March 14, 2006
THE CIA HAS given Scooter Libby a "Get out of jail" card. The CIA claims that copying 400 daily briefing papers for the president would take up to nine months. We know that the copying itself would not take this long, even if the briefing papers ran to 20 pages apiece. So, it must be that the effort of blacking out the items that the judge is not authorized to review that causes the problem. Perhaps this problem could be avoided by obtaining a security clearance for the judge. Surely, this shouldn't be a problem for a federal judge who has passed muster with our illustrious and quick-witted GOP Congress.
May 2, 1986 |
Midlantic Banks, one of New Jersey's largest, said yesterday it was joining the Philadelphia-based MAC teller machine network, creating another competitive dilemma for itself in the Philadelphia market. Midlantic has bought the Heritage Bank branch in Old City, which already has a teller machine that is part of the MAC network. And Midlantic owns not only Heritage, but also is trying to buy Philadelphia-based Continental Bank, whose teller machines belong to the CashStream network, MAC's primary competitor here.
May 16, 1995
So you're off to the polls and you suddenly realize you're not sure who you're voting for. In fact, you may not even be sure who's running for what. You're not alone. Except for City Council races in a few districts, this campaign has attracted little interest. In the highest-profile city race - for mayor - both candidates are unopposed in their party's primary. If you're a registered Republican, all candidates are unopposed except in races for city commissioner, Common Pleas Court and state Supreme Court.
June 20, 1996 |
I called my mother first. "Mom, remember that lawn mower that was stolen from my house? The cops found it. " She said, "A miracle!" It seems that on June 1, the Lower Merion police stopped a suspicious-looking character on Haverford Road in the vicinity of my Wynnewood house. He said he was out for a walk. Three hours later, Officer Edward Harrell of Philadelphia's 19th Police District, while walking a beat at Haverford Avenue and City Line, stopped a suspicious character pushing a lawn mower and two electric hedge trimmers.
May 30, 1986 |
In some respects, alcoholism is one of the "in" diseases of the '80s, despite the seemingly stricter attitude of society toward alcohol and drug abuse. Ballplayers, movie stars and public figures freely discuss their addictions and recoveries in the press and on television. The public, however, is not quite ready to view the alcoholic with the same compassion as, for instance, it may view a heart patient or diabetic. This lack of general public acceptance and understanding stems in large part from the troubling notion that, yes, the alcoholic might be suffering from an illness, but is not the suffering self-inflicted?
March 14, 2001 |
There are too many deer in Pennypack Park. This we already know and seem to agree on. The question now is how to get rid of some of them before they turn the land into a parking lot for deer. Shooting Bambi and friends is one option that has been met with more protests and political action than the Lex Street massacre. Several animal- rights activists even entered Fairmount Park last year during times whenpark officials had scheduledsharpshooters to begin trimming the herd.
July 19, 2013
WE'VE PUT men on the moon but have yet to come up with a perfect corn de-kerneler, one that cleans a freshly shucked cob without shooting kernels all over the kitchen. Sure, there are at least a dozen clever implements (variously called strippers, kernelers, zippers, cutters and peelers) designed to do the job. None seem to work as well as a sharp knife and steady hand. And that has its own problems: Holding that cob upright and still while cutting off the kernels can be a challenge.
July 24, 1991 |
My friend George the Knee-Jerk Liberal was highly agitated. I could tell because both knees were twitching and he was gulping, rather than sipping, his white wine. "I have such a political and social dilemma," he said. You usually do. What is it this time? "The nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. I had dinner with friends last night - an excellent little Thai place, by the way - and I found myself . . . " He paused and seemed to choke on the words.
November 12, 1986 |
He began as a rough-and-tumble South Philadelphia street fighter, where he gained his respect by never punching anyone in the back. He is still tough, still a little bit relentless. But now Bill Batoff is the money man of Democratic politics, where he gains his respect by raising millions. He now chats with Ted Kennedy ("He called last week to wish my son a happy birthday") and is on a friendly basis with Jimmy Carter ("Only in America," was all his wife could say after they found themselves seated at a small dinner table between the President and Anwar Sadat one night in Washington)
May 9, 2002
I COULDN'T AGREE with more with Michael Smerconish's May 2 column. The city is in a seemingly irreversible decline. I'm 27. My wife and I are doing well financially but face a huge dilemma. We want to live in the city, but can't afford high-priced homes in trendy Center City. We fear that buying a home in South Philly or another traditional neighborhood will only be a losing proposition because the neighborhoods tend to change quickly. I hope we will not have to flee to Jersey and live in some cookie-cutter "townhouse.