January 6, 1999 |
The nation is witnessing a boom - or is it a boondoggle? - of unprecedented proportions in modern sports as city after city, state after state, has stepped forward to provide billions of dollars to build new sporting facilities for teams. It's all a matter of perspective. Critics point out that this all redounds to the benefit of teams controlled by billionaire owners and made up of millionaire players. Supporters say the new stadiums spruce up civic images and attract well-heeled, free-spending fans.
March 2, 2010 |
On a Sunday afternoon just over a week ago, Muriah Ashley Huff bumped into two friends on the platform of NJ Transit's River Line station in Palmyra. Huff, 18, longed to get her driving permit, and was bound for Camden to see her boyfriend, Mike, recalled Nicole Bass and Vivian Richardson. That was the last the two saw of the bubbly cosmetology student. Four days later, on Thursday, Huff's beaten and strangled body was found buried in the backyard of a South Camden home, said the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
January 10, 2003 |
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the International Sport Summit 2003 announced four category winners in its "50 That Shaped the Last 25," list for the most significant impact on sports during the past 25 years. Michael Jordan was selected as the most influential athlete endorser. Roone Arledge, who developed "Monday Night Football" and "Wide World of Sports" for ABC, was selected as the top media executive. The Indiana Sports Corporation was voted the top sports commission and Camden Yards in Baltimore was picked as the top venue.
June 19, 1991 |
The pieces are beginning to fall into place. The steel skeleton is up, the inner concrete shell has been poured and the exterior brickwork has begun. Construction crews have excavated the field itself, a special sod is being cultivated on a farm on Maryland's eastern shore and the higher-ups are considering possible names: Should the new ballpark in Baltimore be called Oriole Park, Camden Yards or something entirely different? Located on the site of the old B & O rail station at the edge of downtown, the still-unnamed facility will be unveiled on Opening Day 1992 and will hark back in design to the old-fashioned ballparks of the '40s and before.
March 24, 1986 |
In a nondescript concrete building tucked away in a Camden scrap yard, behind the piles of twisted metal and the bales of mashed aluminum, the noise of shattering glass is like a perpetual barroom brawl. This gritty industrial corner of Camden hardly seems the appropriate location for a revolutionary change in waste management. But that is how Camden County officials describe what is happening in this building, the county's new center for processing recyclable materials. "It's not very glamorous," said Terry Dennen, the county's recycling coordinator.
April 1, 2001 |
I was convinced that the two grandkids would be absolutely wowed by Baltimore's National Aquarium, the city's signature tourist attraction for almost 20 years and reason enough for a visit here. But we couldn't pry 4-year-old Caroline from Port Discovery, a new children's museum, where she was totally taken by the colorings, cuttings and pastings in what she called the "hearts and crafts" room. And Michael, 10, wants to return just to revisit the Torsk, a World War II submarine, and its neighboring harborside attraction, the Civil War-era USS Constellation (or, as he called it, the USS Constipation)
July 14, 1993 |
The mayor of Philadelphia went to a baseball game in Baltimore last night. But Ed Rendell didn't show up at the 64th All-Star Game merely because he's a baseball fan. He also showed up because he's a fan of what Baltimore's awe- inspiring ballpark at Camden Yards has done to electrify the entire city - particularly this week. And as he sat in the upper deck, he said his dream of duplicating the success of Camden Yards in his own city is closer than many people think. "I think we'll see a new ballpark in Philadelphia in this century - and this century doesn't have a long way to go," he said.
August 5, 1993 |
The image on the mound is familiar, but the colors are all wrong. It's a lefthanded pitcher with this oddly pudgy frame, round, tawny face, and fierce, trancelike concentration. His eyes roll up in his head as he pivots from his windup to launch the ball toward home plate. Despite the black and orange uniform, there's no mistaking Fernando Valenzuela. Two years after the Los Angeles Dodgers closed out an era by releasing their hurler of the '80s, two years after quietly fading out of baseball in the depths of the California Angels' farm system, the Mexican sensation is back . . . as an Oriole.
September 16, 1997 |
Thunk! Those who have been here will recognize it: the sound of a ball bouncing off the left-field wall at Fenway Park. There is no sound like it elsewhere in baseball. Certainly, no other ballpark has, or ever will have, this sunbaked expanse of green sheet metal, 37 feet tall, enclosing a sweltering confine in which two grounds-crew members manually slip numbered placards into the scoreboard, just as the old-timers did when the wall first went up. Fans come to watch the white ball fly off the bat and arc in flight before slamming against the wall lovingly called the Green Monster.
November 1, 1987 |
The chamber was loaded again yesterday for the Camden High football team, and this time the Panthers couldn't dodge the bullet. Playing the sixth game of its Russian roulette schedule, Camden (5-1) was overcome, 20-18, by Cherry Hill East, which got 162 yards rushing from halfback Brian Kurlej. In the last three weeks, Camden has defeated Pennsauken, Overbrook and Paul VI. Yet to come are Willingboro, Washington Township and Woodrow Wilson. Kurlej had a run of 44 yards in the second period and a run of 62 yards for a touchdown in the third, which provided the Cougars with the winning margin.