May 19, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - A hot, muggy spring day had begun to cool late Saturday afternoon as the area around Pimlico darkened and a breeze blew through the old racetrack grounds. It was 5:35 p.m. when Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah emerged from the stakes barn to get his prerace bath, a ritual that would quickly prove unnecessary. The 140th Preakness, which attracted a record 131,680, was about to get an unwanted visit from the skies, which went black as the eight horses were wandering about the grass course 15 minutes before the 6:18 post time.
March 30, 2015
ISSUE | RANDOM ACTS Kind stranger in rain Philadelphia was truly the city of brotherly love last week. My wife, 88, and I, 94, were walking to a medical appointment on 10th Street near Walnut when it began to rain. A young woman saw us and gave my wife her own umbrella, saying, "You better take this. " My wife and I were shocked at such consideration from a stranger. When my wife demurred, the woman said that she could always replace the umbrella. We may never see this kind soul again, but we hope she sees this message of gratitude.
March 22, 2015 |
Last Saturday, I stood on my porch, hit the button on my GPS watch to tell it to locate a satellite, and sighed. It was not a glorious spring day. No, I stared at a street soaked by a downpour. These are not ideal conditions in which to run, and I could have retreated to a treadmill. But my sister was running her first marathon that day in the rain, and was glad to have trained in the rain. It helps you prepare for any races on days when water dumps out of the sky. I've been there before, in training runs and in races.
March 17, 2015 |
I ALMOST bumbled it in a column last week - the identity of that tall, handsome, stationary, brown fella outside the Prince Music Theater on Chestnut Street near Broad. In a Twitter poll I did yesterday, I asked some DN gossip followers to answer this question to the best of their knowledge: Just who is that lanky bronze man who is clearly attempting to either a) hail you a cab or b) shield you from the rain and open the door of the theater for you? The answer may surprise you. It did, me. And not one responder to my poll got it right, either.
December 13, 2014 |
They're ready to do the concrete rumble on Arch Street. Contractors for Comcast Corp.'s new skyscraper on the 1800 block will pour 400 truckloads of concrete over 10 to 12 hours beginning early Saturday for a 10-foot-thick, 15-million-pound foundation mat. This foundation mat for the city's tallest skyscraper will attach the building's structural support - its core - to city bedrock. Officials said Thursday that it will be one of the largest concrete pours in city history.
October 3, 2014 |
For the first time in its history, Rowan University will not hold a university-wide commencement ceremony this year, the school announced Wednesday. Instead, graduation will be split into six ceremonies held over four days, the school said, citing a lack of indoor venues for its ever-growing enrollment. The ceremonies will all be held on University Green, the site of past commencements. Rain locations would include Esby Gym, Pfleeger Concert Hall, and Wilson Hall. The move comes after last year's ceremony was moved from the University Green to Wackar Stadium to accommodate a record class size and number of guests, prompting some pushback from students who had hoped to walk the stage on the traditional University Green location.
September 15, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Yeah, baby, as always, it was all about the shoes. Despite persistent spitting rain that began 90 minutes before the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade was to begin, the crowds still crowded the Boardwalk - beneath plastic ponchos and umbrellas - Saturday to glimpse this year's 53 Miss America contestants and cadre of performers including marching bands, twirlers, dance troupes, and even the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders....
September 3, 2014 |
The T-shirted battalions of union members showed up, as usual, for the annual Labor Day parade along the Delaware River waterfront. Right on cue, the politicians were there, as well, courting union support for the upcoming election cycle, just as they always do. But something was missing from Monday's Labor Day activities. Rain. Driving, pavement-lashing buckets of it. "The Big Guy whispered in my ear that we'd be dry until 5 p.m.," the city's top labor leader, Patrick J. Eiding, told an appreciative crowd of hundreds gathered for a pre-parade rally at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 union hall on South Columbus Boulevard.
September 2, 2014 |
"Here we go, Chilladelphia. " So said Kenny Vasoli of Vacationers as the band kicked off Day 2 of the Budweiser Made in America musical block party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Sunday promised lots of music, as long as the rain held off. And while a brief early downpour did not deter fans of weather-delayed rapper Danny Brown, a storm did force suspension of the festival around 6:15 p.m. Would Made in America return? Gates reopened around 7 p.m. The curfew was extended to midnight, and a new set list was announced to accommodate the night's biggest acts: Pharrell Williams, Tiesto, and Kings of Leon.
September 2, 2014 |
Day 2 of the Made in America festival turned soggy and briefly scary Sunday night, as lightning and heavy rain forced organizers to stop the music and make fans leave - then call them back when the weather improved. The come-and-go drama began shortly past 6:30 p.m., when drenching rains and flashes of lightning sent thousands of sopping concert-goers, some of them inebriated, out the gates and onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Some hopped into the Logan Square fountain. "If it's going to be canceled, you better make the most of it," a South Jersey teenager said before jumping in. Her friend took rainy refuge under a tree, along with several police officers and a young couple who were making out. A chant went up of "USA!