February 17, 2004 |
First, there was the phone call that went unreturned. Now there's the news conference that went missed. The rift between Mayor Street and Gov. Rendell continued yesterday with reporters taking note that Street was not in attendance at the governor's afternoon news conference. Held at the Independence Blue Cross building at 19th and Market Streets, the event was Rendell's attempt to push for passage of his gambling legislation as a way of lowering taxes. Just two City Council members - all were invited - ventured out on the Presidents' Day holiday to show Rendell support.
March 30, 2000 |
President Clinton yesterday endorsed a campaign-finance proposal from Vice President Gore but passed up an opportunity to echo Gore's confession that he made mistakes in how he raised money during their 1996 reelection campaign. Clinton said that he knew nothing about fund-raising abuses by the Democratic Party in 1996 and that the White House moved quickly to correct things once they were disclosed. "I was outraged when I found out that the system for checking the backgrounds of contributors and things like that had been dismantled without my knowledge or approval," Clinton said.
October 24, 1998 |
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and U.S. Rep. Jon Fox stood side by side, virtually alone in a soybean and wheat field at the edge of Valley Forge National Historical Park yesterday, their backs to the sun and hundreds of acres. The Republicans, less than two weeks away from Election Day, were there to announce their proposal to establish a national cemetery out of 100 acres of the park. They chose the site at the end of Camiel Drive, just off Pawlings Road in Audubon, for their news conference because it is one that is under consideration.
November 9, 1998 |
After the game, Detroit coach Bobby Ross had angry eyes, hard blue and dead-cold serious. He was fuming, incensed that his 2-7 Lions had lost yet another game because of their own errors. They could have won - he knew it - instead of collapsing at Veterans Stadium yesterday and losing to the Eagles, 10-9. It pained him to know how close they had come, and at his first chance to vent publicly, oh, he let loose. He laid the blame squarely on his players, a bold move for a coach who, like Eagles coach Ray Rhodes, has seen too many games lost on mistakes.
March 23, 1994 |
Under fire from Republicans, House Democratic leaders agreed yesterday to plan hearings on the Whitewater case. A Clinton aide said a presidential news conference to clear the air on Whitewater was under serious consideration. After a closed-door meeting by leaders of the two parties, the House voted 408-15 to discuss ground rules for hearings that would examine ties between a failed Arkansas savings and loan and a real estate venture formerly owned in part by the Clintons.
January 4, 2008 |
Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson retires today, reaching the end of a highly decorated 43-year career with the Philadelphia Police Department, which he led for the last eight years. While plans include a send-off by his inner circle, Johnson finalized his legacy yesterday in his own way - with an afternoon news conference in which he reported violent crime is down. He also praised the department and blasted the media for what he called "irresponsible" coverage. And, he said, although he's retiring, he's not leaving.
October 28, 2000 |
Parents, teachers and union supporters joined yesterday in the struggle to improve working conditions for striking Head Start employees in South Jersey. "It's all about the children," Janet Murphy, a group teacher from Vineland, said during a news conference at United Auto Workers Local 2327 in Vineland. "We're here for the love of the children, but we want better working conditions for us. " A strike that began Wednesday morning has spread to nine of 11 Tri-County Community Action's Head Start centers.
October 8, 1994 |
President Clinton jumped into the fall campaign yesterday, casting congressional elections and his own 1996 race as a choice between returning to Reagan-era economic policies or continuing with his agenda. Under siege by Republicans and shunned by some members of his own party, Clinton gave a spirited defense of his record. "We have to stay on this course," Clinton said during a White House news conference. "If we change course . . . and decide that instead of investing in education, expanding trade and empowering the inner cities and poor people, we're going to explode the deficit, give another tax cut we can't pay for and cut Medicare . . . we'll be going in the wrong direction.
April 23, 1995 |
Newsweek magazine, in its TV-Radio section of Feb. 6, 1961, called it a "momentous conference," opening "a new era in political communication. " And Marie Torre, the television critic of the now-defunct New York Herald Tribune, applauded it as a "historic event as well as a vital development in the area of democracy in action. " Newsweek and Torre were raving about the first-ever live televised presidential news conference, which President John F. Kennedy conducted beginning at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25, 1961.
September 2, 1994 |
Three days after the brazen killing of University of Pennsylvania graduate student Al-Moez Alimohamed, Penn president Judith Rodin and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell got together yesterday on a West Philadelphia street corner and held a news conference. They praised each other highly. "We are thankful to have such a great leader among us," Blackwell said of Rodin, who took over at Penn on July 1. Rodin thanked Blackwell for being there, spoke of entering into a partnership with her and other West Philadelphia leaders, and said, "I cannot express too greatly our gratitude to the City of Philadelphia for how quickly they reacted in this case and for their support.