November 12, 2015 |
They served on Okinawa and Saipan, in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. They were assigned to destroyers, flew B-17s, and drove six-wheeled Army cargo trucks loaded with gasoline. They saw the devastation from atomic bombs and the heartbreak of concentration camps. And when they came home, many of the World War II veterans now living at Plush Mills Senior Living in Wallingford, Delaware County, put their memories aside and got on with life. "There are parts I don't talk about," said Bill Spohn, 91, who served as an Army sergeant.
October 30, 2015 |
Serena W. gets Wired She's not famous for her work on computers, but Serena Williams does know a thing or two about being a trailblazer. That's why she says she's excited to be the guest editor for Wired magazine's November issue, which is devoted to the theme. It features profiles of 10 revolutionary figures, including activist DeRay Mckesson , Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant , UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey , and rapper Common . "That's the reason I wanted to do this issue with Wired - I'm a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn't really meant for black people.
July 31, 2015
ANY BOY SCOUT can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure Eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they're not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days you won't hear a lot of people talking about the uniqueness of the male/female dichotomy. It's not considered polite to point out that only women can have babies, with the complementary help from men. Beyond that, it's now illegal to tell two women they can't marry each other, and God forbid we slip and call Caitlyn by his/her former name: Bruce "Olympian" Jenner.
July 30, 2015
SOMEDAY, THE United States will be a true melting pot, a country tolerant and respectful of a wide variety of viewpoints, beliefs, morals and traditions. That ideal can seem far away, especially given some of the recent battles over civil rights, but this week's decision by the Boy Scouts of America to no longer discriminate against gay leaders brings us closer to that ideal. It follows closely on the heels of last month's Supreme Court ruling striking down laws prohibiting gay marriage, (and comes two years after the BSA lifted the ban on gay scouts)
July 29, 2015 |
THE BOY SCOUTS of America last night moved to end a ban on gay leaders, with 79 percent of the Texas-based organization's executive board voting for the resolution. But some equal-rights activists weren't quite ready to rejoice. The resolution still allows religious charter organizations, which oversee 70 percent of local scouting programs, to make hiring decisions based on sexual orientation. Civic groups, such as rotary clubs and fire departments, can no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation.
July 14, 2015
THE FIRING OF teacher Margie Winters by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion on the basis of Winters' marriage to another woman comes at a time that guaranteed this to be a hot-button issue. It's just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the legality of gay marriage, and months away from a visit from the pope, who is known for his messages of love, forgiveness and his suggestion of tolerance for gays. Layer this on top of many Catholics struggling to reconcile their faith against decades of church scandals involving child abuse by priests.
June 21, 2015 |
The Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council, which two years ago vacated its headquarters in Center City as part of a settlement of a dispute with the city over its policy toward gay people, announced Friday that it opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation. The policy change means gays can serve as scoutmasters, be scouts, or work for Cradle of Liberty, which represents 15,000 scouts in Delaware and Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia. Jim Papada, Cradle of Liberty board president, said in a statement that the move was "the right thing to do" and that the group valued diversity.
May 29, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOLS Fiddling Council With Philadelphia public school libraries closing, full-time nurses nonexistent, college counselors a thing of the past, class sizes ranging from 30 to 40 or more, buildings crumbling, gifted programs left behind, teachers buying their own supplies, and all sorts of other funding-related woes, five members of City Council spent Tuesday's budget hearing lamenting the lack of cursive handwriting instruction ("Council...
February 19, 2015 |
Walter S. Wisniewski, 98, of Cheltenham, a retired business and civic leader in the Philadelphia area, died Friday, Jan. 30, of cerebral vascular disease at his retirement home in Venice, Fla. Mr. Wisniewski, a son of Polish immigrants, grew up in Philadelphia. He lived in Cheltenham for 30 years until moving to Florida in 1982. After graduating from Northeast High School and studying engineering at the former Drexel Institute, Mr. Wisniewski in 1944 became a cofounder and executive vice president of Repco Products Corp.