April 17, 1989
Some people were meant to have a nickname; others were not. Michael Dukakis has never been and will never be a "Mike," campaign image-makers notwithstanding. It takes a moment, however, to recall who James Earl Carter Jr. is. The use of nicknames has no social or cultural boundaries, although the name itself may be a giveaway. (There aren't too many Spikes in CEO suites, and it's rare to find a Buffy in a bowling alley.) Americans have always been enamored of nicknames. We couldn't help but notice at the latest mob trial that not only did the accused murderers and their victim have colorful monikers, but even the prosecutor was formally known as Charles "Joey" Grant.
May 12, 1990 |
The woman doesn't want perfume for Mother's Day. Nor lingerie. Nor jewelry. She is too practical for the peignoir that graces the newspaper ad that lies between us as we fly from west to east, from work to home. What she would like for Mother's Day, she says, is a bridge. Something sturdy to span the gap that has eroded between herself and her husband, the mother and father of their children. A bridge for what she has come to call the guilt gap. Just 10 years ago, the couple had a relationship built on the most up-to- date principles of marital engineering.
June 11, 2001 |
My wife ended her long battle with cancer last October. I left my one-year job in September to take care of her. After she died, I took some time to get my affairs in order, travel and give grief its due. Now I am ready to get back to work and restore normality to my life. I have been looking for a new position in sales and service, but am concerned about the 10-month hole in my job history. Should I address the issue in my cover letter or leave it as it is? How do I approach the subject during the interview process?
April 11, 2004 |
Across the country, tens of millions of Americans are signaling how they will vote for president this fall. They are doing it not by tuning in to campaign commercials, contributing to one of the candidates or registering at a polling place. Rather, they are making their political statement by attending religious services or celebrating Passover or Easter - or by ignoring the religious holidays. The religion gap is fast becoming the country's widest political division. Those who regularly attend religious services vote Republican by a margin of 2-to-1, and those who do not vote Democratic by the same margin.
January 3, 1992 |
As the new Russia ushers in the new year, the mood is one of uncertainty and fear. Among pensioners, who get only about 340 rubles a month - $3.40 at the current exchange rate - there is talk of starvation. At the core of people's fear is the collapsing economy and rising prices. A series of reform plans have been tried and dropped. All were supposedly aimed at letting prices be set by the market, rather than central planners, with the hope of attracting more goods into the stores.
August 20, 1999 |
Since 1992-93, the gap in spending between the Philadelphia School District and the surrounding suburban districts has more than doubled, a Philadelphia school official said yesterday. Philadelphia spent $6,969 per pupil in 1997-98, according to Pennsylvania Department of Education data. Average per-pupil spending in school districts in the surrounding four suburban counties of Chester, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware was about $1,900 higher that year, said Bill Epstein, the Philadelphia School District's director of governmental relations.
March 7, 1992 |
Somewhere on the evening news, in between stories of various disasters and ads for various bodily dysfunctions, there appears the airline pilot. Well-paid but discontented. Handsome as the anchorman himself, but weary with his working man's lot. The pilot in this commercial vignette has come to his stockbroker to plan for the future before his horizons are reduced to Polident and Serenity. He is in a rut - if there are ruts in the sky - going back and forth between Detroit and Minneapolis.
January 27, 2002 |
Craig Ammerman, president of the Golf Association of Philadelphia for the last three years, will step down at the end of this week to assume an even greater role in running the game. On Saturday, at the United States Golf Association's annual meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., Ammerman will officially join that organization's executive committee, the 15-member ruling body of golf in North America. There is no formal rule or even a suggestion that Ammerman must resign his post with GAP - like the USGA post, it is a volunteer role - but he is doing so because of potential conflicts.
February 9, 2001 |
The Delaware River Port Authority took a significant step yesterday toward contributing $14 million to help close a funding gap for new Eagles and Phillies stadiums. The authority's projects committee unanimously approved a $10 million loan and a $4 million grant, and the full board is expected to approve the contribution during its Feb. 21 meeting. The amounts would reduce the funding gap in the stadium deal to $29 million. City representatives are continuing talks with other possible sources of funding and are confident the entire gap will be closed, said Phillies attorney David L. Cohen.
September 18, 1998 |
The sensitive subject of the differences in black and white test scores is about to make a reappearance in the public arena - pushed forward this time by, of all people, liberals. The subject was shoved aside for the most part after the intense flare-up of controversy following the publication in 1994 of The Bell Curve by Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein, who attributed the gap largely to inherent differences between blacks and whites. It will be brought back by The Black-White Test Score Gap, edited by Christopher Jencks of Harvard and Meredith Phillips of UCLA, and published this month by the Brookings Institution.