March 20, 2004
Kindness of a stranger On March 6, my wife and I and another visiting couple were walking to the Philadelphia Museum of Art from our hotel. Along the way, the heavens opened. In a very few minutes we were all soaked to the bone, and we still had a half-mile or more to go to get to the museum. A tan or gray Honda with Pennsylvania plates stopped at the curb near us. A man got out and rushed toward us with an umbrella. He gave it to me saying, "You look like you could use this.
October 3, 1997 |
"The Matchmaker" is another movie about a Yank visiting the Emerald Isle, encountering hordes of colorful Irish people. It worked for John Wayne in "The Quiet Man," but not quite so well this round with Janeane Garofalo in what might be called "The Churlish Woman" with mean Janeane playing a political operative trying to find the Irish roots of her boss, a Massachusetts senator. Garofalo scored a surprise hit in her last movie, "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," playing a frump who strikes up an improbable romance with an Irish hunk.
November 9, 1990 |
Left-wing lawyer Mary Robinson claimed victory today as Ireland's first woman head of state and said she felt like dancing in the streets. Her main opponent in the race conceded defeat. The 46-year-old mother of three said her victory in Wednesday's presidential election showed Ireland was now a confident young European country ready for change. Adopted six months ago as a token leftwing candidate, Robinson conquered the mass might of the Fianna Fail (Soldiers of Destiny)
August 28, 1992 |
AFGHANISTAN REBELS ASSAULT FLEEING RUSSIANS Rebels ignored a temporary truce designed to give diplomats a chance to leave and fired a salvo of rockets today into Kabul's airport, setting ablaze a plane sent to evacuate Russian diplomats and their families from the besieged capital. Four Russian commandos aboard the plane were injured. Two military transport planes ferried 120 Russian embassy staffers, their wives and children safely out of Kabul. Moscow decided yesterday to close its mission in Kabul after at least 14 rebel rockets slammed into the embassy in the morning, wounding two technical personnel.
April 8, 1992 |
MOSCOW RUSSIA, UKRAINE CONTINUE STRUGGLE OVER EX-SOV FLEET Russia and Ukraine intensified their struggle over the Black Sea Fleet yesterday, turning months of political posturing into head-on confrontation between the two most populous republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Yevgeny Shaposhnikov, commander of commonwealth military forces, told a Russian congress last night Russia was taking control of the fleet. In theory, the fleet will be placed at the disposal of the commonwealth joint military command.
March 16, 1987
MESSAGE TO RIZZO, RENDELL To Frank Rizzo and Ed Rendell: How soon we forget! You are really a trip. Don't take that as a compliment. Let's remember some things when you were in office. What's changed? You've gotten older. What about your track record, Rizzo, what did you do that was so right? I remember the police brutality, police corruption, the MOVE confrontation. You were a big-time cop in higher office who did as he pleased. You were a mayor for some of the people (South Philly, Northeast)
September 22, 1991 |
The Irish Football championship of the United States will be held at Radnor High School field next Labor Day weekend, pending approval by the Radnor Township School District. Approval for the three-day event has already been granted by the township's Recreation Department and school board approval is expected, said Tom Farrelly, spokesman for the governing body of U.S. Irish football. Regional champions from as far away as San Francisco will compete for the national championship in three levels of play - seniors, juniors and intermediates.
May 9, 2000
The final steps to peace in Northern Ireland are like the final steps up Mount Everest: tedious, weary, requiring gargantuan effort for tiny lurches forward. On Saturday, the Irish Republican Army made such an effort, announcing that it would "initiate a process that will completely and verifiably put IRA arms beyond use. " Under a plan fathered by, among others, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, a team of international peace-brokers will lead the inspection and verification process.
March 17, 1989 |
Philadelphia has 182,001 of them. Pittsburgh has 261,915. Forest County, which should know something about the wearing of the green, has 1,235. And Greene County? Sorry, just 9,399. It's the Irish, we're talking about - specifically the number of Pennsylvanians who said during the last U.S. Census that one or both of their parents were of Irish descent. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the Pennsylvania State Data Center yesterday released a county-by-county breakdown of Pennsylvania's Irish-American inhabitants.
May 31, 2000
Northern Ireland rules itself again. Orange and green again will sit down together. Again, Irish of all nationalities are hoping that, this time, peace has shown true Irish toughness. On Saturday, the Ulster Unionist Party voted to return to the power-sharing assembly shut down since Feb. 11. The Irish Republican Army had amazed all sides with a May 6 offer to place its weapons "beyond use" and allow international monitoring. That opened the way to Saturday's vote. Hero of the day was Unionist leader David Trimble, who has braved risk after risk to get "yes" votes.