January 16, 2013 |
Amid such breakout hits as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and the most enlightening (in a Neanderthal kind of way) Pete Rose: Hits and Mrs. comes TLC's new reality show, Best Funeral Ever . Brace yourselves. The accommodating staff at Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas says it will do anything to honor a family's request for a funeral. "You may be in a casket, but it can still be faaan-tas-tic," intones the show's DJ, I mean, narrator, doing his best Barry White impersonation.
November 14, 2012 |
Crystal Crampton knows why she is trying to restore the gravesites in the once-abandoned Bucktoe Cemetery in far southern Chester County. "Everyone needs a headstone or a grave marker," Crampton said last week, "something that says that they had mattered in this world. " All the more so during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, fought by some of the African Americans buried there. Only seven legible headstones stand there now, and only two identify the deceased as members of what was known as Colored Infantry.
September 25, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed Monday to Muslims to show "dignity" and not resort to violence as they protest an anti-Islam film produced in the United States. Speaking at her husband's Clinton Global Initiative before meeting the presidents of Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly, Clinton said the United States would always champion the rights to peaceful protest and free expression even if it deplored the content of the speech.
September 25, 2012
LONDON - A European court ruled Monday that radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the United States to face terrorism charges, including allegedly trying to set up an al Qaeda training camp in rural Oregon. The decision ends a long-running legal battle and means that al-Masri, considered one of Britain's most notorious extremists, could be deported within weeks, along with four other terrorism suspects in Britain. Authorities in the U.S. have for years asked for Al-Masri and the others to be handed over, but the process had been delayed because the men raised human-rights objections.
August 21, 2012
WHEN HE WAS young and dumb, Joe Bell made bad choices that resulted in a lifetime sentence, but not how you might think. The high-school dropout from West Philly took a car for a joyride at 17, got caught, got probation, then did it again. Dumb. He served time, got out and then a few years later was convicted of burglary. He served time, got out and then was jailed for burglary again . Dumb. He's been a guest of the state for 10 of his 46 years and is now free. He's lived almost half a century, and he's got little to show for it aside from an apartment he may soon lose, and a 3-year-old son he vows never to lose.
August 19, 2012
This letter on pornography and business ethics - written by two public intellectuals, one a Christian, the other a Muslim - was sent to hotel industry executives last month and then released publicly at www.thePublicDiscourse.com . Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is cofounder and a member of the faculty of Zaytuna College in California We write to...
August 10, 2012 |
At the monthly breakfast meetings of Dining for Dignity, the food is tasty but the subject matter is unappetizing. Human trafficking. Exploitation of women and girls. Online prostitution across the globe and around the corner. "It's happening through your iPad, it's happening through your iPhone," says Kelly Master, leader of the nonprofit group. "Is it happening in America? You bet. " The Collingswood mother of five, a self-described abuse survivor and devout Christian, founded Dining for Dignity in 2011.
April 9, 2012
THE LONG, robed arm of the Supreme Court has overreached again, this time into a man's underpants. Last week, the court ruled against a New Jersey man who had been strip-searched, after a traffic stop revealed that he had an unpaid fine - a fine that he had, in fact, paid. Albert Florence was a passenger in a car driven by his pregnant wife. The police stopped the car, and a check revealed that Florence had an outstanding civil fine. Despite the fact that he had a receipt for the payment in the car's glove compartment, Florence was taken to jail and strip-searched.
March 8, 2012
PORTLAND, ORE. - An Oregon nursing assistant spent eight days in jail after being found guilty of taking disturbing photos of elderly or disabled patients and posting them to her Facebook wall. A jury convicted Nai Mai Chao, 26, of invasion of personal privacy late last month. She was accused of taking graphic photos of patients using bed pans and posting them on Facebook. - Associated Press
March 6, 2012 |
Clusters of spiky yucca leaves sprout among the tombstones at Mount Peace Cemetery in Lawnside, where maintenance problems seem as ubiquitous as the perennial graveyard plant. "We try to keep it up, and we're going to keep it up," says trustee Mary Ann Wardlow, who also is mayor of the historically African American borough. A public meeting to organize efforts to collect debris, trim vegetation, and otherwise spruce up the landmark cemetery on the White Horse Pike is set for 7 o'clock Tuesday night at Borough Hall.