May 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday defended the Justice Department's secret examination of Associated Press phone records though he declared he had played no role in it, saying it was justified as part of an investigation into a grave national security leak. The government's wide-ranging information gathering from the news cooperative has created a bipartisan political headache for President Obama, with prominent Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill expressing outrage, along with press freedom groups.
May 11, 2013 |
In a way, she's been working on the play all her life. From the day her parents landed in China to adopt her, to the stares directed at her family as she grew, to present-day conversations where strangers ask where she's from and refuse to accept "Philadelphia" as an answer. On Saturday, the playwright and director Sarah Mitteldorf brings the new Many Ways to the stage of the Asian Arts Initiative in Center City. It is one of the first serious works by a Chinese adoptee to examine the Chinese adoption experience.
May 8, 2013 |
What were our Founders thinking when they gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 for the Constitutional Convention? According to Peter Sagal, who hosts PBS's consistently lively four-part series, Constitution USA (premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday on WHYY TV12), the distinguished delegates had both short- and long-term goals. "The Founders came to Philadelphia to fix the Articles of Confederation," Sagal says in the first segment, "A More Perfect Union. " "Also, to make sure that 200 years later, this city would enjoy a booming constitutionally themed tourist trade.
April 26, 2013
THIS SEPTEMBER will mark the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. The church, which was a hub of civil-rights activities on the part of such figures as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Rev. Ralph Abernathy , was blown up by white supremacists. Because the victims included four young, innocent girls, the event remains a particularly heinous crime, even by terror-event standards. Tomorrow, "Countdown to 'BOOM' We All Fall Down," which takes a different look at the bombing and its aftermath, has its world premiere at Lew Klein Hall at the Temple Performing Arts Center on North Broad Street.
April 26, 2013 |
Funny and gritty and deeply troubling, Bruce Graham's courageous new play, North of the Boulevard , continues the Philadelphia playwright's dramatic examination of the really tough issues of our times. In this play, being given its world premiere by Theatre Exile, he tackles nothing less than Right and Wrong and the shifting ethical ground underfoot. Act I plunges us right into a world, a beat-up auto-body shop with a partially dismantled car taking up much of the floor space and a branch growing through the plaster wall ("Last tree in the neighborhood and it's got to come through my wall")
April 19, 2013 |
The bomb blasts during the Boston Marathon shook up and saddened Americans across the country but the sorrow was particularly felt in the running community, a tight-knit family that enjoys competing and forming friendships that last a lifetime. "To me, it's a sanctuary of sorts," Villanova track and field coach Marcus O'Sullivan, a former world-class runner and Olympian, said Wednesday. "People go there because it's time to come together in a joyous moment and a joyous time. So when something like this happens, it really is very tragic.
April 13, 2013 |
Upon encountering Thomas Gibbons' play Permanent Collection by InterAct Theatre Company, you're likely to think: "Didn't this play start here?" "Didn't we live this drama?" "Do we have to go through it again?" The answers are yes, certainly, and indeed. The play premiered at InterAct in 2003 and went on to tell the world about the Barnes Foundation's agonized journey into the real world, focusing not on the move from Merion to Philadelphia but on the first stages of undoing Albert C. Barnes' wishes by Richard Glanton, the foundation's African American president in the 1990s.
March 28, 2013 |
The Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell ended its second week of testimony today with a city medical examiner defending his decision to change the death certificate of a Gosnell patient from accidental to homicide. Gosnell defense attorney Jack McMahon questioned Assistant Medical Examiner Gary Collins at length about his decision to change the death certificate of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, a Virginia woman who died Nov. 19, 2009 undergoing an abortion at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic.
March 13, 2013 |
THE DEATH of New Hope bartender Sarah Majoras has been ruled an accidental drowning, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office announced Monday. Majoras' body was found Jan. 30 in the Delaware and Raritan Canal, which separates New Hope from Lambertville, N.J., following an intense four-day search. Majoras, 39, was last seen leaving the bar where she worked in New Hope, John and Pete's. Officials said Monday that toxicology results indicated a high level of alcohol in Majoras' blood at the time of her death.
March 2, 2013
Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford could miss the April 1 opener against San Francisco after leaving spring training in Glendale, Ariz., to have his elbow examined in Los Angeles. Recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Aug. 23, Crawford felt nerve irritation in his left arm. The Dodgers said Friday he was examined a day earlier and was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and told to rest. Crawford was back in camp Friday and will not take batting practice or throw for about seven days, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.