April 16, 2015 |
In a city of 8.3 million people, they kept finding each other: on random subway lines, at two different birthday parties in the East Village. Of course, those meetings weren't complete coincidence; both Annie and Yosef were students at Manhattan's Jewish Theological Seminary, studying to become rabbis. Friends noticed the spark before they did. Yosef kept protesting, "But Annie and I are such good friends," and buddies would retort, "Don't you see, you're not just friends?" Finally, he saw. After a few months of dating, they were inviting one another to their families' Passover celebrations.
July 25, 2013
See the person behind the sign Finally, the individuals scouring the city streets are getting a voice and the ability to present their perspective to those who do not understand, or are quick to pass judgment and shame ("Life on the median," July 19). Several times over the past couple months, I've ventured into the city with my sister for doctor appointments and each time witnessed individuals similar to Samantha, who was profiled by Inquirer reporter Melissa Dribben. When I looked at them, to me, they were not addicts simply working the streets in order to pay for their addiction.
March 25, 2013 |
When the Rev. Max Myers announced his candidacy last week for the Democratic nomination for governor of Pennsylvania, rival John Hanger dumped a load of "oppo" on his head. Who? What? Most Keystone State voters have not yet, it is safe to say, tuned in to the 2014 governor's race, but the competition to replace Gov. Corbett grows more heated by the day. At least a dozen have declared, said they're considering it, or have been listed as likely suspects. Hanger, the former state environmental secretary who was the first announced candidate, felt the need to deploy negative "opposition research" to attack the second, Myers, an ordained Pentecostalist minister from Cumberland County, as a religious zealot.
March 21, 2013
I'M A SUCKER for long-shot candidates running campaigns that seem to stem more from political fiction than any reality. As such, I cannot ignore one Max Myers, who is now officially running for governor. How much of a long shot is he? Well, the only reason he has a prayer is that he's an ordained minister. How unusual is his campaign? He's a Pentecostal minister from central Pennsylvania running as a Democrat. He's traveling the state on an announcement tour that started Monday in Philly at the William Way LGBT Community Center and ends Wednesday at an Allentown brewery.
January 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Breaking new ground, the U.S. Education Department is telling schools they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options. The directive, reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women, could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come. Schools would be required to make "reasonable modifications" for students with disabilities or create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing to mainstream programs.
April 2, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - A few weeks ago, an activist in a wheelchair was trying to make her way to the second-floor Capitol office of Gov. Corbett's scheduler when a guard stopped her at the elevator. As Pam Auer tells it, the guard said she couldn't ride up because she had no state-issued badge - the kind routinely given to state employees, lobbyists, and journalists - and no appointment. Auer could see other badgeless people streaming into elevators or climbing the stairs without being questioned.
April 11, 2011 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Masters officials have apologized to sports columnist Tara Sullivan of the Bergen (N.J.) Record after she was denied entry to a locker room for a post-tournament interview. Augusta National spokesman Steve Ethun says a security guard acted improperly in stopping Sullivan, since club policy is to provide equal access to all reporters. Several female reporters at the tournament confirmed they had made numerous trips to the locker room for interviews in the past.
December 19, 2008 |
There are about 850 listings for the City of Philadelphia in the phone book, covering more than four pages in tiny type. But as of midnight Dec. 31, there's only one number Philadelphians will need to know: 311. The city's much-anticipated new nonemergency call center will formally open Jan. 1. In theory, callers will soon have a single access point to request city services like tree trimming, obtain information such as rec center hours, or...
August 8, 2007 |
The invitation for my friends' summer solstice party finally arrived. The mailman recognized my address from the indecipherable scribble on the envelope. "Champagne, finger-food, desserts, live music and a multi-age tap dancing troupe," it said. I've got to go, I thought. This could be the best invite I've had in years. Then I asked myself: Can I get into their house? Up the steps using my rolling walker, quad cane or wheelchair? Figuring it all out was like putting together a puzzle.
November 21, 2003 |
PRESIDENT Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address 140 years ago this week. Although one of the shortest speeches in our history, it is one that continues to instruct, challenge and provoke - even today. On July 3, 1863, 50,000 men, wounded and dead, lay scattered outside a small town in Pennsylvania. The Civil War had brought the nation to its knees in a three-day battle. It was a catastrophe in the ugliest kind of war, a civil war. The rot and stench of the battlefield was inconceivable to those who walked among the dead and wounded.