August 15, 1991 |
You don't pack up and head to the shore or an amusement park to enjoy the dog days of summer. At 22nd and Ontario streets in North Philadelphia yesterday, Sharee Simmons, 11, kicked up her heels with some rope jumping, with an assist from her cousin, Mercedes Himmons, 3, and Janet Himmons, who remained on the bench. Will you be jumping about today's weather?
November 15, 1992 |
The hero of The Pirates of Penzance was mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate band until his 21st birthday. When he turned 21, he found that the fine print in his contract - based on a quirk that had to do with leap years - required him to stay a pirate for 60 more years. Since 1992 is a leap year, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County will perform the comic opera this Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 40 singers and full orchestra, at West Chester University's Philip Memorial Hall.
February 29, 1988 |
Once every four years, Nate Minniti has his day. Three years out of four, he has to borrow someone else's. People forget. Bosses don't know what to make of it. Computers go berserk. And, even though he's old enough to drink, drive and vote, there's the stigma of going through life as a 6-year-old. All because he was born on Feb. 29. But for Minniti, 24, of South Philadelphia, being a leap-year baby is worth the occasional inconvenience. "It's pretty special," he said, relieved that the calendar has finally caught up with the Earth's 365 1/4-day revolution around the sun. "I have a birthday all to my own. " Minniti, a control specialist for General Electric, is not alone in his celebration today.
May 21, 2010
1. Edge of Darkness . 1/2 (R) 2. Legion (R) 3 Daybreakers . (R) 4. Tooth Fairy 1/2 (PG) 5. It's Complicated . (R) 6. Avatar . 1/2 (PG-13) 7. Leap Year . (PG) 8. Crazy Heart . . (R) 9. Sherlock Holmes . (PG-13) 10. The Blind Side 1/2 (PG-13)
February 28, 2012 |
Poor Leap Day. It comes only once every four years, and it's a real calendar event. So you'd think there would be more celebration of its arrival. But it's greeted with ho-hum, with most people forgetting it even exists until they see Feb. 29 pop up on whatever digital version of a calendar they use these days. In case you forget why: Leap Day is an extra day added during a Leap Year. That extends the year to 366 days as an adjustment to the Gregorian Calendar, which is a slightly faulty attempt at a solar sync.
February 29, 2012 |
Leap Day will be marked by heavy rain moving in later this morning, bringing a soggy end to February. A storm moving eastward from Ohio should bring rain the heaviest rain by about 1 p.m., with the potential for thunderstorms. Rainfall is expected to continue throughout the day with a high of 46. Precipitation could amount to between three-quarters of an inch to an inch. The rain will continue through midnight and ending by early morning. There seems to be little chance of it changing to snow in the Philadelphia area, with lows only dipping to 44. But Thursday, the onset of March, should see some clearing.
March 5, 2013
Total revenue generated by slot machines at Pennsylvania casinos during February fell 9.2 percent compared to last year, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Monday. February's gross slot revenue at 11 operating casinos was $195.9 million compared to $215.7 million in February 2012. Among the 10 casinos operating this year that were also open for the full month of February 2012, revenue sank 11.5 percent. The board noted that 2012 was a "Leap Year," so players had 3.6 percent more hours to gamble during the 29-day February last year.
March 2, 1992 |
THESE THINGS HAPPEN FROM YEAR TO YEAR Karen Kennedy was set to throw a birthday party for her 4-year-old son, Kristopher, who was born Feb. 29 last leap year. But their fun was interrupted Saturday when she gave birth to another leap year baby in Janesville, Wis. Kelsey Kennedy wasn't due until St. Patrick's Day. "It must be the moon," Karen Kennedy said of her knack for giving birth on Feb. 29. An aunt and uncle took over the party for Kristopher and his 20 young guests set for 3:30 p.m. Kelsey was born at 3:15 p.m. Karen Kennedy said her husband, Stephen, was incredulous.
February 29, 1996 |
Feb. 29 is a glorious day to relish imperfection and imprecision. Feb. 29 proves man and science are imperfect and God doesn't own a digital watch. Today shatters the myth that there are 365 days in a year and the leap year occurs every four years. Leap year actually occurs every four years except for century years not evenly divisible by 400 and there are actually 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds in each and every year. But the greatest minds in history, from the pharaohs to Julius Caesar, couldn't devise a working, efficient calendar year.