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May 8, 2007 | By ANTHONY H. WILLIAMS
RECENTLY, A friend engaged in a rather lively debate concerning Don Imus and the consequences of his stereotyping remarks. My friend wasn't trying to defend Imus' tasteless commentary, but he has constantly been exclaiming, "Foul - there is a double standard. " He claims that African-Americans are allowed to make statements that non-African-Americans are not allowed to, and he then continues to bellow on about rap music. Of course, I responded. "There is no double standard here, and what does rap music have to do with anything?"
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April 16, 1999 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Stephen Carter, author of Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy and a professor of law at Yale University, will be the speaker at a community forum 7 p.m. Sunday at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave. Carter will speak on "Civility and Morals. " Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughans Lane, Gladwyne, will host a scholar-in-residence program the weekend of April 23. Ellen Umansky, professor of Judaica studies at Fairfield University, will speak at evening services April 23 on "Reform Judaism in the 21st Century: Where Are We Heading?"
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March 16, 1997 | By Jane R. Eisner, Editor of the Editorial Page
Good evening. I'm Peter Lemmings. Tonight we bring you an exclusive report from the closed-door congressional retreat held last weekend in Hershey, Pa. The retreat was billed as a private chance for bipartisan fellowship, not open to the press or public. But our crackerjack reporter, Barbara Blah-Blah, posed as a Food Lion catering employee to penetrate the secret world of congressional collegiality. What happens when political adversaries spend a weekend playing golf and eating chocolate?
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February 3, 1991 | By Chuck Newman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first-time visitor to this pear-shaped paradise in the southeast corner of the Caribbean, the process of getting to Barbados may appear to be a you-can't-get-there-from-here exercise. But once you set foot on this island, after what can amount to nearly a full day of flights, it becomes clear that the arduous journey was worth the effort. It is not for nothing that they call Barbados "the pearl of the Caribbean. " It would, in fact, be difficult to hype the island's assets: endless white-sand beaches, rolling hills and jagged highlands, waving cane fields, quaint fishing villages, all set amid azure waters in a climate that varies little from perfection the year round.
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November 14, 2006 | By Rep. Nancy Pelosi
The morning after the election, I received a powerful reminder of why so many of us choose public service as our life's work. While walking into my office, I ran into a group of schoolchildren who had come to visit the Capitol. Talking with them reminded me of the solemn responsibility each generation has to the ones that follow. Their enthusiasm and energy spoke more powerfully than any words could that they are inheritors of the future we choose to build today. This year, voters elected Democratic candidates from every region of our country, giving Democrats the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and entrusting us with a great deal of responsibility for building that future.
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July 8, 2011
IPRETTY MUCH disagree with almost all of Christine Flowers' beliefs. That said, I found her July 1 column disheartening, not because of the ideas she expressed but because of the emails she says she regularly gets from readers calling her, in her words, a "rhymes-with-witch," "rhymes-with-punt" or "rhymes-with-trucker. " I've had numerous email exchanges with Ms. Flowers. She has always been polite in responding. In one of our first, she thanked me for expressing my views without resorting to name-calling.
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April 30, 2009 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
This is an edited excerpt from Michael Smerconish's new book, "Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking," published on Monday by Globe Pequot Press. It's a political manifesto and an inside look at today's split-screen cable TV and talk-radio world. On Saturday, Michael will be at the Jenkintown Barnes & Noble (10 a.m.) and the Exton Barnes & Noble (2 p.m.) for book signings. Visit www.smerconish.com for more on the book and upcoming signings. THE Pennsylvania Society dates from a time when Philadelphia was the center of the universe.
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January 25, 1999 | By Jere Downs, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Perhaps it could happen only at a time when the public seems to have had its fill of scandal. While music blared from parties at a dormitory next door, students packed into Olin Auditorium at Ursinus College in Collegeville on Friday night to hear local congressional representatives discuss a program titled "Civility and Comity in National Legislative Affairs. " Transmitted live to a cable audience from Harrisburg to Atlantic City, the program sponsored by Suburban Cable drew more than 250 students and local residents.
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November 8, 2005 | By Larry Kane
The land of the free. The home of the angry. I've just returned from an eight-city tour promoting a book - and let me tell you: A trip like that really can open your eyes to the mood of people across the country. I didn't like what I saw. People are angry. They walk the big cities and the airport terminals tense and unfriendly, eyes unwilling to make contact. Everywhere I went, it was 1968 all over again. That year, for those of you who don't remember, was one of the most hateful in our history, with people taking sides for or against the Vietnam War and the civil rights struggle.
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August 17, 2010 | By Leonard Pitts
Can we be candid here? The public is a bunch of rude, obnoxious jerks. OK, so I overstate. A little. Yes, there are exceptions. I'm not such a bad guy, and you, of course, are a paragon of civility. But the rest of them? A cavalcade of boors, boobs, bums, bozos, and troglodytes. So it is small wonder the tale of Steven Slater has hit a nerve. Reports say Slater, a flight attendant for JetBlue, got into it with a woman who cursed him when he asked her not to stand up to retrieve her bags while the plane was still taxiing.
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September 23, 2016 | By Karen Dolan
Where candidates stand on issues of gender and sexuality, and the ways in which that will play out in the voting booth this November, will be very different than in past presidential campaigns. The days of the either/or binary are over. The idea that both sexual orientation and gender identity exist on a spectrum is more widely accepted now than it has ever been before. That means our next president must also have an expanded understanding of civil and human rights in order to appeal to a broader population of voters.
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September 21, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
Activists trying to save a dilapidated Camden house where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived in 1950 have turned to a big name to help their cause. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights veteran and a King lieutenant, visited Camden on Monday to lend his support to having the home declared a historic site. He called the house a "piece of historic real estate that must be saved for generations yet unborn. " The house at 753 Walnut St. has fallen into disrepair, like many of the nearby properties in the Bergen Square neighborhood.
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September 16, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
After he retired as a civil engineer in 2002, Robert W. Lord continued to shape the landscape, now as a volunteer with the Rancocas Nature Center in Westampton. "For five, six years, he put in a lot of their walkways and trails through the woods," a son, Craig, said. And once a week, he said, Mr. Lord would help direct that work by young visitors from the Job Corps, the federally funded education and training program. "He was always willing to help," his son said. Robert W. Lord, 85, formerly of Moorestown, a founding partner in 1960 of the former Burlington City civil engineering firm Lord, Anderson, Worrell & Barnett, died of complications from heart failure Saturday, Sept.
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September 16, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER
After seven days of interviews, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court panel of 12 jurors and eight alternates has been picked to hear the trial of consolidated lawsuits in the 2013 collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City, killing six people and injuring 13. Gabe Roberts, a spokesman for the Philadelphia courts, confirmed Wednesday that a jury had been selected and said opening statements would begin Monday in a City Hall...
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ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Respect is needed for civil elections This election, perhaps more than ever, we need to ensure journalists have the freedom to report the facts without fear of harassment ("Campaign abuse demands a journalism Bill of Rights," Philly.com, Aug. 30). Fundamentally, this comes down to the erosion of civility in America. Sixty-nine percent of Americans agree that civility has decreased in the last few years, or that two out of three voters say the 2016 campaign is less civil than other elections.
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September 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County school district's controversial plan to tear down a Civil War-era barn on land it recently acquired has been put on hold, as administrators consider possible uses for the two-story structure. The Phoenixville Area School District had applied for a demolition permit because the barn needs repairs to its foundation, among other fixes, and officials were concerned it could be a liability. This week, however, the district's insurance provider confirmed that the building is covered by liability insurance.
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September 1, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Within hours of the June 5, 2013, collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City, killing six people and injuring 13, Philadelphia architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. had a lawyer. Marinakos, hired to oversee demolition of a building adjacent to the thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets, was granted immunity from prosecution and became the District Attorney's Office guide and interpreter of events leading to the collapse. He testified before a county grand jury and against the two men criminally charged, convicted, and sentenced to prison for causing the collapse.
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August 31, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
With jury selection set to start next Tuesday in the civil trial surrounding the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse, a Philadelphia judge has barred the parties and their lawyers from speaking to reporters for the duration of the proceedings. The gag order, requested by an unidentified number of lawyers in what is certain to be one of the most closely watched Philadelphia civil trials in decades, was signed Friday by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina "in consideration of ensuring a fair trial.
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