August 15, 2001
SURE, IT'S embarrassing, but not nearly as embarrassing as it would have been if a player had been seriously injured on the new turf at Veterans Stadium. Canceling the Eagles-Ravens pre-season game was not only the right thing to do - it was the only thing. What's more, until everyone is sure it's safe to play football there, it shouldn't be played - no matter how much it costs the Eagles. They'll probably just deduct it from their share of building the new stadium anyway, adding to how much the taxpayers are already shelling out. The Vet itself is a huge embarrassment.
May 5, 1995 |
Sonatine, starring Takeshi "Beat" Kitano and written and directed by him, is a rivetingly weird existential gangster picture. Although the story line - about a world-weary crime boss called in to settle a turf war in Okinawa - is your standard gangland scenario of duplicity and betrayal, there's nothing standard about Kitano's approach. Often keeping his camera in a fixed position, Kitano creates a mood of unsettling tranquillity, and so the violence, when it comes, is doubly alarming for the matter-of-fact manner in which it's recorded.
January 21, 1998 |
Drexel's basketball team walked three blocks last January - for the first time in nearly seven decades - to play a regular-season game against Penn at the Palestra. The walk back was even better, following the Dragons' six-point victory. Last night, they again headed down 33rd Street. This time, the return trip probably seemed more like three miles. Or, as an exasperated coach Bill Herrion put it, "I might just walk home tonight. " The Quakers, who wore their blue road jerseys at home for probably the first time since the Big 5 stopped playing a full, "neutral-court" round-robin in the mid-1980s, won their third straight, 79-65.
August 21, 1995 |
The Houston Oilers may be trying to turn a bump in the carpet into a reason to run to Nashville, Tenn., but landlords at the Astrodome won't be shaken so easily. Astrodome USA owner Drayton McLane insisted yesterday that the field was playable the night before when the exhibition game between the Oilers and San Diego Chargers was canceled by NFL officials because of problems with the Astrodome's artificial surface. The decision to cancel the game added another twist in the animosity between the Oilers and Astrodome USA, the parent company of the Houston Astros and manager of stadium.
July 24, 1995 |
There were no winners after a "turf war" outside of a Southwest Philadelphia house following a high-school graduation party last month. Only losers. Caliph Campbell, 19, of Saturn Place, lost his life when he was shot in the head on Buist Avenue near 78th Street. His friend, Louis Stratton, 19, who lived a block away, almost lost his left foot, where he was shot and wounded. Michael Cooper, 24, of Sharon Hill, Delaware County, lost his freedom after the incident, shortly after midnight June 17. Cooper is charged with murder and aggravated assault, said Assistant District Attorney Edward McCann.
May 26, 1989 |
After spending months crisscrossing New Jersey to broaden their appeal and committing more than $6 million to television imagery, the Republican contestants for governor are still locked in nothing more than an elaborate turf war, campaign officials and analysts said yesterday. With 11 days to go before the June 6 primary, the GOP race is pretty much where it began in January - a battle to determine which geographic base will prevail. But some Republican leaders contend there is one glaring exception: In the span of five months, Cary Edwards of Bergen County has come from virtually nowhere to become a serious contender for the GOP nomination, if his financial resources can hold out for the next two weeks.
April 22, 2001 |
Grass. Usually, it's the most mundane vegetation. Not in this city. Here, it is at the crux of a debate over the line that separates favoritism from generosity. At issue is whether the city should mow the grass, free of charge, at a private, nonprofit retirement home with ties to the wives of city officials. For at least 20 years, from May to November, municipal workers have made trips twice a month to cut the grass at the Home for Aged Women at 241 York St. Though city officials defend the gratis service, some residents say it's a violation of the public trust.
December 2, 1992 |
William Mungin is a follower. Whatever his friends do, he wants to do, and wherever they go, he wants to go, his grandmother said yesterday. On Tuesday, police said, Mungin, 14, pulled out a sawed-off shotgun at lunchtime in the crowded South Philadelphia High School cafeteria and handed it to Raheem Smith, 15, who shot a 17-year-old student in the leg. Calvin Saunders, of Sigel Street near 21st, was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he is in stable condition.
January 30, 1994 |
For two years, the turf war threatened to divide families and turn friends into enemies, but finally, the leaders of each side shut themselves up in a basement room until they came to an agreement. And when it was over last week, Paoli Fire Chief Tommy Robinson and Berwyn Fire President Vincent DiMartini had decided how their two volunteer companies would split up the area in and around Tredyffrin Township's sprawling Chesterbrook development, which has more than 2,400 homes and businesses.
June 30, 1994 |
A turf war on the streets of Camden between veteran gang members and an insurgent group has become the focus of a probe by Camden investigators into last weekend's triple slaying. Police also said yesterday they were looking for three men in connection with the deaths of city residents Dwight Chestnut, 19, Robert Bumpers, 20, and Jerome Greene, 17. They declined further comment on that aspect of their investigations. The victims were shot with high-powered weapons, authorities said.