April 1, 2003
MAYBE journalists are different from the rest of the world. After all, the entire accounting industry didn't rise en masse to apologize for the shortcomings of Arthur Andersen during the Enron mess. Yet, we feel compelled to apologize to the public for Geraldo Riveria. Journalism is a serious business - especially when the subject is war and lives, both American and foreign, are on the line. During this war, we've seen some exemplary print and broadcast journalism. But even a battle for the soul of a Middle East nation isn't big enough to eclipse the egos of some TV personalities.
June 16, 2008
SINCE the OPEC members have little more than oil in their countries, and grow little if any produce, we should immediately cease exporting our goods to them. And no more financial aid, either. Let them eat their sand and drink their oil. Then they'll stop the extortion and price-fixing they use against the rest of the world. William Palmer, Philadelphia
August 19, 1993 |
Tucked behind the swimming pool and between the tennis courts and the blacktop hockey field is a bed of clean, yellow sand. A little slice of Maui, perhaps. Well, maybe the Jersey Shore. Call it what you will, it's definitely not a mirage. This is the YMCA and those are honest- to-goodness sand volleyball courts. The two courts are a fixture at the Phoenixville Y where they are used for four-on-four men's teams and a six-on-six coed league. The sand, several tons worth, was trucked in from local beaches, said Brian Devost, the Y's senior physical director.
May 25, 2010 |
Two days after several Flyers observed some kind of sand-like substance in the tunnel outside of their dressing room in Montreal - which, some say, forced them to repeatedly resharpen their skates during their Game 4 victory, and which resulted in towels being laid in the hallway later in the game - Canadiens coach Jacques Martin categorically denied that there had been a problem. Flyers officials have gone out of their way to say that they knew nothing about any sand, and nobody has accused anybody of anything nefarious.
March 7, 1987 |
When Dr. Mark Carroll walked into Room 3265 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia late Thursday night he was ready to "break out my sunglasses and beach towel. " "There was so much sand, the room looked a bit like a beach," Carroll said yesterday, motioning toward Room 3265. "There was sand in her ears, eyes, the corners of her mouth . . . " "Her" is Staci Bonelli. But Thursday night, life for Staci was hardly a beach party. For four and a half tense hours, the 13-year-old girl was trapped in an eight-foot-deep sand pit she fell into while playing on the property of a Southwest Philadelphia cement company.
May 26, 2003 |
Ever since an accident left her paralyzed from the waist down, Nahara Rodriguez has needed a lift to get into the water at the beach. Her wheelchair's wheels sink into the sand, so she can't roll to the surf. That may change soon, thanks to a beach wheelchair designed by local high school students. The new chair, designed by students from William Penn Charter School, is easy to maneuver in sand and water. It is collapsible, less obtrusive, and, most important, cheaper than existing beach wheelchairs.
January 3, 1988
It was acceptable for Pennsylvania's population to trail that of New York, a pushier state with a little more land, as the 20th century began. It was tolerable when the Golden State - with six times the area - grabbed the No. 2 spot in 1945 and barely sufferable in 1973 when Texas - almost a nation in itself - stomped Pennsylvania down to No. 4. But last week the Census Bureau announced something so absurd, bizarre and downright annoying that...
August 9, 1991 |
The new mayor of this island city says it's a wonderful place to visit, but he wouldn't want you to live here. In the last decade, the year-round population of Brigantine jumped from about 4,000 to 12,000. The enrollment at its only school has gone from 600 to more than 1,000. With such rapid and disconcerting growth, the city has had to beef up its fire and police protection and build new streets. An addition was put on the elementary school; now a second addition is on the way. And most of the motels have disappeared, converted to condominiums and sold to the newcomers.
April 10, 1986 |
Three investigators summoned to work with the grisly discovery of Susan Reinert's body in 1979 said yesterday they had no knowledge until this week that sand could have been found between her toes. The three men, all Pennsylvania State Police officers, testified yesterday during the trial of Jay C. Smith in Dauphin County Court to rebut a claim made by a former colleague on Monday. Smith, 57, is a former Upper Merion High School principal accused of three counts of first-degree murder in the 1979 deaths of Reinert, 37, an Upper Merion High School English teacher, and her two children, Karen, 11, and Michael, 10. Reinert's nude and badly beaten body was found June 25, 1979, in the rear luggage compartment of her compact car. The car was parked at a suburban Harrisburg motel.
July 31, 1989 |
Tony Onesky insisted there was no political guise in his sculpture of a pair of hands in handcuffs at yesterday's ninth annual Bally's Grand Sand Sculpture Contest. But it's clear that the arrest last week of Atlantic City Mayor James Usry and other city officials didn't hurt Onesky's selection as first-place winner of the over-16 individual category for "Arrested. " "I've planned to do something with a chain for a while," said Onesky, a 33-year-old dealer at Bally's Park Place Casino Hotel.