August 4, 2008
SINCE Barack Obama made his trip to Europe, I've heard complaints about how "he's presuming to be president" or "he's running for president of Europe," but doesn't anyone understand the simple, real reason? He's showing the American people that he can be diplomatic to the rest of the world. Like it or not, America is not alone in this world, America can't survive on its own, and America doesn't get one shred of the international respect it had eight years ago. Showing he can be diplomatic to foreign nations is of the utmost importance in this election because little King Georgie's "go it alone" approach has isolated the U.S. I'm not as scared of terrorists as half of you yellow-bellied Republicans, and I don't see the need to utterly destroy our own country in the name of security.
December 23, 2015
EUROPE In '15, over a million refugees entered More than one million people driven out of their countries by war, poverty, and persecution entered Europe in 2015, the Swiss-based International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. With just days left in 2015, IOM said 1,005,504 people had entered Europe as of Monday, more than four times as many as last year. Almost all came by sea, while 3,692 others drowned trying to make the crossing. Another 11 people, including three children, drowned Tuesday after their boat capsized while crossing the Aegean Sea, according to Turkish media.
August 17, 1994 |
He's 27 now, searching for a place to play. At the Media Boys Club last night, Rodney Blake convinced many in the stands, at least, that his talents are still marketable. Blake, who played at St. Joseph's and led Monsignor Bonner to back-to-back Catholic League titles in the early 1980s, proved to be the difference in leading Radano & Associates to a 91-87 overtime victory over Shorter AME in the championship of the Media Men's League. Blake was selected the MVP of the championship after leading Radano with 24 points.
September 2, 2003 |
Lester Alfred Waters, 89, whose World War II service in Europe sparked an appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity that he brought home to his job, his civil-rights work, and his seven children, died Wednesday of the effects of a stroke. Mr. Waters, a longtime resident of West Philadelphia, died at the Penn Center for Rehabilitation and Care after suffering a massive stroke Aug. 16. Though he dropped out of high school, Mr. Waters never stopped learning and impressed his value of education on his family, recalled Bertha Waters, his wife of 59 years.
March 1, 2015 |
In my work throughout Europe, I struggle almost daily with this issue: When is a tourist experience actually a unique slice of a culture, and when is it a tired cliché kept alive by the travel industry? Amped-up Spanish flamenco bars, dirndl skirts in Germany, ape tours of the Rock of Gibraltar - when does something slip from authentic to cheesy? When you've traveled for several decades, as I have, you witness genuine customs giving way to rising commercialization ("gladiators" charging exorbitant fees for photo-ops at the Roman Colosseum comes to mind)
April 4, 2013 |
Trainer Naazim Richardson shouted down from the ring apron toward his fighter: "You're not in Europe anymore, baby. " The crowd, he said, will be behind West Philadelphia's Steve "U.S.S. " Cunningham on April 20 when he fights heavyweight Tyson Fury in a 12-round afternoon bout at Madison Square Garden. And Livvy Cunningham, Steve's wife, prays that Richardson is right. Too many times, Cunningham sat alone in European stadiums cheering for her husband as he fought European fighters.
February 2, 2003 |
Next year when Jill Hanley is asked about what she did during summer vacation, she will be able to give her teacher a detailed presentation on her travels to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The sixth-grade student at Mullica Hill Friends School and 40 other students from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware plan to travel to Europe from July 6 to 19 as representatives of the People to People Student Ambassador Programs. People to People, founded in 1956 by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, promotes international understanding through education and friendship.
June 27, 2016
Paper Paging Through History By Mark Kurlansky W.W. Norton. 416 pp. $27.95. Reviewed by Michael D. Schaffer Mark Kurlansky has created a niche writing about things that we take for granted. Cod , his briny and brainy "biography of the fish that changed the world," won a James Beard Award for Excellence in Food Writing in 1999. He has written about salt and oysters and frozen food, all with a flair that can make the mundane mesmerizing.
June 8, 2006 |
THE NEWS BROKE about 3:15 yesterday afternoon. Or was it not news? The English Football Association's Web site reported that Wayne Rooney was headed back to Germany from England. No official announcement was made, but the three-paragraph brief said that "Rooney's smiles as he left the building" [the BUPA Hospital in Manchester], must mean that he was cleared to play. So with that, let's begin playing those 64 games. The most undramatic pre-World Cup buildup in memory culminated with that expected end to the Wayne Rooney broken right foot saga.
December 19, 1988 |
Mikhail S. Gorbachev's speech to the United Nations, in its announcement of a dramatic reduction and redirection of Soviet conventional forces, is an event of high importance, and the first response of our own Government is excellent: President Reagan heartily approves and President-elect Bush agrees with him. It is to Vice President Bush's advantage, in this situation, that Gorbachev's announcement comes at a time when everyone knows that the...