July 22, 2013 |
Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine. Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.
March 30, 1996 |
After myriad faxes, legal jousts, sharp words and a news conference or two, Philadelphia and Florida have ended their war over who will charge Berto Ordaz with murdering his girlfriend and driving the body to a Miami suburb. District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham threw in the towel and said Philadelphia would do it. She authorized city police to issue an arrest warrant for Ordaz, a North Philadelphia man who officials say drove his girlfriend's corpse south to Florida in January and left her body in his van in a Miami suburb.
January 31, 2012 |
MIAMI - Cheered by new polls, Mitt Romney yesterday was all but predicting victory in today's Republican presidential primary. Newt Gingrich is looking past Florida to regroup. "With a turnout like this, I'm beginning to feel we might win tomorrow," an upbeat Romney told a crowd of several hundred at a stop in Dunedin as he and Gingrich zipped across the state making their final appeals. Gingrich, in turn, acknowledged that his momentum had been checked but promised not to back down.
March 23, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Bradley Beal scored 21 points to lead Florida to a 68-58 win over Marquette in a West Regional semifinal last night. The win sets up an Elite Eight matchup of Florida coach Billy Donovan against Louisville's Rick Pitino tomorrow. The seventh-seeded Gators (26-10), who led 36-30, at the half, were also led by Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton, who had 11 points each. Erik Murphy pulled down 10 rebounds. Third-seeded Marquette (27-8) was led by Jae Crowder, (15 points)
February 12, 2010
YOU'VE HEARD the term "snow birds," used to describe us Northerners who hightail it to Florida when temperatures drop. But there's a growing class of "gun birds" who, when thwarted in their attempt to get a Pennsylvania license to carry a concealed weapon, can exploit a loophole that allows them to get a license from Florida. According to a Daily News report last week, the cops and the District Attorney's Office in Philadelphia are getting increasingly frustrated with this loophole.
March 19, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - No big upset this time. Kenny Boynton and Florida were just too good for Norfolk State Boynton scored 20 points and the balanced Gators routed the 15th-seeded Spartans 84-50 yesterday to reach the Round of 16. Norfolk State shook up the West Regional when it upset No. 2 seed Missouri 86-84 Friday, and was trying to become the first 15 seed to reach the fourth round. Florida (25-10) put a quick end to that idea, making five three-pointers during a 25-0 run that made it 29-6 midway through the first half.
January 9, 1987 |
As with any group of migratory beasts, there are certain patterns to the migration of humans to Florida every year. In the early fall, the retired folks who make Florida their home start back after a summer-long visit up North. The next wave consists of those who live in the North but winter in Florida - they head south in October and November. License plates from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut can be tracked all the way down the East Coast. And then there are the vacationers, who are apt to head south at the first sign of a cold wave up north.
June 13, 1988 |
Too much sunshine can addle the brain. And that seems to be happening in Florida. Instead of feeling shame and guilt for their unseemly effort to steal the White Sox from Chicago, the folks in the Sunshine State are angry at me for trying to prevent this theft. I've been bombarded with calls from Florida talk-show babblers, news reporters and businessmen who are outraged that I've urged Chicagoans to fight back by not vacationing in Florida. Almost 2 million Illinoisans visit Florida each year, spending over a billion dollars.
November 15, 2012 |
ERIK MURPHY tied a career high with 24 points only days after dealing with an illness, and No. 10 Florida beat 22nd-ranked Wisconsin, 74-56, on Wednesday night. Murphy made all 10 of his shots, including two from three-point range, as the host Gators enjoyed a double-digit lead most of the night. He also had seven rebounds. Mike Rosario added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists for Florida (2-0). Sam Dekker and Jared Berggren had 11 points apiece for Wisconsin (1-1)
June 20, 1988 |
Each day, the shocking character defects of Florida keep mounting. I recently wrote about its venal efforts to steal the White Sox from Chicago. And I pointed out what ingrates Floridians are, considering how many billions of dollars people from Illinois spend in that state each year. And now I discover that besides piracy and ingratitude, Florida is guilty of insincerity. As far back as I can remember, I have seen TV commercials and other advertising that urges Northerners to visit Florida.