January 19, 1994 |
This isn't cold. This is whatever is beyond cold. Early this morning, while you were sleeping, it was about 4 degrees below zero in the city. The wind chill was minus-34. OK, maybe that's nothing to people who live in places like Minnesota or Canada. But in Philadelphia, where an Eskimo Pie is just an ice cream bar, this kind of cold is about as welcome as a Giants fan at the Vet. Yesterday, as the temperature dropped like crazy, car locks and roads and just about everthing else froze up. Morning rush hour was bad. Afternoon rush hour was bad. Here's what it looked like in the city, according to Accu-Weather: 2 a.m. - 33 degrees.
May 10, 1991 |
Michael Jordan is hurtling through the air, his tongue hanging out, the basketball gripped in his right hand, cocked at a frightening 45-degree angle. Something athletic, acrobatic, indescribably amazing is about to happen. Something else is about to happen, a phenomenon 76ers coach Jim Lynam refers to as mental paralysis. That's when the guy guarding Jordan, or the guy designated to give help, finds himself caught, helpless, in a freeze frame. Should he take a foul?
December 20, 1988 |
Vince Clarke wanted his Marple Newtown players to be Tigers against Lower Merion's zone defense in the first half of their Central League clash Friday night. Instead, they were pussycats en route to a 66-59 loss to the previously winless Aces. The host Tigers didn't drive against Lower Merion's zones. They didn't move well, they didn't shoot well, they didn't do anything well enough to prevent Clarke from reading the riot act to his squad at the half. "In the locker room, I told them to attack the zone, to penetrate, to make somebody play them," Clarke said after the Tigers fell behind 40-32 at the half.
December 15, 1986 |
The New Jersey priest who told a group of first-graders that Santa Claus is dead has been shipped to the North Pole. The Rev. Romano Ferraro, a.k.a. Scrooge, has taken an indefinite leave, the Rev. Francis Sergel, pastor of St. John Vianney Church in Colonia, told parishioners at yesterday's masses. Sergel, who would not say where Ferraro had gone, apologized to parishioners for the priest's statements and said he was sorry that "a prayerful time . . . has turned into a time of anguish, confusion, disappointment and even anger for many of you. " Ferraro made headlines last week when he told a religious instruction class of children that Santa Claus was a made-up figure and that the historical St. Nicholas is long dead.
January 11, 2008 |
At the Camden Adventure Aquarium, families can learn during the third annual Deep Freeze celebration about animals that live in cold climates year round. The Deep Freeze will entertain guests this weekend with seal and penguin feedings, sculpting of a 300-pound ice block, and free Turkey Hill ice cream samples from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be a Coke Polar Bear Moon Bounce and the Polar Express 4D Experience in the 4D Theater. Children can warm up by participating in special activities Saturday and Sunday.
January 23, 1994 |
The ice and snow and frigid temperatures always bring out many acts of heroism, and the past few weeks' weather is no exception. Road crews, emergency workers and utility crews have all labored valiantly at their jobs. Even my milkman hasn't missed a delivery. But among the most unsung heroes have been the parents stuck at home with small children. And I should know - I'm one of them. My son's kindergarten has now had at least seven snow days since January. He may need to repeat the year if the bad weather persists.
January 4, 1988 |
If there's slush out there, shovel it. That's the word from the weatherman, who says tonight's deep freeze could cause more problems than the 3-inch snowfall that the city easily brushed off during this morning's rush-hour commute. "People should be doing their shoveling this afternoon and this evening," said AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "because anything that melts and refreezes will be turning to boiler plate on sidewalks and driveways tonight. " The city reported that 551 people were either picked up off the streets or turned up at homeless shelters as the snow drifted down onto the city last night.
December 13, 1988 |
The Llamas were cavorting coatless in their outdoor pens at the Philadelphia Zoo yesterday morning, despite the record cold. George, the big male Siberian tiger, was pacing about in the open too, "having a grand time," said Zoo president Bill Donaldson. The temperature dropped to 8 degrees here early yesterday, snapping the record of 9 set in 1977. But even if it had approached the city's all-time low of 11 below zero, that wouldn't have fazed George, Donaldson said. Although George was born at a zoo in Minnesota, the big cat's breed hails from the Amur River region of Siberia.
December 16, 1997 |
SHARJAH 85 die in plane crash in United Arab Emirates A charter flight from Tajikistan crashed into desert sand yesterday near an airport in the United Arab Emirates, killing 85 people. One person survived. An explosion rocked the plane as it started to land, said Rustam Rustamov, vice president of the air charter company. But Emirates officials said they had no report of a blast. The Tu-154 was en route from Tajikistan to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, the state-run Emirates News Agency reported.
March 14, 1993 |
CUPID SHOOTS BACK AT VALENTINE GIFT-GIVERS Good morning. Know what day this is? Well, in Japan it's "White Day. " That's the day on which women can expect to receive lavishly wrapped gifts of white chocolate, handkerchiefs or panties. In Japan, where women alone lavish chocolates and other presents on their sweethearts and colleagues on Valentine's Day, White Day is kind of a reciprocal holiday. On this day, men repay the objects of their affections. One woman who has worked in an office for 14 years estimates that her White Day handkerchief collection now exceeds 80. For 1993, one color-blind manufacturer offers hot pink panties with the slogan "Intellectual Sexy Elegance.