August 11, 2015
WHEN NEWS BROKE that Frank Gifford had died yesterday at the age of 84, my friend Paul posted this on my Facebook page: "Frank better ask St. Peter to tell him where Concrete Charlie is hanging out, so he can steer clear. " That is how every Philadelphian who cares about football, and appreciates history, thinks about the man who participated, wholly against his will, in the most iconic gridiron photograph of all time. Paul is a Delco boy transplanted to Tennessee but green blood will tell: For us, Gifford exists as one of two men frozen in time and symbolic of the brutal warrior dance that football used to be. Of course, there was an awful lot more to the man's life than an unfortunate brush with Chuck Bednarik's cosmic greatness.
August 7, 2015
I'VE SPENT THE LAST few weeks trying to figure out how I would commemorate the first anniversary of my mother's death on Aug. 8. I wasn't sure that I'd be able to adequately convey its significance in my altered life. I read a lot of poetry, hoping that it would elevate my writing. I studied old photos, the kind that come with thin, white borders and couldn't be "shared" except by hand, trying to resuscitate dulled memories. I spoke with friends and family, hoping to see what Lucy had meant to beloved others.
August 2, 2015 |
Zuckerberg to be a dad Now that his first issue, Facebook , has reached double digits (it was founded in 2004), Mark Zuckerberg has the time to raise a human child. The tech genius and social-media magnate on Friday said he and wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl. Things haven't been easy for the couple. "We want to share one experience to start," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page. "We've been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way. " Zuckerberg, who said sharing private stories unites people, added, "We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well.
June 14, 2015 |
Clearview Regional High School's decision to take down a public display of a student police brutality project this week sparked controversy on social media and a student sit-in at the Gloucester County school. Four students hung the project, one of several in a humanitarian studies class, on a school wall Tuesday morning. It included a human silhouette with hands raised, cut from black construction paper and accompanied by the words, "Hands up, don't shoot!" and surrounded by statistics, prose, and photographs mounted on red paper.
June 10, 2015 |
A FORMER fraternity member who told State College cops about alleged hazing and sexual assault at his frat is suing Penn State University. James Vivenzio, 21, of Great Falls, Va., filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that the university was negligent in enforcing its anti-hazing policies and in responding to his initial allegations about the fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho. Vivenzio had disclosed an alleged invitation-only Facebook page that included...
June 4, 2015 |
Former University of Pennsylvania track athlete Timothy Hamlett, whose body was found in the Hudson River last week, was remembered Tuesday by a former teammate as a competitor who "led by example through his efforts and passion on the track. " Hamlett, 20, a philosophy major at Penn, had been missing from his Teaneck, N.J., home since Dec. 26. The New York City Medical Examiner's Office determined that his death was a suicide by drowning. "He was a quiet and reserved kid," said the former teammate, John Trueman.
May 22, 2015 |
"WHY DON'T you just give him a chance?" "We could have done worse. " "You're being paranoid. " "Maybe the Republican will win in the general election. " All of these statements were posted to my Facebook page on Tuesday night. They were in response to my less-than-subtle comments about the presumptive next mayor. And let me say this at the outset, so I can avoid the awkward insertion of "probable" in every paragraph: The possibility that Jim Kenney will not take up residence in the mayor's office next year is about as substantial as Amal Clooney's waistline.
March 27, 2015 |
It was strange enough that Philadelphia Democrats endorsed a City Council candidate whose Facebook page featured a host of racist and otherwise offensive messages. But it was more remarkable that party leaders eventually urged him to get out of the race. Over the past two years, the Democratic-controlled city Traffic Court was found to be so corrupt that it was disbanded, a half-dozen Democratic state representatives and a state senator were caught up in criminal cases, and a Philadelphia Democrat resigned from the state Supreme Court amid investigations of pornographic e-mails and questionable legal fees.
March 26, 2015 |
A mother reported missing since June might have been the victim of foul play, Upper Darby Township police said Thursday. Amanda DeGuio, a mother of 3- and 5-year-old girls, was last seen by family members in late June when she walked out of her mother's Drexel Hill home. "Amanda should have been heard from," said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of Upper Darby police. "I hope we can get her back," he added, noting that she has a history of addictions to prescription drugs and heroin.
March 23, 2015 |
EMBATTLED CITY Council candidate Manny Morales had his read-my-lips moment yesterday repeatedly saying that he hadn't discussed his decision to rescind the Democratic City Committee's endorsement with the party's chairman, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, in the wake of a Facebook scandal. "I haven't spoken to him," Morales insisted during a news conference held at his Juniata Park campaign headquarters. "I sent him a letter [Thursday]. " Morales said he last spoke with Brady in February when he picked up the endorsement of ward leaders in the 7th Council District, which includes Morales' Frankford neighborhood.