March 8, 2016
JOHN BAER may have failed to note what happened with George McGovern in 1972 in his March 2 column. Coming into the convention with a plurality of primary delegates, but not a majority, the Democratic Party was not happy with the choices of Hubert Humphrey - whose divisive defense at the 1968 Democratic National Convention resulted in a police riot that permanently alienated a generation from the party - and George McGovern, the champion of a peace...
June 21, 2013 |
AS A PEOPLE, we generally believe that our national elected representatives are a bunch of doofuses. Last week, approval ratings for Congress hit a record low of 10 percent, which is pretty much zero, factoring out the doofuses themselves. The same pollsters, meanwhile, find that on policies such as drone strikes and secret surveillance, we're roughly two-thirds supportive. Thus arises a problem - we citizens are not permitted to know the extent of the drone and surveillance programs.
May 31, 2013 |
THE STORIES told in Sarah Polley's family-secrets documentary "Stories We Tell" yield a trove of Too Much Information. Polley's the gifted actress-turned-director ("Away From Her") making the switch here to nonfiction, tracing her own lineage through the tangled relationships of a deceased mother she barely knew. Polley encourages relatives and friends to describe the late Diane Polley, a vivacious actress and casting agent, unhappily married (so we're told) to part-time stage actor Michael Polley.
June 24, 2011
By Michael T. Dolan Under cover of darkness, with the shades drawn and the neighborhood fast asleep - save for a red fox making its rounds in search of prey - I went in search of myself. The Google home page stood starkly before me and, like an addict unable to resist the urge, I Googled myself. I was afraid of what I might find. But I was even more afraid of finding nothing. After all, my life was at stake. If Google couldn't find me, then my soul, my memories - even my very existence - were in doubt.
June 7, 2011 |
GENEVA - A United Nations panel has urged Ireland to investigate allegations that for decades women and girls sent to work in Catholic laundries were tortured. The panel said the government failed in its obligation to oversee the nun-run laundries "where it is alleged that physical, emotional abuses and other ill-treatment were committed. " It has asked for compensation for the victims. Human rights groups say young women were abused after being sent to the so-called Magdalene Laundries, a network of 10 workhouses that operated in Ireland from the 1920s to the mid-1990s.
December 11, 2008 |
An ex-butler for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo testified yesterday that he thought the nonprofit formed to help revitalize South Philadelphia was actually Fumo's company. "He seemed in charge of it," said Matthew Fonseca, who served as Fumo's butler from February 2004 to February 2005 and is now a professional polo player. "He seemed to be the boss. " Fonseca said that he saw workers from Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods arrive at Fumo's Spring Garden mansion and haul away trash, shovel snow, power-wash a patio, and even put up Christmas lights.
May 13, 2008 |
Saving a stadium Just last year, Tiger Stadium seemed as doomed as Jim Leyland's lungs. Detroit had awarded a demolition contract for the old ballpark and auctioneers had sold off everything, including a dugout urinal. (Why anyone would want a dugout urinal is a subject for another day. "Wanna come down the basement and see my urinal collection?") Now a Detroit group, the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, is attempting to save it - the ballpark, not the urinal. The group, which includes Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.
March 21, 2008
WHEN THE CRACK in a supporting column forced the closure of I-95 earlier this week, we cringed. Talk about hanging your dirty laundry, or rather, broken roads, out for the nation to see - and to swear over, as 180,000 cars a day would be forced to exit off the interstate and get diverted through Port Richmond. And with the increased traffic from a looming holiday weekend, our status as Coolville quickly could have changed to @#^& !-Town, as drivers cursed our slow-to-move bureaucracy and chaotic approach to traffic management.
October 24, 2007
IS IT TIME for Eagles coach Andy Reid to step down? Normally that question would be grist for debates in sports bars, on sports-talk radio or among die-hard Eagles fans. But these aren't normal times for Andy Reid. The public airing of his family's dirty laundry - his sons Garrett and Britt's drug arrests and subsequent run-ins with the law - have even made people unfamiliar with pro football ponder Reid's fate. It's too easy to draw a straight line from Reid's off-field issues to his team's on-field struggles.
October 16, 2007 |
There was a time I could walk into most of the bars in picturesque Lambertville, just over the bridge from New Hope, and greet people in the way immortalized on Cheers. I knew their faces and their names. After all, we were also together in homeroom, gym class, and geometry. They were my high school classmates, and we were able to avoid Pennsylvania's minimum drinking age (21) by driving just 10 miles to New Jersey, where the minimum was 18 - and even that sometimes seemed negotiable.