November 20, 1997 |
David Reid, that shy little Philadelphia boy from Marston Street who grew up to be an Olympic gold-medal boxer, is knocking 'em out as a pro now, in and out of the ring. It took him less than a minute to knock out Jorge Vaca in his last fight. Before that, it was over in Round 2, and Round 2 before that - four knockouts in five fights. And these aren't stiffs. Vaca was a former world champion with a 57-18-1 record. The combined records of the other four opponents: 42-2-1. And give Reid another knockout for yesterday's news conference here at the Trump Taj Majal, where he fights Saturday night in the top undercard bout of the George Foreman-Shannon Briggs heavyweight feature (HBO, 10 p.m.)
April 27, 2000 |
Michael Grant and Lennox Lewis arrived at Madison Square Garden minutes apart yesterday, both more than hour late for their final pre-fight news conference. But there was no hurry. Neither had anything new to say about Saturday night's fight. And reporters had nothing new to ask. It didn't matter because no one could hear amid the noise and confusion anyhow. There were about 200 media representatives present, about half of them legitimate. Lewis and Grant, who clash at the Garden sometime before midnight Saturday, tried to be heard above the babble, but not even microphones helped.
April 13, 1995 |
Joe Montana, the legendary quarterback who has won a Super Bowl or two or three or four, plans to tell the world Tuesday what he plans to do with the rest of his amazing life. It is becoming ever more certain that Montana will announce at a news conference at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco that he will stop playing football for a living. International Management Group, the company that represents the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, issued a statement yesterday that said, in full: "Peter Johnson of IMG, Joe Montana's agent, today confirmed reports that Montana will appear at a press conference on Tuesday, April 18, to discuss his future plans.
December 27, 2007 |
Anthony Morelli has dodged a rush of reporters again. The Penn State quarterback did not attend yesterday's Alamo Bowl news conference, leaving the offensive players who showed up with the task of explaining his whereabouts instead of talking about how the Nittany Lions plan to deal with Texas A&M on Saturday. Because it has been 46 days since Morelli last met with the media - on Nov. 10, after Penn State beat Temple, 31-0 - the remaining Lions braced for the "Where's Anthony?"
April 23, 1995 |
Just a day after an all-but-forgotten President Clinton felt compelled to insist that he remained relevant, the bombing in Oklahoma City proved it. Since Wednesday, he has been the voice of the nation, his sometimes choking voice expressing sympathy for the victims, his steely gaze personalizing the anger at the criminals. His administration has moved quickly and decisively, helping the rescue effort, searching for suspects. Speaking after the first arrest Friday afternoon, he assured the country: "We will solve this crime in its entirety.
March 29, 1992 |
Before the fancy apartment in the Wanamaker House, there was the rundown brownstone on stately St. James Place. For years, neighbors there knew Ed Savitz only too well. When the "For Sale" sign went up on the house on St. James two years ago, they waited a few months, then worked up the nerve to tour the place that had for so long attracted a parade of street-wise young men. Even now, it is the basement of the mild actuary's property that sticks in the mind of one woman.
October 17, 2007 |
The 12-year-old sister of one of the men charged with plotting to attack Fort Dix alleges that she was punched and choked during an apparent bias incident at her Cherry Hill school, according to an Islamic civil rights group and the girl's family. The sister of Mohamad Shnewer, one of six men arrested in May in connection with the alleged terrorist plot, was punched and choked at the Carusi Middle School on Sept. 19, said the girl's older sister and a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations at a news conference yesterday.
August 7, 2015 |
POPEPOCALYPSE. Popeageddon. Popenado. Popetastrophe. Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia was all cotton candy and rainbows until a June 16 news conference concerning transportation during his visit. That's when Philadelphians became apopeplectic. Cars will "not be a viable option," officials said. SEPTA's Regional Rail service would be "truncated drastically," they said. "Be prepared to walk at least a few miles, or more," they said. But what people heard was: Time to freak out. Philadelphians' fears were little assuaged by a news conference yesterday that detailed a 3-square-mile "traffic box" around Center City and West Philly and by news of the closures of the Ben Franklin Bridge and parts of Interstates 76 and 676. Frank Farley, a professor of psychology at Temple University and former president of the American Psychological Association, said telling people you're going to limit their mobility can affect their psyches, especially American psyches.
June 29, 2000 |
President Clinton said yesterday that he probably would sign a bill to allow the sale of food and medicine to Cuba if Congress approves it, a move that would ease sanctions that have been in place nearly 40 years. Before he committed himself to an agreement reached Tuesday by House Republicans, however, Clinton said he needed to make sure that the measure did not tie the hands of U.S. presidents in conducting foreign policy and that it did not place new restrictions on travel to Cuba.
July 23, 1993 |
Seth Joyner's mouth, that AK-47 of verbal warfare, fired blanks yesterday. The Eagles linebacker - his head newly shaved, his eyes shaded by dark glasses - made several critical comments about the team at his first news conference of the preseason, but he left no trail of devastating sound bites. Two days after coach Rich Kotite issued a gag rule, threatening to fine any player a game-day salary for derogatory statements about the club, Joyner's paycheck remained intact. "It's not going to make a difference anyway because the gag is really illegal.