September 22, 2014 |
They packed the apron in front of the glass-encased grandstand and surrounded the paddock, filling the steps up to the jocks room, straining to get a look at reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. He was about to contest the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the first reigning Derby winner to appear in the race. Once the race began, Bayern's jockey said he couldn't see California Chrome. As Martin Garcia pointed out, he wasn't turning around to look back. The crowd at Parx Racing, estimated at 16,000, got a thrill early Saturday evening, but it was from Bayern, trained by Bob Baffert, who led from the gate to the wire and set a track record over the 11/8-mile distance.
April 18, 1995 |
Bob McMurtrie was a smart, lanky kid with eyes for bigger places than Two Street, the hard-bitten pocket of South Philadelphia where he came from. At 22, McMurtrie set out on a journey of unfathomable distance in pursuit of glitter and riches. From Two Street, he traveled to Center City, where he got a job in 1964 as a clerk in a real estate office. He worked hard and kept his eye out for opportunities. By 1990, he'd stitched together a small empire. His assets were $29 million.
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.
September 26, 2014 |
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square is about to embark on its most extensive - and expensive - project ever: a $90 million restoration of the five-acre Main Fountain Garden, where shows featuring shooting water, and sometimes music, lights, and fireworks, have delighted visitors since 1955. With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood - the former estate of the industrialist Pierre S. du Pont, who designed and built the Fountain Garden in 1931 for his own entertainment - is the most popular public garden in the country.
September 28, 2014 |
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Eric Frein's Internet searches included how to avoid police during manhunts, use law enforcement technology, and survive in the wilderness. That evidence, retrieved from a computer, suggests that Frein spent years planning an attack and retreat into the Pocono Mountains, a state police commander said Friday. Police believe Frein is still in the woods in Monroe or Pike Counties, two weeks after he allegedly killed one trooper and wounded another. It had been nearly three days since police last spotted Frein, but they said they have no evidence to suggest he has left the area.
September 26, 2014 |
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - He's dressed in black, or a dark hood, and has been spotted several times from a distance. His trackers think that might be intentional, showing his face in a ploy to taunt them or play games. And he has left behind clues: Serbian cigarettes and soiled diapers, the kind snipers wear when preparing to settle in a spot for a long time. As they revealed new details Wednesday about accused trooper-killer Eric Frein, state police would not say that he was in their grasp.
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.
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.