September 28, 2015 |
Pope Francis' address Saturday on Independence Mall was widely expected to focus on immigration and perhaps the plight of refugees, a topic dear to the pontiff. The speech did, but spoke more to the issue of protecting religious liberty - a topic dear to Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Francis began by noting that it was here in Philadelphia - and in the backdrop to his speech, Independence Hall - that the Founding Fathers codified the religious freedoms that most Americans assume as a birthright.
July 31, 2015
DID U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah out-Fumo Fumo? There are many differences between the 139-count indictment of State Sen. Vincent Fumo, in 2007, and yesterday's 29-count indictment of the Congressman and four others - with charges including racketeering conspiracy, bribery and money laundering. For one thing, Fumo was convicted and jailed, and we don't yet know Fattah's fate. But there are many echoes between the two: Abuse of nonprofit charitable organizations : Fumo used Citizens Alliance, his nonprofit, as a personal ATM, using funds to enrich himself with, among other things, an extensive inventory of vacuum cleaners and power tools.
July 17, 2015 |
Echoing the sentiments of Presidents Obama and Clinton, who had spoken before her, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch closed out the NAACP's national convention Wednesday with calls to reform America's justice system, proclaiming that "law enforcement can protect communities without breaking them. " In her 25-minute speech before hundreds at the Convention Center, Lynch praised the country's civil-rights accomplishments, citing among others her father's efforts in 1960s North Carolina, but described the need to press on and "root out the injustice that confines liberty.
April 16, 2015 |
Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow was a bit more politic than his boss, but his message on Tuesday was the same: the plans offered by the Democratic mayoral candidates to fund city schools just don't add up. "It is not like these are all horrible ideas," Dubow told a room of reporters. "It is they just don't get the district what it needs. " That was a more measured assessment than one offered last week by Mayor Nutter, who called the candidates' solutions to the school funding crisis "bogus.
March 28, 2015 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Aaron Nola made his first visit to the Phillies clubhouse in June. The righthander had just signed his first professional contract. He had turned 21 a week earlier. The first-round pick was a millionaire. Nola held a news conference and was introduced to Cole Hamels, who was the Phillies' highest-drafted pitcher in more than a decade until they selected Nola. "I think he was in shock," Hamels said. ". . . Like I was when I was in his situation. " The shock should have worn off a little when the pitchers meet again on Friday.
February 23, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For the third consecutive afternoon, a highly paid veteran Phillies pitcher finished his conditioning work and took a seat behind a microphone in the Bright House Field cafeteria. Cole Hamels' remarks Saturday in his first news conference of the spring jibed with Cliff Lee's on Thursday and Jonathan Papelbon's on Friday. Each is a potential trade piece who could find himself pitching elsewhere in the near future. Hamels, the top starting pitcher on the trade market, could land the Phillies a return that expedites their rebuilding.
July 1, 2014 |
Is Puerto Rico the next Lehman Brothers? So asks one Chadds Ford money manager who sees parallels between Puerto Rico and the ill-fated brokerage firm Lehman, which went bankrupt at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. "It sounds a bit scary," says Jonathan D. Smith, chief investment officer of DT Investment Partners. "There was a lot of positive buzz after Puerto Rico's last bond-issue deal was so successful - as there was when [billionaire investor] George Soros took a stake in Lehman.
May 30, 2014 |
GIVEN the stark, sad revelations at the end of "Philomena," you probably don't think of it as a sentimental picture. But next to "Ida," it's a Disney movie. And "Philomena," in a strange way, belongs next to "Ida. " They're oddly similar - religiously tinged road movies about a mismatched pair (one cynic, one believer) of travelers looking for the sordid truth buried under secret, shameful history. The title character here is a teen novitiate (Agata Trzebuchowska), an orphan raised in a Polish convent, about to take her vows when she learns that she has a living relative - an aunt in nearby Gdansk.
April 14, 2014 |
The gray Toyota Corolla that Abbie Hoffman drove in Mexico during his fugitive years still sits in upper Bucks County, parked on the old farm where he lived and took his own life 25 years ago. "I've been wondering what to do with it," Michael Waldron, Hoffman's former landlord and friend, said last week. "But I'm not sure who would take it. " They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women. "He was pretty rowdy," said a 64-year-old regular, who didn't want to give his name.
March 29, 2014 |
Christopher Durang has many fans, not least of whom granted his Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike a Tony Award for best play in 2013. A longtime resident of Bucks County, he's also a mainstay around these parts. Princeton's McCarter Theatre premiered the comedy in 2012, and with this production, Philadelphia Theatre Company continues its long association with him. At its best, Durang's satirical vision is sharp, merciless, and hilarious. At its worst, he aims low at easy targets.