February 4, 2015 |
RANDOLPH SANDERS attended Kim Jones' birthday party over the summer and her funeral last month. He shook hands with her friends and family, wearing a smile or a furrowed brow, depending on the occasion. He might as well have been wearing a mask. On the morning of Jan. 13, Sanders, 36, allegedly put a bullet in Jones' head and calmly walked away - then dialed her phone number minutes later to check on her well-being. Sanders hadn't yet seen her that morning, he said on her voice mail.
March 21, 2013 |
A month after they lost a bid to save their school, parents from Assumption School in Atco have sent a letter to Camden's new bishop accusing their pastor of a "contrived and deceptive charade" and a "gross lack of financial accountability" involving more than $340,000. As they push back against the school's closing in June, parents say the Rev. Thomas Barcellona of Christ the Redeemer Church always intended to close the school despite telling parents that he would keep it open if they met enrollment and financial targets.
March 13, 2013 |
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger should have had a stirring retirement celebration before Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh, saluting a career that will undoubtedly put him into the Hall of Fame. Instead, the charade continued. Pronger attended the game at the Wells Fargo Center, sat in general manager Paul Holmgren's suite and, perhaps because he is in the process of making a comeback (wink, wink), wasn't even acknowledged on the scoreboard. Earlier Thursday, during a news conference at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, Pronger talked about trying to make a return from post-concussion syndrome.
March 14, 2011
THE NFL LOCKOUT is upon us. It could be weeks before the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis rules on the preliminary injunction requested by the players who made up the entity formerly known as the NFL Players Association to block the lockout. Then the owners will appeal an unfavorable ruling, so the league could open up and shut back down again between now and training camp. To me, especially disappointing when the talks fell apart was the way the sides easily clicked into their default positions, making me wonder if 16 days of mediated talks in Washington produced anything, except a perpetually crowded sidewalk in front of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and more business for the nearby Starbucks and Subway franchises.
November 26, 2010
ON THE DAY after he whipped Sonny Liston in Miami, Cassius Clay told a gaggle of white sports writers that he was joining the Nation of Islam and changing his name. They grumbled and told him he was demeaning the heavyweight championship of the world. He looked 'em in the eye and said, "I don't have to be what you want me to be!" That's a statement! It took faith, it took courage, it took boldness to say it. I don't have to be what you want me to be! And now, 46 years later, we have LeBron James in that pathetic, contrived, bullspit Nike spot, asking 29 pitiful questions, including, "Should I be what you want me to be?"
December 9, 2008 |
In January 2005, residents near the chlorine plant here discovered that it was the biggest mercury emitter in the state. Environmentalists warned them against eating fish from their beloved Hiwassee River. They appealed to the plant's owners, Olin Corp., to do what 100 other chlorine producers had done: abandon a 19th-century process that emits tons of the dangerous neurotoxin. Olin refused. In fall 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency weighed in - but not to take up the cause of residents.
December 9, 2008 |
CHARLESTON, Tenn. - In January 2005, residents near the chlorine plant here discovered that it was the biggest mercury emitter in the state. Environmentalists warned them against eating fish from their beloved Hiwassee River. They appealed to the plant's owners, Olin Corp., to do what 100 other chlorine producers had done: abandon a 19th-century process that emits tons of the dangerous neurotoxin. Olin refused. In fall 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency weighed in - but not to take up the cause of residents.
July 20, 2007 |
"We represent the conscience of humanity. " That would be the perfect mission statement for a human-rights organization. Chisel it in stone above the dais where the group gathers. Members can speak in the words' august shadow, forever reminded of a need to represent those who endure oppression and torture, who fall victim to brutality and murder. Yet when those words actually were spoken before a human-rights group last year, they inspired no one. That's because, in a cruel, Orwellian twist, they were uttered on behalf of Sudan, where ethnic cleansing, religious persecution, slavery and genocide have killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions.
December 14, 2005
ARECENT editorial offered readers a fictional script between two sinister politicians plotting to enact the business privilege tax. As chief staff attorney for City Council at the time, I was present at many of the meetings where the legislation was developed. It was not greedy legislators but the Chamber of Commerce that was the driving force behind it. That chamber would never have dreamed that its members 20 years later could escape almost all taxation by repealing 100 percent of that tax. Back then, the chamber was willing to pay its fair share (except for a variety of big-business members like banks, insurance companies and stock brokers, which carved out exemptions for themselves)