March 7, 2012 |
THE BRITISH government has rejected advice from its Olympic team's top doctor that athletes should not shake hands at the London Games to avoid germs that could make them sick. Government health advisers seemed perplexed by the guidelines, put forth yesterday, which Olympic hopefuls derided as "rude" and "pointless. " By the end of the day, the British Olympic Association had softened its stance. Yes, the athletes will be able to greet the 10,000 visiting Olympians and hundreds of dignitaries with handshakes.
July 23, 1998 |
The gunman didn't give his victim a fair shake. After shaking hands with John James Jr., 19, of Chester, Lamont Overby, 24, of Capitol Street near Wharton, pulled out a gun and shot him five times on Reed Street near 20th on Aug. 27, 1996, said Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron. The prosecutor suggested that the motive for the brutal South Philadelphia murder might have been robbery. But Cameron didn't have to prove the reason behind the killing. He had an eyewitness.
February 26, 2000 |
I was at Catholic Mass, and the moment had come: the peace handshake. A clutch of uncertainty seized me. Do I really want to shake hands today? I mean, I'm for peace, but I thought that's exactly what I wouldn't have if I shook hands. It wasn't that I am antisocial or aloof. You see, it was the height of the flu-and-virus season, and all around me people were coughing their heads off, sniffling, blowing their noses, and to shake hands with these folks meant gambling on catching something.
January 19, 1994 |
Two of the top fighters in the city, cruiserweight Nate Miller and welterweight Rodney Moore, have switched promoters, going from J. Russell Peltz to Don King. "They felt they could do better with Don," said Al Braverman, a spokesman for King. Braverman would not disclose how much money the two fighters would receive under their new promoter. "Peltz just had handshake deals with the fighters," Braverman said. "He wasn't smart enough to have signed contracts with them.
September 14, 1993
Inviting Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat to Washington to witness the signing of a declaration of principles for Israeli-Palestinian peace was a huge risk, but not for the obvious reasons. The biggest threat was not terrorism, but the real possibility that such a meeting would arouse a backlash from ordinary Palestinians and Israelis. Many feared peace was happening too soon, before two peoples with a hundred-year history of war were ready to absorb it. The idea of a handshake between Mr. Arafat, long vilified by Israelis as an arch terrorist, and Mr. Rabin, who has crushed the Palestinian uprising against occupation, is shocking to many Jews and Arabs.
October 30, 2007 |
The heroics of a 14-year-old Plymouth Meeting boy in defusing another teen's plans for a Columbine-like school assault culminated in a presidential handshake yesterday. Lew Bennett III was one of about a dozen people selected to greet President Bush as he exited Air Force One at Philadelphia International Airport. "The president wanted to thank him for doing the right thing," said White House spokesman Alex Conant. Bush was here for a private fund-raiser in Bryn Mawr at the home of John M. Templeton expected to raise $500,000 for GOP candidates.
February 9, 2003 |
Philadelphia Sheriff John D. Green has been handing out government work, some of it to his friends and political supporters, without bids or written contracts. Over the last decade, the payments to these companies have totaled millions of dollars. Green awarded the work based on what his office calls "verbal agreements. " This is legal - but it flies in the face of the rules most government offices follow, and the standards typically used in private business. The handshake agreements are the latest questionable practice to come to light in a department that has been criticized in recent years for flawed bookkeeping and inadequate fiscal controls.
June 17, 1986 |
SIGNS OF WELCOME are painted on the grass as students at Glassboro High School prepare for President Reagan's visit Thursday. Reagan will deliver the keynote speech at graduation ceremonies, giving each graduate a handshake and a diploma, and then will address the community.
September 30, 2015 |
Robert W. Shockley, 84, of Springfield, Delaware County, a former car-dealership owner, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, of Parkinson's disease at his home. The son of Raymond Purnell Shockley Sr. and Helen Davis Shockley, he was born and reared in Darby. He lived in Springfield before moving to Newtown Square last year. As a teenager, he broke many pitching records while playing baseball for Darby High School and was especially proud of his no-hitters. He was elected senior class president and voted best dancer and "Mr. All-Around Personality.
April 1, 2012 |
New Jersey's scathing audit of the Delaware River Port Authority unearthed a way of doing business retro enough for a Mad Men episode stripped of its wit, style, and cigarettes. There's precious little glamour in the audit's depressing depiction of pals and pols burning through millions in public money behind closed doors. Tacky patronage perks such as $2,000 in tickets to a "Gypsy Melodies Gala" (imagine the outfits) look like a steal compared to other "wasteful and inappropriate spending" that state Comptroller A. Matthew Boxer outlined Thursday.