January 9, 2014 |
WHAT MAKES the Constitution High basketball squad so dangerous? Well, when its top scoring talent, Ahmad "J.R. " Gilbert, nets just two first-half points and the Generals still lead, the simple answer is depth. Sprinkle in some stingy defense and you get a 65-49 victory over previously unbeaten Martin Luther King (8-1, 2-1) last night in a Public A contest at Ben Franklin High. "The whole game plan, even in practice, was to get my teammates involved first," Gilbert said after the game.
November 13, 2013 |
For John Campbell, it was a trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington that inspired him to spend nearly a decade chronicling the lives of the 43 soldiers and sailors from Gloucester County who died in the war. That day in the early 1990s, the Vietnam vet found himself staring at the Wall. "I saw all those names," Campbell said. He felt he owed it to each of those men to tell his story. Campbell was one of many veterans and others who spent Veterans Day at the National Constitution Center, honoring those who served with words of reflection.
October 11, 2013 |
THERE IS something refreshing in the bare-bones approach to the new exhibition at the National Constitution Center, "Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs. " White walls. Black frames. Very little text. It's every photojournalist's dream. Curator Cyma Rubin gives the more than 150 images center stage, allowing the viewer to absorb their content without distraction. A fitting choice, since the images contain some of the most important moments of their time. The show includes every winner since the Pulitzer Prize board began awarding the photography prize in 1942.
October 11, 2013 |
The first image in the exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs set to open at the National Constitution Center on Friday bears an all-too-familiar intensity. A pair of Syrian snipers, holed up in a dim room, lasers of daylight streaming through bullet holes all around them, nervously watch for their next target. Javier Manzano, freelancing for Agence France-Presse, the photographer who captured the intimacy, anxiety, and strange beauty in this image, later said, "I didn't know it was a sniper's nest.
September 21, 2013 |
With her tortoiseshell glasses, gentle demeanor, and quavering voice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg projects the quintessence of judicial demeanor and focused academic intensity. Yet when she slowly, and it seemed carefully, entered the second-floor auditorium of the National Constitution Center on Sept. 6 for a talk about the modern Supreme Court and its discontents, the 800 or more spectators in attendance greeted her like a rock star. They whooped with shouts of approval and encouragement as she took the stage - an infrequent reception for a cloistered and composed associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
September 19, 2013 |
We the people" grew a few dozen members stronger this Constitution Day. On the holiday that marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution, 48 new Americans swore allegiance to the law of the land in a naturalization ceremony just across from Independence Hall. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova presided over the oath of citizenship at the National Constitution Center. "What a wonderful choice for you and your families, for your families' families," he said. "This choice will be part of your heritage.
September 8, 2013 |
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a 90-minute talk Friday evening at the National Constitution Center, gave a vigorous defense of activist government that provides for the basic health care and economic well-being of its citizens. Ginsburg, leader of the court's liberal wing, spoke at length about the ideological tenor of the court, her views on the court's recent decision to strike down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, and her long-standing friendship with Justice Antonin G. Scalia, the acknowledged standard-bearer for the court's conservatives.
July 23, 2013 |
CAIRO - The panel charged with amending Egypt's constitution in the aftermath of the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi met for the first time Sunday, according to the country's official news agency. Meanwhile, as the military-backed interim leadership pushes its fast-track timetable for a return to a democratic rule to Egypt, thousands of women held a brief protest against Morsi's overthrow at the heavily fortified Defense Ministry in Cairo. Ranks of soldiers formed a military cordon outside the ministry.
July 22, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's interim president selected a team of legal experts Saturday to rewrite controversial portions of the Islamist-drafted constitution, as the military-backed leadership moved quickly to try to capitalize on the ouster of the country's first freely elected leader. With supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi still protesting in the streets, Egypt's new prime minister called for consensus and participation of all political groups. But Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood officially has refused to negotiate with the new government, saying it would be open for talks only after he is reinstated.
July 8, 2013 |
At times, it has seemed that the Constitution has held up far better during more than 200 years than the National Constitution Center has over a decade. Jeffrey Rosen recently became the center's sixth president and chief executive. Or possibly its fifth. No one is sure whether to count interim and repeat directors. The turnover rate in leadership, coupled with bewildering programming - exhibits on Princess Diana, Bruce Springsteen - left the center with a confused mission and disappointing results.