipation of the many tourists who will soon come huffing and puffing up the steep hills on their way to see the spot where millions of U.S. and Canadian monarch butterflies spend the winter months.
July 22, 2003 |
Still in medical school and with just a month of solid training, Jenny Thompson of the United States claimed her first individual gold medal in a major meet since 1998 by winning the women's 100-meter butterfly yesterday in the Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Thompson finished in 57.96 seconds for her record 11th medal in world-championship competition. Otylia Jedrzejczak of Poland was second in 58.22. World records were broken by Matthew Welsh and Leisel Jones of Australia and Kosuke Kitajima of Japan.
August 11, 1989 |
Marathon swimmer Vicki Keith last night became the first person to swim the treacherous Juan De Fuca Strait between Canada and the United States using the grueling butterfly stroke. Thousands of spectators waited on shore in Victoria to welcome the exhausted swimmer after her 14-hour, 20-minute swim from Port Angeles, Wash. Keith, 28, a Canadian, waved to the crowd but said nothing upon her arrival, more than five hours ahead of schedule. She appeared to falter and shake uncontrollably as paramedics carried her up a steep cliff to an ambulance.
January 25, 2008 |
David Henry Hwang's brilliant and complex drama, M. Butterfly, is so good it can survive Philadelphia Theatre Company's visually stunning but otherwise wobbly production. The play is based on a true story: In the 1980s a French diplomat was convicted of treason for having provided military information to the Chinese government through his lover of 20 years. That Song Liling would turn out to have been a man as well as a spy is only one of the play's elaborate duplicities. The many and devious ways politics, sex and race are interlaced is M. Butterfly's point and power.
July 10, 2009 |
Michael Phelps broke the world record in the 100-meter butterfly yesterday during the U.S. national swimming championships in Indianapolis, giving him five individual world marks. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist swam the two-lap final in 50.22 seconds at the Indiana University Natatorium. He lowered Ian Crocker's mark of 50.40, set at the 2005 world championships in Montreal. Phelps holds world records in the 100 and 200 butterfly, 200 and 400 individual medley, and the 200 freestyle.
June 23, 2008
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania National Guard plans to offer free guided tours of a rare butterfly colony at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. The guard says the fort is the home of the only viable colony of regal fritillary butterflies in the eastern United States. The tours are to begin at 9 a.m. on July 4, 5, 14 and 21, and at 1 p.m. on July 13. - AP
January 9, 2015 |
It was like any other Friday morning for Chris Johnson, a volunteer at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: Help clean the butterfly exhibit, feed the insects, check to see if any new ones emerged overnight. Black ones, red ones, spotted ones, and -. Whoa. As Johnson watched, an adult butterfly unfolded wings that were deep brown with tan spots on the right side, and black with a border of jade, violet, and light-blue on the left. Johnson knew that the creature, which had been shipped from Malaysia in its pupal stage, was a gynandromorph: half male and half female.
March 7, 1994 |
Holy Ghost Prep senior Tim Melinson entered Friday's PIAA District 1 Class AA 100-yard butterfly as the eighth seed, a placement that didn't earn him a spot in the top-qualifying heat at the University of Pennsylvania's six-lane Sheerr Pool. So when Melinson ripped off a time of 53.48 seconds, he had to wait for the results of the final heat to see whether he won the event, even though his own time broke the Class AA meet record of 53.76. Melinson ended up with a second-place finish.
January 20, 1998 |
Matt Zelen dived into the pool to start the 100-yard butterfly, then remembered something. He'd forgotten to tie his racing suit. When the St. John's University junior felt his suit sliding off in the Collegeville, Minn., pool, he decided to kick it off and finish the race. Zelen, a contender for the 2000 Olympics, would have won the race at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University Invitational on Saturday night by more than two seconds. But Zelen was stripped of more than just his suit - he was disqualified for violating a uniform code.