September 29, 1998 |
The day of her high-school prom, Brenda Hall went to jail. A judge sentenced her in May to 10 years in prison for her role in three robberies in Gloucester County. She must serve a minimum of three years and three months. The day before, she took her little sister to Pizza Hut in her mother's Dodge Stratus and said goodbye to family and friends at an emotional barbecue. Her mother baked a cake, and wrote in frosting, "Say a prayer for Brenda. " Brenda wiped that away and in its place spelled out "good luck" with pieces of candy.
February 10, 1998 |
Kleenex alert: Ekaterina Gordeeva isn't a bad addition to the studio as a figure skating analyst. She seems genuine - although that only serves to make Jim Nantz look all the more plastic - and she certainly knows what she's talking about. But Nantz keeps trying to pry out of her a tearful reminiscence of her late husband, Sergei Grinkov, who died of a heart attack during a workout two years ago. Gordeeva seems to have prepared herself for the questions, but it's obvious she has no intention of dissolving into a blubbering emotional mess.
April 19, 2000 |
One moment a guy is under the impression he's making marvelous progress in his college football career. Then, boom, he's under the knife. Brett Gordon, the all-everything quarterback from La Salle High who was slated to start next fall for Villanova University as a third-year sophomore after sparkling in spring practice, is to undergo surgery today to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The injury occurred Sunday in the Wildcats' Blue-White game.
January 24, 1988 |
They mourned their loss, and they celebrated new life. In a bittersweet farewell Monday, students and staff of Archbishop Ryan High School for Girls honored the Rev. John J. Conahan, their principal. After 12 years at the helm of Ryan Girls in the Far Northeast, Father Conahan, 52, was leaving this community to head Immaculate Conception parish in Jenkintown. His departure from Ryan Girls also comes near the end of Ryan Girls, for the school will merge this fall with Archbishop Ryan High School for Boys.
October 30, 1999 |
It was as sad as could be, and anybody who wasn't left in tears was smiling from ear to ear. Such was the wrenching, emotional memorial service for about 3,500 people - family, friends, loved ones, fellow parishioners, more than 100 PGA Tour players and just the curious - who gathered yesterday in the cavernous First Baptist Church of Orlando to mourn Payne Stewart's death and to celebrate his remarkable, flamboyant and, in latter years, deeply...
January 25, 2011 |
The fearless abolitionism and feminism of Isabella Baumfree - better known to us as Sojourner Truth - inspired U.S. presidents to seek her out. But Baumfree, who died in her mid-80s in 1883, produced more than impassioned speeches. She left behind a personal account of slavery, a harrowing record of a human being treated as property, sold time and again, subdued, humiliated. As it should, Richard LaMonte Pierce's play Sojourner , now at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, catalogs the miseries in Sojourner Truth's hard life.
June 17, 2001
My father, Lynn Hope, wept only once in my presence. A jazz bandleader, my father grew increasingly dissatisfied with the system of American apartheid. It was the rule of the day in the '50s that it was fine for his band to play for customers in clubs in which band members were forced to enter by the back door and suffer other humiliations. After an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in 1952, during which he saw different races treat each other as humans, he decided his family would hit the high seas and sail away to places where black people were regarded as humans first.
May 10, 2011 |
They came here from across a tiny borough Tuesday night, more than 100 people bearing candles to commemorate 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman, who was killed in Souderton on Monday night. They placed stuffed animals inside a circle of candles placed around the sign for Souderton Garden Apartments, where Skyler lived with her mother, Heather Gebhard. People said they had learned about the event on Facebook and elsewhere and felt driven to come to the corner of East Chestnut and North Second Streets.
August 25, 1991 |
When I pick up my toddler from day care, he screams like crazy. It makes me feel horrible. Either he's miserable there, or he hates me. Which is it? While it's disappointing for parents to arrive with cheery smiles, only to be greeted with frowns or a ripening tantrum, tears at the end of day care don't necessarily signal something bad. For some tots, the parent's arrival means they can really let out all those pent-up emotions; other children may be totally involved in a fascinating project and not want to stop.
June 16, 1994 |
Central Bucks West junior Michele Loux scored a goal 1 minute and 31 seconds into a sudden-death overtime Friday to lead the Bucks to a 2-1 win over Council Rock in the PIAA state girls' soccer championship game. After the climactic goal reached the back of the net, tears streamed down the faces of players and coaches. Tears of joy were shared by West coach Chris Freudig and his players, while tears of agony were shared by Rock coach Jim Dunn and his team. "Right after the game I looked to the sky and told the girls that there was a friend up there somewhere looking down on us," said an emotional Freudig.