April 2, 1996 |
COMMIES TELL SMOKERS: 'BUTT OUTTA HERE' It could never have happened when Deng Xiaoping was in charge. China has banned smoking in Beijing's cavernous Great Hall of the People. The management of the hall that dominates Tiananmen Square banned smoking from all meeting halls, lounges, corridors and rest rooms starting yesterday, the Xinhua news agency said. Oh, for the . . . hack, hack . . . good old days. Paramount leader Deng used to meet foreign leaders with an ashtray nearby.
November 3, 1993
All right. We can stop pretending we don't like those nasty negative campaigns or those politicians who will stop at nothing to get or keep a job. There was one shameless hack who wanted a nice job on Superior Court, an appellate court demanding scholarship, intelligence, judicial probity and knowledge of the law. The hack bought radio time in which he accused his better-qualified opponent of being anti-Christmas. There was even a carol playing in the background. What this has to do with the courts, unless it's a promise by the hack to ignore the Constitution and personally hoist up his robes and slap up creches in every town hall in the commonwealth, is unclear.
January 28, 1986
This year we've been besieged by advertising exploiting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One can only speculate on what might have been accomplished if the money that one national fast-food chain spent on television commercials honoring the civil rights leader had instead been applied 20 years ago to his crusade. Now that the man is safely dead, generating no new controversy and in the public domain, he's just another expedient way to sell burgers and fries. In view of the annual February appearance of actors in television commercials wearing stovepipe hats and powdered wigs and who tout all manner of products in the names of Washington and Lincoln, how long before we turn on our sets and see some pitchman saying, "I have a dream - only 7.9 APR financing on any car in stock"?
August 5, 2002 |
We may never be known as "Hollywood on the Schuylkill," but the heads of regional film offices nationwide would kill to be in Philadelphia right now. At a time when other cities are desperate to attract any kind of movie work, M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Signs - set and shot in Bucks County - opened Friday to huge box office, bringing more attention to the area's already-thriving filmmaking industry. Revenues from local production this year are expected to exceed 2001's record of $108 million by as much as $10 million.
October 30, 1991 |
The Democrats running for Montgomery County commissioner have kicked off an unusual, tough-talking radio campaign blasting their Republican opponents as "party hacks" who "don't give two hoots" about how to efficiently run the county government. Democrats Joseph M. Hoeffel and James W. Maza said the campaign was pouring its money until Nov. 5 into running the two 60-second advertisements, an extraordinary step for the generally impoverished Montgomery County Democrats. In one ad, the announcer says the GOP candidates, Jon D. Fox and Mario Mele, engaged in an "embarrassing" primary fight to oust incumbents Paul B. Bartle and Floriana M. Bloss that centered on "control of patronage and legal fees and no-bid contracts and jobs . . . which faction will control their political party.
October 8, 2002 |
YOU'RE NEVER too young to party. Not if you're the 2-year-old daughter of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" star Jude Law and actress mom Sadie Frost, who was rushed to a London hospital Saturday after swallowing an Ecstasy tablet at a children's party. Frost was terrified when she spotted her little Iris chewing on the drug at London's Soho House club. Dad is in South Carolina filming "Cold Mountain. " According to London's Sun newspaper, police believe the tablet may have been discarded the previous night as the room had been used as a bar by clubgoers.
May 28, 2006 |
Three-Pointer The San Antonio Express-News last week detailed a letter sent by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, in the heat of his team's second-round classic with the Mavericks, to the family of a soldier killed last month in Iraq who was an avid Spurs fan. Once again, we marvel at how whole a person Popovich is - after winning three championships, he still insists he had next to nothing to do with San Antonio's titles - and at how little most people...
March 9, 1992 |
The Vietnamese immigrant had been in the country only four months when he used a meat cleaver to hack and wound his girlfriend, her teen-age son and her sister in their South Philadelphia home on Nov. 3, the prosecutor said. "He has been violent since he arrived," Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich said Friday after Hanh Le Phung, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and a weapons offense. "This was a horrible crime," said Common Pleas Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan, who deferred sentence and committed Phung to prison without bail.
November 3, 1991 |
Voters in the 10th City Council District had grown accustomed to seeing Tom Mills standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Democratic mayoral candidate Ed Rendell on campaign posters plastered throughout the far Northeast. But on Friday, in a race that has suddenly turned sour, Mills' Republican opponent pictured him next to a figure who doesn't play as well in the neighborhood: Mayor Goode. "Tom Mills. Wilson Goode's political hack," read the leaflets circulated in the predominantly white district by the campaign of incumbent Councilman Brian J. O'Neill.
June 14, 1996 |
There were two things in life Dick Corkery never got the hang of: a fastball and Latin. One he couldn't hit; the other he couldn't "hack. " Just as well. Because if he could hit the fastball, Corkery wouldn't be spending his time teaching kids to play baseball in the so-called Badlands of North Philadelphia. And if he could hack Latin, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame wouldn't have come to their field recently to throw out the first ball of a new season. But that's what Robin Roberts did. Roberts, the former Phillies pitcher who helped lead his team to the 1950 National League pennant, came to Franklin Playground at Jasper and Clearfield streets in Kensington to help the Richmond Robins open their second season.