May 5, 2016
By James Waller Zalman Gradowski, a Jew from Luna in the district of Grodno, on the border of Lithuania and Poland (present-day Belarus), arrived in Auschwitz on the morning of Dec. 8, 1942. Upon arrival, his mother, wife, two sisters, brother-in-law, and father-in-law were taken immediately to the gas chambers. Gradowski, an able-bodied man, was assigned to the Sonderkommando squad, the prisoners who serviced the crematoria by pulling out the bodies, plundering the corpses, burning the remains, and disposing of the ashes.
April 30, 2016 |
The giant screen that sits high atop the field at the Penn Relays is there for a reason. On Thursday evening, Haddonfield Memorial junior Briana Gess used it to sneak a peek at Weini Kelati, the Heritage (Leesburg, Va.) junior who flirted with the Relays Record (9 minutes, 15.3 seconds) during the girls' 3,000 meters. Kelati finished in 9:19.91. "She's just incredible," Gess said. "I was watching her on the screen when I was running. " Gess, competing by herself for the first time at the Relays, finished 12th overall (9:50.95)
April 17, 2016
On April 9, ACHIEVEability hosted Food for Thought at Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard. The event, attended by 600 supporters, including Mayor Kenney, celebrated the organization's 35 years of breaking the generational cycle of poverty. The crowd enjoyed drinks, dancing, and sampling dishes from more than 25 local restaurants. ACHIEVEability is a member of the Mission First Housing Group, a nonprofit organization that assists low-income, single-parent, and homeless Philadelphia families to become self-sufficient.
March 17, 2016 |
As Mayor Kenney looks to spend millions on rehabbing Philadelphia libraries, parks, and recreation centers, City Council on Tuesday looked to ensure the workforce on those projects, and other city jobs, is diverse. Under legislation approved by a Council committee, the office that tracks workers' wages would also track diversity on job sites. Contractors who don't comply by trying to reach diversity goals could be barred from future city work. But compliance is not cut and dried.
January 12, 2016 |
When Jalaal Hayes of North Philadelphia applied to a doctoral program in applied chemistry, even the admissions staff at Delaware State University did a double take. Hayes was but 18. Surely he had mistakenly checked the box next to graduate school. His application was dispatched to the undergraduate division. Eventually, it came back. The teenager, who had graduated from high school at 15, and from college at 18 - with two bachelor's degrees, no less - knew exactly what he was doing.
November 17, 2015
At the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Thursday, women of all ages will descend on Center City to glean wisdom from the likes of Jessica Alba, actress and entrepreneur; Gloria Steinem, women's rights pioneer; Rachael Ray, celebrity chef and TV host; Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee from Liberia; and Carli Lloyd, World Cup soccer superstar. Some will offer tips on how to start your own business, including Lori Goldstein, a longtime stylist for Vanity Fair and other magazines as well as for high-style photographer Annie Leibovitz.
November 3, 2015 |
TEMPLE RUNNING BACK Jahad Thomas was correct when he said before Saturday's massive game against Notre Dame that "win or lose," one game would not define the Owls' season. Since the Owls dropped a 24-20 heartbreaker to the then-ninth-ranked Irish, it is imperative that they double down on Thomas' thought and understand that almost nothing was lost in the grand scheme of what they can still achieve. OK, if you want to play ultimate fantasy island adventure, the loss eliminates Temple (7-1)
September 19, 2015 |
Three years ago, Noelle Bilbrough was looking at 10 to 20 years in prison for setting 10 fires in Frankford. That was the least of her problems. By the time she was arrested May 22, 2012, Bilbrough was in a losing 19-year fight with mental illness, and alcohol and drug abuse. It had chased her from her parents' home in Pine Hill in South Jersey to Upper Darby to life as a sometime prostitute on the streets of Frankford. On Thursday, the 38-year-old Bilbrough stood before almost 200 people to speak in support of Philadelphia's Mental Health Court program and how it brought her back from the edge.
September 11, 2015 |
THE LEFT hook that will be forever immortalized with the unveiling, at long last, of the Joe Frazier statue tomorrow afternoon in front of Xfinity Live! likely is not the hardest of the signature punches landed by the late, great "Smokin' " Joe. In retrospect, that distinction might go to the wicked hook that put another future Hall of Famer, Bob Foster, down and utterly out in the second round of Frazier's successful defense of his WBC and WBA heavyweight championships on Nov. 18, 1970.