October 14, 2014 |
THREE DAYS in October will define the rest of Steven L. Pratt's life. The first day was Oct. 11, 1984, when Pratt was just 15 and put a bullet in his next-door neighbor's brain in Atlantic City after a fight his mother, Gwendolyn Pratt, had broken up earlier in their apartment there. The second day, Friday, held out hope for promise because Pratt was released from Bayside State Prison after serving almost exactly 30 years for that murder. But on the final day, yesterday, authorities say Pratt killed his mother.
July 13, 2013 |
This piece of financial common sense might appear to be elementary: Never give out your ATM personal identification number. But if you're Michael Anderson, it's not so elementary. Anderson, 31, of Merion, has cerebral palsy. Who but someone with Anderson's PIN could withdraw money for a man who uses a wheelchair and has limited use of his hands? And yes, he's been robbed by one of his attendants. Susan Tachau has seen this time and time again with many of her clients - and several times with Anderson, who is her son. As Tachau has counseled people with disabilities, she has discovered cases in which they have been ripped off and failed to realize it until their accounts have been emptied.
August 6, 2000 |
Michael Anderson had to wait a week instead the usual few minutes to execute his nerve-jangling shot, but it was worth it. After a seven-day, storm-induced delay, Anderson won the club championship at Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham. Anderson, 42, defeated former club champion John Robinson by four strokes in the 54-hole event. It was Anderson's first win at Commonwealth. Anderson, of Horsham, and Robinson were tied after 50 holes, and both had hit their approach shots to the left of the green on the 51st hole when thunderstorms stopped play.
July 13, 1999 |
Only days after being selected, Michael Anderson has backed out of the $55,000-a-year post of township police chief. Anderson, who spent last week familiarizing himself with the 15-member department, decided over the weekend that he would not take the job. He had not yet signed a contract or been sworn in, and Sara Lynn Petrosky, the township commissioners president, said he would not be paid for his work. Two factors weighed in his decision, Anderson said: Not finding a house he liked in the township and his family's unhappiness in moving from their current home in Cinnaminson.
October 4, 1993 |
Sydney Maree has competed all over the world and has set numerous track records. Yesterday, he competed in the Radnor 5-mile Run and was challenged, although he won. Maree, 37, won the 16th annual run in 24 minutes, 40 seconds. Michael Anderson, 15 years younger than Maree, finished seven seconds back and was on Maree's heels throughout the race. "When I caught up to Sydney at the two-mile point, I told him that I was a big fan of his," said Anderson, who was no match for Maree when it came to the hills.
October 20, 1992 |
Michael Anderson, the kid from Drexel who has been trying since 1988-89 to make a home for himself in the NBA, is trying one more time. He was in Los Angeles yesterday, watching the 76ers practice, waiting until he clears waivers today, hoping to sign in time to be eligible for tonight's preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sixers, suddenly guard-thin, needed a body, and Anderson was more than willing. Even though the Sixers had cut him last Friday, the day before their preseason opener.
May 28, 1992 |
Michael Anderson's 23 points led six Philadelphia players in double figures as the Spirit defeated Tampa Bay, 102-92, in a United States Basketball League game last night in Tampa, Fla. The win was the fourth straight for the Spirit (6-3), which also got 20 points from Roy Marble and 15 from Tim Legler. Nate Johnston had 23 points and eight rebounds for Tampa Bay. It was the first time in franchise history that an opponent failed to score 100 points against the Spirit, now in its second year.
May 22, 1992 |
Antwon Harmon and Harold Ellis scored 18 points each to lead the Atlanta Eagles to a 123-112 victory over the Philadelphia Spirit in a USBL game last night in Atlanta. For the Spirit (2-3), the loss started a five-game road trip. Michael Anderson and Roy Marble each scored 20 points for the Spirit, and Tim Legler added nine. Atlanta is 4-2.
July 8, 1991 |
The Philadelphia Spirit bounced back from its first loss of the season to defeat the Suncoast Sunblasters, 106-103, in a United States Basketball League game last night. The Spirit trailed, 101-97, with just over three minutes left when Tony Costner scored on a layup to cut the Sunblasters' lead to two. Michael Anderson then converted a Tim Legler steal to tie the game with 2:21 remaining. Anderson, who finished with a game-high 24 points, converted another layup with 1:51 left to put the Spirit (12-1)
June 13, 1991 |
It was time to start the first home game in the history of the Philadelphia Spirit at Holy Family College last night, but game times can be negotiable things. The owner of the new United States Basketball League franchise smiled and mentioned to the team's general manager that there was no rush, that people were still entering the gym. Some were probably Michael Anderson's relatives. "I've got my mom and pop, nieces, nephews, friends," said Anderson, ticking off the guest list for his first home appearance as a pro since he played for the the USBL's Philadelphia Aces in the summer of 1988 after finishing a stellar career at Drexel.