October 3, 2013 |
NEW HOPE Judy Finn's fingers are sore. For weeks, the 40-year-old New Hope resident has been handcrafting blue-and-gold ribbons to hand out at New Hope-Solebury High School sports events. She's burned through about 220 yards of material, she said, creating ribbons for fans to pin to their clothes. At Friday night's football game, she gave out 150. "Everybody was wearing them," she said. That support, however, is not directed toward the football team. Instead, Finn's ribbons are to advocate another cause: keeping the school's sports games under the lights, as they have been for more than a decade.
September 11, 2013 |
USUALLY prosecutors and crime victims are on the same team in court. But the family of Shane Kelly, 27, exited a Philadelphia courtroom yesterday grumbling with disgust over how Kelly's two confessed murderers were treated by the criminal-justice system. Ryan McManus, 22, the gunman, and Richard Smith, 20, his accomplice, each could have received prison sentences of 100-plus years if a jury convicted them on all counts in the fatal shooting of Kelly during a botched street robbery in Fishtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2011.
July 22, 2013 |
For the first time in 40 years, Congress has decided to give subsidies to farmers - many of them rich - while offering nothing to fund the food-stamp program that experts believe keeps poor Americans from starving. The decision last week comes after conservative Republicans in the House blocked a bill that would have slashed $20 billion from the food-stamp budget, saying the cut was too small. The antipoverty community in Philadelphia and throughout the nation is convulsed with anger.
July 21, 2013 |
Detroit's historic bankruptcy filing aroused opposition from angry investors, public employees, and retirees Friday, as state leaders framed the action as their best shot at putting the ailing city on a road to recovery. Flanked by posters of the city's skyline with the words "Reinventing Detroit," the state-appointed emergency manager said Friday that he hopes the roughly $19 billion bankruptcy will provide the fiscal breathing room needed to repair the city's infrastructure and restore basic services.
July 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers of both parties expressed deep skepticism Wednesday about the government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and threatened not to renew the legislative authority that has been used to sanction a program described as "off the tracks legally. " A congressional backlash appeared to be coalescing around the idea that the administration's interpretation of its powers far exceeds what lawmakers intended. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, lawmakers forcefully pressed officials from the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to justify the government's collection and storage of the communications records of vast numbers of Americans.
July 16, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My boyfriend is sweet and kind, and everyone adores him. However, it bothers me that he often uses profanity when we argue (sometimes directed at me). He always apologizes and has admitted he needs to change, but it always slips out during arguments. I have told him it is rude and something I will not stand for, but it continues to be a problem. Is this something that can change, or is it just wishful thinking? Answer: When his profanity is "sometimes directed at" you, is he saying "Bleep you" or "You're such a bleeping bleep"?
July 2, 2013 |
BERLIN - European leaders reacted with fury on Sunday to allegations in a German magazine that the United States had conducted a wide-ranging effort to monitor European Union diplomatic offices and computer networks, with some saying that they expected such surveillance from enemies, not their closest economic partner. It was the latest fallout from National Security Agency information apparently leaked by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor whose detailing of classified information on the agency's programs has shined a rare light on U.S. surveillance efforts that range far wider than previously understood.
June 20, 2013 |
TO SAY the Germantown community is devastated that its high school of 99 years will close would be a grand understatement. "You're wiping out a whole community," said Vera Primus, president of the Germantown Alumni Association. "To find out your school is closing is so disheartening," said Angela Hanna, whose first and only job with the school district has been as guidance counselor at Germantown High. "You feel like you've been stabbed in the back. " "The spirit has been broken," said the Rev. LeRoi Simmons, founder and coordinator of the Germantown Clergy Initiative.
June 18, 2013 |
LUXOR, Egypt - Angry tourism workers and activists in Luxor threatened Monday to block a newly appointed Islamist governor from his office because of his links to a former militant group that killed scores of people in a 1997 attack in the ancient city and devastated Egypt's sightseeing industry. Adel el-Khayat was named to the provincial governor's post Sunday by President Mohammed Morsi, causing the outrage. Khayat is a member of the Construction and Development party, the political arm of Gamaa Islamiya, which waged an armed insurgency against the state starting in 1992 and attacked police, Coptic Christians, and tourists.
June 18, 2013 |
IN THE fifth episode of the eighth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," always-cranky Larry David vents his frustrations at "pig parkers," those folks who park over the lines and take up more than one spot. Tattle brings this up because according to TMZ.com, the show's co-executive producer Jeff Garlin (who also plays Larry's buddy, Jeff) was arrested by Los Angeles police Saturday on a felony vandalism charge after a dispute with another motorist over . . . A parking space.