November 15, 2012 |
In the fall dance of exchanging the shorts for the sweaters in a back hall closet, I saw them: my mother's shoes. The sight instantly carried me back to the last hour of the last painful day of cleaning out Mom's apartment after her death. There had already been weeks of sorting and stacking and disposing. There had been cartons carefully labeled for local thrift shops with pieces of Mom's life piled high in them. Our daughters had been choosing from among the necklaces and tiny bracelets - Mom's hands were remarkably small - and the pins from the 1940s and '50s that had grown familiar to us all. So many decisions were swimming in my head that I would literally dream of those objects when I fell into exhausted and troubled sleep at night.
October 29, 2012 |
Brea, who just celebrated her 18th birthday, is considering enlisting in the Army or becoming a mechanic when she graduates from high school. In the meantime, she keeps busy with a variety of activities. A smart, shy and creative young lady, she enjoys video games, swimming, and playing basketball, volleyball, and flag football. Although she loves to cook and try new foods, her favorite is Caribbean cuisine. Brea also is interested in fashion, dance, music, and dogs. Math and chemistry are her favorite subjects in school.
October 5, 2012 |
STATE REP. Daryl Metcalfe is mighty peeved that, come November, voters won't need a voter ID to cast a ballot. On Tuesday, Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson decided that voters could be asked to show the ID, but they couldn't be blocked from voting if they failed to produce one. The judge's decision, Metcalfe said, "is skewed in favor of the lazy, who refuse to exercise the necessary work ethic to meet the common-sense requirements to obtain...
September 6, 2012 |
JOLIET, Ill. - Defense attorneys told jurors at Drew Peterson's murder trial Tuesday that the state's case against him is "garbage evidence. " Prosecutors said it's just common sense that the former suburban Chicago police officer killed his third wife. Jurors were expected to begin deliberating the case Wednesday, a day after both sides presented their closing arguments. Prosecutors contend Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, because he feared a pending divorce settlement would wipe him out financially.
July 27, 2012 |
AN HOUR before game time, a soft breeze lapped against the pennants hanging on the flagpoles in centerfield, a cloudless blue sky painted above the heads of a grateful city that had spent most of the previous 2 months in sweltering heat. High above leftfield, the multimillion-dollar videoboard flickered to life, a closed-circuit video feed of Ruben Amaro Jr. and Cole Hamels appearing in high definition as the early birds trickled into their seats. What unfolded over the next half-hour was the latest milestone in the Phillies' improbable rise from National League doormat to major league Goliath, the general manager and the homegrown superstar fielding questions about the 6-year, $144 million contract extension they had consummated the night before.
July 27, 2012 |
New Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. will be paid $300,000 annually under a five-year contract endorsed Wednesday by the School Reform Commission. It's a big salary, but about $50,000 less than his predecessor, the controversial Arlene C. Ackerman, was paid. "We were very mindful of the history of the School District," SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos said at a special meeting. "This agreement is a better deal economically for the taxpayers of Philadelphia than the previous two deals.
July 3, 2012 |
A SELLER IS only a seller after something has been sold. So calling general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. a seller at this point would be incorrect. Jim Thome does not count — he just made no sense for the Phillies when it became clear that he could not play in the field anymore. Trading him to Baltimore for prospects was just normal baseball business — a sale, yes, but not necessarily a harbinger. Because the Phillies cannot give up yet. It isn't just that the sport is replete with recent teams that have played like stink for long stretches of the season, only to get hot at the end and make a run in the postseason.
June 30, 2012 |
The landmark Supreme Court ruling Thursday upholding key tenets of the federal health-care overhaul was a victory for common sense. It offers hope to so many Americans who thought health insurance was beyond their reach. Even as both parties jockey for advantage in November, the five justices who upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) pulled the nation back from a disastrous U-turn on reform efforts soon to reach full stride. At stake was not only the future aim of providing for almost two-thirds of the 50 million uninsured, but also major structural reforms under way in a sprawling sector of the U.S. economy that accounts for $2.7 trillion in spending, or $1 in every $6. Already, people are benefiting from popular provisions of the 2010 law, which fully kicks in 18 months from now: Retirees, and all women, now have access to preventive care like mammograms and wellness visits.
June 30, 2012 |
Well, now. So how's that hope and change thing working for us? I'd say, after Thursday, pretty darn good. The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold President Obama's besieged signature legislation - the Affordable Care Act - constitutionally validated the law that cleared the path for providing universal health care for everyone. Which should be as American as apple pie. You'd think. Yet since the historic law passed two years ago, conservatives have spit out "Obamacare" as if the very word were arsenic.