November 5, 2011 |
JACKSON, Miss. - A chorus of "amens" filled the statehouse in Jackson on Halloween night. About 75 people were gathered for a briefing by backers of a ballot initiative that would make the state the first in the nation to ban abortion by declaring that life begins at conception. "Fighting for preservation of the unborn in the state of Mississippi - that's a cause worth our strongest efforts and our most committed prayers," Brad Prewitt told the crowd. The 42-year-old lawyer heads Yes on 26, a political-action committee whose television ads, signs, and fliers argue that a vote against the proposition is a vote for abortion.
October 20, 2011 |
At age 5, my daughter Sally could make lovely pancakes all by herself. Perched on a stool at the kitchen counter, she measured ingredients, cracked eggs, mixed the batter, ladled it onto the griddle, flipped the cakes proficiently, and proudly served them to the family. So, why, after showing such promise, is she saying at age 25 that she doesn't know how to cook? Somehow, in the years in between, too many other things took precedence. The all-consuming mad dash of studies-sports-friends-etcetera that started in high school continued right through college and then into her working life.
August 8, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - The governor has said he won't sign it. Top lawmakers call it a deal-breaker. Yet, the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission has revived a debate over whether to allow areas of Pennsylvania rich with natural gas to be gathered into large land "pools," even against property owners' wishes. The practice, referred to as pooling, sparked controversy when it began circulating in Harrisburg last year. Opponents portrayed it as a grab by drillers at private property rights.
August 5, 2011 |
SVETLANA SPENDS her summer days in a starched maid's uniform, cleaning up dirty bedsheets in Atlantic City motel rooms, more than 5,000 miles from home. But there are a few magical hours each week, when the Russian sociology student can wear her smartest dress, hear her favorite homeland music and dance until morning with handsome, Bulgarian men beneath pink neon lights and hovering seagulls. "I like to go to the beach and boardwalk if I can. I like to meet new people, especially Russians and Bulgarians," the 21-year-old Russian native said excitedly.
July 31, 2011
The Inquirer is dramatically revamping its commentary pages starting Monday. The old concept of separate editorial and op-ed pages is being replaced by a new design that melds the two. Look for even livelier pages that include same-day responses to editorials and more interaction with the Editorial Board's "Say What?" blog, which you can find at www.philly.com/opinion . But don't let the new format fool you. Your favorite features and writers will be here, and some new ones added, including a daily poll.
May 31, 2011 |
NEW YORK - A new, posthumous story of science gone wrong is coming in November from the late Michael Crichton, with help by Richard Preston. Crichton, author of such blockbusters as Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain , died in 2008 having written one-third of Micro , a thriller about a biotech company in Hawaii and the graduate students who end up stranded and endangered in a rain forest. Preston, known for his best-selling nonfiction work about the Ebola virus, The Hot Zone , used Crichton's outline, reference materials, and notes to finish the book.
April 21, 2011 |
ONE OF THE most vivid memories of my boyhood was the period just before April 15. Every year, my father, preparing to submit his tax forms, commandeered the dining-room table, which he totally covered with papers and forms, as well as pencils and a calculator. During those couple of days, you had to leave the house, as Dad was in an almost constant rage, smoke practically pouring out of his ears. My father was a Goldwater Republican. To him, the federal government ranked below the Mafia, and taxes were nothing short of robbery.
March 29, 2011
Paul Baran, 84, whose work with packaging data in the 1960s is credited with playing a role in the later development of the Internet, died of complications from lung cancer Saturday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. Baran, who was raised in West Philadelphia and earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University, is best known for the idea of "packet-switching," in which data are bundled into small packages and sent through a network. He outlined the concept while working on Cold War issues for the Rand Corp.
December 20, 2010 |
When the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance started in 2003, its founders knew their mission would not be without considerable rigor. The nonprofit group - when created, only the second of its kind in the United States - was promoting a style of development largely absent and misunderstood here: high-density, walkable communities, where sidewalks are plentiful and housing coexists with shops and offices. The concept remains a vast departure from what dominates this region: zoning that demands that different uses stay separate and that houses be on at least a half-acre.
October 10, 2010 |
Karyn Dolan couldn't have been more pleased to be addressing a room full of like-minded believers. "I love going to conferences," she told the nearly 200 people who had gathered Saturday morning in a meeting room of the Sheraton Hotel in Langhorne to hear her presentation: "UFOlogy vs. Paranormal Research, Completely Different or Two Sides of the Same Coin?" "Nobody rolls their eyes at me," she said. "Nobody thinks I'm crazy. " The audience murmured and nodded in solidarity.