April 15, 2013 |
From Mathew Brady's 1862 photo exhibit of "The Dead of Antietam" to the cameras that brought Vietnam into American living rooms, graphic journalism has exercised unique power to open minds and hence shape history. It may do so Tuesday when PBS broadcasts The Central Park Five , a meticulous narrative of a gross miscarriage of justice. There were abundant dystopian aspects of New York City in the 1980s, when crime, crack, and AIDS produced a perfect storm of anxiety about the fraying social fabric.
May 7, 2012 |
Facebook is the biggest online social medium in the world. People love it, are uneasy with it, even a little suspicious. It just may have done something inarguably good, with immediate, measurable impact. So far, that seems to be the case with Facebook's new organ-donation push. On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced that users can now choose to indicate to their Facebook world that they wish to be organ donors. And, if you choose, a link can whisk you right to your state's donor registry, where you can register online.
March 22, 2012 |
The queues were long at PennDot's Center City motor vehicle office Wednesday as prospective voters lined up for free photo IDs, promised as part of a new state law requiring voters to show identification at the polls. A provision in the law, which takes effect for the November election, allows applicants to have the $13.50 ID fee waived if they sign an affidavit affirming that the card is only to be used for voting. Lying in that affidavit could bring a two-year prison term.
September 19, 2010 |
I just found out that Mother Mary has been living under an alias. You would think that I'd know my mother's real name. After all, she's 86, I'm 55, and it's the kind of thing that's generally well-established by now. But Mother Mary is full of mysteries. Let me explain. You may recall that I took her to the airport after her last visit, and she almost wasn't allowed to board the plane to Miami because her ID card had expired. The airline let her fly only because she was carrying her Social Security card.
June 24, 2008 |
Souderton's Montgomery Theater has chosen a quirky batch of plays this season, and its final offering, Ten Percent of Molly Snyder, is no exception. Richard Strand's examination of the nefarious control civil servants exert over our lives premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2001. Small companies love to produce compact, direct pieces like this one: It requires one simple set, two actors, and very little time. Clocking in at just over an hour, Molly Snyder might have been paired by Montgomery with another one-act, if only to give the audience the full two-acts-with-intermission experience.
January 17, 2008
In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, the federal government adopted a plan to create a national, standardized, tamper-proof driver's license system. It may have sounded like a good idea at first, given that some of the terrorists used fake driver's licenses to board the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. But a simple plan to link up computers among state motor-vehicle centers is expected to take nine years to complete, cost $4 billion to implement, and - oddly enough - could have the unintended effect of making Americans less secure.
June 6, 2006 |
ANOTHER DAY, another scrape with the law for DMX. The 35-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has again been charged with traffic infractions, this time after being pulled over in downtown White Plains, N.Y., Friday afternoon. He was stopped for driving his 2001 Chevy Suburban at unreasonable speeds and making unsafe lane changes, but once he was stopped, police found he was not wearing a seat belt and did not have a driver's license. He has to show up for court on June 16. You'd think he would have learned his lesson after serving 70 days in jail last year for violating his parole following a 2004 incident in which he posed as an undercover federal agent and crashed his sport utility vehicle through a security gate at Kennedy International Airport.
April 16, 2006 |
Bob Durbin remembers what going to the old New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles was like. It was nothing like this. These days, the retiree from Lumberton noted, the place is organized. And the employees, well, they're actually helpful. "It's great. I can get in and out of here in five minutes, which I could never do before," Durbin said as he left the motor-vehicles office in Medford on a recent weekday afternoon after picking up paperwork for a replacement title. "They should have done this a long time ago. " Score one for the state's new and improved Motor Vehicle Commission.
September 28, 2005 |
Eight people were charged yesterday in federal court in Newark, N.J., with running a scheme that provided thousands of illegal immigrants with Pennsylvania driver's licenses. The alleged ringleader, Altagracia "Grace" Rosario, 45, of Robbinsville, N.J., created fraudulent documents - often, fake Puerto Rican birth certificates - that immigrants then used at the Bensalem driver's license center, authorities said. Another defendant, Ronald Henry, 62, of Philadelphia, was an examiner in the Bensalem office.
February 16, 2005 |
Getting your driver's license at 16 used to be one of life's biggest milestones - a Holy Grail that practically guaranteed independence. It was a ritual that teens relished and parents dreaded. The months of nail-biting practice. The test with the scary DMV guy. The celebration with a carful of friends making so much noise that you couldn't remember what to do at a yield sign. Now, increasingly, it's just another chore that some would rather put off. Consider Alexis Degna, who sputtered along without a license until she was 21. She preferred taking the train or bumming rides to dealing with the morass of rules and regulations from the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles.