March 13, 1991 |
Burlington County Superior Court Judge Harold B. Wells yesterday ordered a March 20 hearing to decide whether former Hainesport Committeeman Jack Shipley resigned because a local activist threatened to expose 1987 child-abuse charges against him to sway his vote on a police issue. Wells said the hearing would be held to determine whether Shipley was coerced out of office Feb. 18 because of his controversial stand on the township's most volatile issue: whether to keep the police department.
July 2, 1992 |
It was supposed to be a student treatise on a William Faulkner novel, but instead the brief piece in Academy Park High School's end-of-the-year literary magazine, the Squire, ended up being racially explosive. William J. Leary, Southeast Delco School District's interim superintendent, referred to it at last Thursday's school board meeting as "an unfortunate incident. " He offered his apologies to those disturbed by the article. "Most teachers were offended by the publication," Leary said at the board session.
March 28, 1996 |
Yes, it was clingy. Yes, it was semi-transparent. But what really infuriated the fashion world about Sharon Stone's Academy Awards ensemble . . . is that it was from The Gap. It had been expected that Italian designer Valentino, who has frequently outfitted La Stone, would whip her up some slinky gowns. He did, but she didn't go for them. Then it was whispered that designer Vera Wang would create something for the actress. She did, and Stone passed on that too. And went with her dark, high-cut, I-am-a-serious-artist-even-if-I'm-not-wearing-any-underwear top, plus a long velvet skirt from the back of her closet.
February 24, 1995 |
The opening today of an exhibit of rarely seen photographs by - and of - famed Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins provides a new opportunity to pose the most frequently asked question about him: Was he really a dirty old man? People don't question whether Eakins (pronounced AY-kins) was a fine artist. Some of his paintings are among the best known in American art: his rowers on the Schuylkill; "The Gross Clinic," which shows a famous surgeon in action; "The Swimming Hole," which shows boys and a dog enjoying the water, among others.
May 12, 1998 |
While it's obvious from the title that The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) is a comedy, you also should know - and if you plan to see it, be glad - that it is a very humorous comedy with no redeeming value whatsoever. You don't go to this show with any expectation to learn anything at all new about the plays of William Shakespeare, or even to see the playwright treated with any of the respect that could be accorded him as the greatest writer in the English language. This is, after all, a show that provides a gangsta-rap version of Othello and, by confusing Shakespeare's biography with that of Hitler, has the Bard of Avon invading the Sudetenland.
January 16, 1986 |
At first glance, the city's Veterans Advisory Commission office does not seem like the stuff of which great political controversies are made. In fact, most politicians couldn't even tell you where in City Hall it's located. But the office found itself in the center of a political whirlwind yesterday after City Council President Joseph E. Coleman announced he had named former Councilman Harry P. Jannotti - convicted in 1980 for his role in Abscam - the commission's new executive director.
September 23, 1991 |
Today's problem in theatrical arithmetic is: How many tons of sand does it take to cover the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theater stage to a depth of two inches? The answer - in case you really wanted to know - is 24. That's how much sand will be spread on the stage Wednesday night when the Venezuelan Compania Rajatabla gives the first of five performances of its production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. And, you should know, it is not ordinary, run-of-the-beach sand. "It has to be sterilized sand, because people are on it and in it," said Steve Goff, executive director of the Annenberg Center.
January 13, 1991
If the city's financial crisis were written as a Shakespearean drama, the tortuous, five-month search for a short-term loan to keep the city solvent through the skiing season would merely be the prologue. At the most: Act 1, Scene 1. The rest of this tragedy is yet to unfold. (We disagree, though empathize, with those who think it should be staged as a comedy - something like Stan and Ollie Apply for a Loan.) With the loan deal apparently coming together at last, it's worth noting how much time and effort have been wasted on what should have been a routine transaction.
August 30, 1988 |
A windswept rainstorm tore through the Philadelphia region yesterday afternoon, cutting electrical power, halting several rush-hour trains and killing one person. A West Chester man was killed about 3:30 p.m., state police reported, after a tree branch fell on the car he was driving south on state Route 352 in Edgmont Township, Delaware County. The limb struck the car roof on the driver's side, police said, and the car veered into the northbound lane of Route 352, crossed Green Lane and struck a tree.
August 2, 1990 |
Commissioner Fay Vincent sat in a little white golf cart on the Veterans Stadium field last night, shaking hands with the Phillies' Von Hayes, exchanging memories with Cardinals announcer Jack Buck and generally enjoying himself. "I've got the greatest job in America and you know it," he said, squinting in the early evening light. "If you don't love baseball, you shouldn't be in it. " Soon enough, Vincent was brought back to reality. What about reports that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner chose the more stringent of two penalties offered him, Vincent was asked.