November 7, 1993 |
Britain will issue five commemoratives Tuesday recalling the 150th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol, perhaps the most enduring children's holiday story. The stamps include the characters in Charles Dickens' classic: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew and, of course, Scrooge himself. Dickens was 31 when he completed A Christmas Carol in early December of 1843 after just six weeks of writing. He already was the acclaimed author of such works as Oliver Twist, and in its first week, A Christmas Carol, decorated in red binding and gilt design, sold 6,000 copies.
March 11, 1995 |
The D. Wayne Lukas Express to Churchill Downs is ready to roll again. The Eclipse Award-winning trainer sends Thunder Gulch out as the favorite in today's $500,000 Florida Derby, a week after his other top Kentucky Derby contender, Timber Country, finished third in the San Rafael at Santa Anita. And Thunder Gulch, winner of the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 18, is right on schedule. "He's done nothing since the Fountain of Youth to make me think he won't get better," Lukas said yesterday as he prepares what could be one of the strongest 1-2 punches the Derby has seen in years.
June 2, 2000 |
With the death of John Gielgud last month, Alec Guinness is now the sole survivor of England's great generation of acting knights. And there's no more delightful way to celebrate his gift than Kind Hearts and Coronets. This 1949 black comedy combines macabre wit and mordant satire of the British class system in one peerless package. Kind Hearts and Coronets was excoriated in its day by affronted moralists who did not care for its lighthearted attitude toward murder and its general subversiveness.
May 21, 1995 |
Timber Country, last year's most promising colt and this season's biggest disappointment, broke a four-race losing streak yesterday in the 120th Preakness Stakes and slammed the door on the Triple Crown bid of his stablemate, Thunder Gulch. A big, handsome, $500,000 chestnut colt - and seemingly the teacher's pet in trainer D. Wayne Lukas' stable - Timber Country finally lived up to Lukas' constant promotion, beating 10 opponents over a fast track at Pimlico Race Course. But he was almost caught at the end by Oliver's Twist, a 25-1 shot, the hometown favorite, and the only Maryland-bred horse in the race.
December 3, 2012 |
Irreverence, thy name is Christopher Durang. Kicking the crutch out from under Tiny Tim, Durang's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge , a spoof of Dickens' famously sentimental A Christmas Carol , is not nearly as amusing as it should be. And this is despite New City Stage's having assembled a large and impressive Equity cast. The show limps along (oops, sorry, Tiny Tim) under the slow and plodding (oops - did it again) direction of Michael Brophy. The idea is funny.
December 11, 1999
We wanted to give him the kind of send-off he deserves, with all the bells and whistles befitting a last hurrah for a great champion. Instead, Sir Charles limped off with his left leg in a cumbersome cast, that magnificent round head bowed in despair. But if Charles Barkley couldn't end his playing days with a bang, he wouldn't with a whimper. That would have been the expected reaction for a man whose league-wide victory lap was cut short by a career-ending injury. Not this man. Rather than wallow in self-pity, Charles returned to the bench after learning it was all over.
July 21, 2000 |
The Newtown Chamber Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. tomorrow and 4 p.m. Sunday at Bucks County Community College, Swamp Road, Newtown. The concerts are a benefit to help fund the orchestra's trip to Spain, where it will give six performances during an 11-day tour. Admission is $25, $45 for both nights. Refreshments will be served. For information or tickets, call 215-598-0722. James A. Michener Museum. "Art for All," a series of work by disabled artists, will feature its third installment at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown.
May 23, 1995 |
The admitted killer of a Germantown jeweler tried to get the leader of his robbery gang off the hook. But Nathan "Young Boy" Riley, 17, couldn't convince a jury that Kyle "the Oliver Man" Rainey, 26, had nothing to do with the murder of Sun Yoo Kang, during a holdup last June 1. Yesterday, Rainey, of Berks Street near 20th, was convicted of first-degree murder. Riley and the gang's getaway driver, Darrell "Piez" Wallace, 34, were found guilty of second-degree murder. Common Pleas Judge John J. Poserina Jr. sentenced Riley and Wallace to life prison terms.
July 21, 1994 |
The man they call "the Oliver Man" literally pulled the strings during the robbery and killing of a Germantown jeweler on June 1, Assistant District Attorney Arlene Fisk said yesterday. During a preliminary hearing, Malhee Kang, a registered nurse, testified that as her husband, Sun Yoo Kang, was being shot to death by one of two robbers in her store on Chelten Avenue near Germantown Avenue, Kyle "the Oliver Man" Rainey, 25, was removing strings that had held the front door open.
October 20, 1989 |
It was supposed to be simple: Grab the old lady's pocketbook, run away, and spend the loot on hamburgers and french fries. But when the pregnant 19-year-old and her 14-year-old boy accomplice knocked Sylvia Crotty to the pavement last January, the 79-year-old woman suffered a heart attack. The teens swiped $16 from her purse. Then, ignoring Crotty's screams for help, they ran away and dined at Burger King. Crotty, of Wissahickon Avenue near Stafford Street, died the next day. Yesterday, Leslie A. Childs, 19, now the mother of a 2-month-old, and Kevin Parrish, now 15, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, theft and conspiracy charges.