March 3, 2000 |
The steps are careful and the symbolism compelling for the Rev. William J. Shaw, the West Philadelphia pastor elected to clean up a national scandal. "No surprises," Shaw understated this week when asked what he found upon taking office last September as the president of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc. "I knew things were in a real state of disrepair. " Shaw, pastor of White Rock Baptist Church, 53rd and Chestnut streets, has worked quietly to restore spirituality, credibility and financial accountability in a sprawling organization of uncounted millions - quite literally - of black Baptists.
April 25, 1986 |
A British businessman working for an American firm was shot and killed as he left his home outside Lyons in central France today, police said. Kenneth Marston, 43, was managing director of the French subsidiary of Black and Decker, the power tool company. A caller to an international news agency in Lyons, later played a recorded message in French saying: "We will destroy all American and English imperialist interests in the world, wherever they are. " The beginning of the message containing the name of the organization could not be heard because the tape started too soon, but the word "Arab" was audible.
May 8, 1989
Conventional wisdom has it that there are only two ways to solve the city's budget problems. You either raise taxes or slash services. The "It's YOUR Money" series offers a third - cutting out abuse and folly wherever it is, so wasted money can be used to provide services without increasing taxes. Another example arose at City Council budget hearings on the prisons. Councilwoman Joan Specter asked Prison Superintendent Edmund H. Lyons if it's true the prisons spent about $500,000 annually on overtime, primarily because a prison guards' shift ends at 11 p.m., just as prisoners are being locked up for the night.
October 20, 1999 |
Good things come to those who wait. Even to those who wait seemingly forever. Lou Biester, 51, who first became associated with John Bartram High's basketball program half his life ago, is the new varsity coach. He succeeds Cal Richardson, who quit after six seasons. Biester, who teaches social studies in Bartram's communications annex, 81st and Lyons streets, started as a volunteer assistant in the 1973-74 season under the now-deceased Jack Farrell. With Farrell's backing, Biester later formed a 10th-grade team and played a patchwork schedule against assorted suburban and Catholic schools.
November 8, 2011 |
Forever 'Champ' Joe Frazier relished the role he played. Bill Lyon, D1.
August 23, 2003 |
Joseph P. Smith has a hoop dream. At age 62, he isn't expecting to play in the NBA. His dream is one part altruism and four parts business scheme. This Clifton Heights entrepreneur is sponsoring half a dozen players from Africa - most of them in their mid-20s and with NBA dreams of their own - whose raw basketball skills he hopes can be polished and purveyed to pro teams. It's a long shot, according to basketball experts, but Smith isn't dismayed to hear that. After two decades in places such as Mali and Burkina Faso looking for diamonds and gold, and still waiting for the big payoff, he is used to long odds.
March 1, 1989 |
City Prisons Superintendent Edmund H. Lyons will leave his post in June after serving the prison system during a troubled time in which criminal charges have been lodged against employees and federal court has applied pressure to reduce overcrowding. Lyons, 63, joined the system in 1950 and rose through the ranks from correction officer, becoming superintendent in 1978. He retired in 1980 but returned as superintendent in June 1987. Lyons told the prison system's board of trustees last fall that he wanted to retire this summer.
October 23, 2008 |
Tessa Lyons, perhaps Southeastern Pennsylvania's most recognizable girls' tennis player, has been simply unbeatable. The Strath Haven junior's latest show of dominance came yesterday at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Philadelphia. Lyons took a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Radnor's Lauren Bridges in the PIAA District 1 Class AAA singles' final. Not only did Lyons win her second consecutive district title, but she improved to 17-0 on the season. Yesterday also marked Lyons' third victory this season over Bridges, her close friend and stiffest competitor.
January 25, 2010 |
Marlyne Indelicato Lyons, 71, of Wallingford, a science editor and musician, died Thursday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a 12-year battle with ovarian cancer. A native of Schenectady, N.Y., Mrs. Lyons graduated from Mildred Elley College in Albany, N.Y. She then worked at General Electric in Schenectady, where she met James E. Lyons. They married in 1963. She and her husband, a research chemist, moved to the Philadelphia area when he took a position with Sun Oil Co. While raising their children, she was chairwoman of the Nether Providence Elementary PTO. She was a transcriptionist at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media in the 1970s and later edited articles for scientific publications from her home office.
November 22, 2013 |
Sister Josephine Mary Lyons, 84, an elementary-school teacher for 25 years, died Sunday, Nov. 17, of heart failure at McAuley Convent in Merion. Sister Josephine Mary attended St. Carthage School in West Philadelphia and graduated from West Catholic High School for Girls in 1947. She spent two years as a typist before entering the Sisters of Mercy in September 1949. She professed her vows in 1952. During a quarter-century as a teacher, Sister Josephine Mary taught every grade from first through seventh.