July 13, 2016 |
Dejenaba Gordon, 33, of Lindenwold, had a question for the police and community leaders gathered in Gloucester County on Monday evening in the aftermath of the deadly, racially charged sniper attack on police in Dallas. "I'm glad that this is happening," Gordon said to the room, and then, addressing the dozen police officers present, she added, "But my question is, when Alton Sterling was shot, did you gather and have a conversation about what's happening in the black community? What do we need to do to ensure our community feels comfortable?"
June 7, 2016 |
A few blocks from his Margate, N.J., home, the beach is busy with vacationers baking in the sun, playing in the waves. But when Bernard Friedenberg closes his eyes at night, he sees another sandy shore - a nightmarish place 3,000 miles away that won't let him go, not even after 72 years. Friedenberg tosses and turns in his sleep, he repeats military jargon, and tries to jump from his bed, as if again exiting the landing craft that brought him to Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Army medic's lifesaving "work began" the moment he crawled out of the surf - and onto the killing ground that was Normandy, France.
September 13, 2014 |
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Shot twice in the face by two men on bicycles as he changed a car tire, Omar Gabaretta, 34, died Sunday and was brought to the morgue in this steamy city, which has the world's highest homicide rate. On Monday, his cousin Claudia, 28 and pregnant, went there in a red pickup with a simple, black-painted coffin to claim his body. Distraught and not eager to talk, she said she did not know why her cousin, a machinist, was killed. He was the first in his family to die violently, she said, and he now is part of a familiar story.
February 26, 2014 |
Sean Duffy didn't even hear the warning crack! of the tree branch breaking. But when it fell just behind where he was clearing the snow at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, the facilities manager ran inside for another piece of equipment: A hard hat. Not long after, the Roxborough center posted a notice on its door and its website: Trails closed. Even as temperatures warm and snows melt, the region's nature centers and others with big tracts of woods are still dealing with the tree carnage.
September 9, 2013 |
SOME PEOPLE in City Hall are saying that city Treasurer Nancy Winkler must be "out of her mind with grief" over the death of her daughter, Anne Bryan, 24. Otherwise she wouldn't do what no other city employee who serves at the mayor's behest would be reckless enough to do: She has started an online petition that drops a gauntlet at her boss' feet. Specifically, Winkler's petition on change.org calls on Mayor Nutter, City Council President Darrell Clarke and the Salvation Army to fund a memorial park at the southeast corner of 22nd and Market streets.
April 17, 2013 |
THE 1996 ATLANTA Olympic Park bombing. The World Trade Center massacre. The London subway bombing. The stabbing death of a U.S. citizen during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Newtown. Three dead and, at last count, more than 140 injured in Monday's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. That's our world. These are timelines my three children will use to mark their ascent into adulthood, just as the deaths of JFK, RFK and MLK, and the attempted assassinations of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan marked mine.
March 20, 2013 |
Another day, another life-changing Rashomon. The scene set by the new Megan Mostyn-Brown play The Bends presents a typical collection of 30-ish professionals in middle-class Chicago, eating conventional guacamole - but with hugely different recollections of a seismic event that sent them careening away from each other. For all its nonthreatening surfaces, the story unfolding at Saturday's Flashpoint Theatre Company opening is a serious descendant of The Visit (successful woman returns home where men have done her wrong)
February 26, 2013 |
COMPARED WITH last year's bloody start - when the city's homicide rate reached nearly a murder a day - this year's tally is off to a dramatically better start. Through Thursday, the city recorded 29 homicides so far in 2013 - a 40 percent decrease from a staggering 48 slayings as of the same date last year. This year's total is actually the lowest at this point in any year since at least 2006. City Public Safety Director Michael Resnick credits a number of new crime-fighting strategies with the year's early signs of progress - a nagging black eye for Philadelphia that's consistently higher than rates in many other large U.S. cities.
December 17, 2012 |
A mournful President Obama said during his visit to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday that the nation is failing to keep its children safe, pledging that change must come after an elementary-school massacre left 20 children dead. "What choice do we have?" Obama said. "Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?" In a vigil for the fallen, in a moment of grief that spread around the world, Obama conceded that none of his words would match the sorrow.