March 11, 2015 |
Sandra A. Spieczny, 63, of Glassboro, a journalism teacher and a sports copy editor at The Inquirer for more than two decades, died Saturday, March 7, at her home. Ms. Spieczny was found unresponsive in her living room by Glassboro police, who were called by a family friend when she did not answer the phone. The Gloucester County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that the cause of death was heart disease. In a statement released to employees, Stan Wischnowski, vice president of news operations for Interstate General Media, parent of The Inquirer, said the company "lost a terrific journalist and wonderful colleague over the weekend.
December 10, 2014 |
The National Constitution Center has received a $5.5 million grant from the Templeton Foundation to create "a national Coalition of Freedom" designed to enhance awareness of the rights set forth in the nation's founding documents, Jeffrey Rosen, center president and chief executive, said Monday. The grant will fund creation of an online interactive Constitution, short story and essay contests for students, Town Hall-style debates at the center and other locations, and a contest challenging teachers to develop plans to increase constitutional literacy in their schools.
October 30, 2014 |
James F. Moffatt, 80, of Riverton, a longtime Inquirer copy desk chief and a much-loved journalism instructor at Rutgers-Camden, died Sunday, Oct. 26, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden. The cause of death was complications from colitis, his family said. Mr. Moffatt retired in January 1997 after more than three decades as a copy editor and slot editor at The Inquirer, initially for news and later for business copy under a newsroom reorganization. The slot is the last to get at a story in The Inquirer's editing lineup, and has the job of vetting the work of other copy editors and making sure mistakes are corrected before the story is released for publication.
August 28, 2014 |
I T DIDN'T TAKE a whole lot to make Jon Weir happy: his wife's spaghetti-and-meatballs dinner, a souvenir hat from a sporting event, a stroll along State Street in Media, watching his children play sports, a bike ride on the Ocean City boardwalk. For a man who was exposed as a newspaper copy editor to the frequently painful reality of breaking news for 46 years, his need for simple pleasures was understandable. Colleagues remember a devoted professional who could keep his cool even when big news was breaking on deadline, and could be counted on to get the copy out, clean and clear.
July 5, 2014 |
The two documents are rarely exhibited - and not easily accessed behind the many layers of security. To see them, Lee Arnold, library director at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, uses an entry card to pass into an elevator, then into a large locked room, No. 210. Inside, he twirls the tumbler of a combination lock on thick vault doors, then swings them open to reveal still another set of metal doors with a coded digital lock. Beyond is the climate-controlled chamber filled with historical treasures - and a heavy safe, accessed by keys held only by Arnold and the institution's director of research.
March 4, 2014 |
THE EFFECTS of Allen Iverson's career and carriage cannot be overstated. He influenced not only a league but a culture; braided, tatted and 'tuded; valiant, defiant, unapologetic. The 76ers retired Iverson's No. 3 on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in a stirring ceremony that offered a respite from the catastrophe they have created this season. Yesterday afternoon, Villanova dismantled Marquette on the court under which Iverson's number now hangs. If the Wildcats weren't aware that Big East nemesis Creighton lost Saturday night, putting Villanova atop the conference, it was because they were watching A.I.'s love-in.
February 28, 2014 |
If we're judging strictly by box office numbers, Mamma Mia! marks a watershed for women in theater. Produced, written, and directed by women, since its 1999 London premiere the show has been everywhere, done everything, and raked in billions of dollars to the tunes of an Abba soundtrack. This still-surprisingly feminist plot set on a romantic Greek isle is the Aphrodite of all jukebox musicals: a work so pleasing to the eye and ear that none can resist its charms. Except we're not judging by numbers, we're judging this particular tour (the show's third U.S. tour, and seventh pass through Philadelphia)
February 21, 2014 |
IT WAS JUST like Jack Thompson to think of plucking a hair from the tail of a tiger. Well, he didn't pluck it himself. He got a keeper at the Philadelphia Zoo to do the plucking by holding a piece of meat in one hand and grabbing the hair with the other. "It was a great thing," said Jack's wife, Mary Pat Timony. "He was jumping up and down. " What, you might well ask, did Jack Thompson want with the hair of a tiger? He was working as the advertising manager for a company called Nuclide Industries, which made mass spectrometers - used to "determine the elemental signature of a sample," as it is described - like the hair of a tiger.
February 11, 2014 |
Peering through the plate-glass windows of the new retail space on Market Street in West Philadelphia, Jiaqi Wu thought she was looking at just another coffee shop in a town brimming with them. Then she reconsidered, thinking they must be serving something extraordinary, given the name on the door: The Creative Café @ Replica. "I was wondering if the coffee itself was creative," recalled Wu, a Californian pursuing a master's degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.