April 15, 2005
The writer of the April 14 letter "Wrong about Pope" claims that I blamed John Paul II for 12 million AIDS deaths. In fact, I wrote that AIDS killed tens of millions, and I highlighted the plight of 12 million children orphaned by AIDS. I did not blame the Pope for the deaths. I pointed out, however, that in the face of this catastrophe, he refused to ease his opposition to the use of condoms, which can slow the spread of the disease. Frida Ghitis Atlanta
May 26, 2011 |
Sam Smith, the highly respected NBA columnist whose career has spanned more than quarter of a century, is being honored as the inaugural winner of the Phil Jasner Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, the group announced yesterday. Smith, who has covered the NBA since 1983 and is now the columnist for Bulls.com, will be honored tonight during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final between the Bulls and Miami Heat. Jasner, a longtime Sixers beat writer for the Daily News , died in December.
April 25, 2012 |
Joseph Alsop and his brother, Stewart, were kingpins of the opinion pages after World War II, when syndicated columnists meant fear and respect in an era before the Internet empowered everyone to be a publisher. David Auburn's new historical drama "The Columnist" illuminates the different sides of Joseph Alsop, who went on to write the column alone _ and in about 200 newspapers — after Stewart became a reporter for The Saturday Evening Post. In "The Columnist," which packs a tidy punch in a down-to-earth telling, Alsop is a mercurial know-it-all who was a curmudgeon long before he reached the age when such crankiness is tolerable, if not excusable.
April 8, 2014 |
CHUCK STONE, 89, a legendary former Daily News columnist and former Tuskegee Airman, died today. Stone died in his sleep early this morning at an assisted-living home in Farmington, N.C., relatives said. From 1972 to 1991, he was a columnist for the Daily News . He was such a trusted figure in Philadelphia that more than 75 murder suspects surrendered to Stone rather than to law-enforcement authorities. Stone was the first president of the National Association of Black Journalists.
April 16, 2012 |
Inquirer columnist Bob Ford is the recipient of the prestigious David F. Woods Award for his column on the relationship between Fair Hill Training Center-based trainers Graham Motion and Michael Matz. The Woods Award honors the best Preakness story for the previous year and honorees will be recognized and awards presented at the May 17 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, two days prior to this year's second jewel of the Triple Crown. Here is that column, which was published on May 20, 2011: Motion, Matz, and the variable of fate
June 6, 2014 |
CURRENT AND former journalists will gather tomorrow at a memorial service for former Daily News columnist and senior editor Chuck Stone. Stone died April 6 at an assisted-living facility in North Carolina. He was 89. Stone, an outspoken writer who was so trusted that more than 70 suspects surrendered to him first rather than the police, spent nearly two decades at the Daily News before leaving in 1991 to teach at the University of North Carolina. He was instrumental in the founding of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and later served as founding president of the National Association of Black Journalists.
July 17, 2015 |
THE LONELY and brutal death of Christina Sankey in 2014 touched and disturbed Ronnie Polaneczky. Ronnie, the Daily News columnist who often has publicized the plight of the lost and forgotten, wrote about Sankey in April 2014. She told how the 37-year-old woman with the mentality of a 3-year-old was found dead on a frigid day in March 2014, half-naked and frozen, sprawled between two parked cars in West Philadelphia. How many other Christina Sankeys does the city harbor? Ronnie wanted to know about those intellectually challenged adults, hidden away and left to an indifferent fate.
June 17, 2011 |
Adrian I. Lee, 90, a longtime reporter and columnist for the Bulletin, died of a respiratory infection Wednesday, June 15, at Cathedral Village, a retirement community in Roxborough. Mr. Lee joined the Evening Bulletin in 1948 as a general assignment and police reporter. He later was a rewrite man, a national reporter, and an editorial writer, and was a conservative columnist when the paper closed in 1982. In 1998, Mr. Lee contributed an essay for a collection of reminiscences about the Bulletin, titled "I Loved Every Minute.
November 21, 2015 |
As outdoors columnist for The Inquirer, Ben Callaway, a stickler for accuracy, cast a hard eye on depictions he felt were inauthentic - even in a movie. Writing about the opening of bear-hunting season in Pennsylvania in a 1989 column, he took aim at a recently released movie, The Bear . He wrote: "The photography is superb, the scenery is lovely, and the cub in this entertaining story is cuddly cute. But a documentary it ain't. " He hoped "viewers don't substitute this make-believe stuff for factual wildlife biology.