February 23, 2007
RE THE KILLINGS at the Navy Yard: I wonder if people really know what Officer Leissner has been through. As a result of his actions, he received praise from the Police Department as well as the public. All deserved! He was put on display for the media and handled that as the true professional that he is. But please don't forget that he chose to enter Building 79 and face an unknown fate. He could have withdrawn to await backup, but the outcome could have been much worse.
May 28, 2006 |
Over the loudspeaker, ambulance driver Raed Sadaq Karim's voice boomed out over the barely moving cars clogging one of Baghdad's main thoroughfares. "Clear the road! Give me room. Please give me room," he pleaded. Drivers barely took notice, despite the white ambulance's wailing siren and flashing lights. Karim's eyes searched for space, then he swerved through small openings between cars, finally arriving at the apartment building where a woman was having a heart attack. Fortunately, the patient was still alive.
September 29, 2003 |
In a gesture of innocent reciprocity, 11-year-old Kathryn Androckitis reached out to catch the tears falling from her mother's blue eyes. It was a small offer, but one welcomed by Kim Myers, a single mother who says she is not sure she always gets it right. As the tears kept sliding down Myers' narrow, young face, her daughter told her why she was her hero. "You're someone who takes care of me," said Kathryn, a shy girl with cherub cheeks and soft brown eyes. "I love you . . . and stuff.
October 21, 2004
THE RECENT ARTICLE in the Daily News reporting on the presence of labor leader John Dougherty in a new mural in South Philly may have given the impression that Mr. Dougherty was the primary focus of the mural. As the person responsible for the mural, "Everyday Heroes," I would like to point out that Mr. Dougherty is only one of 29 people who were chosen by their neighbors to be included on the wall. In the group are neighborhood heroes including community leaders, grandparents, parents, teachers, mentors, volunteers, social workers, youth artists, a policeman, a doctor and a crossing guard and others.
March 11, 2005 |
Given that Ladder 49 is pretty predictable, the script lacks punch, and most of the film's score is entirely too dramatic (even for a movie about battling fires), this film about the everyday lives of firefighters still works. It captures the essence of what kind of people it takes to go into a burning building when everyone else is running out. While not particularly deep, Ladder 49 is a tribute to those men and women, and the DVD release furthers the admiration. The film begins at a huge, four-alarm blaze where the central character, Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix)
January 16, 2009 |
When President Bush requested network time this week to make a final address to the nation, people wondered what tone he would adopt. Would he be defiant or remorseful? Hardly anyone expected the man leaving office with some of the lowest approval ratings in history to take a victory lap. The cynosure of his 13-minute speech was 9/11, a curious legacy. The signal accomplishment of his administration, we were to understand, was the prevention of a reoccurrence. "America has gone more than seven years," he said proudly, "without another terrorist attack on our soil.
March 1, 2013 |
On Friday night, Chinese Theatre Works debuts its new cantastoria show White Snake at the Creative Living Room in Swarthmore. Cantastoria is a theatrical form in which a performer tells a story while acting out and miming to a series of images. This show will use music, PowerPoint projections, and shadow puppetry to tell the Chinese tale of White Snake, a snake spirit with magical healing power, who transforms herself into human form and falls in love with a young herbalist named Xu Xien.
May 2, 2011
LAST WEEK, three more police officers were busted - these latest for allegedly operating an illegal steroid sales ring, the most recent incident in a disheartening string of cop arrests for offenses including assault, rape, theft and murder. This brings the total of cops arrested in the past two years to 26. This week, though, we also got a new perspective on these cop troubles from a surprising place: the Fire Department. Meet - or should we say, meat - firefighter Jack Slivinski, who recently landed in hot water with Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.
October 6, 1993 |
THE AFRICAN AMERICANS Edited by Charles M. Collins and David Cohen (Viking / $45) From the dramatic portrait of a Spelman College student on the cover to the evocative photo of a boy praying on the back, "The African Americans" steadfastly seeks to live up to its promise to portray "the rich expanse of the African-American experience, past and present, in photographs and words. " Editors Charles M. Collins and David Cohen (innovator of the popular Day in the Life series of photo collections)
October 8, 2008
IHARDLY READ the papers anymore. It's just too depressing. It's hard to keep an optimistic view of my daughter's future in mind when it's so rare to read or hear anything upbeat or kind in the papers or on TV. We focus so much on the crime statistics we can sometimes forget that there are still wonderful caring individuals still left among us. People who give without wanting something in return. But on Oct. 5, my husband met three such people, and he doesn't even know their names.