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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
August 5, 2016
By Paul Halpern Conventional wisdom suggests that Philadelphia is known for wisdom at conventions - particularly the ones that shaped our nation in the 18th century. Visitors flock to the city to see Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Carpenters' Hall, and other places where the Founding Fathers convened to debate the direction of American democracy. The Liberty Bell, perhaps the city's most famous attraction, symbolizes that fledgling era and its emerging freedoms. One of the reasons that the contemporary Democratic convention was set here was to tap into that rich tradition.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Staff Writer
The Museum of the American Revolution, whose building at Third and Chestnut Streets has been under construction for two years, plans to announce Thursday that it will open its doors to the public April 19, 2017 - the 242nd anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, considered the opening of hostilities between Britain and its North American colonies. When the smoke cleared following those nasty Massachusetts skirmishes so long ago, 122 fighters on both sides had lost their lives, and the colonies were launched on a revolutionary road that would not reach the goal of independence for eight arduous years.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
IF THE POP-UP of crocuses heralds spring, then the pop-up of beer gardens ushers in the summer season. Temporary outdoor restaurants, many using off-premises catering permits, have been all the rage in Philadelphia for the last several years during the warm weather, providing a social outlet for patrons and new revenue streams for savvy restaurateurs and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The PHS, which launched the pop-up era in 2013 by opening a garden in a vacant lot on South Broad Street, this year again will headline two locations - on South Street near 15th (its third year)
FOOD
May 20, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
If the pop-up of crocuses heralds spring, then the pop-up of beer gardens ushers in the summer season. Temporary outdoor restaurants, many using off-premises catering permits, have been all the rage in Philadelphia for the last several years during the warm weather, providing a social outlet for patrons and new revenue streams for savvy restaurateurs and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The PHS, which launched the pop-up era in 2013 by opening a garden in a vacant lot on South Broad Street, this year again will headline two locations - on South Street near 15th (its third year)
NEWS
April 2, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
A national coalition aiming to improve democracy by taking big money out of politics and expanding voting rights is kicking off a 10-day march to Washington with a rally outside the Liberty Bell on Saturday. Organizers of what is being called "Democracy Spring" said the nonviolent, family-friendly rally will begin at 10 a.m. with speeches and music. Scheduled speakers include Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard University law professor who briefly ran for president but dropped out of the Democratic primary race in December after the debate rules changed; actress Gaby Hoffmann, known for her roles in the TV series Girls and Transparent ; and Kai Newkirk, campaign director of Democracy Spring.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2016 | By Elliott Sharp, For The Inquirer
Bonnie Raitt entered the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on Friday with a comment about the lovely spring night in Philadelphia and the season's propensity for "raging hormones" - and then the country blues-rock legend raged through a wonderfully alluring two-hour set of songs old and new. Raitt started the party with her sizzling cover of INXS's "Need You Tonight," which appears on the 66-year-old's fantastic new studio album, Dig in Deep , her...
TRAVEL
March 28, 2016
In our global travels, we'll often visit a city and uncover sights that surprise the locals. They are either unaware of an attraction hiding in plain sight, or have simply never gotten around to seeing it. Larissa's mother, who was born and raised in New York City, didn't visit the Statue of Liberty until we took her there when she was 65. We were no different when we lived in Philadelphia. Sure, we had seen the "greatest hits" of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, but other unique destinations wound up on an ever-growing list of places we should see someday.
NEWS
February 25, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
The LOVE is gone. At least, it's gone from what is officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza. Workers moved the plaza's iconic LOVE statue Tuesday morning across the street to the northwest corner of Dilworth Park, where it will stay for the next year while what everyone knows as LOVE Park undergoes a $16.5 million face-lift. LOVE was in the air for a few hours, with workers first hoisting artist Robert Indiana's statue onto a forklift around 8 a.m. It sat there, blocking most of the sidewalk, until close to 10 a.m., as most passersby bustled by unaware, heads down or buried beneath umbrellas to dodge the steady cold rain.
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.
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