July 22, 2014
I WAS TEACHING at my church recently about the dangers of debt, when a new college graduate asked me the same question many ask these days. "What can I do about my student loans?" she asked. "How much do you have?" I asked. I flinched when she said about $25,000. It's still early for spring graduates to feel the weight of their debt. Many with federal Stafford loans won't have to start repayments until after their six-month grace period, which borrowers are given so they don't have to make loan payments after graduating, leaving school or dropping below halftime status.
October 11, 2012
AFTER THEY SIGN their national letter of intent, most top college recruits celebrate with teammates and coaches, or with a girlfriend, or with family. They go to a restaurant and they gorge on meats and on cheeses and on sycophancy. When Mychal Kendricks signed to play and study at the prestigious Berkeley campus of the University of California, he wanted to celebrate at someplace special, too. His school. His grade school. He looked at Yvonne Thagon, and he said, "Mom?
April 30, 2002
An old line goes that if a nuclear calamity occurs, only the cockroaches will survive. Make that cockroaches and Philadelphians with the right political connections. Two more news stories from over the weekend reinforce the notion that in Philadelphia, it's not how well you do what you do, it's who you know and what they owe you politically. Take Mayor Street and the building trades unions, which are among his strongest political supporters. It's a good thing Mayor Street talked to his union friends last year about chilling it with the labor disputes at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
October 30, 1998 |
Halloween is upon us, so it's now time for us to get officially scared. Of course, there are other, more scary times of the year. April 15. When Mayor Rendell takes his annual summer dip, shirtless, into a city swimming pool. When the Eagles take the field each week. But none of them has candy corn, and at no other time of the year are there 20 - count' em 20 - really scary things for you to do or see on a given weekend. Some of what follows falls into the Halloween tradition of haunted houses, hayrides and dungeons.
September 27, 1998 |
With little fanfare and not a single ESPN commentator in sight, Dan Capps launched one for the record books yesterday: He spit a cricket out of his mouth 38 feet, 1 1/2 inches, shattering his own Guinness Book of World Records feat by more than six feet. Still new to the sport - he has expectorated just 12 times since earning his title last April - Capps remains modest about his success. "I haven't quit my job; I have no Nike endorsement," said Capps, a 48-year-old grandfather, Harley rider, and mechanic from Madison, Wis. "If I want a crown, I suppose I'll have to go to Burger King and buy a meal.
August 22, 1997 |
"Mimic" is about cockroaches so big and nasty that when they turn on the lights, we run away. The roaches live, of course, in New York, in abandoned subway tunnels where homeless people and unsupervised children have suddenly begun to disappear. A beautiful, brainy entomologist named Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) thinks she knows why. A few years earlier, a desperate city turned to her when an infection carried by cockroaches caused an deadly epidemic. Using untested DNA engineering, she created a new species of cockroach - dubbed the Judas Breed - designed to mate with the city's indigenous roaches, rendering them infertile and quickly extinct.
June 5, 1997 |
Carole Bohr firmly believes the Stanley Cup will come back to Philadelphia. So much so, she's waged her bet in cement. After midnight on Sunday, prowlers made off with a copy of the ultimate hockey trophy that she and her 12-year-old grandson Billy built on Hulmeville Road, so the grandmother made another one. And she filled it with concrete. Bohr, who is a guard at Bucks County Prison, characterized the cup thieves as cockroaches. "Cockroaches sneak around when it's dark," she said.
May 9, 1997 |
Too bad the Heaven's Gate cultists killed themselves before the arrival of "The Fifth Element," because they appear to be the target audience. Only someone preparing to rendezvous with a spaceship hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet could fully appreciate the weird plot of "The Fifth Element," a movie about giant armored cockroaches who save the universe from evil by placing four magic stones in a Egyptian temple, next to a chosen savior - a...
February 29, 1996 |
TOURIST BUG-EARED OVER HOSTILE HOSTEL EXPERIENCE Sydney's infamous cockroaches are sure to figure in at least one backpacker's nightmares. Early yesterday, emergency medical workers reached into a 19-year-old Swedish tourist's ear with a pair of tweezers and pulled out a 1 1/2-inch-long cockroach. "It was moving nearly all the time, that was the scary thing," said Magnus Carlstedt, 19. "When he moved I could hear everything. " Carlstedt, who had been staying at the Jolly Swagman Youth Hostel, bought some earplugs soon after the removal of the roach and proceeded to check out. No dummy, he. ONE OF CHINA'S RICHEST MEN IS UP THERE AMONG THE STARS Li Xiaohua, one of China's richest men, has joined William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton and George Washington in the heavens - Chinese astronomers have named an asteroid after him. The Purple Mountain Observatory in the eastern city of Nanjing said Tuesday that it had recommended naming the body, known as Number 3556, as "Li Xiaohua asteroid" in recognition of Li's contribution to education, science and technology.
July 18, 1995 |
It may look like a rowhouse, but Phyllis Tiggle actually lives in a roach motel. Roaches crawl in - but they don't crawl out. Tiggle, a nine-year resident of South Philly's Passyunk Homes - run by the city's Public Housing Authority - has tried everything: over-the-counter bombs, commercial sprays, treatments by PHA-contracted exterminators. After each episode, the vermin have basically said, "Yeah, right," and continued to do the roach rhumba through her kitchen, up in the bathroom, in and out of household appliances (including the heater, TV and VCR)