December 7, 2007
The senseless shooting deaths of eight people in an Omaha mall further underscore the need for greater gun control nationwide and in Pennsylvania. The suburban mall slaughter should be a wake-up call for lawmakers to pass meaningful gun-control legislation. Unfortunately, many in Harrisburg have been reluctant to confront the growth in gun violence, believing it is an urban problem and not something people have to worry about in suburbia. When are they going to understand that easy access to guns - and the violence that accompanies access - isn't limited to inner cities?
July 19, 2007 |
Chris Lubanski has taken another step toward achieving his lifelong dream of playing major-league baseball. Lubanski, a former standout at Kennedy-Kenrick High in Norristown, was promoted on June 27 to the Omaha Royals, Kansas City's triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. He had been playing double-A ball for the Wichita Wranglers. "Chris had a real good year last year and a very good first half this year," said J.J. Picollo, Kansas City's director of player development.
June 3, 2005 |
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt acknowledged on a life-insurance application shortly before his death that he once had a dizzy spell during a race - apparently a 1997 event in South Carolina in which he crashed. The disclosure was contained in 41 previously sealed exhibits in a lawsuit against insurer United of Omaha, which refused to pay millions of dollars to Earnhardt's widow after he died in a crash at the Daytona 500 in 2001. United of Omaha claims the policy was never valid for Earnhardt because he had not taken a required physical.
June 6, 2004 |
The old soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division were about worn out after three straight days of being wined and dined and generally fawned over in villages all across the north of France. Walking into yet another reception and handed yet another goblet of sparkling burgundy yesterday, Maurice Graham, 86, of Salisbury, Md., said with a wry, half-smile: "I'm tired, but it's better than being shot at. " Sixty years ago today, on June 6, 1944, the men of the 29th were among the first of 154,000 soldiers from 5,000 ships to land at Omaha Beach on D-Day, the largest sea invasion in history and the event that marked the start of France's liberation from four years of Nazi German occupation.
July 1, 2003 |
Atlanta Braves righthander Paul Byrd will undergo reconstructive surgery today on his pitching elbow. The former Phillie, who had bone chips removed from his right elbow on April 11, pitched just one inning for the Braves in spring training. Oakland outfielder Jermaine Dye's return from a knee injury was delayed because the Athletics said he needed another day off as a precautionary measure. Dye has played only once since missing Oakland's game against San Francisco on June 22 with a sore right knee.
December 20, 2002 |
Alexander Payne is to Omaha, Neb., what M. Night Shyamalan is to Philadelphia: a director who likes to keep his movies close to home. Like Shyamalan, Payne has set all three of his movies in his hometown, motivated by familiarity and a desire to show life outside the sound stages of New York and Los Angeles. "I'm not a big fan of the Anytown U.S.A. feel," Payne said. In "About Schmidt," opening today, Jack Nicholson plays a retired Omaha insurance actuary who embarks on a road trip to make sense of his life and ends up at the wedding of his daughter (Hope Davis)
August 30, 2002 |
An insurance dispute won't derail Neil Parry's dreams of playing football for San Jose State nearly 2 years after losing part of his right leg. Two days after notifying Parry that the lifetime insurance coverage for his prosthetic legs could be canceled if he returned to football, Mutual of Omaha - the NCAA's catastrophic insurance carrier - made a special modification to the NCAA's policy yesterday that will keep Parry covered. The news left Parry overjoyed as he prepared to continue workouts with his teammates at the Spartans' training complex.
July 2, 2001 |
David Justice's return to the New York Yankees lasted about one trip around the bases yesterday, and the question now is whether the designated hitter's next stop will be another stay on the 15-day disabled list. Justice returned in Saturday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay, but he went 0 for 3 and never had an opportunity to test his left groin. Yesterday, the chance came quickly. He doubled to lead off the second, slicing a Tanyon Sturtze fastball down the line in left. Justice rolled into second with a clear hobble.
August 6, 1998 |
As Frank L. Davis watched the movie Saving Private Ryan, he felt the pain of 54 years being peeled from his life. Suddenly he was 21 again, a sergeant in the 101st Airborne dodging bullets near Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The first time around, he had been too busy fighting to absorb the horrors of battle or to let terror grip him. The reliving was, in its way, worse. Virtually from the film's start, the bloody panorama of the Normandy invasion produced "one hell of a tightening in my chest, and I couldn't breathe and I shed a lot of tears," said a shaken Davis, of Stanton, Del. "It felt like I was right there again.
August 25, 1997 |
With antics and rapping less entertaining than the Beastie Boys, and reggae/punk/metal less skilled and varied than the Red Hot Chili Peppers, what's behind the phenomenal success of the band 311, which played to a packed, enthusiastic crowd at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre on Friday night? It's probably that the band is raucous enough to annoy parents without being angsty, and its high-energy shows include a lot of pogoing. The band's two vocalists, Nick Hexum and S.A. Martinez, did a heck of a lot of jumping up and down, while somehow still delivering their word-heavy raps and harmonies (which were unintelligible through the P.A. system)