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August 8, 2002
HE'S LOST a step or two in the two years since he led us to the outskirts of the Promised Land. That and his huge salary added up to a one-way ticket east for the man we knew as Dikembe. But Dikembe Mutombo's uncommon grace and dignity made him stand out above the NBA crowd even more than his unbent, seven-foot frame does. He was a quiet and consistent warrior who played more and better minutes at his advanced age than younger, quicker teammates. We'll miss him. So, we fear, will our Sixers.
NEWS
April 16, 2004
I'D LIKE TO thank the Daily News for its "Holy Thursday Mass draws protest" article (April 9). It covered the protest with the dignity that it deserved. On April 8, I handed out materials to priests that illustrated the importance of changing the all-male hierarchy of the Catholic Church during Cardinal Justin Rigali's homily. I did this at the time of the service called the "liturgy of the Word. " There is no more important time to speak the truth. I did it in the cathedral since that is what Jesus did. Jesus spoke the truth in the Temple.
NEWS
July 29, 1986
Once again, President Reagan's chief of staff Donald T. Regan has shown us that he lives and moves in circles very different from those in which most Americans live, circles in which the ladies have few thoughts beyond those expressed by their leading men. Perhaps among the women of Mr. Regan's acquaintance there is a choice between high fashion and armaments, between diamonds and human rights. Among most American women, however, there is no choice - we treasure what we have more than what we may never possess.
NEWS
May 24, 2010
The speaker at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing graduation this month was Greg Mortenson, coauthor of "Three Cups of Tea" and author of "Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. " Azize [Hussain] was the first girl to graduate from high school in an area of over 4,000 people [on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border]. . . . When Azize went to elementary school, the boys threw stones at her because they said girls can't go to school.
NEWS
March 18, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Edward I. Savitz had to be at death's door before he got his bail lowered. As late as yesterday, the district attorney's office was insisting that bail for the accused sex offender be kept at $3.2 million, despite the fact that the AIDS-stricken Savitz can no longer even get out of bed. "They want to impose a tax on him," charged defense lawyer Barnaby Wittels, who asked Common Pleas Judge Legrome D. Davis yesterday to let Savitz sign his...
NEWS
February 28, 2001
Mary Peck isn't comfortable with all the attention that suddenly has swaddled her, so this will be short. But the thing is, in this instance the living and the dead both deserve the attention they are getting. The former is Mary Peck, a low-key North Philadelphia resident. For seven years, Ms. Peck has kept alive the memory of the latter, an unidentified, 41-pound boy between the age of 4 and 6, whose beaten body was stuffed into a duffel bag, discarded and then found in May 1994 in Old City.
NEWS
July 29, 2009
JIM JOHNSON: 1941-2009
NEWS
September 14, 1989 | By Frank Lawlor, Inquirer Staff Writer
George Carter quietly asked the small crowd to bow their heads in prayer. "Thank you, Lord, for this dinner, for waking us up and bringing us here for this little celebration," said Carter, the girls' basketball coach at Chester High School. "Bless Mr. DeJarnette in a special way. You know what he's doing, Lord. He's providing for the children of this city. " Willie DeJarnette then led the group in prayer. "Lord, thank Thee for this opportunity, and for all the young people here," he said in a raspy voice.
NEWS
September 16, 1987 | By Paul Nussbaum, Michael D. Schaffer and Rick Lyman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II went to Hollywood yesterday, asking a glitzy gathering of entertainment-industry and news-media leaders not to place so much emphasis on greed, vengeance or casual sex because "your smallest decisions can have global impact. " Mixing tough words with velvety compliments, the Pope told the image- and opinion-makers that since "hundreds of millions of people see your films and television programs, listen to your voices, sing your songs and reflect your opinions . . . your work can be a force for great good or great evil.
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May 18, 2015 | BECKY BATCHA
FOLLOWING A house fire, a hurricane, a catastrophic train wreck, volunteers and staff from the Red Cross materialize - seemingly out of thin air - to help victims back on their feet. "We address all those human needs that restore your dignity to you," says judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO at the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania. Within hours after Tuesday night's Amtrak derailment, her people had manned two help centers for passengers and their worried families, one at 30th Street Station and another at Webster Elementary on Frankford Avenue.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
The day after protesters clashed with police at a community meeting following the announcement that two officers would not be charged in the death of Brandon Tate-Brown, his mother released a statement rejecting "non-peaceful" actions in her son's name. In the statement, released Friday by her lawyer, Tanya Brown-Dickerson called for supporters "who want to protest her son's death at a public event to do so peacefully and to act respectfully toward all public officials and police officers in the process of peacefully protesting.
NEWS
March 20, 2015
THE IDEA that human beings can be treated like property is not new. It's as old as the Pharaoh using the Israelites as tools to build his pyramids. It's as old as the slaves who were counted as three-fifths of a man by the Supreme Court of this nation. It's as old as the woman who, married to her rapist, could not claim injury because the law said you couldn't be charged with stealing something - a vagina - you already owned. And, to those of us who've been bleeding with righteous anger since that same law made unborn children maternal property in 1973, the insult to human dignity marches on unimpeded.
NEWS
December 26, 2014
C ONTINUING a tradition, the annual dialogue between God and Your Favorite Columnist. God: I'm a little ticked. YFC: What's got your robe in a bunch? God: That new "Exodus" movie. They got a 10-year-old Brit playing me. I mean, Me. YFC: Others have complained about the casting. All white characters in the Middle East? God: Meh. How're you doing, sonny? YFC: You know by now I don't like being called sonny. Your handle, "I am who I am," that's kind of smug.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
HOW Prane Paciunas must have suffered in the last months of her life. Not just from the pain of deep, maggot-infested bedsores. Not just from the agony of starvation. But from the absolute betrayal of Jean Marie Dombrowski, 48, the woman she'd trusted to care for her. The more I learn about the simple, gracious and dignified life of Paciunas, 89, the more her death breaks my heart. At least she did not succumb in squalor, ignored by the human animals who walked around her as she rotted on a filthy mattress on her living-room floor.
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Mancini, the Philadelphia nurse prosecuted for handing her 93-year-old dying father his prescription morphine, has quit her job and is devoting herself to advocating for state "Death With Dignity" laws. Mancini, 58, has been traveling the country, telling audiences that she was wrongly prosecuted, that her father's end-of-life wishes were clearly stated and cruelly ignored, and that the hospice involved failed him. She is haunted by what happened to her father and to her. "I'm trying in my mind to make this right for my dad. I'm doing it for him," Mancini said after speaking to 70 senior citizens at the Free Library of Philadelphia branch on Rittenhouse Square.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Who are the most important chefs in Philly? Some, like Keith Lucas and other cooks in the region's nonprofit kitchens, may not be names you've heard. But for thousands of Philadelphians suffering from AIDS, cancer, cardiac disease, or diabetes, Lucas - and the 15,000 free meals he oversees each week from the Center City kitchen at MANNA - is an essential lifeline to the nourishment and dignity of a proper supper. With 2,000 extra meals for Thanksgiving, Lucas, 53, a Chestnut Hill resident, paused to chat about a career cooking behind the scenes, his star turn on reality TV, and why hospital food is awful.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
A California newlywed, Brittany Maynard, 29, diagnosed with a swift and fatal brain cancer, has moved with her husband to Oregon so she can have control at the end of her life under Oregon's pioneering death-with-dignity law. She has legally obtained a lethal prescription and intends to use it, possibly as early as Saturday (or may hold off for a later date, according to a video she posted on YouTube Thursday morning). And she has partnered with Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group pushing for more laws like Oregon's, to use her death to raise awareness and support for physician-assisted suicide, now available in only five states.
SPORTS
October 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is a difference between knowing it all and being a know-it-all. Bill Campbell, who died at 91 on Oct. 6 and was buried Monday, was in the former category. Campbell knew it all because his broadcasting career touched parts of nine decades. If something important happened on the Philadelphia sports scene since World War II, Campbell was either covering the event or reporting on it for radio or TV. But what made him so special, so beloved, was that he never had a know-it-all, look-at-me persona.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
ISSUE | FIRE TRAGEDY Misplaced anger Protesting at a firehouse because of children who perished and blaming the firefighters is absolutely insane ("Slow burn," July 9). While it is sad and my heart sinks for the families of the four Southwest Philadelphia children, the fact that 200-plus people feel as though it's the Fire Department's fault is ridiculous. Firefighters put their lives on the line every single day without ever giving it a second thought. In this case, firefighters did exactly what they were supposed to do, and did their best to protect and serve the people of this city.
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