February 20, 2014 |
IT DIDN'T matter where Fran McQuade was - Florida, Jamaica, down the Shore - he invariably ran into somebody he knew. "Hey, I know that guy," he would say to his wife, Ruth, who knew that she was going to have to wait patiently while he had a sometimes lengthy conversation with the other party. Fran couldn't help it. People were just drawn to him, and wherever he went - on the job, at the ballpark, around his Levittown neighborhood - he made friends. "He had beautiful blue eyes and a beautiful smile," Ruth said.
July 8, 2013 |
PAMPLONA, Spain - The start of the annual San Fermin bull-running festival was delayed briefly on Saturday by masked men who unfurled a huge Basque flag, blocking the view of a balcony where a rocket that officially marks the beginning of the revelry is launched. Minutes before the celebrations were due to begin, several masked men were seen unfurling the flag, known as the Ikurrina, and draping it from rooftops after launching a cord across the square by using a fishing rod. Thousands of revelers, dressed in traditional white with a red handkerchief around their necks, packed the square chanting "Viva San Fermin" as the flag was removed.
May 4, 2012 |
FORMER GIANTS linebacker Harry Carson says he's not surprised by Junior Seau's tragic death, which has been ruled a suicide. "When I heard it, I have to say in the past I would have been shocked," Carson told the New York Post. "But I'm not shocked anymore. " It's too early to tell if Seau's death is linked to postconcussion syndrome, but Carson would not be surprised if that's the case. "I knew years ago that there would come a point in time where, whether it was transitioning to the game, or there would be guys having these neurological issues, that players were going to be committing suicide," said Carson, who has spoken out about his own battle with postconcussion syndrome and admitted that he has considered suicide.
May 11, 2011 |
TUNICA, Miss. - The bulging Mississippi River rolled into the fertile Mississippi Delta on Tuesday, threatening to swamp antebellum mansions, wash away shotgun shacks, and destroy fields of cotton, rice, and corn in a flood of historic proportions. The river took aim at one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the country after cresting before daybreak at Memphis just inches short of the record set in 1937. Some low-lying neighborhoods were inundated, but the city's high levees protected much of the rest of Memphis.
April 15, 2008 |
Ralph Knisell, 83, of Wenonah, a former outdoors writer who built custom fishing rods, died Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after suffering a massive stroke. Mr. Knisell wrote columns on fishing and hunting for the Gloucester County Times and filed weekly for Fisherman magazine. He also broadcast reports every Saturday on WSNJ-AM (1240) in Bridgeton, N.J. "For the past 28 years or so, I don't think he ever missed a program unless he was in the hospital or something was wrong," said George Moore, host of the station's Sportsman's Hotline show.
March 30, 2008 |
Tom Bellew narrowed his eyes at a palomino trout, a white shimmer in the dark green waters of Ridley Creek in Media yesterday. "There he is. He's just sauntering around," Bellew said. The Exelon employee, 47, and about a dozen of his Glenolden neighbors had gathered in Ridley Creek State Park to fish in the morning as trout season opened in 18 Southeastern Pennsylvania counties. The palomino, which they figured was about 21 inches long, was their Moby-Dick - pale like the white whale, though short of matching its ferocity.
August 6, 2007 |
Class clown and prom king rolled into one, the country singer Brad Paisley wears many ten-gallon hats. On his hit single "Ticks," he's a wry horndog, offering a woman a flowery romp followed by a thorough inspection for parasites. "I'm Still a Guy" decries "feminized" men with "creamy, lotiony hands," even while admitting he might occasionally get caught holding his wife's purse. Songs like "She's Everything" display an unabashed romantic side, while "I'm Gonna Miss Her" kisses off a gal who has made the mistake of getting between him and his fishing rod. At Saturday's Tweeter Center show, Paisley shifted gears with the ease of a race-car driver.
January 11, 2005 |
There was something to be said for keeping a clear head this New Year's Eve. I woke up bright and early, feeling chipper on the gorgeous gift of an unusually sunny and warm New Year's Day. As the Mummers gathered steam in Philadelphia and the Tournament of Roses Parade floats jockeyed for position in Pasadena, Calif., my husband and I headed to the Jersey Shore with our yellow Lab, Maggie. Each year, we try to make a few dormant-season jaunts to the Shore. Usually, it's in early spring or late fall.
July 6, 2003 |
Ruth Sawyer's 1956 children's classic The Enchanted Schoolhouse is the story of young Brian Boru Gallagher ("named for a high King of Ireland in ancient times") who travels from County Donegal to Lobster Cove, Maine, to live with his Uncle Seumas and Aunt Delia. He brings with him a leprechaun, a magical "wee man" he has captured and contained in the brown earthenware teapot that had been his grandmother's only dowry. To my fifth-grade imagination, Ireland was filled with schoolhouses, "white and pretty, with a fuchsia growing by the door, with primroses around the doorsill" and the whistling songs of a "throstle.
December 17, 2001 |
The best free safety in football, at least according to his coaches and teammates, wasn't sure he would ever get his first interception of the season. Brian Dawkins had been knocking the ball down on plenty of occasions, and creating havoc in the Eagles' blitzing schemes. But that first pick of the year - that took a while. It took until late in the third quarter yesterday at DeadEx Field, host to 84,936 disgruntled Washington fans and home to a team that can officially consider itself a former contender for the NFC East title.