August 15, 2016 |
Was Donald Trump calling for Hillary Clinton's assassination when he spoke on Tuesday in North Carolina? The New York Times sure seems to think so. This was Trump's apparently offensive quote: "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know. " Suppose the phrase Second Amendment people had been replaced with any other special-interest group.
January 31, 2016 |
Some shows preserve their particular time and place as in perfect, stagecrafted amber. Others - such as Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins , currently airing its dirty laundry at Hammonton, N.J.'s tiny Eagle Theatre - seem to gain new facets with age, reflecting the current cultural landscape whenever they're revived. So it is that while Hamilton 's American forefathers just up the turnpike aren't giving away their shot, the better to build a nation, on the other coast, the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupiers attempt to tear it down.
October 31, 2015 |
Although Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin is technically a wuxia film - martial arts, swordplay, the whoosh of arrows in flight - it is much more a film of stillness, quiet, beauty. Set in the waning days of the Tang Dynasty, The Assassin stars a serene and hard-to-read Shu Qi as Nie Yinniang, a woman trained in combat, trained to kill. She returns to her childhood home, to the palace and gardens of Weibo, with a mission she is reluctant to fulfill. There, she finds Tian Ji'an (Chang Chen)
October 28, 2015 |
In 2013, I called David Robson's Assassin a brutal gridiron drama, a verdict that holds up for his revised Playing the Assassin , now in a thrilling production at Delaware Theatre Company. Robson's play dramatizes the aftermath of a football hit that tarnished one player's career and put its victim in a wheelchair for life. He based it on the 1978 collision between Oakland's Jack Tatum (nicknamed "the Assassin" after his NFL career ended) and New England wide receiver Darryl Stingley.
April 13, 2015 |
Through an open door came the sound of labored, heavy breathing and groans as President Abraham Lincoln lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head. First lady Mary Todd Lincoln passed from the room into a hallway, moaning with inconsolable grief, "O, my God, and have I given my husband to die?" The long death vigil at the Petersen House in Washington unfolded before James Tanner, who'd been summoned to record the testimony of witnesses to the assassination at Ford's Theatre. Though not widely known, Tanner's shorthand and transcribed cursive from the night of April 14, 1865, and morning of April 15, 1865, survived and are kept in an acid-free box in a vault at the Union League of Philadelphia.
February 25, 2015
The "Consumer 15.0" column Sunday incorrectly included Philadelphia among cities where large-scale rioting occurred in 1968 after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
November 14, 2014 |
In the hours after his arrest, Eric Frein allegedly told detectives that he ambushed a state police barracks in the Poconos because he wanted to "wake people up" about his concerns over the government. He also described his killing of a state police corporal as an "assassination," according to an updated list of charges filed in court late Thursday afternoon. He shot the corporal because "he wanted to make a change" in government and believed "that voting was insufficient to do so, because there was no one worth voting for," investigators wrote in the newly filed court records.
November 23, 2013 |
By almost any measure, it's safe to say William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. has had a remarkable legal career. First in his class at Harvard Law School in 1946. First African American to serve as a clerk for a Supreme Court justice. Transportation Secretary under President Gerald R. Ford, adviser to nine other presidents, and, finally, a corporate lawyer who routinely pulled down fees of $1,200 an hour. Coleman, a Philadelphia native, also was the first African American to go to work for an old-line Philadelphia law firm, single-handedly breaking the color barrier of the city's legal establishment.
November 23, 2013 |
The terrible tumult of that weekend 50 years ago, one that repelled, riveted, and ultimately reshaped a nation, began in Philadelphia with an ominous hush. Just past 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, Fred Donaldson, a 22-year-old rewrite man at the Evening Bulletin, checked the newsroom's bank of 11 teletype machines. Strangely, that formidable wall of noise, typically clattering with news reports, had gone eerily silent. "It was something I'd never seen before," Donaldson recalled last week.
November 22, 2013 |
THE SHEER number of movies about JFK attest to Hollywood's fascination with his life and death - a fascination that began even before he became president in 1961. Then-Sen. John F. Kennedy was a model for the handsome young Irish-American war hero/politician who defeats veteran mayor Spencer Tracy in John Ford's "The Last Hurrah," released in 1958. Once elected president, the image-savvy Kennedy helped forge his own myth - his administration worked with Hollywood in approving and developing "PT- 109" (1963)