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June 5, 1998
As President Clinton's personal lawyer, I have been silent in the face of many provocations, but Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr's speech Monday to a group of North Carolina lawyers is too much. Starr tried to co-opt Atticus Finch, fearless defender of the accused, in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee's 1960 novel. Perhaps I should have spoken out earlier, when the independent counsel tried to claim the mantle of Jack Webb, star of the TV program "Dragnet," who would ask for "just the facts.
NEWS
June 12, 2011
1. c. Peru. 2. b. Belloq. 3. d. The Ark of the Covenant. 4. a. Karen Allen. 5. b. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. 6. c. River Phoenix. 7. d. Gimli. 8. True. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won four, in addition to a special award for sound-effects editing, but it was not named best picture. 9. a. "Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?" 10. b. Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird.
NEWS
July 16, 2003 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chester County Judge Juan R. Sanchez more or less threw the book at a defendant yesterday. Its title: To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. William Fowlkes, 46, of West Chester, was accused of spitting at a police officer, among other things. In issuing his sentence, Sanchez said he hoped Fowlkes would appreciate the vile nature of his action by viewing it through the eyes of Atticus Finch, the white lawyer in a racist town who defends a black man falsely accused of rape.
NEWS
June 16, 2003 | By Phil Perrier
On the same day, David Brinkley and Gregory Peck gone. It seemed sadly fitting in a way. They shared something; something unmistakable. They shared credibility and authority. When they spoke, people believed them, trusted them. And there was something much deeper, an instinctive feeling that they possessed an inherent decency. Despite vast popularity (a 1965 consumer survey revealed that Brinkley and partner Chet Huntley were more widely recognized than John Wayne and the Beatles)
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July 16, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
For months, millions of literature lovers waited anxiously for the 55-years-in-the-making release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman , sequel to her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird , in which white lawyer Atticus Finch defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a story told by Finch's young daughter, Scout. Upon release of the first chapter of Watchman on Friday and the full book on Tuesday, however, many fans were devastated to find that Finch turned out to be a racist.
NEWS
June 24, 1999
The potent spell cast when light passes through celluloid can often mislead. The swashbuckling hero is in real life an addicted cad. The sweet ingenue turns out, off screen, to be neither. How delightful then are the occasions when you discover that an appealing screen persona points to an equally admirable person. It makes you feel like handing out an award. So Philadelphia is. This year the city's Marian Anderson Award, honoring artistic achievement yoked to humanitarian effort, goes to actor Gregory Peck.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2012
GET LOST IN THE WOODS "Camp Woods Plus," a monthly comedy showcase hosted by seven-member local sketch-comedy group Camp Woods, hosts its second edition at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at L'Etage (6th and Bainbridge, 215-592-0656). Tix are $10. Also performing, Secret Pants (of the 2008 viral-video hit "Bush or Batman?") and New York's Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting. SAINT SUZZY Suzzy Roche, member of beloved singing sisters group the Roches and newly minted novelist, talks about her debut book, Wayward Saints, with WXPN DJ David Dye, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Central Branch Library (1901 Vine St., 215-567-4341)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2009 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Singer/bassist Shingai Shoniwa makes alt-garage-soul with Dan Smith and Jamie Morrison, and that's the Noisettes. And many might find that her most riveting quality. Some point to her songwriting on the trio's 2007 debut, What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?, and this year's Wild Young Hearts and immediately recognize its compelling diversity. Most take note of the young British woman's approximation of Eartha Kitt's purr and Polly Styrene's cackle. Yet, on this afternoon, what's noticeable about the boisterous Shoniwa is her laugh.
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January 19, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
THE SOUTH JERSEY man who allegedly was recorded on a cellphone camera ruthlessly beating a New York Rangers fan at Geno's Steaks was taken back into custody yesterday morning after a Philadelphia judge raised his bail at the request of the District Attorney's Office. Hours later, the defendant's family posted the new bail and took him home, according to his attorney. Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick increased Dennis Veteri's $100,000 bail to $400,000 after Assistant District Attorney Caroline Keating-McGlynn argued that he was a flight risk because of an extensive criminal history.
NEWS
October 20, 2002 | By Jay Clarke FOR THE INQUIRER
Step inside the courtroom in the Old Courthouse here and you can almost feel the presence of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Visitors touch the attorney's table, the witness chair and the judge's bench with a reverence that is remarkable - especially since To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel and movie and Finch is a fictional character. Monroeville was the inspiration for the Pulitzer Prize-winning work, and its homegrown author, Harper Lee, based many of the characters on real-life residents.
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July 23, 2015
INDULGE ME. I need a few midsummer mini-rants on current noise in politics and culture. Take President Obama's ongoing evolution. Elected in 2008 on the promise of "change" (basically a fill-in-the-blank) and the prospect of a postracial America, he finally sounds like the first black president. In a recent eulogy in South Carolina, a speech in Philly and a visit to a prison, Obama brought national notice to racial issues in ways far more focused than his White House "beer summit" six years ago. If memory serves, that elbow-bending among arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, arresting officer James Crowley, Joe Biden and Obama served mostly to annoy Mothers Against Drunk Driving and American brewers whose products weren't imbibed.
NEWS
July 17, 2015
ISSUE | IRAN DEAL Seeds of peace Whatever the outcome, what does seem sure about the Iran nuclear arms agreement is that maintaining the status quo and expecting a different outcome - a non-nuclear Iran - would have been a triumph of hope over experience ("Deal worth the effort," July 15). While the deal is not optimal from the United States' perspective, neither is it a total capitulation. At least for 10 to 15 years, the Iranian effort to develop nuclear arms will be halted.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
For months, millions of literature lovers waited anxiously for the 55-years-in-the-making release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman , sequel to her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird , in which white lawyer Atticus Finch defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a story told by Finch's young daughter, Scout. Upon release of the first chapter of Watchman on Friday and the full book on Tuesday, however, many fans were devastated to find that Finch turned out to be a racist.
NEWS
July 13, 2015 | By Zoë Miller and John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the biggest storm of anticipation in years, hearts are racing and breaths held throughout the literary world. As Monday turns over into Tuesday, publisher HarperCollins will release Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. She is the author, now 89, of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird , perhaps the most successful U.S. novel ever (40 million-plus sold). She has written no other novels since. She wrote Watchman first, but it postdates the events in Mockingbird (1950s as opposed to Mockingbird 's late 1930s)
NEWS
February 5, 2015 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harper Lee, author of the beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird , was the number-one nonsponsored Twitter trend Tuesday in Philadelphia, and top 5 around the nation. It's not every day you see that. A classic author? Killing it on social media? There's a reason. On Tuesday, publisher HarperCollins announced it would publish Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman , a sequel to Mockingbird , on July 14. Big news to the millions who have read the book or seen the 1962 film version.
NEWS
April 20, 2013
By Nicolaus Mills Like a number of faculty at my college, I have been reading the folders of students we have admitted and e-mailing those who have expressed an interest in the fields I teach - writing and literature - to see if they have questions I can answer. It's an important undertaking. Colleges like mine naturally want to admit the best students they can, but equally important is making sure students who seem like the right fit are just that. The more contact prospective students have with faculty and upperclassmen at the college they are considering, the better it is for everyone.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2012 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was the ultimate lawyer role model, a valiant fighter for human rights who battled against steep odds. The fondest hope of many young lawyers a generation ago was to be like the dashing Gregory Peck as he played Atticus Finch in the film To Kill a Mockingbird . Such was the case for Michael Fitts, dean of the University of Pennsylvania law school, who saw Finch as the embodiment of lawyerly ideals. To Fitts, Finch was a lawyer of incomparable decency, courage, and sure-handedness, as fine a lawyer prototype as you might want.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2012
GET LOST IN THE WOODS "Camp Woods Plus," a monthly comedy showcase hosted by seven-member local sketch-comedy group Camp Woods, hosts its second edition at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at L'Etage (6th and Bainbridge, 215-592-0656). Tix are $10. Also performing, Secret Pants (of the 2008 viral-video hit "Bush or Batman?") and New York's Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting. SAINT SUZZY Suzzy Roche, member of beloved singing sisters group the Roches and newly minted novelist, talks about her debut book, Wayward Saints, with WXPN DJ David Dye, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Central Branch Library (1901 Vine St., 215-567-4341)
NEWS
January 19, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
THE SOUTH JERSEY man who allegedly was recorded on a cellphone camera ruthlessly beating a New York Rangers fan at Geno's Steaks was taken back into custody yesterday morning after a Philadelphia judge raised his bail at the request of the District Attorney's Office. Hours later, the defendant's family posted the new bail and took him home, according to his attorney. Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick increased Dennis Veteri's $100,000 bail to $400,000 after Assistant District Attorney Caroline Keating-McGlynn argued that he was a flight risk because of an extensive criminal history.
NEWS
June 12, 2011
1. c. Peru. 2. b. Belloq. 3. d. The Ark of the Covenant. 4. a. Karen Allen. 5. b. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. 6. c. River Phoenix. 7. d. Gimli. 8. True. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won four, in addition to a special award for sound-effects editing, but it was not named best picture. 9. a. "Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?" 10. b. Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird.
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