September 24, 2008 |
Bilal Bakr concedes that he often gets into good-natured trash-talking conversations with classmate Charles Watkins. Both attend Camden's Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts School, but these friends are the biggest rivals and two of South Jersey's top performers during the football season. Bakr is a two-way lineman for Woodrow Wilson, while Watkins plays for Camden and is is among the best wide receivers in the area. He has accepted a scholarship to the University of Virginia. Since their school doesn't offer football, they are able to play for Wilson and Camden, respectively.
August 28, 1992
PRAISE FOR SPRING GARDEN COLLEGE CAME TOO LATE It's too bad that the recent editorial praising the efforts of Spring Garden College came upon its demise. In fact, it is ironic that your paper, and others, seemed to suddenly become aware of this 141-year-old Philadelphia institution as dirt was being tossed on its coffin. As a teacher, coach and director of athletics at the college, I was aware of the problems that eventually spelled the end of what, someday, will be recalled fondly as a treasure.
November 23, 2013 |
Temple president Neil Theobald said publicly this week that an on-campus football stadium likely would be part of the university's next master plan, expected to be released in 2014. Temple is having a "serious discussion" about the stadium, Theobald said, as an alternative to playing home football games at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple's contract with the Linc, which is due to expire after 2018, costs the university about $1.5 million annually. Theobald's comments, his most significant yet about the oft-rumored stadium, came during a post-inaugural event at Loews Hotel in Center City on Tuesday night.
December 2, 2013 |
A LOCAL SURGEON was among four people who were arrested earlier this week in connection with a drug raid in South Philly. The bust went down about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday inside a rowhouse on 30th Street near Mifflin. When narcotics cops barged inside the property, they found Andrew Collier allegedly sitting at a table and writing prescriptions, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. They also found $740 worth of marijuana and $425 worth of barbiturates in the house, Russell said.
July 14, 2001 |
Frank Nofer, 71, of Spring Mill, a celebrated graphic artist and watercolorist who designed a Philadelphia logo for the American Bicentennial, died Thursday at Keystone House in Wyndmoor. His representational watercolors are included in prominent private and corporate collections. In 1995, the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College honored him with a one-man retrospective exhibition. For 25 years, Mr. Nofer operated a graphic-design studio in the Old City section of Philadelphia, where he did advertising for pharmaceutical companies and amassed many awards.
December 4, 2013 |
Forget right-brain or left-brain thinking. What may be more important from a gender standpoint is back-to-front or side-to-side thinking. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania used diffusion tensor imaging, a type of brain imaging that shows how brain cells are connected, to study young men and women. The team's maps of major information highways were noticeably different for the two genders. Men had more pathways that ran the length of each hemisphere, to parts within a hemisphere and across the cerebellum, which coordinates movement.
November 24, 2002 |
Kevin Holloman, weak from AIDS and fighting drug addiction, nervously eyed the metal door of the Good Shepherd shelter for homeless, medically fragile men in Philadelphia. His once-handsome face was drawn, his cheeks hollowed, his complexion pale. Kevin, 32, slowly picked up his suitcase, a crate full of books, and three trash bags of clothes and carried them to the shelter door. His stomach churned that morning last December. How will they treat me? Am I going to like the people?
December 7, 2013 |
Kneeling in pews behind a grate separating them from the chapel, four nuns bowed in prayer as the chaplain delivered his homily. "It will be tough to leave this place they've been so many years, but the faith they've built is a rock," Father Anthony Ignatious Cataudo said at the altar. "It cannot be moved. " The four women, dressed in white tunics and black veils, have spent decades praying to God, cloistered in the Monastery of the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary, an immense stone temple that has stood in Camden for 113 years.
October 22, 1990 |
In 1861, the residents of Humphreysville changed the name of their town to Bryn Mawr, which is Welsh for "high hill. " Not to be outdone, the residents of Athensville changed its name to Ardmore, which is Irish for "high hill. " Darrah Street is named for a Quaker woman who eavesdropped on British army officers and tipped off George Washington about their plans. There was never a bank on Bank Street. All of this and much, much more can be found in Robert I. Alotta's extraordinary book Mermaids, Monasteries, Cherokees and Custer: The Stories Behind Philadelphia Street Names.
August 1, 1991 |
Perhaps because she was a woman working in a period dominated by male artists, or perhaps because Hodgkin's disease forced her to stop painting when her talent was in full flower, the late Reva Urban has been overlooked in chronologies of American painting over the last 30 years. The exhibition of her work in the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that Urban's reputation deserves to be refurbished. If these works are typical, during the early to mid-1960s she was as innovative as any of her contemporaries, and more so than most.