April 25, 2010 |
When historians celebrating the next Penn Relays milestone for longevity start compiling highlights of the previous 100-plus years, the anchor leg run Saturday by Usain Bolt at Franklin Field will be at or near the top of the list. Bolt, the world's fastest man, thrilled the chanting and cheering crowd of 54,310 that packed every corner of the ancient stadium with a magnificent performance that carried the Jamaica Gold team to victory in the "USA vs. the World" 4x100-meter relay. "Well, the crowd always has been wonderful," Bolt said after his first race at Penn since 2005.
June 14, 1996 |
What's eight months old, 100 feet tall and conducts a heck of a lot of electricity? The almost-new police communications tower, as police discovered when a bolt of lightning hit the tower during Wednesday's deluge. The direct hit knocked out phone lines, disrupting emergency services and causing chaos at headquarters. No 911 calls could get through to the station, Lt. Gordon Simes said. But it took only four minutes for officers to switch to a backup system that routed calls to police dispatchers in nearby Lower Gwynedd, he said.
May 16, 2000 |
A lone excavating-machine operator plowed his way through wooden debris and brick at the Penn Brooke Gardens apartment complex yesterday, remnants of Saturday's lightning strike and the subsequent fire that destroyed one building, damaged the roof of a second, and left 17 people homeless. Property managers at the complex in the 100 block of Church Road took pictures of smashed wood and charred roofing material as residents sat on porches overlooking yellow police tape and plastic orange fencing.
July 4, 2005
To honor Franklin, remove bridge statue As Philadelphia prepares to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, can't the city do something to get rid of that piece of junk on the Philly end of the Ben Franklin Bridge? I mean the lightning-bolt "sculpture. " I guess it's supposed to be a tribute to Franklin, but no one would know it. It does nothing to honor the inventor-revolutionary-statesman, and, worse, it makes the city look bad. In case you're not sure, Lightning Bolt is that 101-foot-tall, skinny, crooked piece of metal out there.
August 14, 1997 |
A two-alarm fire believed to have been caused by a lightning bolt during last night's violent thunderstorm burned through two units at the Waterford Apartments on Park Boulevard and Kings Highway. Firefighters from Haddonfield and Maple Shade assisted the Cherry Hill Fire Department in battling the blaze at Building 47 at 100 Park Boulevard. It was reported at 8:38 p.m. and was declared under control by 9:20 p.m. The fire started in a second-floor apartment and spread through vents and the ceiling, said Cherry Hill Fire Chief Gerald F. Grover.
August 29, 1986
I found Stephan Salisbury's article regarding the Franklin Institute's "Sale of the stacks" to be thorough and well balanced. However, it came too late and may have been better placed closer to the obituary page. The trustees of the Franklin Institute no doubt have a very different outlook from their paneled room. I believe those persons we trust to steer this pillar of our community have failed us. They found an easy avenue and took it, quick cash from the "promotion of the mechanic arts.
October 27, 1987 |
Clearly, Ben Franklin was having a ball. There he sat at a table in what can only be described as a speakeasy, watching a couple of flappers dance the Charleston while a third whispered sweet somethings into his ear. When the music stopped (the number was "I Want to Be Loved by You"), Ben Franklin, eyes a-twinkle, thumped the stage with his cane and cried, "More!" Never satisfied. Things haven't changed a bit with Old Ben. This was Friday at the Mummers Museum, Second Street and Washington Avenue, where the company of a revue called Philadelphia Melody was going through a touch-up rehearsal for today's opening performance.
October 24, 2013 |
When Pearl Jam performed "Wishlist," a song from 1998's Yield , during its three-hour sold-out show at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, Eddie Vedder added some lyrics not in the original. "My only wish is to wish for nothing," the leader of the enduring Seattle band sang. "Who could ask for more than that?" Then, before pushing off to "Sirens" from the sturdy new mortality-contemplating Lightning Bolt , Vedder, 48, elaborated on his Zen grunge idea. He told of being a 15-year-old "idiot" who used to grind up cheap speed pills known as "Black Beauties" on his first Fender Stratocaster.
January 12, 2007 |
Just days after the Rev. Pat Robertson claimed on the Jan. 2 edition of The 700 Club program that God warned him of "mass killings" in the United States late in 2007, God held a rare news conference to deny having spoken to the controversial televangelist. For the usually publicity-shy King of the Universe, the news conference held at the Chicago Airport Marriott signaled a sharp break with tradition. But appearing before the press in His trademark flowing robes and white beard, and carrying what appeared to be a lightning bolt, God said He decided to convene the extraordinary press briefing because "I had to set the record straight about this.
December 20, 2002 |
The New England Patriots placed starting cornerback Otis Smith on injured reserve and released defensive tackle Steve Martin yesterday. Both players are former Eagles who also used to play for the New York Jets, the Patriots' opponent Sunday night. Smith, 37, sustained a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of New England's 24-7 loss at Tennessee on Monday night. He started 13 of the team's 14 games and had two interceptions. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one. With Smith out for the season, his spot could be taken by Terrell Buckley, the primary backup at cornerback.