September 4, 2016
THE U.S. Supreme Court this year ruled that juveniles sentenced to life with no chance of parole must be given new sentencing hearings. In Pennsylvania, which has more juvenile lifers than any state, this is a massive undertaking. A key mover in the process is state Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, prisons boss since 2011. Wetzel, 47, from Myerstown, Lebanon County, has 26 years of prison experience, starting as a part-timer during college. He has worked in or run prisons in Lebanon, Berks, and Franklin Counties.
August 21, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Recently I was at a party hosted by my boyfriend's mother. I've been dating my boyfriend for about six months, but we have been friends for a decade. His mother drunkenly confronted me at the party, saying she is dissatisfied with the speed at which our relationship is progressing - too fast - and she doesn't like the impact it can have on her grandchild (my boyfriend's child). While I completely sympathize with what she is saying, we are by no means going too fast.
August 20, 2016
By Maura Cheeks A few weekends ago I was in a bookstore in Westerly, R.I., just outside of Watch Hill - on the same day the New York Times happened to feature the town on the first page of the Style section. It's known for its stature, privacy, and wealth. Although friends of mine are prominent members of the community, I have always felt somewhat out of place there as one of the few black people during any given weekend when I visit them during the summer. The issue is not that the residents exclude.
July 29, 2016 |
AT FIRST, the showing of contrition might have seemed rather automatic, like a checkdown in the face of a blitz. Clearly, Nigel Bradham and Nelson Agholor knew what they were expected to say, in their first encounters with reporters since they made news for questionable off-the-field conduct. But both Eagles spoke long enough after the team's first full-squad practice of training camp to go beyond scripted talking points. Both Bradham and Agholor seem at least to understand that they put themselves and the team in an unfavorable light, and that they don't want this to happen again.
June 4, 2016 |
Andrea Constand waited a year to tell anyone that Bill Cosby had sexually assaulted her, she said, because she was "emotionally shocked" and needed time to work through her feelings. "I want to say there was an element of fear," she told Cheltenham police in 2005. "Before I was going to say anything to anyone, I had to put my own thoughts and feelings together. " Detailed in a police interview transcript made public Thursday , Constand's reply addressed what has emerged as a critical point as Cosby's case lumbers toward a trial.
April 17, 2016
The Waters of Eternal Youth By Donna Leon Atlantic Monthly Press. 304 pp. $26. Reviewed by Michael D. Schaffer A fter a quarter-century, Donna Leon and the readers of her Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series have settled into a comfortable relationship, much like her fictional detective and his wife, Paola. Leon's writing satisfies, much like the dishes that come out of Paola's kitchen. It goes down easily. Her characters are reassuringly familiar and likable, if a little too good to be true.
January 5, 2016 |
In the last month, five people in my world have taken their own lives. I knew them to varying degrees; some very closely, others through people I am connected with via work or friendship or service. Three were male, two female. One had a child. Three were in their mid-40s, two were in their late teens or early 20s. Two were very successful in business. Through their suicides, all of them have greatly affected others and have left dozens of loved ones shattered. They struggled with depression, and, from what I have been told by family and close friends, they essentially kept how dark life had become to themselves.
December 14, 2015 |
Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan were geniuses at different times for the same amount of time: two years. That's how long each of them had atop that pedestal before the rest of the NFL knocked them off. If you're a head coach and want to be a genius for more than two years, you'd better have Joe Montana or Tom Brady as your quarterback. Otherwise, there will be a reckoning, and it will be humbling. Kelly's reckoning, of course, began in the final four weeks of last season, his second with the Eagles, and has continued through the first 12 weeks of this one. His up-tempo, simplified-playbook approach to offense doesn't catch opponents off guard as often as it once did, and his reliance on a rigorous sports science program has at times inspired eye rolls from at least some of his players.
November 20, 2015 |
Philadelphia police on Wednesday identified the officer and suspect involved in a violent confrontation this week in the city's Kensington section. Officer Gregory Kravitz shot Julius Velasquez, 26, who allegedly tried to stab the officer with a knife in the 3200 block of F Street about 2:50 a.m. Monday, police said. Velasquez, who lives on the block, was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital with gunshot wounds to his right hip and arm. He was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.
June 30, 2015 |
To the three Camden police officers on patrol that May afternoon, the group of young people standing behind a vacant house with a .32-caliber revolver and a video camera looked suspicious. Ta'Quan Allen, 19, and his three friends say the weapon - which Allen said had been passed down through his family for protection - was being used as a prop for a film he was recording. The friends were rehearsing a scene when the officers approached. The encounter could have been dangerous, police said.