June 29, 2015 |
HOUSTON - Ana Ulloa Romero and her two younger children reached their arms over the car tire supporting them as they propelled themselves through the murky Rio Grande toward the hope of something better. Debris and water started filling the tire, pulling them downward and scaring the younger ones, whom Romero comforted with quick prayers . Please God, protect my family. Somewhere in the desert expanse ahead of them, Romero's husband, Oscar, was crossing with "coyotes," human smugglers.
June 22, 2015 |
When he heard the names of those killed in the Charleston, S.C., church shooting, the Rev. Robin Hynicka wrote all nine on a white index card, tucked it in his shirt pocket, and started to search for the right words to deliver on Sunday. "It's not hard to make the decision to go there. But it's an emotional and spiritual challenge," said Hynicka, pastor of Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church. "You have to take a leap of faith to begin to engage. " Hynicka was one of many faith leaders who in the wake of Wednesday's shooting put their planned sermons - some still in process, some already complete, several focused on Father's Day - to the side and tried to find a new message in the tragedy.
June 22, 2015 |
The last time I sat down with the Rev. Mark Tyler, the streets of Baltimore were exploding in anger and grief over the death of Freddie Gray. It seems like so long ago now. That May morning, Tyler, the leader of the Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Society Hill, sat at his rectory desk reviewing the words of a Sunday sermon to confront the despair of yet another killing of a black man by police - deaths that, now that we were all finally paying attention, seemed to build unrelentingly, week after week.
June 19, 2015 |
SOMETHING beautiful happened last night at Mother Bethel AME Church. In the wake of the massacre that left nine dead Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church, a sister church in Charleston, S.C., the parishioners were not solemn during a memorial prayer service at Mother Bethel, the original African Methodist Episcopal church. In fact, they cheered together with folks of several faiths as the church choir delivered a rousing rendition of Richard Smallwood's 1996 hymn "Total Praise. " As the choir began to end the song, Mother Bethel's own the Rev. Mark Tyler took to the podium and began to speak.
June 12, 2015 |
SO NOW that we've beaten to a pulp LeSean McCoy's jilted premise that Chip Kelly doesn't like talent-rich African-American players, the question remains: Why, exactly, is McCoy a Buffalo Bill these days and not a Philadelphia Eagle? Yes, I know Kelly's explanation claimed it was simply a monetary decision, that he could fill his linebacker need with a lesser-priced Kiko Alonso and have oodles of money left to add a lesser-priced running back - a two-for-one, I think it was called.
June 10, 2015 |
THE EAGLES' story lines this spring are all about gambles. Chip Kelly is gambling on Sam Bradford's left knee and DeMarco Murray's durability and Jordan Matthews' upside and his own ability to oversee not just the execution of X's-and-O's, but the selections of Jimmys and Joes. The biggest gamble, though, might be where he has chosen not to wager, and not to upgrade. There are no significant additions this spring to an Eagles offensive line that got pretty banged up a year ago and struggled even when intact, an offensive line that clearly did not live up to its billing as a team strength when last season began.
June 8, 2015
A$AP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA ***1/2) Harlem rapper and part-time fashion model gets trippy on A.L.L.A. , the surprisingly psychedelic follow-up to 2013's Long.Live.A$AP. The album mourns the January death of producer A$AP Yams and moves on in style with collaborations with Mark Ronson, Danger Mouse, and Kanye West, as well as Joe Fox, the homeless Brit singer-guitarist whom Rocky met outside a London studio who is his new BFF. Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers)
April 24, 2015 |
VU THE PHONG raises pigs on a small farm in northern Vietnam about 200 miles east of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. But if all goes well with his visa application, Vu will be raising his voice with millions of other Catholics in Philadelphia this September for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit. "In [Vietnam] there is no big events," Vu wrote in an email to the Daily News . "Today, members of the family need times together to understand, sympathy . . . Therefore, WMOF is the place [for]
April 20, 2015 |
Luz Carabello, her husband, and their two children left Camden last May and moved into their new home in West Deptford. But Carabello, a Camden native who lived in the city for most of her life, never considered taking her son and daughter out of Camden's St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School. Carabello, 30, was the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college. Now an emergency-room nurse at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, she said she owed her success to Camden's Catholic schools.
April 13, 2015 |
The rocky cliff platform looked perilous from below, and even more perilous when I stood on it. My wife, Christina, my two teenage kids from a previous marriage, and I had arrived by cruise ship in Bermuda that morning - a happy occurrence as 48 hours earlier, we'd been expecting a trip north from New York to St. John, Newfoundland. Hurricane Arthur, however, had other plans, creeping up the East Coast early last July. Carnival Cruises made the eleventh-hour decision to take us southeast instead, ahead of the storm, to the pink sands of Bermuda.