January 28, 2013 |
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.
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.
January 27, 1995 |
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.
April 14, 2002 |
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.
September 12, 1998 |
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.
September 24, 1987 |
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.
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.
July 3, 1987 |
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.
April 26, 1987 |
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.
April 23, 1989 |
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)