July 21, 2003
EARNI YOUNG'S article, "City Mortgage Foreclosures on the Rise" (July 16) is right on time. ACORN has been touting this message for four years, first documenting it in a Philadelphia foreclosure study in 2000. The fact is, foreclosures are on the rise around the state, and are directly linked to the explosion of sub-prime lending. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's own reports, the state has the fourth-highest rate of sub-prime foreclosures in the country with over 12 percent of all sub-prime loans in foreclosure, and another 6 percent that are 90 days or more late.
March 18, 1992 |
A Distant Mirror is set in 1349, and, like the Barbara Tuchman history of the same name, the premise of the play at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts is that certain aspects of life and society in the 14th century reflect our own. Except for one very obvious instance, Robert Smythe's play fails to make substantial, valid comparisons between the two eras. As social commentary, A Distant Mirror has little impact. Neither does it have much punch as a piece of theater. The production combines human actors and puppets - Smythe is the artistic director of the Mum Puppettheatre - and, under the direction of Ken Marini, neither the human nor the inanimate performers succeed very well in making credible the play's characters and situations.
January 19, 1989 |
Garnet Valley coach Jerry Doemling realizes his Jaguars had better get their act together. After a hard-fought 50-47 loss to Bishop Shanahan in a Southern Chester County League game Tuesday night, the Jaguars fell to 1-2 in the conference and 4-8 overall. Doemling said the loss was the result of his players making the same mistakes that have been costing them all season. "We seem to be somewhat consistent about the mistakes we have been making," Doemling said. The Jaguars stayed closely behind the Eagles (6-6, 3-1)
February 13, 2007
J.F. WOLFINGTON (letters, Feb. 6) proposes questions on gun control that he feels will be difficult to answer, but are in fact easy. The reason that the dumb, ineffective gun laws have more violent effect in modern times is due to several factors. The most obvious is gun technology, including the invention of Teflon-coated, hollow-point, "cop-killer" bullets, the wide availability of automatic assault weapons capable of spraying an area with deadly projectiles and cheap concealable plastic weapons not easily detected by scanning equipment.
November 10, 1999 |
I'm wondering if any of you readers out there have noticed any suspicious behavior on the part of frogs. I ask because the ones at my house are definitely up to something. I live in South Florida, which has a hot, moist, armpit-like climate that is very favorable for life in general. So I am used to wildlife. I am used to the fact that, as I walk from my car to the front door - striding briskly to prevent fungus from growing on my body - I will routinely pass lizards, snakes, spiders, snails and mutant prehistoric grasshoppers large enough for the Lone Ranger to saddle up and ride into the sunset on ("Hi-ho, Silver, AWAYYYEEEEEIIIKES!"
June 5, 1996
Philadelphia's School Superintendent David Hornbeck is beset with a plague of elected officials who aren't doing their jobs, but want to do his. Let's start with the state, then get to the judge. As a matter of law, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania makes children attend school until age 16. As a matter of morality at least, it's the job of the governor and the Legislature to make sure every child enjoys an equal opportunity for education. That includes evening out geographical inequities in funding.
March 16, 2013 |
LONDON - Workers digging a new railway line have uncovered what they believe is a burial ground containing victims of the Black Death - a plague that wiped out as much as half of London's inhabitants when it swept the city in the mid-14th century. Workers involved in the Crossrail project located 13 skeletons lying in two carefully laid-out rows on the edge of historic Charterhouse Square, an area where historical records suggest a burial ground was located. Project archaeologist Jay Carver said scientists will study the bones to establish cause of death, and hope to map the DNA signature of the plague bacteria.
February 14, 1993 |
The Philadelphia Electric Co. has asked borough police to assist them in investigating at least five thefts of copper wire that have occurred over the last few months at PE's service building on West Ashland Street. PE spokeswoman Susan Buehler said last week that an estimated $5,000 in copper wire and tools have been stolen from the service facility. "We think they're selling the wire as scrap or to dealers for money for drugs. They're probably getting about 90 cents a pound," she said.
May 24, 1996 |
Their trusty steeds thundering across brilliant Provencal landscapes, Angelo and Pauline are strangers thrown together by fate, zigzagging the countryside and fleeing villages of people mad with fear - or mad with delirium caused by a fatal plague. So goes The Horseman on the Roof, two hours of breathtaking widescreen scenery, breathless actors in poufy 19th-century threads, and squawking crows descending from the skies to feast on corpses. Many, many corpses. A handsome but increasingly wearisome historical romance from Jean-Paul Rappeneau (the director of Cyrano de Bergerac)
December 13, 1988 |
"Stage fright" might be the best way to describe the troubles that plagued the Northeast High basketball team during the first week of the season. For the second time in three games, the Vikings had extreme difficulty finding the basket during the early part of the game and, despite a late rally, fell to a 56-45 loss at Edward Bok Tech on Thursday in a Public League preseason contest. "We couldn't buy a basket," said Northeast's first-year coach, Bob Michael. "We had the shots, but we were real cold.