March 19, 1992 |
The woman was left holding her teeth, but in the end the prosecutors were left holding the bag. A Burlington County judge last week dismissed an indictment stating that Lisa Turner, 27, of the first block of Lawrence Street, Burlington City, had punched another woman in the mouth three days after the woman had testified against her in Municipal Court. Turner was charged with retaliating against a witness. Superior Court Judge Donald P. Gaydos said during a trial that despite the claims of three witnesses who said Turner struck Stephanie Gacha, of Somerset Drive in Willingboro, the foundation of prosecution's case lacked punch.
April 7, 1987 |
Like most other plans to celebrate the 200th birthday of the U.S. Constitution, the idea of a grand lighting scheme for the Benjamin Franklin Bridge is in trouble. The estimated cost has doubled to $2 million. More importantly, serious doubts have been raised about completing the project in time to coincide with a possible presidential visit in September. The alarm was sounded yesterday at a Delaware River Port Authority meeting by James P. MacLean, chairman of the bi-state committee formed to carry out the project.
October 16, 2011 |
Question: We recently rented a car from Enterprise in Phoenix. When we picked up the car, a representative inspected it with us. My husband noted a couple of small marks, but she said we shouldn't worry because "anything under four inches" was waived. We drove on some dirt roads, and when we returned it, the agent found a small scratch on the left rear bumper. Our $256 bill jumped to $772 - taken from our credit card without our authorization. The claims assistant said the bill for repairing what he admitted from the photos was an insignificant flaw was more than $500.
January 23, 2004 |
The rooms in Stephen Sills and James Huniford's new book are full of flaws. Low ceilings, plain-Jane windows, odd corners, awkward beams - you name it, these rooms have it. But Sills and Huniford, being truly great decorators, have made all these flaws magically disappear in Dwellings: Living With Great Style (Bullfinch Press, $30). One of their favorite magic wands is a monochromatic scheme. With subtle shades of a single color - golden beige, silvery blue, or even warm pink or coral - they blur many a flaw and, in the process, create serene and seductive spaces.
January 29, 1989
Just as a monkey conceivably could play a piano concerto, a crowd of cowards can shout something sensible and responsible. That happened last week on Capitol Hill as lawmakers blasted one option for bailing out hundreds of insolvent savings and loan institutions: a 0.25 percent annual charge on savings and checking balances. It's a lousy idea all right, but the criticism sounds absurd coming from a do-nothing Congress. The blatant flaw of such a policy is that it would further discourage a consumption-happy public from saving.
December 19, 1994 |
Q: I just paid top dollar for a Pentium-based personal computer for a holiday present. Now I'm hearing that the central microprocessor is defective. What should I do? A: Will you or the person receiving this gift be doing serious number- crunching - say, running a spreadsheet for accounting, financial forecasting and other business applications? If so, you should call chip-maker Intel's toll-free number (800-628-8686), raise holy heck and demand a replacement. If you bought this superfast PC for word-processing, communications and multimedia fun-and-games applications, you'll probably never notice the flaw - even though the math co-processor does tweak the video performance of some software.
December 25, 1994
So it came to pass, in those pressurized days before Christmas, that New Age technology came face to face with the ghost of old marketing verities. Probably, it was destined to, though who at Intel Corp. could read the writing on the screen? Too many years blinded by chips and bytes, maybe. Who knew that the cutting edge could cut both ways? But you get on the tiger, you ride the tiger. When Intel didn't 'fess up about the flaw in its Pentium chip - part of the guts of a computer - a user posted a warning note on the computing age's version of Paul Revere, the almighty Internet.
May 4, 2010 |
Caution: There's lots of talk in a musical called The Story of My Life about butterflies and the power of their flapping wings to change the world. And there are snow angels, a running theme - along with many references to the awwww-gee classic film It's a Wonderful Life. Now that I've listed the icky sentimentality, let me tell you why, despite all that, this two-guy musical works. Meticulously staged and smoothly rendered by Act II Playhouse in Ambler, it's an unflinching look at long-term friendship - how it happens, why it grows, how it can unravel, and what occurs after that.
November 18, 1986
The National Football League's instant replay, when used properly, is an excellent idea. One example of its problems took place during a game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Denver had possession and lined up for its play. The quarterback dropped back, turned and threw a lateral to his running back. The running back in turn threw the ball to a wide open receiver for an apparent touchdown. The referees said otherwise. They said two illegal forward laterals took place on the play.
June 25, 1993
WITH PUBLIC OFFICIALS, IT'S CHARACTER THAT COUNTS You and political cartoonist Tony Auth just don't get it. Your depiction of the sacrifice of would-be Supreme Court Justice Breyer's possible nomination to the god of Nannygate (June 15) carries the underlying message that character doesn't matter. Is it not relevant that a judge evades the law? How would you react if your accountant cheated on his income tax, your psychiatrist had sexual intercourse with other patients or your minister sent anonymous hate letters?