October 31, 2013 |
NEW YORK - What would Baron Pierre de Coubertin have thought? The Olympic movement, the 19th-century French nobleman's homage to the amateur ideal, collided with 21st-century Times Square on Tuesday. As the countdown to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi hit 100 days, the U.S. Olympic Committee, by now as ardent a marketer as American Eagle, Hershey's, Marriott or any of the famous square's other neon-fringed enterprises, celebrated by commandeering the three gaudiest blocks in New York City's dense commercial forest.
August 15, 2013 |
IF STATE AND CITY political leaders aren't able to secure $180 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia, then a group of local congregations may seek to boycott schools when they open Sept. 9, the coalition announced earlier this week. POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild, a faith-based community organization representing 41 congregations, is calling on the state and city to provide a "safe and quality environment on the first day of school," said a spokesman for the group, Bishop Dwayne Royster.
April 16, 2013 |
IN THE 19 YEARS since the Brady Background Checks were instituted - despite Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, the Sikh temple and now Newtown - not one law has been passed at the federal level to reduce gun violence. In fact, just the opposite has occurred. Unfortunately, there is now the growing and looming reality that this sorry trend will continue. Since Newtown, some states, such as New York, Colorado and Connecticut, have tightened gun laws, but many more have loosened them, such as Arkansas, Montana and Mississippi.
February 28, 2013 |
CELEBRITIES cancel talk- show appearances for all types of reasons, but this is a new one: Singer/animal-rights activist Morrissey bailed on " Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night, because other guests were from the reality-TV show "Duck Dynasty. " Morrissey said he couldn't perform on a show with what he called people who "amount to animal serial killers. " "Duck Dynasty" follows a Louisiana family, the Robertsons, with a business selling duck calls and decoys. * Preparing for her reappearance on TV, is Barbara Walters , who called in to "The View" on Tuesday to report that she's returning to the show Monday.
February 27, 2013 |
BERLIN - Skeptical Syrian opposition leaders agreed Monday to attend an international conference in Rome after first threatening to boycott the session that was to be the centerpiece of Secretary of State John Kerry's first overseas mission in his new job. Opposition leaders had protested what they see as inaction by other nations in the face of violence from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Kerry not only made a public plea at a joint news conference Monday with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, he also called Moaz Khatib, leader of the Syrian Opposition Council, "to encourage him to come to Rome," a senior U.S. official said.
February 27, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's largest opposition bloc said Tuesday that it would boycott the country's forthcoming parliamentary elections, heightening the prospect of future instability after months of political crisis and damaging the credibility of the country's fledgling democracy. The National Salvation Front, a loose coalition of liberal and leftist political parties, said that it would boycott the late April vote because the Islamist government of President Mohamed Morsi did not consult it in passing a new electoral law and disregarded pressure from the group for, among other things, a new cabinet and a redrafting of the country's constitution.
February 27, 2013 |
AVON, N.J. - This Jersey Shore town, facing the threat of a boycott over its plan to use rain forest wood to rebuild a boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, isn't backing down. Avon, in Monmouth County, says it will stick with its plan to use ipe wood. At a meeting Monday night, several environmental groups asked the Borough Commission to reconsider but were rebuffed. "There is a consensus to move ahead," Commissioner Frank Gorman said after hearing nearly two hours of objections from residents and out-of-town environmentalists.
February 24, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called Saturday for a boycott of parliamentary elections, drawing immediate criticism from some within his movement who said it was a hasty decision. The dispute showed the fragility of a fairly new opposition front forged after the deeply fragmented movement found little success at the polls since leading the 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. Opposition infighting would only help ensure the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood remains Egypt's dominant political force after the next vote.
January 26, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Fallout from the Newtown, Conn., shootings has caused promoters to cancel a major annual outdoors show here. Faced with a boycott by gun enthusiasts and fierce criticism from the National Rifle Association, a British exhibition company is postponing indefinitely its show 10 days after announcing a ban on assault-weapons sales at the event. In a statement released Thursday, Reed Exhibitions said it had halted plans for the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, scheduled for Feb. 2 to 10, because of controversy surrounding its decision not to let vendors sell a class of weapons the company called modern sporting rifles (MSRs)
December 12, 2012 |
CAIRO - Most Egyptian judges rejected any role Tuesday in overseeing the country's constitutional referendum, a move likely to cast further doubt on the legitimacy of the disputed charter. The nation's worst crisis since Hosni Mubarak's ouster nearly two years ago also forced the government to put off a deal with the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan, shattering any hope for recovery of the country's economy anytime soon. On one side of the divide is President Mohammed Morsi, his Muslim Brotherhood, and their ultraconservative Islamist allies, against an opposition camp of liberals, leftists, and Christians who contend the draft charter restricts freedoms and gives Islamists vast influence over the running of the country.