August 16, 2016 |
A 59-year-old North Philadelphia man who died Sunday was the city's third heat-related fatality this weekend and the seventh of the summer, according to the city's Department of Public Health. The man, whose identity and address were not released, died from the heat and from complications related to congestive heart failure and diabetes, said Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the city's Department of Public Health. Two other people, an 82-year-old Port Richmond woman and a 67-year-old woman from Brewerytown, died on Saturday of heat-related complications and cardiovascular disease, the Department of Public Health said.
August 1, 2016
Marcus Allen is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region In Pedagogy of the Oppressed , Brazilian author and scholar Paulo Freire states, "No one can be authentically human while he prevents others from being so. " I've been thinking a lot lately about this idea of humanity, and who is afforded the privilege of being perceived as fully human. In recent months we too often watched as black men and women had their lives taken at the hands of police, and we also witnessed the murder of police officers.
July 25, 2016 |
As temperatures surged into the upper 90s on Saturday and the swelter meter hit unbearable, Philadelphians - families, couples, and friends - took to Center City's fountains for relief. It's a scene likely to be repeated for days to come, with the intense heat expected to last through the week. "It's a great way to watch the kids playing," said Kareema Hall, 43, of Center City, who was sitting at the Fountains at Logan Square with another Center City resident, Vernon Battle, 50. About a dozen children splashed in the geysers shooting from the ground.
July 22, 2016
It was the start of the 2016 ESPY Awards and there were four superstars onstage - LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul - standing extra tall as they spoke out against police brutality and called on their fellow athletes to do the same. It was a powerful moment. All those multi-millionaire athletes. Each his own mega-brand. Standing up for something besides just getting richer and winning NBA championships. My favorite part was when James, dressed in a classic black tuxedo, gazed into a camera and said, "It's time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'what are we doing to bring about change?
February 10, 2016
Beyoncé's naughty politics Have a wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl and you'll live to see another day. But woe unto the artist who comes onto the field with a political message. Woe to Beyoncé , whose Super Bowl 50 performance apparently was saturated with a pro-black power and anti-cop political subtext that has angered many a football fan and quite a few politicos, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani . Giuliani told Fox & Friends on Monday that Bey's performance of her new song "Formation," which was released Saturday, was anti-police.
February 3, 2016
Police are searching for three men who were caught on video brutally assaulting a 29-year-old man inside a Chinese restaurant in the city's Logan section late Saturday night. In the video, released by authorities Monday, the men can be seen pushing the victim inside Lucky Garden Chinese Food at 4901 N. Broad St. around 11:40 p.m., then pummeling him with punches to the face, chest, and back. One of the attackers stabbed the victim multiple times with a knife, police said. Before leaving, police said, the assailants took the victim's watch and belt.
January 29, 2016 |
Philadelphia's official snowpack from the weekend megastorm is better than 60 percent gone. So far, the record snowfall has been followed by what has to be one of the gentler melts on record, with dry days of temperatures well into the 40s and a benign outlook the rest of the week. "It's exactly the way you want to melt snow," said Jared Klein, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service Office in Mount Holly. For those living on sun-deprived streets or on hills to the north and west of the city, expect to keep bonding with winter wonderland.
November 6, 2015 |
Sam Bradford watched the footage of the Eagles' Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys this week. It caused the type of cringe-worthy reaction reserved for a woebegone high school yearbook photo. "Hasn't gotten any prettier," Bradford said. He could say that about more than just the Cowboys game. Bradford spent the early portion of the bye week scrutinizing film from the season. Then he returned to his native Oklahoma to clear his head. He's back in Philadelphia to prepare for a nine-game stretch that will not only determine whether the Eagles make the postseason, but also whether he will last with the Eagles beyond this year.
October 17, 2015 |
Ayad Akhtar's smart, brutal drama Disgraced will be the most-produced play in the country this season. Philadelphia Theatre Company gets the first local crack at it, with a visually satisfying but stiff production. But then again, this is a play all about how nothing is quite what it seems. Amir (Pej Vahdat), a handsome, successful mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer, is a secular Muslim version of Don Draper. Running from what he considers a shameful past, he has taken a new name, new nationality, and a blond, white, painter wife, Emily (Monette Magrath)
October 17, 2015
ISSUE | CRIME AND RACE Stop the violence and police brutality Less-than-thoughtful conversations about crime and policing that lack a racial-justice lens only serve to perpetuate stereotypes of black criminality and enable acts of police criminality ("Race, crime, and police: A closer look," Sunday). When opponents of justice reform and the Black Lives Matter movement raise the specter of "black-on-black" crime, they hope to end discussions of police brutality. They would justify heavy-handed policing and deadly use of force against unarmed black people by claiming that their race is a criminal element.