January 12, 2013
No to Hagel The last Republican-in-name-only brought in by a Democratic president to run the Pentagon and to give the chief bipartisan cover to starve the military (every Democrat's dream) was Bill Cohen, who served under Bill Clinton ("New team for security challenges," Tuesday). After four years under their feckless leadership and general lack of interest, our nation suffered the most deadly attack since Pearl Harbor. In fairness to Clinton, there was a relative calm in the world then, and Cohen was smart enough not to harbor oafish points of view, unlike Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for defense secretary.
June 2, 2011 |
WANT TO MEET people, make new friends - maybe even start a little romance in your life? Ruth Harvey had the secret: Get off your duff, get out and do things. Do things that you enjoy and get to know people who enjoy the same things. And they will introduce you to other people, and pretty soon you have a network. Bars and nightspots are OK if you like that sort of thing, but try burning off paint from the hull of a tall ship, as Ruth did back in the late '80s on the Gazela. "So while you're down there burning off paint, you're having a conversation with someone and you realize you have something in common," she said.
June 2, 1999 |
Harran Williams' rise to the top of New Jersey's exclusive hurdling community has been nearly as fast as Williams himself. When it seemed that few outside the Camden city limits knew the password to get into the club for hurdling's elite, the Delran senior busted down the door. Beginning with the South Jersey Track and Field Carnival on April 30, Williams has shaved four seconds off his best time in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, and at last weekend's state Group 2 meet in South Plainfield, he avenged losses from the sectional meet to win state titles in the 110 high hurdles (14.27 seconds)
March 3, 2014 |
WILLINGBORO A dozen years after local officials persuaded Merck Medco to build the nation's largest pharmaceutical mail-order facility in the township and create more than 1,000 jobs, the company's latest owners are relocating to a neighboring community, a few miles away, where sweeter tax breaks and other incentives beckon. Florence Township officials wooed Express Scripts, the new owner, with an offer that will slash the property taxes on the site by more than 75 percent - from $417,000 to $108,000 in its first year.
February 27, 2014 |
FOR MORE than a decade, Lamont Hatton watched his brother's killer, William Little - who spent 10 years in prison for the 1989 murder - walking around their South Philadelphia neighborhood, unarmed, unafraid and free. Hatton watched Little cut hair at the Jazz U Up barbershop at 16th and Tasker, and mentor young people there in the evenings, respected after his stint in prison for murder as a community hero for speaking out against guns and violence. And Hatton wondered: "Why is this man alive when my brother is dead?"
February 22, 2014 |
It's hard not to wince when you first look at the renderings of the Mormon Church's expanding kingdom at 16th and Vine Streets, unveiled last week by Mayor Nutter. The architectural chameleons at Robert Stern's office have paired a 1920s-style apartment tower with a teensy redbrick meetinghouse that looks as if it was dragged across town from colonial-era Society Hill. As if that wasn't enough, those retro buildings will join a snow-white, double-spired, French classical Mormon temple by Perkins+Will that is already rising along the cliff edge of the Vine Street Expressway.
July 14, 2001 |
Frank Nofer, 71, of Spring Mill, a celebrated graphic artist and watercolorist who designed a Philadelphia logo for the American Bicentennial, died Thursday at Keystone House in Wyndmoor. His representational watercolors are included in prominent private and corporate collections. In 1995, the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College honored him with a one-man retrospective exhibition. For 25 years, Mr. Nofer operated a graphic-design studio in the Old City section of Philadelphia, where he did advertising for pharmaceutical companies and amassed many awards.
March 4, 2014 |
PEOPLE FROM all over Philadelphia came together Saturday to tell their stories about gentrification at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. Organizers had issued fliers calling for an "emergency town hall" to confront a "crisis facing black Philadelphia: the demise of our neighborhoods. " In gentrification, some neighborhoods are targeted for revitalization - but the new development leads to huge rent or property-tax increases that often force longtime residents out. Sister Empress Phile, one of the organizers, said the group will host more town halls and ask for more public meetings, including congressional hearings.
November 24, 2002 |
Kevin Holloman, weak from AIDS and fighting drug addiction, nervously eyed the metal door of the Good Shepherd shelter for homeless, medically fragile men in Philadelphia. His once-handsome face was drawn, his cheeks hollowed, his complexion pale. Kevin, 32, slowly picked up his suitcase, a crate full of books, and three trash bags of clothes and carried them to the shelter door. His stomach churned that morning last December. How will they treat me? Am I going to like the people?
June 19, 2005 |
Legendary radio broadcaster Georgie Woods, "the Guy With the Goods" who was a Philadelphia leader in both entertainment and civil rights, died early yesterday morning. Mr. Woods, 78, who moved to Florida in 1996, is believed to have suffered a heart attack at his Boynton Beach home, said his longtime companion, Doris Harris. He died shortly thereafter at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, according to staff at the Boynton Beach medical facility. After he came to Philadelphia from New York in 1953, Mr. Woods used the airwaves of WDAS-AM (1480)