January 4, 2005 |
Six-year-old Rebecca Uhrik gave her piggy bank to the Red Cross in Lawrenceville, N.J., yesterday morning. About the same time, a stranger walked into St. Patrick Rectory in Center City and handed the Rev. Daniel E. Mackle a grand. And countless Philadelphia-area residents made their contributions over the Internet and telephone throughout the day to help tsunami victims in Asia. As the number of people killed in the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami in a dozen countries continued to rise yesterday, donations poured in to aid agencies across the region.
August 22, 1986 |
Charles Barkley sounded most gracious. That's not easy to do when someone has just told you he has named a pig after you. And it's even more difficult when that someone is the coach of the team that bumped your team out of the NBA playoffs last season. Actually, Milwaukee Bucks coach Don Nelson didn't really name the pig after the 76ers' burly, boisterous forward. That was the idea of a Milwaukee waitress, whose suggestion won a contest to name the pig. And it really isn't a pig. It's a huge piggy bank, which Nelson is hoping to get filled as part of his Nellie's Farm Fund drive to aid financially troubled farmers in Wisconsin.
April 29, 2012 |
United Bank - the city's only black-owned bank - was founded in 1992 with modest capital and big dreams, as a path to economic success for the city's African American community. Two decades later, the bank is still standing - one of only 28 African American banks remaining in the country. But United's vision of success has proved elusive, even though the bank is propped up by government deposits. Fully a quarter of its deposits come from public entities. In January, state and federal bank regulators clamped down, placing the bank under supervision and criticizing it for "unsafe or unsound" banking practices.
February 13, 2005
Stop us if you've heard this one already. A customer walks into a store and asks the manager, "Do you have any medicine for sale?" "Yes!" the manager says. "We have all kinds of prescription drugs available. " "How much do they cost?" the customer asks. "How much are you willing to spend?" the manager asks in reply. "I can't really say, but I know I can't afford what the guy down the street has been charging," the customer says. "Can't you just tell me what you'll charge for my prescription drugs?"
February 5, 1987 |
"I felt like she took my whole life with her when she moved out," Carroll A. Watkins said, telling police about his estranged wife, Yvette, 25. "I was so miserable that I didn't want her to be happy. " To ensure that his wife didn't enjoy her freedom from him, Watkins, 31, strangled her in the basement of their house while their two children waited upstairs, he told detectives. Watkins, who was arrested last month in Washington, D.C., waived his preliminary hearing yesterday before Municipal Judge William King and was held for trial on murder, robbery and theft charges.
November 24, 1995 |
Two CoreStates supervisors had themselves quite a piggy bank, only CoreStates didn't know it. Now ex-employees, Keith Forsey and Louis DiBacco, allegedly embezzled more than $130,000 several years ago from CoreStates' coin processing room at 5th and Market streets. Both admit the theft. "The only thing we question was the amount of money," said Forsey's attorney, Joseph Santaguida. Forsey and DiBacco allegedly shared the money with friends who allowed them to divert stolen coins into their CoreStates bank accounts.
December 27, 1996 |
Christmas could have ended with a funeral for Alice McCorkle's youngest son. But 10-year-old Ira McCorkle escaped death by less than an inch. The bullet that grazed his forehead during a gunbattle in North Philadelphia Christmas night left him with seven stitches and fear. But he still has his life. "I feel blessed," his mother said yesterday, walking near her house on Atlantic near 7th as she gripped Ira's hand. "Today he's walking and talking. He could be dead. " "I feel lucky," said Ira, who jerked his head around nervously as every car passed.
December 14, 2007 |
There's not a lot of room in my home workshop anymore, and my tools aren't getting as much use these days as they once did. But if I were asking for new tools for Christmas, these five would be on my list: The kindest cut of all is possible with the Bosch 4410L 10-inch sliding compound miter saw with a laser cut line. It has just what I want, versatility and visibility, which add up to better, more accurate cuts than I can make by just chop, chop, chopping. It's $649 and available at Lowe's and tool stores.
July 24, 2003
Smith Memorial Playgrounds had a bittersweet anniversary yesterday. Sweet, because it was the 104th birthday of this fabulous place - said to be the country's oldest private playground. Bitter, because the playground, near 33d and Oxford Streets in East Fairmount Park, has been closed since May 20 due to money woes and modern complications. Individual, corporate and community cash, along with volunteer sweat and ideas, will be needed to make sure this gem reopens before another summer passes.
November 19, 1995 |
Parents, students and school staff members - nearly 600 in all - got into the spirit of American Education Week last Monday by forming a human chain that stretched across the new walkway of the township's Educational Park. The event, called Hands Across the Park, not only launched the week's celebration but also officially opened the 515-foot walkway linking John F. Kennedy School and Dwight D. Eisenhower School. Speaking to an audience sporting the school colors of green and white, Superintendent Charles Caramanna emphasized the importance of school unity.