July 26, 2001
That rock in your backyard. Did it just appear Monday? Is it charred around the edges? Can you see your cat's feet protruding from beneath it? Don't waste time calling the landscaper or your vet. Could be you just hit the space jackpot big-time. See, nature in her fairness doesn't just lash us with rain and hail and globs of lava. Every now and then - actually, hundreds of times each day - she flings down to us rocky little doodads from outer space - called meteorites if they land, meteors if you just see them in the sky. And the one that apparently landed somewhere in Pennsylvania or New York Monday evening was a doozy.
November 11, 1998 |
Are they alive or are they dead? The world anxiously awaits news of the fate of the Northeast High School worms. We all know that John Glenn made it back safely from space. But what of those worms, hurtled into outer space as if they were just some kind of high school science experiment? Sometime today, if all goes well, Northeast science teacher Richard Black will find out the stark truth. He'll open the tiny container holding the 300-500 microscopic worms, and the world will know whether to celebrate or mourn.
February 2, 1994 |
A Norristown man pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder and related charges in the beating death in August of his live-in girlfriend's 2- year-old son. The plea by London Wells was part of a deal with the Montgomery County District Attorney's office, which agreed to ask that Wells' prison sentence be limited to six to 12 years. Had he been convicted of the charges at trial, he would have faced a maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years. Joshua Johnson died from severe blows to his head and trunk.
June 21, 1999 |
After about 20 minutes of high-energy medley-like treatment of her early-career hits, Brandy finally got a chance to say hi to her E-Centre audience Friday night. You could hardly understand what she was saying, she was so giddy and giggly. It was amazing just how goofy this multimedia pop star is. And that's what is most endearing about 20-year-old Brandy. She's not particularly sexy. She's not nasty, profane or hard. She's Everygirl, at least the filthy rich, NBA-player-dating version.
July 12, 1992 |
Candy Allen Puketza gave her brother a card a few years ago when he got accepted into NASA's astronaut program. A funny little pilot character was poking at the sky with his plane, trying to get above it. The inscription read: "The sky's the limit. " "Not for you, Andrew," Puketza wrote on the inside. On July 30, Andrew Allen, who grew up in Richboro and attended Archbishop Wood High School, is scheduled to be Bucks County's first astronaut as he pilots the space shuttle Atlantis on a seven-day mission.
May 27, 1987 |
In a laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, scientists are pushing back the frontiers of human ability to live in hostile environments - from the murky depths of the ocean floor to the dark voids of outer space. Working amid a jumble of thick pipes and electronic dials, they can simulate intense heat and bitter cold, depths of 2,000 feet beneath the ocean's surface to heights of 150,000 feet above sea level, and bizarre climates where exotic gases replace the air we usually breathe.
December 26, 2008 |
Great works of literature have often begun life as stories told to kids. Alice in Wonderland comes to mind, and Peter Pan. It's hard to imagine the tales of Bedtime Stories - fantasies set in ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Old West and outer space - becoming classics, although they serve the goofball purposes of Adam Sandler well enough in this antic family vehicle. Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), Bedtime Stories stars the man behind Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer as Skeeter Bronson, a sad-sack hotel-maintenance dude.
April 27, 2009 |
Gamers don't know much about geography. Outer space invades their consciousness, but inner space is where they live. Physically, they don't wander much more than 10 feet from their dude caves; mentally, no further than the commands on a TV screen. On Friday night, the droll choreographer Megan Mazarick took only one hour to paint this portrait of three gaming guys in her show, Avatard. That was all she needed to please the filled-to-the-rafters crowd at West Philly's Community Education Center.
February 2, 2003 |
As the nation mourned yesterday's crash of the space shuttle Columbia, four Norristown middle schoolers experienced the disaster in particularly personal terms. The eighth graders from East Norriton Middle School - Jack Casey, Brian Letrinko, Christopher Delaney and Andrea White - were among about 30 student groups from across the country participating in NASA's Space Experiment Module, an educational program in which children design science projects that are loaded on to the shuttle and shipped into outer space.
September 11, 1999 |
"Martin mania" hasn't swept the U.S. Open yet, not with all the attention on the Williams sisters and Andre Agassi. But if seventh-seeded Todd Martin beats unseeded Cedric Pioline in today's early semifinal, the fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium might adopt Martin as their favorite. New Yorkers clutch to their cynical hearts athletes who don't give up. Martin, a 29-year-old former Northwestern University student, won the hearts of many New Yorkers with his late-night courageous comeback against No. 9 seed Greg Rusedski in the Round of 16. Martin won after dropping the first two sets.