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July 6, 2012 | By Dara McBride, Inquirer Staff Writer
The chance to vote, to travel freely, to attend college or become a doctor - that's the American dream for children who seek U.S. citizenship. "I want to do big things," said Joseph Valdecanas,14, who moved to the United States from the Philippines seven years ago and aspires to become a news reporter and help set the agenda of the American people. Valdecanas, along with 12 other young people, now has the chance to do those "big things. " In a Fourth of July ceremony Wednesday afternoon outside the Betsy Ross House, the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship & Immigration Services swore in the 13 children, ages 6 to 15, as citizens.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | By Ed Rendell
IN RECENT MONTHS I've suggested in a new book that we may have become a "nation of wusses. " The reference comes, of course, from my criticism of a decision by the National Football League to cancel an Eagles game in 2010 because of the threat of some heavy snow.   In its larger ramification, the criticism applies to us and to what our lack of courage has done to us as a nation — and the dangers we will face because of it. Fortunately, we will soon have a place in Philadelphia where we can easily draw inspiration from a time when that criticism could not have been further from the truth.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Robert A.M. Stern seems to be everywhere these days. Besides running Yale University's architecture school and producing architecture tomes as fat as two-by-fours, he oversees a large and successful architecture factory in New York City that can turn out buildings in any style you need. It has been doing a big business in Philadelphia.   His firm's substantial output here includes one of his finest buildings ever, the Comcast Tower, a handsome modern obelisk. He's also responsible for a truly awful one, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies on 34th Street.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, fresh from the successful opening of the Barnes Foundation gallery on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - where he was a key supporter of the foundation's move from the suburbs to the city - has now focused his financial energy on building a new history museum near Independence Mall. At a news conference Tuesday, the American Revolution Center is expected to unveil New York architect Robert A.M. Stern's design for a new Museum of the American Revolution at Third and Chestnut Streets, and in support of the push for the museum, Lenfest will announce a $40 million challenge grant.
NEWS
June 8, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rarely has a piece of land been the site of such intense clashes for so long. The Princeton Battlefield, where George Washington's army defeated British regulars for the first time 235 years ago, became the focus of renewed fighting Wednesday after being named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the country's 11 most-endangered historic places. While the designation does not, by itself, protect the property, it provides ammunition to local preservationists and historians in the nonprofit Princeton Battlefield Society, which has opposed plans for construction of faculty housing by the neighboring Institute for Advanced Study.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rarely has a piece of land been the site of such intense clashes for so long. The Princeton Battlefield, where George Washington's army defeated British regulars for the first time 235 years ago, became the focus of renewed fighting Wednesday after being named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the country's 11 most-endangered historic places. While the designation does not, by itself, protect the property, it provides ammunition to local preservationists and historians in the nonprofit Princeton Battlefield Society, which has opposed plans for construction of faculty housing by the neighboring Institute for Advanced Study.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Anna Pan, Daily News Staff Writer
Darth Vader is about to be rewarded for his philanthropy.   On Nov. 19, actor James Earl Jones, whose voice gave life to the famous "Star Wars" character, will join Bill Cosby, Elizabeth Taylor and Oprah Winfrey on the list of accomplished Marian Anderson Award recipients. Mayor Nutter made the official announcement at the Sofitel hotel on Monday. The award — which honors philanthropic artists with a gift of $50,000 — is given each year in the name of Philadelphia contralto Marian Anderson.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Carrie Rickey and For the Inquirer
James Earl Jones, thunder-voiced actor of stage and screen, is the recipient of the 2012 Marian Anderson Award, Mayor Nutter announced Monday, citing Jones' "culture-changing" theater roles and his "iconic" work as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars. The honor named for Anderson, the Philadelphia-born contralto who lifted her voice in the fight for social justice, will be presented to Jones at a Kimmel Center gala, Nutter said. Previous winners include actors Sidney Poitier, Gregory Peck, Harry Belafonte, and Mia Farrow, and poet Maya Angelou.
NEWS
February 14, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Michael C. Quinn, 59, longtime head of the Montpelier Foundation, which operates the Virginia home of President James Madison, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Quinn succeeds Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, who left the museum last year to pursue his own writing and scholarship. Cole remains an adviser to the museum's board. "Mike Quinn has a strong background in the founding history of this nation that makes him uniquely suited to lead the center," H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, board chairman of the private American Revolution Center, nonprofit operator of the museum, said in a statement Monday.
NEWS
January 22, 2012
Richard M. Ketchum, 89, an author and editor who cofounded Country Journal, a magazine that offered a blend of the bucolic and the practical, particularly to city folk who had opted for the rural life, died Jan. 12 at a retirement home in Shelburne, Vt. Until four years ago, he had lived on his nearly 1,000-acre farm, Saddleback, in Dorset, Vt. Originally called Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal - it was started in 1974 by William S. Blair and Ketchum,...
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