September 24, 2015 |
THROUGHOUT THE DAY, hundreds of pilgrims from the World Meeting of Families made their way to the Knotted Grotto, beside the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, to write their prayers on strips of cloth and add them to the 40,000 already tied there, stirring gently in the breeze. Each pilgrim wrote a personal plea, tied it to a fence, then untied someone else's prayer, carried it inside the grotto, tied it to the wood frame and prayed for a complete stranger, bound together only by a mutual Catholic faith.
June 30, 2012 |
Several dozen protesters affiliated with the Occupy movement convened from cities nationwide on Independence Mall Saturday, setting off tensions with park rangers on the first morning of a planned five-day national Occupy gathering. Rangers disgruntled occupiers by telling them that they could not bring their tents, even unassembled ones, onto the lawn owned by the National Park Service. Told that they could not set up a card table to distribute literature on the Market Street sidewalk without a permit, protesters held out a "people's permit" that they had drafted.
June 10, 2012
When TV personality Bothaina Kamel decided to run for president in April 2011, she knew she had no chance of winning. But she wanted "to break taboos, and I believe I've achieved this. " Back then, "a woman candidate was regarded as an alien, but now the idea is accepted. Now there has been a woman candidate who went through the process. " Moreover, when Kamel traveled to remote villages to collect signatures for her candidacy, she found that common people accepted a female contender.
April 27, 2011
TO LETTER-writer Stuart Caesar: As a Republican and fiscal conservative, I must take serious issue with you. The U.S. was founded by men and woman fighting to be free of taxation without representation. These patriots were not part of a standing army; they were common people who left behind their life to fight for something better. This would occur again in the Civil War, and World wars I and II. No war we have fought since those days has been worth the cost we paid. While I respect the people who join our nation's armies, they do so of their own free will, and are paid for it. We had no reason to deploy troops in Iraq other than misinformation about WMDs.
January 27, 2011
AMONG the many lessons from the Kermit Gosnell debacle is that the medical profession needs to do a better job of policing itself. That includes taking action when repeated litigation against one physician suggests that he's become a problem. Such was the case with Gosnell. I joined legendary trial lawyer James E. Beasley in the practice of law in 1993. One of the first medical-malpractice files he assigned me had been filed by the firm in November 1992 against a West Philadelphia physician who was not yet a household name.
March 5, 2009
IN APRIL 2005, my sister and a number of patrons a bar she owns were robbed at gunpoint by two masked men. The perpetrators were pursued and apprehended by Philadelphia police. Masks, weapons and the contents of the cash drawer (nearly $600) were recovered. All items were taken by the city to be held as evidence. After close to four years of delayed hearings, the trial finally resulted, God only know how, in a hung jury. My sister, who'd been requesting her money since mid-2005, was calling the D.A.'s office without success.
June 2, 2008 |
In the waning hours before tomorrow's primary election, Democratic Senate candidates Rep. Rob Andrews and incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg stayed close to home yesterday, working to turn out their core supporters. Lautenberg focused on church services and ethnic festivals in North Jersey, while Andrews campaigned in his base of South Jersey, visiting diners, supermarkets and community events. At the Crystal Lake Diner in Westmont yesterday, Andrews worked the lunchtime crowd, shaking hands and chatting.
April 23, 2007 |
IT HAPPENED so fast. Less than 24 hours after the terrible massacre at Virginia Tech, with 33 dead, including the shooter, Ken Ham, who leads an outfit called Answers in Genesis, had this to say: "We live in an era when public schools and colleges have all but banned God from science classes . . . The more such a philosophy permeates the culture, the more we would expect to see a sense of purposelessness and hopelessness that pervades people's...
January 11, 2003
Underlying causes for ailing holiday sales Downplaying a holiday shopping season that some sources report as the worst showing in 30 years, Robert Tracinski waxes sentimental about the "tranquil atmosphere of the shopping malls" (Commentary, "Peace now may require war very soon," Jan. 2). He neglects to mention that the slump in holiday retail purchases was the logical consequence of yet another year of economic downturn, unchecked corporate corruption (resulting in vanishing pensions)
February 22, 2001 |
Brother Jude Sanelli, 73, simply "Brother Jude" to the elderly he served for more than 25 years, died of complications associated with cancer of the gall bladder Sunday at his home in South Philadelphia.Brother Jude's home also is home to about two dozen women who live at Our Mother of Good Counsel Center, an assisted-living facility that he founded. Brother Jude, an Augustinian monk, opened the facility in 1974 as a place for elderly people whose families could not or would not care for them.