January 29, 2013 |
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...
January 21, 2013 |
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...
September 28, 2011 |
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.
June 13, 2011 |
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.
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.
December 17, 2010 |
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.
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.
November 18, 2010 |
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.
June 23, 2010 |
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.
June 22, 2010 |
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.