May 6, 2014 |
Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said. Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.
April 26, 2016
Billy Paul, 81, the acclaimed Philadelphia soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," died of cancer Sunday morning in Blackwood, N.J., according to his manager Beverly Gay. Mr. Paul, born Paul Williams in Philadelphia in 1934, was hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital, Gay said. Mr. Paul was one of many artists who had success with the Philadelphia-based writing and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Mr. Paul attended the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music.
June 24, 2000 |
Philadelphia director Charles Stone III (foreground) has snagged the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Gold Lions and Grand Prix for his "Whassup?!" Budweiser commercials. Stone wrote, directed and co-starred in the popular spot, which featured his hometown buddies speaking the famous line. It was chosen over 5,757 entries from around the world. Also pictured with Stone, son of former Daily News columnist Chuck Stone, are (from left) Paul Williams, Scott "Dookie" Brooks and Fred Thomas Jr.
October 21, 2003
ISN'T THERE AN infield fight rule in baseball? As in - what goes on in the field stays in the field? Guess not now that Boston police today are asking for assault and battery charges against Yankees pitcher Jeff Nelson and right fielder Karim Garcia for a bullpen fight with a Red Sox groundskeeper. Next to Chicago Cubs fan and foul ball fumbler Steve Bartman, Paul Williams, a Fenway groundskeeper, has become the most famous non-athlete to emerge from this fall's baseball classics.
May 30, 2012 |
JOHNNY TAPIA, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 45. Authorities were called to the house at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The death didn't appear to be suspicious, he said. Tapia won five championships in three weight classes, winning the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.
May 2, 2008 |
On her daily runs, Anne Mahlum would see the homeless men standing near the shelter at 13th and Vine streets. She and the homeless would wave to each other. One day last year, Mahlum had an idea: She would start a running club involving the homeless. She arranged a meeting with the shelter's director. "Nine guys were interested, so I found a way to get shoes and clothes donated," Mahlum said Wednesday. Mahlum, the founder and president of Back On My Feet, and about 30 BOMF members will run in Sunday's 29th annual 10-mile Blue Cross Broad Street Run. BOMF is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency.
April 11, 2013
Climate change could be bumpy LONDON - Tourists, exchange students, and business travelers: It's time to buckle up. More pollution is likely to mean bumpier flights for transatlantic travelers, researchers say, predicting increased turbulence over the North Atlantic as carbon dioxide levels rise. In a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, University of East Anglia climate expert Manoj Joshi and colleague Paul Williams ran a climate simulation that cranked up the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to twice its pre-industrial level - roughly 50 percent more than now. Williams said they ran a series of turbulence-predicting algorithms for the North Atlantic winter period and compared the results with pre-industrial rates.
November 22, 2010 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A physicist doing a scientific paper on the aerodynamics of baseball could lecture on the whys and wherefores of a 100-mph fastball. He no doubt would expound at length about such things as arm velocity, leg drive, body torque and release point. He'd also probably make the subject matter seem stupefyingly boring. Some things, like a Nolan Ryan heater buzzed under a hitter's chin, are better experienced than explained. And the same holds true of a truly spectacular knockout punch, the kind that can instantaneously separate the recipient from his senses.
June 17, 1998 |
Since he got sober, Paul Williams is having the time of his life - again. "I feel like I'm living a second life," Williams, 57, said last week. He had called to talk about how, on July 7, he becomes a regular on CBS's soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" (1:30 p.m. weekdays, Channel 10), playing a recovering alcoholic. "I'm just happy not to be playing an elf," the diminutive composer-singer-actor said, laughing. "I'm delighted that my shoes aren't pointed and don't roll over on top. " Back in the '70s, Williams was an icon of Hollywood pop, co-writing the classics "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song," "I Won't Last a Day Without You" and his Oscar-winning "Evergreen," for the 1976 remake of "A Star Is Born.