June 26, 2009 |
When I was 10, I asked my mother if I could wear a Michael Jackson-style Jheri curl. All my friends had one. "No way!" she said of the greasy, spiral tresses. No matter. Summer turned into fall, and after much pleading, my grandmother bought me a zippered, red pleather jacket, a replica of the one Michael wore in his "Beat It" video. I wasn't the only one who looked odd pairing the jacket with my Catholic school uniform. We all did it. I can't fathom a world without Michael Jackson.
December 19, 1989 |
The numbers are in and it's official: Michael Jackson is your runaway favorite entertainer of the '80s. Not that that surprises us - but we thought he might win by a nose. When responses from some 600 Daily News readers were tallied, His Hotness topped the poll in three categories: Best Album ("Thriller," 1982), Best Rocker and Best Video ("Thriller," 1984). There were no categories in the poll for Best Dancer, Most Surgery, Weirdest Hobbies and Most Shy. If there had been, Jackson might have captured those honors, too. The poll proves that any reclusive, asexual, single-gloved, Moonwalking, llama-hugging, meat-eschewing, Pepsi-pushing, Liz Taylor-worshiping, Brooke Shields-consorting singer can sell a ton of tapes and discs to mall-going Middle America, as long as he has a neat beat and a catchy video.
September 3, 2016 |
Police are looking for a man who opened fire on a vehicle after an altercation on South Street this month. Authorities on Thursday released surveillance footage of the suspect in the Aug. 21 incident at 12th and South Streets. The shooting unfolded about 1:15 a.m., after a black BMW nearly hit another vehicle, police said. The occupants of the two cars got into a verbal altercation. The gunman then got out of the BMW and fired several times at the victim's vehicle before fleeing, police said.
January 28, 2000 |
A burning corpse that lit up Cobbs Creek Park in Yeadon Wednesday night may be that of a 15-year-old boy, say Delaware County investigators. The body was found on North Longacre Boulevard near Parkview Avenue, on a curb near a baseball field, at about 8:50 p.m., police said. Neighbors believed that a trash can was on fire, but when firefighters arrived on the scene they realized it was a body, Delaware County District Attorney Patrick Meehan said. He described the badly burned body as that of an African-American teen who stood about 5-foot-6 and weighed 135 pounds.
August 26, 1988 |
Police were searching through missing-person files yesterday in an effort to identify skeletal remains found in a heavily wooded section of Cobbs Creek Park. They said the remains appeared to be those of a black girl about 12. The remains, which appeared to be months old, were found about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by two teenage brothers playing in the park near South 61st Street, said Detective Edward Tenuto. He said there was no evidence that the girl had been slain. Tenuto said the boys reported the discovery to their aunt, Patricia Tucker, 37, of the 5800 block of Ashland Street, who stopped a passing police officer.
December 4, 1986 |
There is more than a touch of sadness at Christmas time for Lillian Mackrides and many of the 900 other residents at the Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima. Tears welled in her eyes as Mackrides, 72, glided her wheelchair back and forth in a rocking chair-like motion at the center Tuesday while she recalled residents who have outlived their families and must celebrate the holidays without loved ones. Center officials "try to make Christmas a pretty one. There's a Santa Claus.
February 5, 2016 |
With their matching white headbands, dark shoes and white socks, Korey Billbury and Jordan Price looked like twins wearing different colors on the floor of Tom Gola Arena. For large portions of the game, wherever Price was on the La Salle offensive end, Billbury stood right with him, making it nearly impossible to get the ball in the hands of La Salle's leading scorer, let alone get him a good look at the basket. Virginia Commonwealth, the top team in the Atlantic Ten, knew the best way to beat the Explorers, the league's cellar-dweller: keep the league's second-leading scorer off the scoreboard as much as possible.
June 13, 1988 |
Too much sunshine can addle the brain. And that seems to be happening in Florida. Instead of feeling shame and guilt for their unseemly effort to steal the White Sox from Chicago, the folks in the Sunshine State are angry at me for trying to prevent this theft. I've been bombarded with calls from Florida talk-show babblers, news reporters and businessmen who are outraged that I've urged Chicagoans to fight back by not vacationing in Florida. Almost 2 million Illinoisans visit Florida each year, spending over a billion dollars.
January 6, 1989 |
Mark Patterson is one inch taller, weighs five more pounds, holds a 2-0 lead in distinguishing features and is seven minutes older. That information comes courtesy of Steve Patterson, the other half of Simon Gratz's identical-twin guard basketball combination. It also comes challenged; at least the last part does. "I'm not seven minutes older. Steve is," Mark said. "He's got it backwards. I'm positive. I might look the oldest, but he is. Yeah, I'm sure. You can ask our mom. " For the record, Mark stands 5-10, weighs 145 pounds, has an inchlong scar under his right eyebrow (the result of a car accident last year)
April 22, 1989 |
Some more of the biggest lies ever told . . . From a government official to the media: "No one in our administration would attempt to deceive the American people. " From a fired employee: "My performance was beyond question. " From a politician testifying before a congressional committee: "I simply don't remember. " From a driver in the middle of somebody's lawn to an irate cop: "Honest officer, I only had one beer. " From a wife to her suspicious husband: "Don't be silly.