August 9, 2010 |
As he vacuumed new carpeting in a soon-to-be-unveiled meeting room inside the greatly expanded Convention Center, Pat Taylor felt a sense of accomplishment. "It looks really nice," Taylor, 18, of Downingtown, said as he paused in his work, looked up, and surveyed a room that just three months ago was still taking shape. "It feels great that we can make a room like this beautiful," said Taylor, a member of Laborers Union Local 57. The $786 million expansion of the center - described as the city's "dream house" when it was being developed two decades ago - is 87 percent complete, on track, and on budget for its highly anticipated March debut, said Joe Resta, project executive for the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, which is overseeing the expansion.
December 30, 2008 |
At precisely 10 p.m. Saturday at the American Philosophical Association's sprawling conference in the Philadelphia Marriott - the annual mass gathering of those who practice the world's oldest non-conclusive profession - a philosophical point was made. Evondra Acevedo, the academic group's employment coordinator, had announced that the "Candidates' Room," where graduate students and others apply for teaching jobs, was closed for the night. She'd been going since 3 p.m. A sign announced that the room would close at 10 p.m. She asked the 11 candidates still seeking service to come back in the morning.
December 7, 2005
Decades later, head injury's effects still felt I agree with the editorial "Heads up on head injuries" on Nov. 26, and I am living proof to the long-term effects of a concussion. My concussion did not occur during a sporting event. Ten days short of my 10th birthday, in 1974, I was hit by a car in front of my house. I spent three days in the hospital and an additional week out of school. To this day, I suffer from bouts of depression, chronic fatigue, and difficulties with memory.
January 1, 2001 |
The war is raging all around as Bob Hranek peruses the map of the vast European battlefield. He does not like what he sees. His ships in the North Atlantic have been destroyed, a blitz launched by his pilots has failed, and the Allies have amassed a formidable force of men, tanks and planes in eastern Poland. The outcome of the war, he knows, is likely to be decided on the march to Moscow, and the odds are against him and the German army he commands. Not ready to surrender, he picks up a die and drops it into a cardboard box. It tumbles for a second before settling on a five.
October 13, 1999 |
Bigger than life? Wilt Chamberlain certainly was that. Big enough to make the NBA change its rules on goaltending and the width of the lane. Big enough to overshadow Muhammad Ali on a television stage. Big enough to make commercials when a point had to be made. But bigger than 7 feet, 1 1/16 inches tall? Nah. The supreme test of his height took place in 1980, when Chamberlain returned to Philadelphia to be honored along with the 76ers' 1966-67 team as the greatest in NBA history, part of the league's 35th anniversary celebration.
August 26, 1999 |
Dozens of people were prevented from entering the meeting room at Community College of Philadelphia because several hundred were already packed inside. They came to talk and shout and argue about the thousands of cars and the tens of thousands of people that would be descending upon their Broad and Spring Garden neighborhood should the Phillies be allowed to build their new stadium on that site. Dozens. Hundreds. Thousands. Tens of thousands. And, in many ways, an audience of one - Councilman Darrell L. Clarke.
June 8, 1999 |
More than a month has passed since 13 developers submitted land-use proposals for the Haverford State Hospital site to the Haverford Authority, an appointed township board that will eventually recommend uses for the land. Tonight, the authority will meet to discuss the plans for the first time. Residents hoping to discover details of the proposals will have to wait at least a little longer, though. Authority Chairman Fred Moran, who announced the meeting only Friday afternoon, said the discussion would likely focus on procedures for evaluating the proposals, not the proposals themselves.
May 28, 1999 |
Quakers, the first European residents of this old riverfront community, worshiped weekly for 313 years in their red-brick meetinghouse on High Street until it closed in 1991. The meeting, the region's oldest, was organized in 1678, four years before William Penn sailed from England for his first visit to the New World. An older building, a hexagonal brick structure, existed for 100 years until it was torn down and a larger meetinghouse was built on High Street in 1783. But by 1991, there were fewer than 10 members, and in Quaker terminology, Burlington Friends Meeting was "laid down.
March 23, 1999 |
Lisa Boucher, 12, had one question for the Board of Supervisors last night: Why did the township tear down the batting cage she and about 700 other girls from the Newtown Square Petticoat League have used for two years to practice their swing? "They took it down and didn't even ask first," Lisa said as she squeezed into the crowded meeting room. "It wasn't very fair. " Holding signs that read "Why us?" and "Please put our batting cage back," more than 250 residents joined Lisa to find out who gave permission for the cage to be torn down March 12. Speaking for the board last night, Chairwoman Sherry L. Smyth said, "We do not want to cast blame tonight.
September 3, 1998 |
The bad old days of the 1998 preseason are behind these Eagles. Now they face the 16 games that matter, along with the uncertainty and anxiety that linger in the air like cheap cigar smoke. Coach Ray Rhodes attempted to draw a line in the sand - or at least on the erasable board in the meeting room - for his players. "We had a team meeting about what time it is now," Rhodes said. "We're going to start this thing up right. I think everybody got the message. It's going to change.