September 19, 2015 |
The National Constitution Center launched an educational revolution Thursday - a new, digital way of teaching the founding document on the 228th anniversary of its signing in Philadelphia. The center worked with the College Board - the nonprofit organization that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement courses in high schools - to develop an online interactive Constitution, allowing students to explore the history of amendments as well as the contemporary debates about constitutional issues.
September 17, 2015 |
WE PHILADELPHIANS are rightly proud of our city's leading role in the creation of our country. Every Fourth of July, we celebrate American independence with patriotic feeling for our country, and also an extra measure of civic pride that this watershed event in world history took place here in our hometown. There is another date, however, that we should be commemorating and celebrating yet barely do: Sept. 17. This is the date in 1787 when the U.S. Constitution was signed, officially bringing together our separate confederated states into one united nation.
September 5, 2015 |
The uphill battle covers just 400 words. On Page 18 of its Constitution and Bylaws, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association uses 12 bullet points to cover those 400 words in its fight against athletes transferring between high schools. Those rules state that students cannot transfer for more playing time, to play with a certain coach or team, for more college exposure. But in the PIAA's District 12, made up of the Philadelphia Public and Catholic leagues, the prevalence of Amateur Athletic Union basketball and loose geographical boundaries have coaches pointing to a thriving "transfer culture" in high school hoops.
September 4, 2015 |
Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the international nuclear deal with Iran as a step toward a safer world Wednesday, as the Obama administration secured enough backing in the Senate to carry out the agreement. "History may judge it a turning point, a moment when the builders of stability seize the initiative from the destroyers of hope," Kerry told an invited crowd of about 200 at the National Constitution Center. Before Kerry spoke, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.) announced her support for the accord.
August 12, 2015
SSUE | CLIMATE Northern Everglades It was a remarkable and rare occurrence that a manatee was found swimming in the Delaware River recently, but this was an alarm bell going off. With ocean and river temperatures hitting record highs, these events will happen more and more. New Jersey's weather trends are like those of Tidewater Virginia 30 years ago. And who knows whether 30 years from now, our weather will be more like northern Florida's? The way we're going, the Pine Barrens may end up being more like the Everglades unless something is done about climate change.
July 31, 2015 |
Glistening with sweat at a LOVE Park rally Wednesday organized by a coalition of immigrant advocates, Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney said he would forgo an estimated $5 million to $6 million in federal funds for Philadelphia rather than adopt a law enforcement policy he believes violates immigrants' civil rights. "Money is important," he said. "But it's not worth violating the Constitution. You can't pay me to violate the Constitution. " Pushing back against legislation that would withhold federal funds from "sanctuary cities," including Philadelphia, Kenney, several local officials, and members of the Philadelphia Family Unity Network coalition denounced the movement in Congress to dock funding from the 22 cities that restrict local police cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
May 7, 2015
TODAY, LET'S think about possibility. Specifically, the possibility our state Supreme Court upholds the Constitution more often than when the mood strikes it to do so. I mention this because of a record three vacancies on the seven-member court to be filled by election this year, and because, you know, one can always hope. Let's concede that law can be a malleable thing, subject to circumstance and politics. In this state it's massaged into various shapes, sometimes avoiding constitutional dictates.
April 25, 2015 |
Constitution's Ahmad Gilbert, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, committed Thursday to play at Minnesota. He visited the school Wednesday. Dangerous in the open court and around the basket, the lefthander averaged 17.6 points, 11 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 2.1 blocks while leading the Generals to a 24-8 record and their third state championship. He was an Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection. Gilbert had originally pledged to George Mason. He reopened his commitment after Paul Hewitt was fired.
March 22, 2015 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - It was like a slow moving, tidal wave of emotion for Constitution's Ahmad Gilbert. Clad in the Generals' red uniform, the 6-foot-7 senior forward strode through the Giant Center before the PIAA Class A state final fully aware of the stakes. It wasn't until Gilbert reached the court Friday afternoon, however, that the gravity hit him. "I came out of the tunnel, looked up, and it was my last game," he said. "I let it out once I shook a couple of my guys' hands.
March 22, 2015 |
HERSHEY - It was like a slow-moving, tidal wave of emotion for Constitution High's Ahmad Gilbert. Clad in the Generals' all-red uniforms, the 6-7 senior forward strode through Hershey's Giant Center fully aware of the stakes. It wasn't until Gilbert reached the court, however, that the gravity hit him. "I came out of the tunnel, looked up, and it was my last game," he said. "I let it out once I shook a couple of my guys' hands. I just looked like, 'This is our last game.' "My freshman year, I never thought I would play my last game in the state championship game, so that's really special," he continued.