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June 25, 2003 | By Miriam Hill and Linda K. Harris INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Pew Charitable Trusts has killed a $100,000 grant to the region's largest Boy Scout council because of its policy of discriminating against homosexuals. "It's a very difficult decision because we've been funding the local chapter for well over 50 years, but the board feels very strongly that this was an action we had to take," Pew president Rebecca Rimel said Monday. "We feel that all of our partners should be inclusive in their approach and should exercise tolerance and understanding.
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May 7, 1997 | Inquirer photographs by Ron Cortes
The Learning for Life Career Fair for high school students was held yesterday at the CoreStates Center. The Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America, said 80 corporations and other organizations would be represented.
NEWS
December 22, 2003
THERE SHOULD be a Boy Scout merit badge for surviving being between a rock and a hard place. If so, Philadelphia's Cradle of Liberty Council of Boy Scouts has earned it. Since 2000, when the Supreme Court upheld a Boy Scout ban on homosexual leaders, the local council has tried to cut free of the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory policies, even to the point of making a public announcement of nondiscrimination while the BSA was holding its...
NEWS
December 4, 2007 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia chapter of the Boy Scouts of America ignored yesterday a deadline set by City Solicitor Romulo L. Diaz Jr. to publicly renounce its membership bar against people who are openly homosexual or atheists if the organization wishes to remain in its landmark headquarters on city-owned land. "We're letting it pass. We feel it's a political, arbitrary deadline," said Jeff Jubelirer, spokesman for the 64,000-member Cradle of Liberty Council, which includes Philadelphia and parts of Delaware and Montgomery Counties.
NEWS
January 13, 2004
WE STRONGLY object to your editorial encouraging individual donations to the Cradle of Liberty Council, and to your assertion that the council "has consistently tried to do the right thing in a difficult situation. " The right thing to do "for the sake of the kids" would have been to keep Gregory Lattera in the organization after he spoke out. By giving in to the discrimination of the Boy Scouts of America, the council set a horrible example for every child, leader and parent in the Philadelphia region, and the Daily News sets an even worse example by encouraging support for an organization that discriminates on the basis of religious belief and sexual orientation.
NEWS
December 18, 2010
A Galleries listing in Friday's Weekend section gave an incorrect closing date for "Alan Magee: Tapestries" at Gallery51. It closes Dec. 31. A story Friday about the possible sale of the Boy Scouts of America's Philadelphia headquarters incorrectly said that the city had first sued the Cradle of Liberty Council. The council sued the city in federal court after the city threatened to evict it from the city-owned property over its refusal to explicitly renounce the national scouting policy of not allowing openly gay scouts and scoutmasters.
NEWS
August 1, 2003 | By Linda K. Harris INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After 80 years of providing financial support to local Boy Scout groups, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania voted yesterday to cancel all funding to the local scouts because of their policy of discriminating against gays. "It was not an easy meeting," said Christine James-Brown, United Way president. "There was a strong undercurrent of emotion in the room. " The United Way voted to withhold the second-half payment of a $400,862 grant to the Cradle of Liberty Council, the nation's third-largest, serving 87,000 youths in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.
NEWS
June 1, 2007 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The long-simmering dispute over whether the Boy Scouts of America's Cradle of Liberty Council must publicly affirm it will not discriminate against openly gay people - or pay fair-market rent for the city-owned Logan Square land on which their landmark headquarters is located - boiled over anew yesterday as City Council authorized the city to end the lease. The resolution was introduced unexpectedly by Councilman Darrell L. Clarke and passed, 16-1, with no debate and with Council Minority Leader Brian J. O'Neill voting no. Both Clarke, a Center City Democrat whose district includes the building at 22d and Winter Streets, and City Solicitor Romulo L. Diaz Jr. said they hoped the resolution would spur talks to resolve the dispute so Cradle of Liberty Council could continue to use at nominal rent the Beaux Arts building it has been in since 1928.
NEWS
June 13, 2003 | By Linda K. Harris INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The local Boy Scout council has officially rescinded its new policy of nondiscrimination against homosexuals after the national council threatened its charter. In a tersely worded memo circulated Monday to Boy Scout executives across the country, chief scout executive Roy L. Williams wrote: "As a condition of their charter, no local council is permitted to depart from [Boy Scouts of America] membership policies. " Attached to the memo was an eight-point position statement from the Cradle of Liberty Council, which oversees scouting in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware Counties.
NEWS
September 28, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
RICHARD BOWMAN "Dick" Marion, who ran the Boy Scout program in Philadelphia in the '80s and '90s, had a simple faith in the redemptive nature of the Scouting movement. Under his leadership, bands of Scouts went into city and suburban neighborhoods to collect food, and also ran fundraising drives, not to benefit Scouting so much as to help the needy residents of the city. His guiding philosophy was that boys who get involved in the Scouts are on their way to becoming productive citizens.
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January 29, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
The Boy Scouts of America are considering retracting its ban on gay scouts and scout leaders, according to several reports. The Boy Scouts are "discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation," Deron Smith, director of public relations for the Boy Scouts of America, told CNN. A report on NBCNews.com, which quoted unnamed scouting officials, said that if the national board of directors drops the...
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January 21, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kyle Ramberan knows a lot of history for a 13-year-old. That's because, he likes to say, he's a part of it. Ramberan and 39 other members of Germantown's Boy Scout Troop 358 will be the only scouts marching in President Obama's inauguration parade Monday, which is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "We'll represent all the scouts in the country," Ramberan said, twitching and giddy with the prospect as he and his troop drilled in the basement of...
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September 28, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
RICHARD BOWMAN "Dick" Marion, who ran the Boy Scout program in Philadelphia in the '80s and '90s, had a simple faith in the redemptive nature of the Scouting movement. Under his leadership, bands of Scouts went into city and suburban neighborhoods to collect food, and also ran fundraising drives, not to benefit Scouting so much as to help the needy residents of the city. His guiding philosophy was that boys who get involved in the Scouts are on their way to becoming productive citizens.
NEWS
June 13, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter Raleigh Livingston Jr., 89, of University City, an architect and civic activist, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday, June 8, at home. Mr. Livingston was a practicing architect for more than 55 years, most recently with the Livingston Group in Colwyn. Though he stopped going to the office when he was 86, he never formally retired, his daughter Margaret said. He was a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Over the years, his firms were involved in the designs of such notable Philadelphia sites as Zion Baptist Church, Triumph Baptist Church, Edison High School, Progress Plaza, the Clef Club, and the Criminal Justice Center.
NEWS
December 18, 2010
A Galleries listing in Friday's Weekend section gave an incorrect closing date for "Alan Magee: Tapestries" at Gallery51. It closes Dec. 31. A story Friday about the possible sale of the Boy Scouts of America's Philadelphia headquarters incorrectly said that the city had first sued the Cradle of Liberty Council. The council sued the city in federal court after the city threatened to evict it from the city-owned property over its refusal to explicitly renounce the national scouting policy of not allowing openly gay scouts and scoutmasters.
NEWS
December 17, 2010 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city's proposed sale of the historic Boy Scouts of America local headquarters to the group was back on track Thursday, but a formidable coalition of gay-rights and other civic leaders has lined up against it. Councilman Darrell L. Clarke introduced legislation at Thursday's City Council meeting that would allow the sale, saying he hoped it would encourage discussions among the various sides. The bill comes out of an effort by the city to settle legal claims stemming from a lawsuit it lost against the scouts.
NEWS
November 29, 2010
I'M AN NJEA teacher and voted for Chris Christie. I met him and liked him, and offer kudos for his work. I took great offense, though, at what he was quoted as saying in a Nov. 8 article - "joking that short of suicide, he is not presently going to run for office. " "Short of suicide"! Tyler Clementi of Rutgers recently died of suicide. Two friends of mine, veterans, recently died by suicide, one was my postman. And close to home, my brother died by suicide in 2005. There is nothing to joke about that.
NEWS
November 18, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein and Jeff Shields, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia would stop trying to evict the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts from its headquarters near Logan Square and instead sell the building to the organization at a cut-rate price, thereby ending a nearly decadelong dispute, under a proposed settlement. The city-owned building, which the scouts have occupied for 80 years, would be sold for $500,000. Both sides agree its appraised value is at least $1 million. In return, the scouts would not seek $1 million in compensation from Philadelphia that they are entitled to under federal law. The sale requires City Council approval, said Thomas R. Harrington, executive director of the scout organization, which has about 87,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 23, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal jury Wednesday decided that Philadelphia violated the Boy Scouts' First Amendment rights by using the organization's anti-gay policy as a reason to evict them from their city-owned offices near Logan Square. "We can't be kicked out of the building or evicted and we don't have to pay any rent," Scouts' attorney William M. McSwain said after the unanimous verdict by a jury of six women and two men. Scouts lawyers expect U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter to issue a permanent injunction that bars the Scouts' eviction because of their policy - set by the national organization - that homosexuals cannot be scouts or troop leaders.
NEWS
June 22, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
A gay man who was a leading local Boy Scout until he was ejected in 2003 says he still considers the organization a great resource for children, but wishes it would change its policy on sexual orientation. Greg Lattera, now 25, was just turning 18 when he was invited to a meeting in Philadelphia about gays in scouting. He wore his uniform to the session, which was open to reporters. Two weeks later, he received a letter from the Cradle of Liberty Council ejecting him from the organization.
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