June 11, 1998 |
Making the familiar trek from his Vineland home, following a route he has taken the last 12 summers, Asher Schwegel turns off Exit 14 of I-295 and heads west on Floodgate Road. As he navigates the final mile of his trip, across the railroad tracks, past the cornfields and whitewashed Cape Cods, a clearing on the right side of the road reveals his destination. On a 100-acre plot ringed by century-old trees sits Bridgeport Speedway, a clay racetrack five-eighths of a mile long. It's Saturday night, and there's no place Schwegel, 39, would rather be. Normally, he'd split his time between watching the races and serving as crew chief for his brother, Adam.
November 28, 2013 |
First of two articles. FRESNO, Calif. - After decades of promises, plans, and politics, California has finally reached the construction phase of its high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But a judge's ruling this week could derail the $68 billion project, setting new legal and financial hurdles in the path of a proposed 520-mile railroad for 220-mile-an-hour bullet trains. Championed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a transforming project akin to the early freeways and the Golden Gate Bridge, the high-speed rail line would be America's first.
December 2, 2013 |
Ross Martinson once felt invincible. One of those high-velocity land animals, he could run nearly forever and fast, finishing 23d in the Boston Marathon and three times in the top five of the Broad Street Run. Then, in 2008, he ran the Rock 'n' Roll distance run, finishing the half-marathon in 1 hour 6 minutes and 49 seconds. As he walked off the course, he felt some tightness in his calves. Two hours later, he was crippled with pain. "It felt like I was screwed up," he said with a runner's classic understatement.
August 26, 2013 |
Neil Theobald, Temple University's president, got off a flight last December from Indiana, about to interview one of the finalists to be the new Owls football coach. Theobald looked at his phone and saw he had a text message from his personal physician back in Bloomington, Ind. Naturally, he was going to read a text from his doctor. The text: "MATT RHULE WILL MAKE A GREAT FOOTBALL COACH. " It turned out Rhule knew somebody who knew Theobald's doctor. So he engaged in a little long-distance politicking.
December 2, 2013 |
There had been telltale signs of dementia - repeating conversations, getting lost in stores, forgetting things. But then came the day in February when Clare Day's 82-year-old father dropped her 82-year-old mother off at the supermarket. By the time her sister had picked up her mother as planned and returned her to their Logan home, their father had vanished. He had driven from Logan to Hulmeville in Bucks County, where "he ended up at the fire station," says Day, 52, of South Philadelphia, who went with family to get him. "I took his car keys and drove the car home and have had it ever since.
December 25, 1993 |
Here at Holy Land U.S.A., there are no rides - unless you count the wagon and minibus tours. Farm animals in this theme park often outnumber daily visitors. There are no lines for exhibits, no costumed cicerones. No food concessions, fast or otherwise. "Bring 5 loaves and 2 fishes and have lunch by the Sea of Galilee," suggests the park's brochure. Finally, the playland as parable. Situated in southern Virginia amid the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Lynchburg and Roanoke, this 245-acre replica of ancient Israel is a fantasy land tucked far away from mall-to-mall America.
December 5, 2013 |
DETROIT - Flyers goalie Steve Mason can become a restricted free agent after this season, but "this is where I want to be," he said the other day. The feeling is mutual, though that doesn't necessarily mean the Flyers will rush into negotiations. Because he is on a one-year deal, Mason cannot begin negotiating with the Flyers until Jan. 1. "At some point, we'll touch base with Steve's agent, but a lot of players don't like to do anything during the season," said general manager Paul Holmgren, who got burned by the last long-term contract he gave to a goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov's nine-year, $51 million deal in 2011.
September 25, 1986 |
Mary Lynn Vogel and Eugenia Iannone are two Bellmawr mothers who would like to have their children bused to school, but cannot. The Bellmawr Borough School District says that the distance between the two families' homes and the Bell Oaks middle school on Anderson Avenue, which their boys attend, is about 100 yards short of the 2-mile radius outside which children in the district can be bused. The women say the school district is wrong about the distance, and on Tuesday night they and their husbands asked the school board to remeasure the mileage between their homes in the 400 block of Roberts Avenue and the middle school.
November 23, 1996 |
When Ira Davis was a blazing world-class sprinter and triple jumper, he didn't look down on long distance runners. Davis, one of the greatest track athletes Philadelphia has produced, was impressed by their dedication. "I always admired them," Davis, a three-time Olympian from La Salle University and Overbrook High, said this week. "I said, 'I'd like to try that.' " Tomorrow, Davis will make his marathon debut as one of the more than 2,000 runners in the Philadelphia Marathon, which starts at the Art Museum at 8:30 a.m. "I promised myself I'd do it before I was 60," Davis said.
September 19, 2004 |
The 27th running of the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run, called by some the best and fastest half-marathon in the United States, is scheduled to be held today, rain or shine, starting at 8 a.m. The starting line for the 13.1-mile race will be at 10th and Market Streets, and the finish line will be at Cherry Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The total prize money awarded will be $39,000, with the winners in the men's and women's division earning $7,000 each.