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.
September 28, 1987 |
A state grand jury is focusing on possible tax fraud in an investigation of the lavish lifestyles of Jessica Hahn and the Long Island preacher she served as secretary, the New York Post reported today. Two people who identified themselves as Hahn's former lovers say they were called to testify before the grand jury in Albany last week, the Post said. They told the newspaper they testified that Hahn was in love with the preacher, the Rev. Gene Profeta of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Massapequa, and that her lifestyle seemed far above what she could afford on her $80-a-week salary.
October 11, 1989 |
Three top executives of developer Donald Trump's Atlantic City casino empire were killed yesterday when their helicopter lost its main rotor and crashed on the wooded median strip of the Garden State Parkway about two miles north of the Barnegat toll plaza. The helicopter's pilot and co-pilot also were killed in the crash, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. about 30 miles north of Atlantic City. Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and saw the sleek, Italian-made helicopter's 36-foot main rotor stop spinning and then "pop" off. The craft, flying at 2,800 feet and probably traveling about 150 m.p.h.
March 20, 2009 |
On the outside, it looks like a standard Cinnaminson Colonial, vintage 1960s. The only indication of anything unusual is a front door painted in purest lavender in a neighborhood of more standard beiges, browns and an occasional red. Step inside that door, however, and nothing is a bit ordinary. Anna and Joseph Tumas have created an enchanted European cottage within these all-American walls, a testament to Anna Tumas' German roots - and to her uncanny knack for filling interior spaces with extraordinary finds from yard sales and flea markets.
August 4, 2011 |
When developer Bart Blatstein locked chef Shola Olunloyo out of the Piazza at Schmidts in March, it was a shot heard round the Philadelphia food world. After countless delays, Speck Food + Wine - a stunning open kitchen more like a theater than a restaurant - would not open. It was not the first time Olunloyo's widely publicized plans had not come to fruition. Indeed, Olunloyo may be the most buzzed-about chef who has never opened a restaurant. In contrast, Tony Rim, 38, who recently opened Raw at the Piazza in that space, is quietly building a restaurant empire with very little buzz.
November 8, 2004
I AM DISHEARTENED and saddened to see the state of our country. A man can become president in 2000 in a Machiavellian fashion, lead our country into a war that is not warranted, and it's then proven that any possible reason to fight has been fabricated. Manufacturing jobs are being shipped overseas faster than the richest people in our country get their tax cuts. Crime rates are rising as police are being taken off the streets. Schools are allegedly passing standardized testing, yet ask any younger person who their elected leaders are or what Congress does or even about their future credit report that will make or break their adult lives - and see their repsonse.
September 17, 2010 |
A Who's Who guide to the quasi-historical world of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire": ENOCH "NUCKY" THOMPSON Nucky (Steve Buscemi), a character based on longtime Atlantic City Republican boss Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, is a charming widower with a wandering eye, a jealous mistress and a vision of what the resort town he rules could become with the advent of Prohibition: a place where vacationers willing to pay almost anything for a drink will flock to do...
July 1, 2010
By George Ball My fellow Americans: This weekend, we celebrate our country's independence and pay homage to the founders. As we glory in America, however, we tend to overlook the second part of the equation: Great Britain. In declaring independence, we broke from British rule while inventing a nation inspired by British ideas. It was Thomas Paine, an antimonarchical Englishman, who urged the Americans to sever ties with Britain in his 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense. " Just seven months before the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson, its principal author, wrote to an English friend, "Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British Empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and, in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.
January 14, 2002 |
NEW YORK Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, a loyal water boy for pro-abortion groups, has launched a crackdown on crisis pregnancy centers. This is a direct assault on the front lines of compassionate conservatism. An estimated 3,000 crisis pregnancy centers offer abortion alternatives nationwide. Most are nonprofit and affiliated with Catholic charities. Radical feminists, who push abortion as the only acceptable choice, call these life-affirming pregnancy centers "deceptive. " The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League sells a guide to sabotaging the centers' missionary work.
April 20, 1991 |
A power vacuum in Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo's decimated crime family could open up expansion opportunities for New York's five major La Cosa Nostra organizations, according to a new Pennsylvania Crime Commission report. A merger with one of the five crime families or a declaration among ranking La Cosa Nostra leaders that Philadelphia would be an "open" city not controlled by any one family is also possible, according to the 364-page report to be released Wednesday during hearings before the state legislature.