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November 7, 2006
THOSE OF MY generation, the baby boomers, could not ever have dreamed as we grew up that we would live to see the day that legal action would be initiated over whether an American city has provided enough help at polling places for those who do not speak the language of the land. Yet, shamefully, that is what we are witnessing in Philadelphia. How, pray tell, does one who has refused to learn to speak English cast an informed ballot in an American election, and why is it the responsibility of the taxpayers to provide them with extensive and expensive aid?
NEWS
November 27, 2008 | By George Curry
Watching the CEOs of the Big Three automakers clumsily beg for a $25 billion loan has been highly entertaining. Last week, Rep. Brad Sherman took a turn as ringmaster of a circus masquerading as a congressional hearing. "I'm going to ask the three executives here to raise their hands if they flew here commercial," the California Democrat said. Neither Rick Wagoner of General Motors, Robert Nardelli of Chrysler, nor Alan Mulally of Ford raised a hand. "Second, I'm going to ask you to raise your hand if you're planning to sell your jet . . . and fly back commercial.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Grace Kelly, our region's most enduring movie star, our only princess, embodied multiple contradictions. She was far more complex than she appeared. Most icons are. On screen, Kelly could project icy and enigmatic reserve, three times serving as an archetypal Alfred Hitchcock cool blonde. In Rear Window , she portrayed one of cinema's great teases, negligee and all. Yet offscreen she was known for her warmth, and for projecting considerable heat - a man-killer with plenty of casualties.
NEWS
January 27, 1991 | By Alexis Moore, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Raymond Myles harbors bitter memories of fighting "discrimination, racism and the Germans, too" during World War II as an officer in a segregated Army. But he also contends that the military is an important way for black Americans "to better the race" and that the Persian Gulf is the right place for them to do it. John Garland left Vietnam after two tours in the infantry determined "to make something of myself" and became a lawyer. But he believes "fighting wars in today's times is vastly different," so different that now he helps advise black servicemen who wish to avoid service in the Persian Gulf.
NEWS
January 21, 2010 | By E.J. Dionne
It turns out there were core contradictions in the promises Barack Obama made to the country in 2008. They caught up with his party on Tuesday in Massachusetts. Things will not get easier. Republicans in Congress will be empowered to hold to their course of obstruction by Senator-elect Scott Brown's victory. Washington will remain the object of scorn as a dysfunctional capital, and, absent a new Obama approach, the GOP can act with the confidence that only Democrats will pay a price for the failure of comity.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1997 | By Robert Strauss, FOR THE INQUIRER
My father was a Thomas Jefferson nut. One of my favorite legacies from him is his framed photograph of Jefferson's will, a photograph no one was supposed to be able to take. He browbeat the security guards at the University of Virginia library so long one day about 30 years ago that they opened up a vault and pushed us in so that he could take his clandestine snapshot, and they could get rid of him. Ken Burns is also a Jefferson nut. Three years ago, as he was finishing his epic Baseball maxi-series, he showed me the backyard of his Walpole, N.H., studio/house.
NEWS
August 16, 1992 | By GEORGE F. WILL
A committee has been called a cul-de-sac into which ideas are lured to be quietly strangled. Not so the Republican Platform Committee. Its handiwork shows clearly the conflicting ideas in the party's divided mind, and the nation's past. The secret of being a bore is to tell everything and the platform is, in vast stretches, chloroform in print. It covers (among many other subjects) the Hobbs Act, mortgage revenue bonds, Cyprus and the U.N. trusteeship in Palau. But beneath the tangled underbrush of little details lurks a large contradiction that reflects the mingling of the Republican past and present.
NEWS
September 22, 1998 | By Tony Pugh, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
It began as a criminal proceeding, a court-ordered appearance to identify potential wrongdoing in the nation's highest office. But after hours of grueling testimony, Monica Lewinsky's session with the grand jury had evolved into psychotherapy, unexpectedly baring the soul and inner being of the former White House intern to a world whose right to know is still being debated. At one point in Lewinsky's Aug. 6 testimony, an unidentified juror confronted the former intern about two affairs with married men - the President and, before him, her former high school drama teacher.
NEWS
November 19, 1989 | By David Zucchino, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Nujoma was born to peasants. He dropped out of grade school. His last 9-to-5 job was as a railroad steward in 1957. By early next year, however, this white-bearded little man with the dazzling smile and fractured syntax will likely be the first president of independent Namibia. To his supporters, he is a shrewd and charismatic politician. To his enemies, he is an illiterate, brutal despot. Shafiishuna Samuel Nujoma is a man who once jailed his own wife. He led a witch hunt in which some of his friends were imprisoned in underground pits.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have many ways to deal with your fear: Push it down; face it; punch it; ignore it; dance with it. It really doesn't matter which route you choose now. The point is you are driven more strongly by your curiosity. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Children can feel extreme joy without knowing enough to appreciate the value of it. The happiness you feel today will be made richer by your knowledge of its rarity. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your friend is a mass of contradictions; it's true.
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NEWS
August 7, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITER
John J. Dougherty walks a line of contradiction, as ready to mix it up in a street brawl as he is to mingle with the region's political elite. Hailed as "Johnny Doc" in his South Philadelphia neighborhood of Pennsport, Dougherty is a tough-talking union leader who in January traded punches with a nonunion contractor. The same Dougherty sponsored a series of big-name breakfasts at a restaurant on Broad Street - attended by members of the U.S. House and Senate - during the Democratic National Convention.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Rashad Robinson
  'Look at my African American over here. " When Donald Trump pointed out a black man at a California rally, social media erupted: Here was a man running the most racist campaign in decades trying to use the language of diversity for electoral gain. But here's a dirty little secret: Trump's contradictions when it comes to black people are the norm in American politics. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have long used black communities as pawns in their political chess game, each capitalizing on the symbolism of "blackness" to serve their parties' electoral needs.
NEWS
July 9, 2016
ISSUE | CHURCH Communion questionnaire So Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput gets to decide for the disenfranchised Catholics of Philadelphia what Pope Francis clearly did not say in Amoris Laetitia ? The sheer arrogance and un-Christian attitude of Chaput continue to stun (" Chaput edict scorned, praised ," Thursday). One can only cling to the belief that Jesus never intended Communion be reserved for the few and the chaste. Funny, there were no questions posed about "state of grace" at the Last Supper.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
It was the presidential election year of 1992 and Tim Lewis, then a young federal court judge in Pittsburgh, was watching a televised debate between Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) and his challenger, Lynn Yeakel. Yeakel went after Specter for the GOP's failure to nominate African Americans to the federal bench. But Specter had a ready answer. "Specter said, 'Well that is not true. There is a young African American judge in Pittsburgh who we are going to put on the Third Circuit,' " Lewis recalled.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have many ways to deal with your fear: Push it down; face it; punch it; ignore it; dance with it. It really doesn't matter which route you choose now. The point is you are driven more strongly by your curiosity. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Children can feel extreme joy without knowing enough to appreciate the value of it. The happiness you feel today will be made richer by your knowledge of its rarity. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your friend is a mass of contradictions; it's true.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A witness statement provided to Philadelphia detectives after the shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown in December contradicts police claims that he was pulled over because the lights on his car were out, according to a lawyer for Tate-Brown's mother. The lawyer, Brian Mildenberg, said a witness told investigators that the officer who stopped Tate-Brown's car on Dec. 15 told him he did so because it matched "the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier incident. " According to Mildenberg, the witness was driving past at the time and pulled over and got out of his car to see what was happening.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
For about eight hours, Raghunandan Yandamuri stuck to his story: During the time a 10-month-old girl was kidnapped from her apartment and the baby's grandmother was stabbed to death, he was home having lunch with his wife, elsewhere in the apartment complex. But shortly before 11 p.m. on that Thursday in October 2012, the detective questioning Yandamuri learned from another officer that Yandamuri's wife had contradicted her husband's alibi. She specifically remembered her husband's breaking his normal lunchtime routine earlier that week, Montgomery County Detective Paul Bradbury testified Tuesday.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Grace Kelly, our region's most enduring movie star, our only princess, embodied multiple contradictions. She was far more complex than she appeared. Most icons are. On screen, Kelly could project icy and enigmatic reserve, three times serving as an archetypal Alfred Hitchcock cool blonde. In Rear Window , she portrayed one of cinema's great teases, negligee and all. Yet offscreen she was known for her warmth, and for projecting considerable heat - a man-killer with plenty of casualties.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
Country music and controversy don't usually go hand in hand unless one of those hands belongs to Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. But when Brad Paisley's song "Accidental Racist" hit the Internet this year, the reaction was swift and brutal. Cultural commentators practically fell over one another in their rush to condemn the song, which posits an uneasy encounter between a Confederate flag-wearing Paisley and a black barista. Although the song's most cringe-inducing sentiments came courtesy of guest rapper and latte-puller LL Cool J, Paisley took the heat for downplaying the former slave states' ignominious past and setting up a false dichotomy between "Southern pride and Southern blame.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | By Mitchell Hecht, For The Inquirer
Question: I had an EKG done in 2009 that said I had possible left atrial enlargement. Another EKG done at a different hospital in the same month said I had left atrial abnormality. I saw a cardiologist who did an echocardiogram of my heart and said I did not have left atrial enlargement. I'm completely puzzled! Can you help? Answer: An EKG uses the electrical activity of the heart to look for such things as the heart's rate, rhythm, signs of impaired electrical conduction, prior heart attacks, current injury to heart muscle, and possible enlargement of one or more chambers.
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