July 17, 1998 |
A federal magistrate judge set stringent bail conditions yesterday for a SEPTA police officer charged by New York authorities in a hostage-taking robbery allegedly orchestrated by Russian mobsters. Authorities allege that furs, jewelry and Rolex watches were taken during a home break-in in Brooklyn on May 13 and that the victims were later forced to pay an additional $40,000 in cash. The victims, identified only as the owners of a New York business, were gagged, handcuffed and had their faces covered with ski caps by two men who entered their home posing as police officers, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
December 10, 1998 |
Russian iconographer Alexandr Sokolov, right, installs the mosaic he designed for St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church in North Philadelphia. The work, picturing Christ's face, was executed by Russian mosaic specialist Tatiana Zlobina. Church engineer Aleksandr Kozlov, left, helped out yesterday.
December 10, 1992 |
Russian immigrants will celebrate Hanukkah with Jewish families from the Northeast Sunday on the first day of the joyous eight-day holiday. The ceremony at 11 a.m. - at the Klein Branch of the Jewish Community Centers, Red Lion Road and Jamison Avenue - will be conducted in Russian and English. A highlight will be the lighting of a menorah, the Hanukkah candelabra that holds seven candles. Children of Russian background as well as youth from the Northeast will take part in the ceremony.
August 25, 1995 |
Nobody wants to fight the Russian. Or so it seems. Alexander Zolkin, the North American Boxing Federation heavyweight champion, is scheduled to defend his title at Bally's Park Place Casino Hotel tonight (ESPN, 9:30), but he isn't counting on it until he sees his opponent in the ring. Three of Zolkin's last four scheduled opponents have withdrawn, and at one point earlier this week, it appeared the streak would be extended. Tony Tubbs, scheduled to meet Zolkin in tonight's 12-round bout, called in hurt early Wednesday and a fill-in opponent was found.
March 23, 1990 |
Pianist Cynthia Raim appeared in the Port of History auditorium last night under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Her narrowly focused but well-thought-out program was devoted to Viennese classics and Russian post-romantics. An opening block of Haydn and Beethoven revolved around Haydn's lengthy, meditative Variations in F Minor. Raim's deeply felt, beautifully clear performance (with crystalline filigree) provided welcome contrast to her less thoughtful rendering of the opening Fantasia in C Major, by the same composer.
July 8, 1991 |
Repertory companies like the Delaware Valley Opera Company, which performed Saturday night at the Osimo Outdoor Theater at Hermitage Mansion on Henry Avenue, occupy an important place in the arts in this country. These shoestring operations give inexperienced performers a chance to learn repertoire without big-time pressures. For a concertgoer, part of the fun is the element of surprise. You never know when you'll hear the next Elisabeth Schwarzkopf or Maria Callas. Its more likely, though, that you'll have to endure singing and acting that never deserved to find its way out of the shower and past the bathroom door.
November 3, 1991 |
A collection of 75 commemorative Russian medals, dating from 1713 to the 1917 Revolution, will be sold during the mail bid sale Nov. 13 held by Coin Galleries, the foreign department of Stack's in New York City. The medals, mainly in bronze but with some silver and one in gold, celebrate Prince Rurik, the Scandinavian usually credited with founding the Russian state in the 9th century, and other heroes, among them Prince Igor, Prince Sviatoslav and Peter the Great. Other medals mark treaties, the annexation of Armenia in 1828, the opening of the Polkovo Observatory in 1839, the completion of the Nicholas Bridge in St. Petersburg, and various coronations.
April 18, 1993 |
Alexander Shishinin, 30 years old and boyishly handsome, had spent the day in a recording studio with the band he managed, and he was climbing the dark, narrow staircase to his fifth-floor apartment in a dingy building on the northeastern edge of Moscow. It was between 8 and 9 p.m. on Friday, March 5, when he reached the landing between the second and third floors, the one with the graffiti "there is no happiness in life. " He was holding two guitars, so his hands were full when someone stepped from the darkness and plunged a four-inch knife into his belly.
September 22, 2008 |
Kenya's Catherine Ndereba, the Olympic marathon silver medalist, was shortening up in distance while Liliya Shobukhova, Russia's 5,000-meter runner, was stretching out. In the end, Ndereba, a six-time winner of the Philadelphia Distance Run, couldn't catch Shobukhova in yesterday's version of the annual race. The winner finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 21 seconds, earning the first prize of $3,500. She was sixth in the 5,000 in the Olympics in Beijing. Ndereba earned $2,000 for second yesterday.
March 18, 1994 |
Russian pentathlete Irina Belova was suspended for four years yesterday by the International Amateur Athletic Federation for testing positive for testosterone during last year's World Indoor Championships in Toronto. Belova's gold medal will be given to runner-up Liliana Nastase, of Romania. Poland's Urzula Wlodarczyk moves up to the silver-medal position, and Germany's Birgit Clarius will receive the bronze. In other track and field news: The Romanian Track and Field Federation suspended high jumper Galina Astafei-Stavariu, the 1992 Olympic silver medalist, for three years for refusing to compete in last weekend's European Indoor Championships in Paris.