June 27, 2015 |
VATICAN CITY - The World Meeting of Families Catholic conference in Philadelphia will push the envelope a bit, as Catholic conferences go, and include sessions on the "hook-up culture," homosexuality, and the incarcerated, organizers said Thursday. The conference Sept. 22-25, the impetus for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, has also already broken registration records. "In Philadelphia, the homeland of American Independence, the bell will ring for families," said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for Families, which oversees the meeting.
April 9, 2015
I WAS PACKING up my laptop last night when my colleague Julie Shaw, a court reporter with more stories than she could handle, reached across the cubicle and gave me four envelopes. They were written to Julie by none other than Padge Victoria Windslowe, a/k/a the notorious Black Madam. Before I'd even heard her name, I'd been following with morbid fascination America's current fixation on big, Kim Kardashian-esque booties. But it was late in the day. I told an editor that I would look at the letters the very first thing this morning, and I headed out of the newsroom.
February 24, 2015
HOLLYWOOD'S HAD its Oscars. Time for Pennsylvania's Pennies. Not the coins, the annual awards named for the founder. And the winners are: * BEST PICTURE: "The Kane Mutiny" The scintillating saga of a woman under sail to political glory before her course is drastically altered by a sting case, Jerry Sandusky, Dick Sprague, porn, possible criminal charges, talk of impeachment and leaks threatening to sink her ship. This Pennie winner easily beat out "Boyhood," the tender tale told over time of a young Rob McCord growing up poor without any meat, which drives him to a life of crime in search of his political chops.
February 24, 2015 |
When he's not cycling through his repertoire of Mozart and Brahms concertos, pianist Peter Serkin often pushes concertgoers into seriously unknown regions, invariably to everyone's benefit. His collaboration with the Orion Quartet on Friday at the Kimmel Center seemed not to frighten off Philadelphia Chamber Music Society patrons, even though much of the program was taken up with Max Reger's little-known Piano Quartet Op. 133 and Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony transcribed for keyboard and strings.
January 26, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has said it was about transparency: The public needed to know about a criminal investigation that ended without charges against a prominent Philadelphia civil rights leader. Her critics say it was about something else: payback. Many details of the leak that now threatens to derail Kane's career remain mysterious - even as a statewide grand jury has concluded that her office "improperly and unlawfully" released confidential materials related to a 2009 case.
April 4, 2014 |
An alcoholic manic depressive poet. An alcoholic depressive lesbian poet. Perfect together. For three decades, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, two of the 20th century's most influential poets, were heartfelt pen pals. They spoke of their lives, their art, their takes on the world and each other. Much of that time, she was living in Brazil, and he was shuffling among England, New England, and wherever else the life of a lionized academic and poet could take him. They first met in 1947, and only a handful of times thereafter.
March 27, 2014
It doesn't matter whether it was folded into a napkin or slipped into an envelope. It doesn't matter whether it was handed over at a fancy restaurant or outside a chauffeured BMW. It doesn't even matter whether the legislature has gotten around to making it illegal. It is plainly wrong for a public official to take cash. Most people understand this principle intuitively. But it seems to have eluded the five Philadelphia officials allegedly caught in a derailed sting. The Inquirer has reported that four Philadelphia legislators and a former traffic judge were recorded taking thousands of dollars in cash, money orders, and jewelry from a wire-wearing lobbyist turned informant, Tyron B. Ali. Details of Ali's recordings revealed this week offer a glimpse of a dystopia in which lightweight legislators worked to line their pockets instead of representing their districts.
October 19, 2013 |
Some mail-in votes for New Jersey's Nov. 5 gubernatorial election may be voided if they were sent in the same envelope used to mail ballots for Wednesday's special Senate election, officials said Thursday. Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, in a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, said campaign workers for State Sen. Barbara Buono, a fellow Democrat running for governor, had learned that "up to a few thousand" such mail-in votes could be voided. The Attorney General's Office issued a statement Thursday saying there was a concern in Mercer County regarding a "few" such ballots.
June 7, 2013 |
Two Indian restaurants have opened branches that are more ambitious than their flagships. Munish Narula has positioned Tiffin Bistro (1100 Federal St., 215-922-1297) between the casual side of his mini-chain, Tiffin, and the posh atmosphere of his South Broad Street destination, Tashan. Narula and company changed little in the room that includes a small bar and a white-tablecloth dining room beautifully appointed in limestone. Menu from chef Kirti Pant, whose background includes Junoon in New York, Amber India in San Francisco, and Cinnamon Club in London, includes dishes from all over India.
April 19, 2013
D EAR ABBY : I am a 47-year-old male, married for 26 years. I am hopelessly in love with my wife and still see her as the most beautiful woman in the world. I have always been self-employed and have sometimes been at the extremes of feast or famine. Each time things have gotten really bad, my wife has had an affair to make up for the time, money and attention I can't provide. I feel responsible for failing to meet her needs. My heart is broken, and I feel like a failure.