July 12, 2014 |
A U.S. Justice Department team listened for nearly two hours Thursday evening as angry Philadelphians lashed out at the Police Department for what they called a long history of unjustified shootings of young black males by white officers. At turns screaming, crying, or simply glaring straight ahead, a series of residents, most of them African American, including several mothers who said their sons had been unjustly shot by police, approached a microphone in City Council chambers and spoke of their pain.
July 9, 2014 |
A COMBUSTIBLE mixture of anger and grief nearly boiled over on a Southwest Philadelphia street corner in the summer heat last night in a tense standoff between a long, blue line of cops and roughly 200 residents protesting what they claimed was a slow response to Saturday's fire that killed four children on Gesner Street. The confrontation - first outside a fire station on 65th Street near Woodland Avenue and later on the narrow rowhouse street where eight homes were destroyed, and where the acrid stench of smoke still hung heavy - led to at least two arrests, as witnesses said some protesters tossed water bottles while the crowd chanted, "We want answers!"
June 27, 2014 |
IN "PINEAPPLE EXPRESS," Seth Rogen and James Franco angered a nasty drug lord and a corrupt policeman. With their upcoming movie "The Interview," due in October, they've ticked off Kim Jong Un . North Korea is warning that the release of the comedy about a plot to kill the country's dictator would be an "act of war. " If the U.S. government doesn't block the movie's release, it will face "stern" and "merciless" retaliation, an...
June 13, 2014 |
The Lower Merion School District's plan to create a school bus parking lot on Bala Avenue in Bala Cynwyd has some residents steaming. More than 100 people filled Lower Merion Academy, a historic house next to Bala Cynwyd Middle School, on Tuesday for a meeting of the Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd. Doug Young, the school district's director of community relations, knew what was coming. So township commissioners in attendance told the crowd to save the pitchforks for the district's elected officials, who were at Harriton High School's graduation.
June 13, 2014 |
It was Memorial Day weekend of 2013, and Michael Bowman, president and chief executive of Valley Forge Casino Resort, was frustrated by recent episodes of less-than-stellar customer service at the King of Prussia casino. In a bout of now obviously overzealous customer service, Bowman helped two young women who were hotel guests and banquet attendees gain access to the casino floor, even waving them through when a security guard held them up to check if they were old enough. Then Bowman left to take a few days off. Bad moves.
June 10, 2014 |
A short list of references that date Eric Bogosian's 1990 Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll includes Phil Donahue, Dan Quayle, NutraSweet, famine in Ethiopia, and talk of microwave ovens as something new. Only the mention of Vanna White retains any cultural currency. And yet Plays and Players' fun, engaging production uses the 80-minute piece as a continuing indictment of consumerism and hypocrisy that dates the work in a much different fashion. Bogosian's hyper-masculine one-man show originally contained 15 male characters.
June 3, 2014 |
The Avon Grove School District plans to outsource its 26 custodian jobs next school year as part of a cost-saving plan, and longtime workers who will lose pensions and some benefits - and maybe their jobs - are angry. Within the next 15 years, most school districts facing tightening budgets are likely to outsource services that do not directly educate students, said Joseph O'Brien, executive director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, which serves Chester County's 12 school districts and is brokering Avon Grove's outsourcing.
May 22, 2014 |
PAT SAJAK may not think the Earth is getting warmer, but one thing is for sure: Sajak himself is steaming. The usually mild-mannered "Wheel of Fortune" host took to Twitter to claim, "Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists. " Huh? While a reasoned argument might be that civilization is too dependent on fossil fuels to put that genie back in the bottle so we're just going to have to live (or possibly not live) with the consequences, the notion that being overly concerned with the future of the planet (right or wrong)
April 13, 2014 |
Members of the Pinelands Commission voiced anger and dismay Friday at what they called "accusatory" and "inaccurate" language used by Gov. Christie in a recent letter vetoing the use of certain funds for staff pay raises. Christie accused the board of "confiscation . . . of public funds" and a "gross abuse" of its power. "I don't question the governor's authority" to veto a commission action, Chairman Mark Lohbauer told his colleagues at Friday's monthly meeting. "But I was deeply troubled by the language of the letter," which Lohbauer said "impugns the character of the commission.
March 12, 2014 |
Despite a pool of more than $75 million in federal appropriations for fisheries disaster relief from Hurricane Sandy and other storm damage, at only $1.5 million, New Jersey has received a pittance compared with other regions, according to state legislators and anglers associations. Marine industry losses in both commercial and recreational fishing because of Sandy have been estimated at $121 million in New Jersey and $77 million in New York state. The two states have been told to split $3 million being allocated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service for the recovery, officials said.