August 3, 2015 |
About a week before the Montgomery County Junior Championship, Tony Leodora made a frustrating phone call to Sam and Dina DiLisio. He told them there would be no Montgomery County Junior Girls' Championship this year. Their daughter Isabella, a two-time winner of the event, was the only golfer to sign up, so there was no one to compete against. But Leodora slept on it and had a solution in the morning. "I'm not one to push people into things," said Leodora, the executive director of the Montgomery County Amateur Championship.
August 3, 2015 |
Bits of hand-painted porcelain - likely part of a 19th-century teapot - were pulled from clumps of earth as the archaeologists shifted through the excavation site. A copper knot that may have been part of an earring dropped by a visitor long ago was found, along with a piece of a figurine monkey and the base of a wine bottle. One hundred and thirty-nine years ago, the ground where the artifacts were unearthed was the location of a Japanese garden and bazaar, one of the attractions at Philadelphia's Centennial Exposition in Fairmount Park.
August 2, 2015 |
On Lansdowne Avenue, next to two benches and a bus stop, stands a new historical marker, blue with gold letters, 10 feet tall. "Looks nice," said Robyn Young, 61, the woman responsible, seeing it for the first time this week. "Taller than I thought it would be. " She pushed on the pole, kicked at the fresh dirt. "It's in there nice and firm. " Dedicated to archaeologist Tatiana Proskouriakoff, who "published a paper that revolutionized the world's understanding of Mayan hieroglyphs," the marker culminates years of effort by Young.
July 22, 2015
I FOUND STU BYKOFSKY'S repugnant traducement of the late Howard Zinn and his literary accomplishment, A People's History of The United States , patently offensive and despicable. This polemic rant is an affront to traditional journalistic diplomacy and tact. Mr. Bykofsky's attack is rife with opinionated and subjective reckoning concerning Howard Zinn, his intentions and his works. He also managed to disparage the substantive benevolence of the efforts from members of our City Council, marginalize the convictions of an entire community of intellectuals, insidiously inject politically polarized conflagrations, and make asinine presumptions about contemporary American history and modern American culture.
July 22, 2015 |
PICTURE A grizzly, swashbuckling pirate who sails the high seas in search of ships to plunder. Now, add a yarmulke. Actually, Jewish pirates who ransacked Spanish ships in Caribbean waters during Colonial times wore more intimidating Cavalier-style hats. But make no mistake: There were Jewish pirates of the Caribbean. "They were pirates through and through," said Sahar Oz, director of programming for the Gershman Y, which hosts a talk about the Sephardic seafarers Thursday, in conjunction with a photo exhibit on Caribbean synagogues.
July 20, 2015 |
One of the few benefits for a baseball organization with a long history of failure that has been interrupted only occasionally by brief fits of competence is that it is very difficult to set team records for futility. God bless the Phillies, though. They're taking a run at it. Since the team began playing, a stretch of a mere 133 years, the Phils have won two lonely championships and had only 58 winning seasons. That's a lot of losing. They lost at least 100 games 14 times, including 1941, when they set the franchise mark of 111 losses with a team that had Cy Blanton and Si Johnson in the starting rotation and nothing but sighs coming from the stands.
July 17, 2015 |
In its legal fight to keep union carpenters out of the building, the Convention Center's lawyers took a walk through the dark side of local labor history this week. Legal briefs filed in the center's civil racketeering federal lawsuit against the Carpenters' union compared its actions to recent headline-grabbing convictions of members of Local 401 of the Ironworkers' union and of Local 30 of the Roofers' union - another racketeering case, dating back 30 years. Tuesday's filing was the latest salvo in the continuing battle between the Convention Center and the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters.
July 12, 2015 |
The driver of the car that killed a Northeast Philadelphia mother and three of her children in 2013 had been warned by police about street racing a week before the deadly crash, an officer testified Friday. Manheim Township, Pa., Police Officer Thomas Miles said he visited Khusen Akhmedov at his home in Lancaster after a complaint about Akhmedov's driving was filed by a woman who had copied down the license plate of his silver 2012 Audi S4. Miles was a witness at Akhmedov's nonjury trial in Common Pleas Court in the July 16, 2013 deaths of Samara Banks, 27, and three of her four sons in a Roosevelt Boulevard crash that prosecutors say happened during a late-night drag race with another driver.
July 8, 2015 |
When Christie Rampone took the field for the United States in the 86th minute of the Women's World Cup final on Sunday evening, slipping on the captain's armband one last time, the reverberations in Vancouver's BC Place stadium were also the echoes of the cheers that followed the first rock stars of women's soccer in this country, the 1999 national team. Rampone was the final remaining vestige of that team, which was, at least until Sunday, the standard by which all succeeding teams have been measured.
July 7, 2015
C. DALLETT HEMPHILL, a professor of American history at Ursinus College for the last 28 years and a leading scholar on Philadelphia, died Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-Center City after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 56 and lived in Erdenheim, Montgomery County. Hemphill's academic specialty was the social history of the United States, from the Colonial era into the 19th century. She wrote two books, both published by Oxford University Press: Bowing to Necessities: A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860 , and Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in American History . Hemphill shared the preoccupations of her generation of historians with social history and women's history.