January 27, 2015
ON JAN. 16, as I was riding down Market Street, I witnessed a boy lying in the street with a bike close to his body. I thought he was maybe riding the bike and had just been hit by a car. I was just speculating about what happened because I didn't see a car anywhere in sight. SEPTA and Philadelphia police were just then arriving at the scene. He appeared to not be breathing. I could see them performing CPR on him. The incident started to draw a crowd, and I said a prayer and continued on my journey.
December 15, 2014 |
NEW YORK - In a year of unusual political volatility, the chatter in the halls of the Waldorf-Astoria was all about who might run in what big races - for Philadelphia mayor and state Supreme Court justice next year and for U.S. Senate in 2016. And when attendees were not trading names of potential candidates, they were speculating about controversies surrounding U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and debating how Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will respond to a budget crisis and a solidly GOP legislature when he takes office Jan. 20. This year's event featured some real news, with Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille's comments on Kane, and the incoming Senate majority leader saying he was ready to talk budget deal with Wolf.
December 25, 2011
Václav Havel was past president of the Czech Republic, and the author of 21 plays and the essays "The Power of the Powerless," "Living in Truth," and "The Art of the Impossible. " He wrote this essay in 1998. He died Monday/ Does an intellectual - by virtue of his efforts to get beneath the surface of things, to grasp relations, causes, and effects, to recognize individual items as part of larger entities, and thus to derive a deeper awareness of and responsibility for the world - belong in politics?
July 29, 2011
WHO'S the aesthetically-challenged, supermarket-tabloid-loving, community-weekly-giveaway fan who engineered the redesign of the Daily News ? The new typefaces are boring, and there's so much empty white space at the top of each page I think I'm looking at an X-ray of Sarah Palin's head. Don't further penalize the loyal readers and subscribers who've kept the Daily News' paper edition afloat with their hard-earned cash for the failure of prior and current ownership to monetize the digital content of Philly.com by persisting with these cheap cosmetic changes to the print edition or, for that matter, continuing to cut the quantity and quality of your journalism.
June 8, 2011 |
A version of this column appeared on Jonathan Storm's blog "Eye of the Storm" at http://www.philly.com/eyeofthestorm . It was so low-key, even a whale couldn't hear it. The inaugural episode Monday of The CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley registered lower on the Richter scale than the little earthquake that hit Philadelphia recently. At least the 1.7 temblor excited a few close neighbors. In the first episode, there was nary a whisper that this was a new man in the driver's seat.
February 15, 2011
THERE are four vacancies on Council. Why can't we lose these jobs? I can't believe we need 17 members. We really only need three: one Democrat, one Republican and a trained monkey that could actually do something! Michael Finn, Philadelphia Mayor Nutter created a tax credit for ex-cons. Councilwoman Miller wants job applications to eliminate the question on a criminal past. Now Milton Street allegedly has thousands of ex-con supporters for his mayoral candidacy. I didn't realize this was such an up-and-coming voting bloc.
October 14, 2010 |
This mine rescue was a different kind of story, visceral, primal, a joyous achievement. "What a great thing for humanity," said CNN's Wolf Reynolds, a weatherman, no less. It was a universal human story. Trapped underground. There's no nuance. It's open-and-shut peril that has been understood since before there was language, and family or tribe mates poked one another and grunted, to rally to rescue somebody caught up a tree or stuck in a crevice. Television, at its best with that kind of emotional, unintellectual story, brings the whole wide world into the family these days, live via satellite.
October 28, 2009 |
Go back and explore baseball in that first week of October 1950, the last time the Phillies and Yankees met in a World Series, and if you confine yourself to what's taking place on the field and not what the players are wearing, earning or saying, you'll find a game that has changed very little. The distances between bases and from the mound to home plate are the same. Infielders still turn double plays, pitchers still outfox hitters with curves and sliders, and managers still like the sacrifice bunt.
June 25, 2008
ON JUNE 13, I had the honor of attending the graduation ceremony for Imhotep Charter School's class of 2008 or (6248). For those who aren't aware, Imhotep is predominantly African-American. I was a bit miffed by the lack of media attention given to this affair because every common stereotypical statistic that normally pertains to students of African- American descent was obliterated on that glorious evening. Imhotep's senior class consisted of 103 students who not only graduated, but all 103 have been accepted to institutions of higher learning.
May 23, 2008
FIRST, I'd like to offer condolences to the families of every city police officer. It seems your commissioner has made it open season on every one of you. He expects you to be tough on crime, but if you're a little too tough, you're fired. Maybe if we allowed our officers a little flexibility to do their job, this city wouldn't be referred to as Killadelphia. It makes me sick that you can walk down the street with a gun, and if I looked at you wrong, I'm dead. What happened to the rights of every hard-working (note "working")