February 12, 1995 |
SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE, MAYOR BANS SKIMPY ATTIRE Those itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny yellow polka-dot bikinis have run into a big problem in Fairfield, Ala.: the mayor. Larry Langford has banned skimpy swimsuits - men's and women's - from the $680,000 indoor municipal pool that's scheduled to open in March in the Birmingham suburb. "We will have no tops coming off in that pool," Langford said. "This is a family pool. " Cutoff shorts also are banned, and anyone younger than 30 can't use the hot tub. An exception on the no-briefs rule for men will be made for competitions and organized training.
September 23, 1993 |
About 30 goldfish, their heads sticking out from the water, desperately tried to suck in oxygen, while several catfish fought to get to a small stream of water flowing from a pipe into Crystal Lake. A score of fish were already floating dead, while the water level kept getting lower and lower. Maggie Downham, a nearby resident, walked around the edges of what was left of the 1,000-foot long, narrow lake, catching with a net the carp and catfish that were trying to survive.
April 20, 1996
The nation's 26th Earth Day, Monday, finds environmentalists energized and perhaps surprised at their own power. To some, the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 meant a mandate to dismantle two decades of environmental protections, under the guise of reducing regulations and getting government off Americans' backs. The campaign went in all directions - from plans to sell off federal lands for development to undermining the Endangered Species Act to gutting the Environmental Protection Agency.
March 30, 2001 |
On its own, the Copa Lounge is an unremarkable room. The Atlantic City nightspot has the requisite bar, tables, and television sets tuned to ESPN. A certain personality, however, can add a great deal to the club on the second floor of the Sands Hotel & Casino. In 1981, after performing in A.C., Frank Sinatra would relax at the Copa with pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jerry Blavat. The Chairman of the Board is gone, but he can still be heard there on occasion on Thursday nights between 5 and 7. That's when Blavat, the Geator with the Heater, the Boss with the Hot Sauce, holds court.
June 18, 1992 |
No evidence of foul play has been found in the death of a King of Prussia man whose skeletal remains were found in gravel pit in Rhode Island on Saturday, almost two years after he had been reported missing. "It may have been a natural death. We don't have enough information," Marilyn London, a Rhode Island pathologist who examined the body, said yesterday. Six Brown University students and an instructor found Erwin M. Wehner's skeleton Saturday while on a field trip in West Greenwich, R.I., searching for meteorites in a gravel pit. Wehner, 33, was last seen in the late afternoon of July 9, 1990, jogging in West Greenwich, where he was staying to supervise a three-week clearance sale at a Foot Locker shoe store in Lincoln, R.I., 25 miles away.
November 3, 1998 |
In an age in which alienation is an aesthetic and irony is a medium, the show-biz motto might as well be: One More Time Please, With Less Feeling. Depeche Mode obliged that request to play it again bland at the First Union Spectrum on Sunday night as it flogged its dead-horse collection of hits, Singles 86> 98 (Reprise). In the '80s, Depeche Mode's doomy synth pablum served as comfort food for depressed teenagers. In the '90s, the British band provided the sound track for black-clad dance-club dwellers who performed their orchestral maneuvers in the dark, staving off the horrible truth that the '80s had, in fact, ended some time ago. Really, the best thing you can say about Depeche Mode's music is that the videos are great.
August 3, 2007
The grim search for victims in the debris-clogged waters of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis could have been worse, but for the heroics of other motorists and first responders also caught up in the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. When as many as 50 vehicles plunged into the water Wednesday, survivors became others' saviors - helping them to the river banks. Emergency crews' rapid work no doubt spared other lives. For those who perished and for the families of motorists whose fates remain unknown, our prayers and condolences are offered.
December 19, 1989 |
It had been billed as the best thing to happen to clean water. It sailed through the Senate. Environmentalists pushed it through one Assembly committee and dodged attempts they said would weaken it in another. Then yesterday, the proposal to give New Jersey one of the toughest clean- water laws in the nation was killed when the Assembly voted to amend the bill in a way that environmentalists said weakened it so much as to leave it useless. The vote was among the most dramatic of a jam-packed day in the legislature that also saw an Assembly committee act on a bill to strengthen the state's "right-to-die" laws while the full Assembly passed a measure to protect patients from impaired or incompetent physicians.
February 20, 1997 |
On one side of Courtroom 306 sat the son of mobster Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino. "My father shouldn't be on trial," insisted reputed mob underboss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino. On the other side of the Criminal Justice Center courtroom sat the son of the man who was murdered, Frank "Frankie Flowers" D'Alfonso. "They were convicted once. I don't see why they shouldn't be convicted again," said Frank D'Alfonso Jr. of the six men on trial. Opposite sides, opposite views.
May 17, 1995
WELL-MANAGED COMPANIES DON'T NEED TO DOWNSIZE In his Commentary Page piece May 13, Dan Rottenberg defends downsizing as a necessary, albeit unpleasant, business strategy. He takes a popular position: To be competitive, companies have to fire lots of employees. This idea that a company cannot be competitive without downsizing is simply wrong. There are two ways to be profitable: Downsizing is the easy, shortsighted way, requiring no management skill. The alternative is competent management, as conceived by the late management expert, W. Edwards Deming.