March 12, 2012 |
At the Philadelphia International Flower Show, what goes up must come down. And in a hurry. At 6 sharp Sunday evening, an announcement came over the loudspeaker at the Convention Center, marking the end of another Flower Show. But for exhibitors, the last lap was just beginning. Cars, vans, and trucks were lined up on Race Street, waiting until 6:30 p.m., when the mad dash to take down exhibits and retrieve plants began. What took eight days to set up has to be gone by 8 a.m. Wednesday without so much as a shred of mulch left behind.
December 23, 1992 |
As the sleepy-eyed mass of humanity began to ooze out of the Court at King of Prussia Monday night, one man was cutting his way against the flow. From store to store. Nearly sprinting. Almost breathless. It was five minutes before 11. Five minutes before closing. And Larry Miller had six more shops to hit. But there was a method to Miller's shopping madness. "It took some planning," said Miller, 50, a psychiatrist from Bala Cynwyd. "Then I just did it. " What he did was go from shop to shop, eyeing what he wanted, spending his time leisurely, considering what to buy. Then, with only minutes - fast becoming seconds - left, he went into high gear.
September 21, 1994 |
Customer service. It's hardly a term small businesses use to describe the cumbersome, red- tape-filled federal government programs that provide loans and help to start- up companies. But Erskine Bowles, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said yesterday that the Clinton administration is changing that. Before a dozen small-business owners and local banking representatives at the Wharton Small Business Development Center, Bowles described what his agency is doing to streamline federal small-business loan programs.
November 9, 2000
We interrupt our non-stop election broadcasts to bring you news with serious implications for all forms of life on the planet, including Nader voters. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office (NEO) in California has detected an object "as big as an office building" on a trajectory that may cause it to crash into the Earth with devastating results. It might be a meteor. It might be a leftover Apollo booster. It might be an office-building-sized Hefty bag filled with decades' worth of shredded campaign promises.
February 7, 1994 |
North Penn's Joedy Johnson hits spurts where he says, "No one can stop me. " And it was unfortunate for Bensalem that the Knights' 6-foot, 1-inch junior guard hit such a spurt late in the third quarter of their game Friday night. Johnson scored 11 straight points to break open a tight game and the Knights eventually won by 63-55. With the victory, the Knights' record climbed to 9-9 overall and 5-5 in the Suburban One League's Patriot Division. Bensalem dropped to 6-11, 5-6. Johnson, who totaled 20 points and eight rebounds, finished the third period in the zone, when he hit three consecutive baskets, including a three- pointer at the buzzer, to push the Knights' lead to 10, at 52-42.
October 28, 2007
Greatest Generation My father served in World War I and my three brothers served in World War II, so when I, a retiree, decided to volunteer some of my spare time to a hospital, it seemed only logical that it should be the Veterans Administration Hospital. One cold and windy day last winter, I found myself waiting in the SEPTA shelter for the Number 42 bus, at 39th Street and Woodland Avenue, to take me home to Center City after my interview with the chief of voluntary service.
September 21, 2007 |
The bad comedy season continues with "Good Luck Chuck. " This one wants to be a sex farce with heart, like "Knocked Up" or "Wedding Crashers. " Absent anything near those films' comic richness or humanlike behavior, "Chuck" mainly relies on a handful of dirty scenes for its entertainment value. But the sex is better with good comedies, too. There also are penguins. It's that desperate. The film's key problem? It's not funny. But almost as fatal, "Chuck" can't even exploit its simple central premise right.
August 7, 1998 |
Rico Brogna was trying to make an out. Instead, he singled home the winning run. Oh, well, sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Brogna came to the plate in the top of the 11th inning yesterday at Qualcomm Stadium. Scott Rolen was on second base with nobody out. Trevor Hoffman, difficult enough to hit under the best of circumstances, was throwing his wicked pitches through distracting patterns of shadow and light. And, to top it all off, Brogna quickly found himself down 0-2. "I was basically just taking survival swings," Brogna said after the Phillies ended their seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the first-place Padres.
January 4, 1991 |
The St. Joseph's Hawks bombed Miami from the perimeter last night and came away with a 92-79 victory at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. A brilliant display of marksmanship by the Hawks in the first half - sprinkled with some solid defense - stunned the Hurricanes. Had it not been for a mad dash by Miami in the last eight minutes, the game would have been a laugher. After hitting 8 of 9 shots from three-point territory, St. Joseph's (2-7) took a 57-33 lead into the dressing room at halftime.
February 24, 1993 |
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN WHEN BRITISH GO FLAPHAPPY They were having a flippin' good time yesterday in Olney, England, where a 30-year-old phys-ed teacher flipped her flapjack first to win the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race. Lesley Byrne, who won the 415-yard pancake race between the marketplace and SS. Peter and Paul Church in 1988 and 1989, was met at the finish line by her 14-month-old son, Cameron. "It means I can retire now because you only win three times," Byrne said.