December 27, 1998 |
The chief backyard fruit trees I recall from my Pennsylvania childhood were these: an apple tree that annually bore six or eight stunted, less than half-edible fruits; a peach tree whose promising crop succumbed every June to a gummy mess I now recognize as having been caused by the plum curculio; and a plum tree, the most beautiful flowering object I have ever seen, that in about 18 years of life managed just one summer to produce two unimaginably delicious plums the size of cocktail olives.
October 11, 1998 |
The University of Virginia appointed a committee to review the school's medical center, which has been embarrassed three times recently. The Charlottesville hospital mixed up two newborns in 1995, recently switched the bodies of dead babies and last year mistakenly gave a mother who miscarried only her baby's placenta to bury. Hospital officials said a police investigation into the switched babies has failed to uncover how the girls went home with wrong families.
August 15, 1998 |
The University of Virginia took out full-page newspaper advertisements Friday apologizing for a baby switch at the school hospital. The switch has "caused unspeakable sorrow to the families involved," President John Casteen III wrote in the letter published in several newspapers. "They owe us more than an apology . . . ," said Brenda Rogers, step-grandmother of one of the girls, Rebecca Chittum, 3. She did not say what else the family wants from the hospital.
March 29, 1998 |
Pete Gillen has left Providence to sign a seven-year deal to become Virginia's new basketball coach, Virginia Athletic Director Terry Holland confirmed. Gillen replaces Jeff Jones, who resigned March 15 after eight seasons. He takes over a team that was 11-19 this season, the program's worst record in more than three decades. One of the stipulations in Gillen's agreement with Virginia is that he is to hire an African American coach.
February 8, 1998 |
Beneath the stately oaks that shelter Miss Kitty's grave, the actor blinks back tears. Then he composes himself and turns to his audience. Wide-eyed, his voice exaggerated, he shuffles toward an imaginary young woman sweeping an imaginary stoop. "I figured out why your mama never let us in the house," he booms. "She got stowaways in there."
December 29, 1994 |
It was raining and muddy. And that was fine with Virginia--its string of four consecutive bowl losses finally put to rest. "It's great to finally get that bowl losing streak off our backs," said Virginia Coach George Welsh. With Mike Groh burning Texas Christian with a 37-yard scoring pass to Tyrone Davis in the third quarter, the No. 18 Cavaliers (9-3) beat the Horned Frogs, 20-10, Wednesday night in the rain-soaked Independence Bowl.