February 25, 1987 |
US Sprint said yesterday that its share of Philadelphia long-distance telephone customers has grown as much as two percentage points in its battle to overtake MCI Communications, the second-largest long-distance company here, after AT&T. Gabriel A. Battista, president of US Sprint's Atlantic division, also said that, by the end of the year, the company should be able to "set up" calls in six to seven seconds, one-third the time it took last spring. The set-up time is the period between the finish of dialing and the start of ringing at the other end of the line.
April 15, 1987 |
US Sprint, the nation's third biggest long-distance company, is preparing to oppose Bell of Pennsylvania's plan to deregulate much of its business, contending the idea would be far too costly to consumers and others. A state Senate committee has scheduled a hearing for Monday on Bell's proposal. Under the proposal, the phone company would contribute $100 million during five years for state economic development if the state approves the partial deregulation plan. In December, the company called for revised regulations for its non- residential services to allow Bell to better compete with unregulated firms that have entered the field since the court-ordered breakup of the Bell system.
April 25, 1986 |
With all the attention devoted to the $3,990 Yugo and the $4,995 Hyundai in recent times, another new little economy car has been kind of lost in the shuffle. And that's a shame, because the $5,660 Chevrolet Sprint deserves a better fate than that. The quality of this car is much higher than the Yugo's and at least as good as the Hyundai's. And when it comes to gas mileage, the forte of any minicar, the other two aren't even close. The Yugo and Hyundai have city EPAs in the 20s. The Sprint has an EPA city rating of 44 - which is 6 miles per gallon less than this driver obtained.
April 26, 2009 |
The spirited Friday morning talk in the color-splashed Jamaican sector of Franklin Field's north grandstands had been all about whether Olympic hero Usain Bolt would be in Philadelphia this weekend. Then suddenly, as a heat of the Penn Relays' boys' small-school 4x100 drew near, the conversation stopped. The men and women in green-and-gold T-shirts, jackets and hats rose in unison, as if they'd just heard the first notes of their island nation's anthem. "Where is Nickel?" whispered a man whose prodigious dreadlocks were piled beneath a knit cap. Nickel Ashmeade, the lanky, euphoniously named runner, wearing Jamaica's ubiquitous green and gold, would be on the second leg in a heat St. Jago's should have dominated.
July 4, 1987 |
His goal once was to someday ride wheel to wheel with Europe's finest cyclists as all of France cheered him from the side of the road. While most of the adolescent males of America pray for a football player's physique, Ken Carpenter bemoaned his every extra inch. "I wanted to do the Tour de France and all that," said Carpenter, who finished third to eventual champion Scott Berryman last night in the John E. duPont National Cycling Championships at the Lehigh County Velodrome. "But my junior year I weighed 175. The next year I was 200. And then I got up to 220. " When he reached his full height of 6-4, his dream gave way to hard reality.
February 22, 1999 |
The West Catholic girls' sprint medley team ran the nation's fastest time this season at the Simplot Games at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, yesterday. At the university's Holt Arena, the West Catholic quartet of freshman Tiffany Bradley, sophomore Sara Hatchett, junior Renee Fortune and freshman Evelyn Dwyer posted a time of 4 minutes, 4.07 seconds, taking the lead in the final 800-meter leg over Utah's Kearns High School, which finished second in 4:06.22. The winning time - the ninth-fastest time ever run in the event, Burrs coach Lenny Jordan said - bested this indoor season's previous top time in the nation, 4:06.
March 4, 2005 |
Down at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., they're getting the idea that Tim Ritchey might make a pretty fair poker player. The Delaware Park-based trainer of top Kentucky Derby contender Afleet Alex kept it pretty hush-hush that he wanted to put his colt in a six-furlong race tomorrow. But when the entries came out yesterday for the $50,000 Mountain Valley Stakes at Oaklawn, Afleet Alex was among them. He is ready to make his 3-year-old debut, with Jeremy Rose riding, in Afleet Alex's first race since placing second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
June 20, 1988 |
While most of the riders in yesterday's $110,000 CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling Championship spent Saturday resting up for the 156-mile race, Italy's Roberto Gaggioli was winning a 40-mile contest in Washington, D.C. And, after most of the riders in yesterday's race had dropped out by the ninth lap, Gaggioli, of the Pepsi-Fanini team, produced a furious sprint in the final 200 meters to edge Norway's Dag-Otto Lauritzen of the 7-Eleven team and...
July 19, 1988 |
GTE Corp. said yesterday that it planned to sell for $600 million most of its half of US Sprint to its partner in the unprofitable long-distance telecommunications venture, United Telecommunications Inc. The companies also announced that US Sprint president Robert H. Snedaker would take early retirement effective Aug. 15. William T. Esrey, United Telecom president and chief executive, will take on Snedaker's duties, at least temporarily....
May 14, 1986 |
Thousands of long-distance-telephone customers probably thought they had found the best of all toll bargains when they received their recent GTE Sprint Communications Corp. bills. But, no such luck. Sprint has acknowledged that because of a computer glitch, $10 million or more in long-distance calls were not billed between late February and late last month. And now the third-largest long-distance carrier is trying to reconstruct the list of calls so it can bill customers.