March 16, 1987 |
When telephone experts working with an auto-parts company detected frequent long-distance calls to a Midwestern university, they suggested installing a direct line to cut costs. The problem was the company didn't do business with the university. An investigation uncovered a lovelorn secretary making one-hour calls to her boyfriend at his fraternity house. Case closed, and with it, another victory for the telephone police - in this case, Communications Group Inc. (CGI)
March 7, 2000 |
Arabic numerals skitter along the stage floor, caper merrily across a white backdrop. "All is number," intones the chorus. "In symbol and sign, God wrote the world. " Now the projected numerals vanish, and parabolas of light animate the darkened stage, swirling and eddying in sync with two dancers manipulating hand-held spots. The music, incantatory over a syncopated base, gathers intensity. "All is number," the singers repeat, "from the petals on the nightshade to the petals on the larkspur.
January 5, 1992 |
More playoff football by the numbers, while waiting for Buddy Ryan to re- enter the NFL, at Tampa Bay, Los Angeles or some intermediate point: 1. The number of Detroit Lions who had been born the last time the team had a playoff game at home (placekicker Eddie Murray, that's who). . . . The number of Buffalo Bills losses at Rich Stadium in their last 17 starts. . . . The point spread favoring Detroit over Dallas (or is it the other way around?). . . . The IQ of the unidentified college poll coach who voted Miami No. 3. 5. The number of points given up by the Lions the only previous time they met the Cowboys in a playoff game (losing, 5-0, in 1970.
May 19, 2011
Gov. Christie loves a good, large number that he can use to drop jaws. He trotted out a new one Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Monroe Township: $3.25 billion. That's how much he said taxpayers will be forced to dish out if Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D., Camden) has her way with a bill to cap the payouts for unused sick and vacation days at $7,500. Christie wants to end the practice of paying government workers for, as he says, not being sick - and he wants to end it immediately.
February 29, 1992 |
A Mount Laurel telemarketing company, facing civil charges in New Jersey in connection with a 900-number jewelry promotion, must pay more than $150,000 to New York residents who responded to the same promotion. Under a settlement reached Feb. 13 with the New York Attorney General's Office, the firm, Infotrax Communications Inc., must reimburse more than 10,000 New York residents who spent an average of $15 on telephone calls responding to the promotion, a spokeswoman for the office said yesterday.
September 7, 1989 |
A 28 is a great number if you're a golfer completing the back nine of your favorite golf course. It is not, however, a good number if that is the total number of players on your high school football team. But 28 is exactly the number of players coach Dennis Baumgardner has to work with for the 1989 season, and he fears that if his team has a bad year, the numbers problem will be a major reason. After a dismal 2-9 record in their 1988 campaign, the Hornets have increased their roster number by two. That increase will be a small consolation, because Oxford will play a full JV schedule this year, something they did not have to contend with last year.
October 11, 1992 |
With the NFL Super Bowl race past the quarter pole, more pro football by the numbers: 3 - Incredibly, the number of points awarded for a 20-yard field goal or a 95-yard field goal, assuming someone kicks a 95-yarder one of these days. Talk about inequity. 4 - The number of NFL games decided in the final two minutes a week ago. 7 - The number of passes Washington's Art Monk needs to catch against Denver tomorrow night to surpass Steve Largent as the NFL's all-time reception leader.
March 17, 1992 |
Virginia won the No. 1 ranking in the final weekly women's basketball poll for the first time in the Cavaliers' history. Now coach Debbie Ryan's team will go after something that slipped away last year - an NCAA title. "The kids are ready," Ryan said. "It's funny the way it worked out, because we put more emphasis on the postseason than the season. " Virginia was never ranked lower than second. Tennessee, which finished second and was the top-ranked team in the preseason, never dropped lower than fourth.
January 30, 2013 |
HE WAS one half of what many if not most Philly hoops authorities still consider to be, even more than a half-century later, the best backcourt the Big 5's ever seen. And those same folks will tell you that lead guard Guy Rodgers remains the player everybody else has to be measured against. You could certainly argue for Tom Gola, who did his thing at LaSalle before there was a Big 5. Either way it's a legit debate. "Oh God, Guy was so unbelievable," said his Temple teammate for one season, Overbrook High's Hal Lear.
December 7, 2011 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion, and continued from Tuesday's column. Dear Carolyn: The how or why [of someone's sexual history] should not be asked if the partner does not want to talk about her past. Maybe she is confident in herself now, but wasn't then. Her sexual preference may not have been accepted by her family. She may have been mixed up and not sure who she was. To yesterday's letter-writer: Let her come to you and talk about her past. If you feel you may come to hate her experience, then you have the problem, not her. - Anonymous Wait a minute - how do you know whether the partner wants to talk about it if you don't ask?