February 17, 1989 |
A state trooper admitted in court yesterday that he had lied about evidence in the 1986 murder trial of former Upper Merion High School Principal Jay C. Smith, and another trooper refused to testify about whether the prosecution had improperly withheld information. Trooper Victor Dove, who was responsible for overseeing evidence against Smith, said he told the investigators that he discovered the evidence after - rather than before - Smith was convicted of killing teacher Susan Reinert and her two children.
June 25, 1992 |
Call it City Council's new win, win, win strategy. Yesterday, in an unprecedented act of political unity that stunned even the political veterans, Council members voted to support three conflicting bills dealing with the lingering and controversial issue of item pricing. That means Council passed a law demanding price labels on all supermarket merchandise in the city of Philadelphia. And it supported a bill that didn't. And it also approved a bill threatening to do it. The result is an old-fashioned game of hot potato, heaving a boiling one to Mayor Rendell, who will have to make the final selection and endure the political pressures from senior citizen groups and the supermarket industry.
September 21, 1997 |
It should come as no surprise that President Clinton has opted to neither embrace nor condemn the so-called "global tobacco settlement. " It should shock nobody that the master of the bully pulpit has decided to speak softly, play for time, and hope that Capitol Hill takes the lead. Because, in political terms, this historic megabuck megadeal is everything he dreads. It's a hot potato that could burn a lot of powerful people, no matter what happens. It's a massive, divisive issue with no clear political payoff.
August 15, 2012 |
'Hot potato, hot potato. Hot potato, hot potato. Hot potato, hot potato. Potato, potato, potato, potato. " Murray Cook of the kiddie music group the Wiggles estimates that he has sung those words at least 6,000 times. But the simple tune never gets old for him. "It's because of the audience," he says. "For the children, it's new. " Cook and his fellow performers - Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, and Greg Page - have been loved by children worldwide during their 21-year stint wearing brightly colored shirts and crooning about dinosaurs and pirates.
March 30, 1994 |
JERUSALEM ISRAEL SETS CURFEW ON 250,000 ARABS Israel, anxious to avoid renewed violence as it talked peace with the PLO in Cairo, clamped curfews on more than a quarter million Arabs in the occupied lands today, the army said. Military sources said the curfews were in response to plans by Palestinians to dedicate their annual Land Day observance to the victims of last month's massacre 0f 30 praying Arabs by a Jew in Hebron and Monday's killings by undercover troops of six PLO men in Gaza.
November 21, 1992 |
The dozen children's advocates who had gathered yesterday to condemn state senators wore a collective expression of disgust and frustration. Just as Pennsylvania seemed poised to take one small step toward providing health-care coverage for some of the estimated 400,000 children in the state who are currently uninsured, politics threatens to scuttle the dream. Because of an ongoing fight with the Casey administration over workers' compensation reform and other issues, the Republican-dominated Senate recessed earlier this week without voting on a bill to insure about 35,000 children under the age of 12. Unless the Senate returns and passes the measure before its session ends Nov. 30, the bill will die. "It's not their children who are going to lose their hearing or won't get immunized," said Shelley Yanoff, director of Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth and a member of a broad-based coalition called the Children's Health Campaign.
March 9, 1995 |
Through the passage of time, a spark of glory and renown are on the wane. President Clinton's spellbound hold on the body politic is slipping away. From hereafter, that crackling voice, that babyface smile and gestures of leadership will be acknowledged halfheartedly. The bittersweet encounters with the world at large is leading up to the crucifixion. It takes a mighty powerful personality to lead a nation so entrenched in global supervision and homeland renaissance. It takes an assortment of characteristics, wrapped up in a single dome, to remain in the seat of governance.
June 30, 1993 |
When it comes to microwave cooking, people often misjudge the "doneness" of the food because they haven't factored in the standing time, or the time that the food continues to cook without any microwave energy. Here's a tip: Slightly undercook a food to bring it to the right doneness at the table. People probably notice standing time the most when cooking a potato. To test a potato for doneness in a conventional oven, you should be able to pierce it with a fork. But judging doneness from a microwave oven is different.
December 12, 2000 |
Only one thing will stop the Florida House from voting today to appoint a slate of electors committed to Republican George W. Bush: a direct order from the U.S. Supreme Court. "It would have to be fairly specific," House Speaker Tom Feeney said yesterday, shortly after committees of the Republican-dominated House and Senate approved legislation naming the new presidential electors. The daylong hearings proceeded as the nation's top court heard arguments on the legality of a hand recount in Florida, a case that could decide who is the next president.
March 11, 1986
Unsettling thoughts after Mayor Goode's "from the heart" talk to the city and his "No more MOVEs" press conference: Will a new bureaucratic flow chart produce what was missing the first time around - good judgment and common sense decisions? Will City Hall absorb itself in "crisis management" manuals, forgetting that several ounces of prevention might have defused MOVE long before it got out of control? Has straight talk forever fled Philadelphia? To the MOVE commission's urging to get cracking on an emergency plan, Mayor Goode has convened an "executive management group" to review the recommendation.