August 1, 1995
This is where the job of being a city official gets real tough. Imagine, having the awesome responsibility of picking the name of someone worthy to associate with the city's long-awaited criminal justice center, which is scheduled to open - finally! - sometime next month. The names submitted to City Council so far are a mixed bag of heavy- hitters, all sadly no longer with us: Clerk of Quarter Sessions Edgar C. Campbell Sr.; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; state Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott, and Mayor Frank Rizzo.
July 18, 1988 |
Sure, politics makes strange bedfellows. But isn't a marriage of Wilson Goode and Vice President Bush's brother taking things just a bit far? Maybe Goode has seen the light. It sure looks like it. Goode and Prescott Bush Jr. have agreed to become co-chairmen of the national Privatization Council. As Goode put it when his appointment was announced, he "believes strongly in privatization as an appropriate tool for delivering public services and facilities". If you put aside the ruling conventional wisdom in this town for just a little while, the concept of Goode embracing privatization - with a vengeance - actually makes sense.
April 22, 2016 |
IT WAS A strange scene to everyone except those who play this brutal and often unforgiving game. Wayne Simmonds and Alexander Ovechkin, talking side by side as medical men hovered over the motionless body of Scott Laughton. "We go to war with each other every single night," Simmonds would say later, after the Flyers hung on for a 2-1 victory. "But no one wants to see someone go down with an injury like that. " It may not always seem that way. It didn't seem that way moments before, when Laughton and Washington defenseman John Carlson competed full-speed for a puck and the ice between both and the backboards quickly evaporated.
August 10, 2004
A GRASSROOTS movement can sometimes turn out to be an Astro Turf joke. It looks real at first. But on closer inspection - and frankly, you don't have to look too hard - some of this year's politicians are strange bedfellows indeed. Let's see . . . A local Democratic Senate candidate unabashedly supports a conservative Constitution Party candidate for the same job. Nationally, Republicans ride the bandwagon of pesky independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, while Democrats are working hard to steer that wagon into a deep ditch.
August 14, 1992 |
TOP HEAVY Tragedy struck the U.S. Olympic team during closing ceremonies when an unidentified member was crushed by the weight of the advertisements on his warm-up uniforms. YOU'RE WRONG, KISS ME Mary Matalin, deputy manager of the George Bush campaign and author of the infamous "sleaze memo," is romantically linked to Bill Clinton strategist James Carville. Politics makes for strange bedfellows. LIGHT READING Last week, 30th aniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, saw the number of people writing books about the star actually outnumber those who saw her films.
February 4, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Rubio charges toward the head of the field Out of the chaos of the Republican presidential primary race emerged a glimmer of hope for centrist Republicans whose only desire is to retake the White House ("Cruz wins; Dems too close to call," Tuesday). Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had the most votes, and Donald Trump placed second. But handily outperforming his poll numbers was Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. The anyone-but-Cruz and anyone-but-Trump crowd seemed to coalesce around Rubio.
October 18, 1986 |
Funny Dirty Little War takes place in 1974 Argentina, the year Juan Peron died and left a political vacuum violently filled by a military government. Director Hector Olivera's slapstick tragicomedy, a funny, dirty little movie, satirizes how Peronism, which came to mean all things to all Argentines, led to the military takeover. In the sleepy pampas hamlet of Colonia Vega, word comes to the local Peronist boss that he, Suprino (Hector Bidonde), must eliminate left-wing infiltrators of the Peronist party.
June 9, 2002 |
Back in the Gilded Age, when money lubricated the machinery of machine politics, the U.S. Senate was known as "the millionaire's club. " New Jersey, where millionaire political neophyte Jon Corzine was elected to the Senate in 2000, and where millionaire near-political-neophyte Douglas Forrester won the Republican senatorial nomination last week, appears to be reviving the tradition. Though he was the first of New Jersey's new breed, Frank R. Lautenberg thinks Do You Want to Be a Millionaire Senator?
November 6, 1991 |
Many people are questioning Wilt Chamberlain's recent claim that he's slept with 20,000 women. They say it's impossible, and that Wilt is a big bragger. They're wrong. I know from personal experience that it's possible to sleep with 20,000 women. I've done it myself. It happened at an Eagles preseason game earlier this year. (Now that they've stopped serving beer at halftime, lots of people nod off.) Plus, counting a very crowded screening of "The Sheltering Sky," I'd say the actual, total figure is closer to 20,100.
May 15, 1991 |
Voters in the 8th District are faced with a hodgepodge of fresh faces as they choose their first new Council member in 20 years. When Council President Joseph E. Coleman announced earlier this year that he would retire, after two decades in office, he left no clear front-runner. That has brought seven Democratic candidates scurrying to carve niches for themselves in the economically and racially diverse district. The 8th encompasses parts of Tioga, Nicetown, Olney, Germantown, East and West Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill.