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January 28, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man who threatened to blow up the Liberty Bell was detained Saturday after leaving two backpacks nearby that he said contained explosives, police said. Police said they found no explosives. The man was expected to be charged, Philadelphia police spokeswoman Officer Christine O'Brien said. He had not been publicly identified Saturday night, pending the formal filing of charges, O'Brien said. A police source said the man was not from the Philadelphia area and did not appear to have a criminal record.
NEWS
December 16, 1997
The Nativity scene across from the Liberty Bell is perfectly legal. So is the giant Hanukkah menorah that will join it on Judge Lewis Quadrangle. And as a Ku Klux Klan cross erected on Cincinnati's public square a few years ago was legal, so are any other symbols - whether benign or offensive - with the proper permits. As Daily News religion writer Ron Goldwyn noted in a report on the creche yesterday, the Supreme Court has held that any symbols are permitted where demonstrations or other free speech expressions are allowed.
SPORTS
January 27, 1995 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dave Rosen won the Class A championship of the Liberty Bell Softball Squash Racquets tournament by defeating Russ Ball, 10-8, 9-1, 9-1, yesterday at the Berwyn Squash and Fitness Club. Rosen, the Agnes Irwin School coach and an employee of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association in Cynwyd, was extended to an extra game in the semifinals by Tripp Davis and won, 9-1, 9-7, 5-9, 9-2. Ball, a former Harvard player and former Philadelphia junior champion, also prevailed in four games, beating Bruce Hopper, 9-10, 9-6, 9-7, 9-6.
NEWS
April 14, 2002 | By Acel Moore
Growing up in this city, I visited Independence Mall and touched the Liberty Bell a half dozen times or more. I visited the bell on gradeschool trips, and my father would take the family to Independence Hall on the Fourth of July to hear speeches and listen to the patriotic band music. In those days, the Liberty Bell was located at Independence Mall. Now it's at Fifth and Market Streets in its own building, across the street from a $9 million pavilion now under construction for the bell.
NEWS
September 12, 1998 | By Larry Fish, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Attendance at the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia's most-visited attraction, continued its summerlong slump in August, the National Park Service said yesterday. Park and local tourism officials have been puzzled by the drop in visitors to the Bell and most of the rest of Independence National Historical Park that first became noticeable in June. Restaurant and hotel operators have said that their businesses have not reflected similar drops. Park personnel counted 187,379 visitors in the Liberty Bell pavilion in August, a drop of nearly 11 percent from the 210,163 in August 1997.
NEWS
September 24, 1987 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
After it was all over, Esther R. Sylvester celebrated her acquittal in U.S. District Court by walking one block south from the courthouse to the Liberty Bell. And then she went to church. Sylvester said last night that she figured both visits were in order after her eight-day extortion trial ended with the jury deciding that she was not guilty of illegally accepting $300 from Roofers Union leader Stephen J. Traitz Jr. "We went in there and just touched it," said Sylvester, explaining how she and former Eagles general manager and longtime friend Jim Murray had visited the Liberty Bell.
NEWS
July 8, 2013
KEN FRANKLIN, the new bomb-sniffing K-9 "bark ranger" at Independence National Historical Park, wears a vest that says "Police," not a tricorne and specs. While part of his job is public relations (including a Twitter hash tag, #barkranger, where he mixes it up with a colonial squirrel named Skuggs), he's all business when the vest is on. Daily News reporter John Moritz interviewed Ken's handler, Park Ranger Nick Iannelli, while Ken sat nearby, both fresh off an assignment to sniff out potential threats during a visit by President Clinton late last month.
NEWS
July 3, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / JOHN COSTELLO
At a ceremony yesterday in front of the Art Museum, the arrival of the New Freedom Bell was marked after its 10,000-mile nationwide tour. The bell is to be a feature of Philadelphia's Freedom Festival Parade tonight and a highlight of festivities later in Wilmington, Valley Forge and Camden. It was commissioned by Nichiren Shoshu Soka Gakkai of America, a Buddhist lay organization, and donated to the city by the group in celebration of the Constitution bicentennial. A certified replica of the Liberty Bell, the bell was cast in London by Whitechapel Foundry Ltd. in the same pit in which the original Liberty Bell was made.
NEWS
April 26, 1987 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Buddhist sect wants to present an oversize replica of the Liberty Bell to the City of Philadelphia as the sect's gift to the Constitution celebration here. The city, however, not only has the real thing smack in the middle of Independence Mall, it also already has an oversize replica, which hangs in a tower at the National Park Service Visitor Center at Third and Chestnut Streets and was presented by Queen Elizabeth in 1976. So what does the city want with another copy? "No decision has been made on accepting it permanently," Charles Houston, a spokesman for the City Representative's Office, said Friday.
NEWS
April 23, 1989 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
The strong, loud clanging of the New Freedom Bell rang out across the Scenic Hills Elementary School parking lot. The more than 400 spectators, most of them youngsters in grades one through four, were impressed. "It sounded loud," said Steven Vescovich, 6, of Springfield. "Yeah, and it was heavy," said Amira Dickerson, 8, of Springfield. The bell, a reproduction of the Liberty Bell, was taken to the school Thursday by 24 representatives of the Nichiren Shoshu Soka Gakkai of America (NSA)
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NEWS
May 18, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THEIR LOVE story began nearly 40 years ago when Leslie Manas walked into Sassafras Cafe in Old City and "Jean and I met in a mirror's reflection and we've been partners ever since," she said. Jean is Jean Huffenus, a French designer/metalsmith on Jewelers Row whose creations range from tender "Mother and Child: Arms of Love" necklaces to erotica. "Jean's back was to me," Manas said. "He was facing this wall of mirrors. He saw me pass by behind him. He said to his crazy French friend Jean-Claude, 'Oh, I must know her.' " Manas laughed and said, "So I guess you could say our partnership started in bed. " One fruit of that partnership is this weekend's Craft Phila Liberty Bell Fair, an outdoor show of made-in-the-USA handcrafts, art and fashion on 6th to 7th streets between Chestnut and Market.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News
NEXT MONTH, one local lucky lady will be the recipient of a first-ever summer block party hosted by the female-focused cable network TLC . The network recently asked its viewers to nominate their town and demonstrate why their respective neighborhood was deserving of an all-expenses-paid bash. Lisa Miller , a single mom from Northeast Philly's Pennypack section who recently went back to school for autism studies, won out over more than 5,000 applicants. The Duggar family, focal points of "19 Kids and Counting"; Kate Gosselin , of "Kate Plus Eight"; and several other TLC stars will join Miller at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing on May 30 for picture-taking and autograph-signing.
NEWS
October 17, 2014
THE TRUCK: Impossible to miss. David Song's Korean-American fusion food truck is basically a rolling mural with stars and stripes, a red-and-blue taegeuk, the Liberty Bell, a ferocious white tiger and the Philadelphia skyline, among other things. Hungry or not, you kind of want to check it out anyway. WHAT TO EAT: The Cheese Steak Korean ($9) caught our attention immediately. We will eat any variation of this sandwich - breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack, whatever. Song's has thinly sliced Korean marinated beef, Cheez Whiz, sauteed kimchi and onions.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Louise C. Guthrie, 97, formerly of Wayne, a longtime public relations professional, died Monday, Sept. 22, of heart failure at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, where she was a resident. From 1967 to 1982, Mrs. Guthrie was the director of school and community relations for the Upper Merion School District. After retiring from the school district, she ran her own public relations business. She served as a charter member and vice president of the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association and as vice president of the Pennsylvania Community Education Association.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Liberty is not free. It's fragile, and it occasionally needs to be updated. To that end, Old City's National Liberty Museum on Thursday unveiled a new welcome center that bridges the gap between its exhibits and the concepts it promotes. Since 2000, it has been tasked with conveying a lofty ideal - "liberty" - in a historical district flush with museums, national landmarks, and other attractions. Gwen Borowsky, the museum's CEO, said the Welcome to Liberty Gallery would help visitors understand the museum's mission.
NEWS
September 16, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a tenuous cease-fire agreement remained in place Sunday between Ukraine forces and pro-Russian separatists, about 100 members of local Ukrainian, Russian, Lithuanian, and Georgian communities gathered near Independence Hall in Philadelphia to express solidarity with one another. The rally was held in protest of recent actions taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been accused of invading Ukraine on several fronts. Putin has denied the accusation, but media outlets have documented Russian soldiers in parts of the country.
NEWS
August 12, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Conn. - There is, most definitely, crying in baseball. As the players filed past one another for the post-game handshake, both the winners and the losers shed tears. And because many members of the victorious Taney Dragons and their opponents from Delaware had become close friends over the last 10 days, they hugged with surprising affection. But there was no question that the 8-0 win, which will take the Philadelphia upstart team to the Little League World Series, was overwhelmingly, deliriously sweet for the Taney kids, many of whom had been playing ball together since they were 5 or 6 years old. While the final out flashed on the scoreboard, they toppled over one another in a tangled heap on the field.
FOOD
July 11, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Next week, perhaps Tuesday, should see the opening of Independence Beer Garden , an ingenious use of the vast outdoor space ringing Dow Chemical's headquarters at Sixth and Market Streets, across from the Liberty Bell (215-922-7100). It's the old longtime home of Rohm & Haas. Michael Schulson, who owns Center City's Sampan and Atlantic City's Izakaya, commissioned Groundswell Design Group's David Fierabend to landscape the 20,000 square feet with trees, ivy-covered pergolas, two large bars (40 taps)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
FIRST THINGS FIRST. Here in Philly, we spell our signature sandwich in one word, not two. We sometimes shorten it to "steak. " You, know, like "Angel. " Or Whoopi. (We don't call it a "Philly. " You shouldn't, either.) Steak slingers operate all over town. They ply their wares "wit" or "witout" sauteed onions, with cheese - usually sharp provolone or gooey goldish "Whiz," as in "Cheez. " Add hot peppers for free. Here's a list of where to find 'em, in order of closest to the Con.   Really close * READING TERMINAL Gotta get one for breakfast?
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Goldstein sees momentum in the battle to legalize marijuana. As a paid blogger with NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and an activist who later worked on New Jersey's medical-marijuana law and Philadelphia's decriminalization bill, he has been caught up in a swirl of hearings, media conferences, and street theater for more than a decade. Goldstein, a 38-year-old Willingboro resident, says the groundwork has been laid. But for him, the effort came with an unanticipated setback.
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