June 10, 2003
WE CAN'T say we're all that surprised at John Perzel's latest scheme to fix the Pennsylvania Convention Center - install slots there. Seems like the endless revenues of slot machines could be the answer to almost everything that ails us in Pennsylvania. Why stop at the Convention Center? Why not install them in schools, right next to the Coke machines, and let the kids pay for their own education? We could put slots in the local pharmacies and forget about having to come up with a Medicare prescription drug benefit.
November 23, 1988 |
The Eagles have given up more yards than any NFL team this season, they have done the poorest job of protecting their quarterback, they have been outscored, 90-45, in the first quarter, and their rushing game has been in no particular hurry. Their best wide receiver has been injured and unavailable for the past seven weeks, their so-called franchise player is gaining 2.7 yards per carry, and their sack total is down 31 percent from a year ago. So how is it possible that these same Eagles are tied for first place in the NFC East and are thinking and talking and maybe even planning for their first playoff appearance since 1981?
June 5, 2009
IN 2004, THE Building Industry Association of Philadelphia commissioned "If You Fix It, They Will Come," a report detailing the city's confusing and complex development process. The report, produced by Karen Black of May 8 Consulting, identified many of the reforms for zoning and planning that are now being addressed by the zoning reform commission. Here is a graphic depiction from the report of the 28 steps required to get the permits and approval required to build a project in the city.
May 26, 1993 |
No, the Philadelphian who led Union troops at Gettysburg was not Thacher Longstreth. It wasn't Ulysses S. Grant, either. These were only two of the imaginative answers to what we thought was a pretty easy question. It was Gen. George G. Meade. Callowhill Street was not named in honor of "Wild Bill Callowhill" or "Benny Hill, a callow fellow," as readers suggested. It honored the family of William Penn's second wife, Hannah Callowhill Penn. Our first Poor Ronald's Philadelphia History and Trivia Quiz, published May 17, proved again that nobody is perfect.
September 13, 1999
A Philadelphia favorite son earned new prominence on the national stage last week when the Rev. William J. Shaw was elected president of the National Baptist Convention USA. Rev. Shaw is the pastor of West Philadelphia's White Rock Baptist Church and has long served as a board member for numerous Philadelphia hospital, religious and charitable organizations. Now he has the opportunity to put his skills to work rebuilding the prestige of one of the nation's oldest and largest African American denominations.
October 29, 2003 |
We live in a costume backwater or, more appropriately, a musty attic. Past & Present in Mount Airy sells Clinton, Jay Leno and Santana. O'Byrne Costumes in the Northeast has Howard Stern and Clinton. Stern's in Wayne has Nixon, both Reagans and Gorbachev. Nixon? Gorbachev? Why not Herbert Hoover? If a 10-year-old wants to be Arnold the Governator or a 30-year-old wishes to be a slash-happy Kill Bill Uma Thurman or a 50-year-old dreams of going out tippling as a vodka-empowered Liza Minnelli, they're out of luck - unless they have a gift for makeup or are deft with latex and a glue gun. Manhattan, the New York Times reports, has Arnold masks and Matrix costumes.
May 17, 1996 |
Pat Croce doesn't gamble. "I believe in leveraged risk," the 76ers' president said. And luck. "Call it luck, God's will, fate, whatever," Croce said, looking ahead to Sunday's NBA draft lottery in Secaucus, N.J. "I'm lucky I'm healthy, lucky that I have the family I have, lucky to have the seat I'm sitting in, lucky that Harold Katz was in a selling mode and that I was the one who precipitated it. "I'm even lucky the Sixers...
October 21, 1998 |
Kirkbride Elementary School pupils in Philadelphia created cards yesterday to wish Sen. John Glenn good luck on his Oct. 29 mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Epson America is making a national bus tour to let children use its printers to make the cards.
October 8, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - All Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne wanted to do was honor coach Chuck Pagano the best way they knew how - by winning. The two biggest playmakers on Indy's offense teamed up in the second half, wiping out an 18-point halftime deficit and hooking up on a 4-yard TD pass with 35 seconds left to give the Colts a stunning, 30-27 victory over Green Bay. It was a wild finish to a challenging week, and a win interim coach Bruce Arians called...
November 28, 2000 |
Chang Ho Choi, 50, blamed his bad luck on his Olney home, so he tried to burn it down on Jan. 22, 1998, said the prosecutor. But Choi's bad luck continued. For one thing, he botched the 1:30 a.m. job, said Assistant District Attorney Joseph Casey yesterday. After pouring gasoline behind a gas range in the kitchen, the vapors were ignited by the pilot light from the broiler, and there was a minor explosion, Casey said. Choi, his wife and two sons were not hurt. Arson was suspected immediately, but Choi wasn't arrested until last year.