June 9, 2013
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April 18, 2013 |
Prosecutors packed the courtroom with Dr. Kermit Gosnell's battered equipment, placed directly before the jury, the detritus of his ghastly practice. A gray tufted vinyl recovery chair, similar to the one where Karnamaya Mongar moaned in pain before her death, has a side streaked with blood. An ancient yellow ultrasound machine and nonfunctioning defibrillator surround a torn ob-gyn exam table. Tucked in a corner is a tool kit containing jars of fetus feet. Sam Gulino, the city's medical examiner, testified Monday that his examination of 47 frozen fetuses was "something that in 15 to 16 years . . . I had never been asked to do. " Gosnell is charged with eight homicides - Mongar and seven newborns.
March 22, 2012 |
On a recent morning, a small group of refugees from Bhutan proudly pointed to a laptop screen displaying photos they had taken of Philadelphia, their new home. Karna Karki had taken pictures of a Hindu priest, seated on the floor with an array of bowls and a flame that symbolized life before him, part of a naming ceremony for a new baby. He also snapped a solemn group in the midst of 13 days of mourning. The dominant Buddhist culture in Bhutan had tried to extinguish such rituals, Karki, 41, said with the help of a fuzzy interpreter on a cellphone speaker.
March 7, 2012 |
It is just past 8 a.m., and the refugees are lining up on a narrow street in South Philadelphia. Within the hour, almost 100 arrive. Men in woolen earflap beanies, lumberjack shirts, and hoodies. Women in shawls, sari pants, and sandals. Toddlers on tiptoes clutching their mothers' hands. All the faces, Asian. Suddenly, a pickup laden with 800 pounds of fresh fruit rounds the corner, quieting the bustle. For a moment, the only sound is the rustle of white plastic bags waiting to be filled.
August 30, 2011
By Jeffrey D. Sachs We live in a time of high anxiety. Despite the world's unprecedented total wealth, there is vast insecurity, unrest, and dissatisfaction. In the United States, a large majority of Americans believe the country is "on the wrong track. " The same is true in many other places. Against this backdrop, the time has come to reconsider the basic sources of happiness. The relentless pursuit of higher income is leading to unprecedented inequality and anxiety rather than greater happiness and satisfaction.
January 4, 2010 |
The alarm clock's 3 a.m. ring awakened 50-year-old Rudra Kuikel and his eldest daughter, Thagi, 22, in their lightly furnished South Philadelphia apartment. An hour later they were in a van along with other immigrants headed for the Swedesboro packaged-food plant where father and daughter, working side by side, chopped lettuce for eight hours, netting $50 each after taxes and paying $5 each for transportation. The Kuikel family, ethnic Nepali Hindus who once lived in Bhutan, includes wife Jasodha, son Indra, 19, and daughter Tulasha, 13. They fled Bhutan in 1992 after new citizenship laws there made it impossible for them to remain in the small nation, population 691,000, which straddles India's border with China and where Rudra Kuikel was a subsistence farmer growing rice and corn.
March 4, 2005 |
Shangri-La is in your own back yard. That's the message of "Travellers and Magicians," a lovely, leisurely film shot in the low-tech kingdom of Bhutan. The movie unfolds two stories whose shaggy-dog meanderings belie their laser-sharp purpose. It's all in the service of persuading Dondup (Tshewang Dendup) that he has it good in the local village and should give up his dreams of picking grapes in the U.S. His escape to the land of his dreams backfires in gently comic - and cosmic - ways.
January 22, 2005 |
IF YOU'RE INDIGNANT that your boss just shut the smoking room and outraged that you have to leave the bar to light up, take heart. Life could be worse. You could be Bhutanese. The tiny Himalayan kingdom recently became the world's first nonsmoking nation. Since Dec. 17, it has been illegal to smoke in public or sell tobacco. Violators are fined the equivalent of $232 - more than two months' salary in Bhutan. The country's smokers seem resigned to a smoke-free future. "If you can't get it, you can't smoke it," concludes Tshewang Dendup, who works for Bhutan's only broadcaster.
July 1, 2002 |
Goalie Curtis Joseph opted to become an unrestricted free agent after failing to reach a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday. Toronto then traded Joseph's rights to Calgary for a conditional eighth-round draft pick in 2004. Joseph isn't expected to sign with the Flames, meaning Calgary will receive compensatory draft picks when he signs with another team. Late last night, the New York Rangers traded the rights to goalie Mike Richter to Edmonton for future considerations, and the Maple Leafs traded the rights to enforcer Tie Domi to Nashville for a 2003 eighth-round draft pick.
September 28, 2000 |
When he penned the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson listed our inalienable rights: "life, liberty and the pursuit of . . .?" Sorry, wrong answer. "Life, liberty and the pursuit of property" was the original wording. (Which was prescient and probably more accurate, considering our national mania for acquiring and possessing.) At any rate, Jefferson decided the phrase lacked a certain flair, so he replaced the prosaic property with the more lofty happiness. From a literary standpoint, it was probably a good move, but there are those who would argue that, by citing happiness as an American entitlement, Jefferson thereby condemned his countrymen to chronic discontent.