February 8, 2012 |
Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago this week, and I wonder how he would react to today's United States. He might be amazed to find that the issues he dealt with in works like David Copperfield , Great Expectations , Hard Times , and even A Christmas Carol are the same ones that shape our current political clashes. On the other hand, seeing the people we call "poor" and the children we call "underprivileged" might confuse him. Dickens was 12 when his father was sent to debtor's prison.
February 23, 1989 |
Springfield's George Pendergrass may never have had a more trying 5 minutes and 38 seconds in his life. For those agonizing moments of the fourth quarter of the Cougars' 78-63 Central League victory over Marple Newtown on Tuesday night, the 6-foot, 5- inch senior forward needed just 3 points to break 1,000 for his high school career. During most of that 5:38, Pendergrass' teammates desperately tried to get him the ball. But his opportunities were not easy to come by because of a tenacious Tigers defense that double- and triple-teamed him. Finally, after five botched scoring opportunities and two missed three throws, Pendergrass got his chance.
February 2, 1989 |
Germantown Academy's rapid descent in the Inter-Academic League roughly coincides with Episcopal Academy's ascent. The Patriots' woeful ways (0-4 league, 11-8 overall) continued Tuesday as the Churchmen blew them out, 68-48. Episcopal (17-3) continues to reside in first place in the Inter-Ac with a 5-1 record and sweeps the season series, having won 36-23 in a stall contest played Jan. 12. Eugene Burroughs, Episcopal's fine wingman, was high-scorer in the game with 22 points.
June 5, 1996 |
A NEW SOMNIA FURNITURE Somnia Furniture, a pioneer in the Manayunk commercial renaissance 15 years ago, opens a new store in Center City today. The new store - Somnia's fourth - is located in the Belgravia Building, 18th and Chestnut streets. The site was once occupied by the Peale Club, a combination private dining club and art gallery, which closed in 1988. A year later, the space was turned into a night spot called the Alumni Club. But most recently, it has been vacant.
June 13, 2004 |
Jeff Gordon never knew finishing second could be so much fun . . . even if he was beaten by a 16-year-old in a three-car race. In fairness to the four-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion, Gordon never had a chance. Within minutes of entering Arnold's Go-Kart Center in Oaks on Thursday night, he was whisked to a waiting go-kart, strapped in, and dashed off around the indoor track. Gordon made quick work of a local television reporter, but catching and passing Jason Simmons was never in the cards.
November 21, 2007 |
IT SEEMS THAT the presidential candidates - well, two, at least -have finally caught up with Philadelphia. Presidential candidate John Edwards recently announced his "One Democracy" initiative to expand the role of ordinary citizens in politics. One part of that initiative, a proposal to hold a "Citizen Congress" that would bring together one million citizens in a network of local "town hall" meetings and online forums,is clearly ambitious. And Senator Barack Obama recently released a plan that calls for citizen engagement in the work of federal agencies.
February 21, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brad Lidge is close to doing something for the first time as a Phillie: starting the Grapefruit League season on time. The last few offseasons have featured a variety of health maladies for the closer. A month before the Phillies acquired him from the Astros in November 2007, Lidge had surgery to repair torn knee cartilage. Then, in late February, he had surgery to repair his meniscus and didn't make his spring debut until late March. In 2009, a lingering case of forearm tightness postponed Lidge's first Grapefruit League outing to March 17. Last year he missed all of Grapefruit League play while working his way back from surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his pitching elbow.
March 15, 2010 |
After Danys Baez first became a closer near the end of the 2002 season with Cleveland, he converted six of his eight save opportunities. And he heard the criticism. "When you step out as a closer to prove yourself and to let everyone know you can do it, you have to be perfect," Baez said. "You have to be good right away. "You have no room for mistakes to prove yourself. If you have a couple bad games, that doesn't mean you can't do the job. But it also means everyone can say, 'I don't know.
May 22, 2008 |
WIRELESS Philadelphia has always been more about people than technology. It was - and still is - a groundbreaking effort to create a different Philadelphia, one where everyone can use the powers of the Internet regardless of income. It's about equal opportunity and leveling the playing field. Yes, the project has been battered. But it's still alive - and it should be renewed. Philadelphia has one of the lowest Internet-penetration rates in the country. Of the roughly 600,000 households in the city, more than half lack Internet access.
June 11, 2009 |
What a deal! What baseball fan in his right mind wouldn't want the wrecking ball that leveled the dump that was called Shea Stadium? It's up for bidding on eBay, starting at $35,000. If that sounds pricey, consider that the ball weighs three tons, so it's going for $5.83 a pound, about the same as a pound of Swiss cheese. And it's been painted to look like a baseball. What more could you want? Visit from Manny Anyone waiting for Manny Ramirez to expound on his 50-game banishment from baseball for using an illegal substance can forget about it. Ramirez surprised his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates by dropping in for a pregame visit Tuesday.