October 15, 2015 |
There's an old Marvin Gaye song called "Inner City Blues" in which the soul singer comments on all the bad things in life that "make me wanna holler and throw up both my hands. " Surely Philadelphians must feel that way about their poorly funded, understaffed schools. Making matters worse are the well-intentioned responses to the district's litany of calamities that too often fall flat on their face. Add to that list a plan to improve the daily teacher vacancy rate by hiring a private company to provide substitute teachers.
June 16, 1986
There's a valuable lesson to be learned at Philadelphia's historic Fairmount Waterworks, and it has nothing to do with 19th-century engineering or architecture. It has to do with individual vision and commitment, modern- day hard work and hustle. And because of all that, one of the city's most important historic sites has been saved from ruination. The small cluster of Greek Revival buildings perched above the Schuylkill dutifully provided drinking water for the city and its inhabitants for 101 years until it was abandoned and left to decay.
January 16, 1987
On Tuesday the National Basketball Association expelled Lewis Lloyd, an Overbrook High legend, and his Houston Rockets teammate Mitchell Wiggins for two years after drug tests proved them to be users of cocaine. Their punishment is severe but fair. They knew the rules. Now they must pay a price that's high but commensurate with Mr. Lloyd's $250,000 contract, and with his impact on young minds. Whether they want to be or not, star athletes are role models for America's youth. Along with fame and high monetary rewards come added responsibilities.
August 22, 1988 |
For a guy who is trying to become the first Indy-car driver in 40 years to sweep three consecutive national championships, Bobby Rahal seems to like doing it the hard way. Going into yesterday's Quaker State 500, Rahal was second in the PPG Cup standings, but had not won a race in 1988. His Budweiser-TrueSports team had spent the season developing the Judd engine, which has excellent fuel efficiency, but lacks sufficient horsepower to match the Chevrolet engines that had powered every victory on the circuit.
August 2, 1993 |
The following is an excerpt from American Demographics, a magazine that marketers use to help them make decisions about reaching their audience. Black Americans see the same advertising and promotional campaigns as other Americans, but they may not interpret the message in the same way. In fact, they may get a negative impression from a message that the sponsor intended to be positive. In some cases, blacks feel a commercial message is so irrelevant to their lives, it should be ignored.
August 15, 1986 |
"Stand by Me. " A drama starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and Kiefer Sutherland. Featuring Richard Dreyfuss and John Cusack. Directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans. Based on a novella, "The Body," by Stephen King. Photographed by Thomas Del Ruth. Edited by Robert Leighton. Music by Jack Nitzsche. Running time: 87 minutes. A Columbia release. In area theaters. Someone goofed, thank God, and we - you and me - are the lucky beneficiaries of the mistake.
January 8, 1988 |
With two seconds remaining in yesterday's game between South Jersey's top- ranked basketball teams, Cherry Hill West High's Alex Sturm buried a three- pointer from 20 feet, giving the Lions an apparent 71-70 victory over a stunned Camden. As time on the clock expired, jubilant West fans stormed onto the court. West, No. 2 in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings, had overcome a nine-point, third-quarter deficit and had shocked the area's top-ranked team. So it seemed. But Camden had called a timeout immediately after Sturm's basket, so officials had the clock reset to show two seconds remaining in the Olympic Conference American Division game.
April 25, 1986 |
"Violets Are Blue. " A drama starring Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline and Bonnie Bedelia. Directed by Jack Fisk from a screenplay by Naomi Foner. Photographed by Ralf Bode. Edited by Edward Warschilka. Music by Patrick Williams. Running time: 88 minutes. A Columbia release. In area theaters. No one can bring back the past, but in Jack Fisk's surprisingly impressive new movie, "Violets Are Blue," Sissy Spacek and Kevin Kline play people who come remarkably close to recapturing the emotional atmosphere of their youth and first love.
July 25, 2010 |
Inside Brad Lidge's locker was a book written by the Dalai Lama titled How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life . A blue pen served as a bookmark. Lidge is reading it for an online religion course. The Phillies' closer is a man of faith. And even during outings such as his 30-pitch save of a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, which prompted manager Charlie Manuel to suggest merely watching could cause a heart attack, Lidge remains positive. "You don't know exactly how it's going to end," the righthander said, "but you know it's going to end right.