February 20, 2015 |
* ALLEGIANCE . 10 Thursdays, NBC10. NBC's "Allegiance" brings its reluctant Russian spies - and their CIA agent son - to Philadelphia Thursday. Besides including a cameo for Mayor Nutter, the show, which filmed two episodes here in October, takes viewers inside a local landmark most Philadelphians have seen only from the outside. The Masonic Temple on North Broad Street is the focus of a storyline in which the spies are racing the feds to retrieve something from City Hall on a Sunday without being detected.
February 8, 2015 |
A Monmouth County, N.J., lawsuit alleging that the words under God in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the rights of an atheist schoolchild and sought to have them stricken has been dismissed. For a local high school senior, that was good news indeed. Samantha Jones, 18, who attends Highland Regional High School; her parents; and two of her siblings had intervenor status in American Humanist Association v. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District . The decision "does affirm our right to say under God in the Pledge of Allegiance," Jones said.
September 25, 2014 |
Blackwood teenager Samantha Jones grew up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the words under God , and she is willing to go to court for the right to keeping saying those words. "This is about our freedom as Americans," Jones said. The people who want to see those words taken out of the pledge would say the same thing. Jones, an 18-year-old Highland Regional High School senior, her parents, and her younger sister and brother learned this week that they have been granted intervenor status in a Superior Court case that contends that reciting the pledge violates the rights of atheists and humanists.
June 30, 2013 |
Other U.S. airlines have struggled over the last decade with the ups and downs of the economy and the price of jet fuel, but Allegiant Air has been profitable for 10 straight years. The tiny airline focuses on a niche others ignore: It flies only from small cities, including Allentown, Harrisburg, and Scranton in Pennsylvania, to sunny vacation spots. Allegiant entices people with low fares and nonstop flights. Then it aggressively pitches them hotels, rental cars, show tickets, and other entertainment, earning millions in commissions.
April 29, 2013 |
Thursday night, a little after 10 o'clock, Justin Pugh's family and close friends tossed aside their longtime allegiance to Gang Green and became Big Blue Nation disciples. It happened as soon as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that Pugh, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive tackle, would be playing for the New York Giants. "I was an Eagles fan growing up, just like all my buddies," the 2009 Council Rock South graduate said. "But with me going to the Giants, everyone is converting over.
September 16, 2011
By Sandra Day O'Connor Every morning at the beginning of class, students all over America stand and place their right hands over their hearts to give the Pledge of Allegiance. Sadly, for too many kids, this will be the limit of their civic education and engagement. At a time when our nation is making decisions about fundamental, long-term priorities - economic solvency, budget parameters, health policy, the United States' role in a volatile world, and more - too few Americans are prepared to join or benefit from the debate.
May 28, 2011
Jeff Shields' article on Monday ("Allies and allegiances on new City Council") prompts me to pose some questions: Allegiances mentioned included South Philadelphia, the Northwest, and North Philadelphia. OK. But who, specifically, is representing Center City and Northeast Philadelphia, whose residents pay the highest tax bills in the city? Somebody? Nobody? Why is Marian Tasco, a DROP recipient, still a part of the Philly political scene? How did John Dougherty get to be such a power broker?
May 23, 2011 |
A "new age" in City Council began with Tuesday's primary election, which assured at least six fresh faces on the fourth floor of City Hall, but will the influx bring a new day for Mayor Nutter and the city? More than anything, the election was a victory for a potent but volatile alignment of black political factions from West and Northwest Philadelphia, led by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and State Rep. Dwight Evans, respectively. Those camps have feuded on and off since the 1980s, periodically working against each other on campaigns, including the 2007 mayoral primary, in which both Fattah and Evans lost to Nutter.
May 14, 2011 |
The morning preschool session Friday at St. Mary School in Williamstown was coming to an end for Isabelle Barnes and her classmates, who had heard that a visitor might be dropping by - a soldier who would appreciate the flag they had painted, with their red handprints making stripes. When that visitor arrived, Isabelle was overwhelmed, and eventually ran to him and cried in his arms. It was her beloved uncle Luis Ortiz, back less than 48 hours after a 13-month stint in the Army Reserve in Afghanistan ended.
January 9, 2011
Lessons from reading Constitution I was glad to see that Congress opened with a reading of the Constitution ("House GOP says it will stand firm on debt limit," Friday). Tea partyers, including those who believe that the Pledge of Allegiance is found within that document, should listen closely. They may be surprised to learn that the Constitution does not purport to establish a Christian nation, that it does not expand or contract executive power depending upon which party is in office, and that it does not give states or individuals the right to ignore laws with which they disagree.