April 19, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Schoolchildren missed out on seeing the famous mastodon skeleton. News events and high-level meetings were scrapped or relocated, and some unlucky state workers were forced to use outdoor toilets. All because of a water-main rupture several hundred yards behind the Capitol. The break forced a rare shutdown of the state government complex, sending thousands of workers home, disrupting business, and disappointing hundreds of children on their spring trip to the state museum.
May 20, 2013 |
St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli recently ran into a longtime acquaintance, a businessman. The man asked, "How's everything going?" For a moment, Martelli said, he thought about giving an honest assessment, realizing this guy didn't know any details of what Martelli had been hit with lately. Instead, the Hawks coach left it at, "Everything's great. " The reality? "I feel like I've been invited by God to play cards, but he's only given me three cards," Martelli said, sitting in his office on Hawk Hill.
April 9, 1999 |
There's something about the South - the South of literature and film, anyway - that lends itself to eccentricity. In the sly, shambling Cookie's Fortune, Robert Altman, who knows a thing or two about the offbeat, the crazy and the decidedly strange, drops in on the sleepy Mississippi burg of Holly Springs. The place is acrawl with characters. Real characters. There's Camille Dixon (Glenn Close), a self-styled artiste who puts on patrician airs and who is putting on a community theater version of Salome, with writing credits "by Oscar Wilde and Camille Dixon.
April 13, 1995 |
Two weeks ago, 2,500 Mary Kay sales reps came to town for their annual meeting, and now Philadelphia is awash in pink: Lipstick-pink career separates at Strawbridge's and Wanamaker's. Bubblegum-pink vinyl boots on trendy clubgoers. TV blonde Nancy Glass in a pale pink suit doing an "American Journal" segment on a pale-pink-suited Princess Di. But don't blame Mary Kay legions for the outbreak. "Versace is the one who did it," sniffs fashion industry analyst Alan Millstein, who is not among the pink enthusiasts.
April 16, 1990 |
Dennis McKernan is an optimist. And the Owen J. Roberts baseball coach has his reason. He has an experienced, senior-oriented team, including two outstanding pitchers, and plenty of guys who can hit the ball. So, hopes that the Wildcats can find themselves contending for the Pioneer Athletic Conference title are certainly not unreasonable. Optimistic maybe, but not unreasonable. The loss of McKernan's son, Jamie, for the rest of the season because of academic ineligibility was a significant one for the Wildcats, but the coach remains optimistic.
November 21, 2006 |
The international Irish dance association has decided to bring its 2009 world championships to Philadelphia, marking the first time the annual event will be held outside the British Isles. The gathering is expected to bring up to 20,000 dancers and their relatives, teachers and friends to the city during Easter Week, usually a slow period for conventions. The decision by Dublin-based An Coimisi?n le Rinc? Gaelacha (the Irish Dance Commission) to hold its world championships in the city comes as 2,200 Irish dancers and their families are scheduled to gather in Philadelphia this Thanksgiving weekend for the annual Mid-Atlantic Championships at the Center City Marriott Hotel.
April 25, 2003 |
'HEY, didja hear about the PETA thing?" someone snickers, and I cringe. Now what? The "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign, which is as offensive as it sounds, or the appeal to Yasser Arafat to exclude animals from terrorist missions, or the Easter-week billboard showing a pig and the phrase "He died for your sins," or one of the other shock-value stunts PETA's pulled lately? Unlike most PETA critics, I share the "extremist" goal behind these moves: bringing to public attention the injustices animals suffer.
May 4, 1995 |
There was no rally yesterday. Nor any come-from-behind heroics. On April 10, Bishop Eustace gave up a six-run lead and lost an Olympic Conference National Division softball game to Triton, 7-6. Yesterday was a different story. The Crusaders built an early eight-run bulge in the rematch and had no trouble holding on, winning 9-0. "Yes, we talked about the first game today," Bishop Eustace coach Mike Sacca said. "I told the kids before the game that if we jumped out early, we weren't going to stop.
April 4, 1990 |
Don't be fooled by the title "Slick Sloan and the Case of the Missing Eggs," which sounds like an Easter-week children's caper. Frozen, fertilized human embryos are the subject of the new dance theater piece created by the local troupe Danceteller. And while this is most definitely not children's theater, Danceteller has made something of a name for tackling tricky subjects in a clever manner. Two years ago, Danceteller created a full-length work about AIDS, "Before Forever," the text of which was pieced together from comments of actual AIDS sufferers.