May 4, 2015 |
As neighbors filled the church pews and lined the aisles, they were warned: Don't talk about your property taxes tonight. But some feared the project on the table - 22 single-family houses spanning half a block of Point Breeze - would price them out of their homes. And the man at the front of the room, developer-turned-candidate Ori Feibush, seemed to only add to the anxiety. In minutes, people were shouting over the pews. "I would love change. But we want affordable change," a woman yelled into the microphone as others waited to speak.
May 3, 2015 |
After hearing about the deadly earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, Bibek Khadka could not sleep. "I was too scared," said Khadka, 29, a Nepalese immigrant who lives in Bryn Mawr. For three days, he was unable to reach his family. He finally got a phone call from his brother on Monday with good news: His family had survived. But his brother was surrounded by destruction in Kathmandu, the country's capital, and he still feared for his safety. "He told me that he thought it was the end of the world," Khadka said.
April 22, 2015
WHEN AN African-American is wrongly shot by a Philadelphia police officer, it's more likely the officer will be black than white. However, more white police officers are involved in shootings, because there are more white officers. Those are statistics, but without context. For that, join me in the police commissioner's conference room. On the wall behind Charles Ramsey's chair are portraits of eight officers killed in the line of duty since he arrived in 2008. Ramsey recites the officers' names and dates of death.
April 15, 2015 |
HELL HAS FROZEN over. I did something the other day that I long ago vowed would happen again only over my dead body or when pigs fly . . . over my dead body. I waded into the cesspool of online comments and my email to read the more than 500 responses to last week's column regarding a mayoral candidate's statement about the relationships between police officers and young black men. Race and politics - an Internet troll's lifeblood. As expected, there were plenty of soul-sucking racist comments spurred by anonymity.
April 3, 2015 |
Trish Henwood, the University of Pennsylvania emergency-room physician who twice went to Liberia to fight Ebola, says global intervention - albeit too late - still saved hundreds of thousands of lives. She also says the frantic reaction here showed U.S. leaders that improving health systems in fragile African nations is in our national security interest. Henwood, who gave Penn's annual Global Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday evening, told a rapt audience that fear too often trumped science and "definitely hampered the response . . . and led to more panic than preparedness.
March 20, 2015 |
Israelis are attributing Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu's surprise election triumph to the fact that he ran a " gevalt " campaign. The Yiddish word gevalt is the equivalent of "Help!" - a cry for rescue at a critical time. And facing a possible defeat as voting day neared, Netanyahu wooed disaffected voters back to his right-wing Likud party by fear-mongering to the max. He raised the specter of an Arab horde (Israel's Arab citizens) who were "voting in droves. " He warned that his main opposition, the Zionist Alliance, would create a terrorist state in Jerusalem and "do the bidding" of the international community on settlements or peace talks.
March 19, 2015 |
Not too long ago, Villanova coach Jay Wright heard his junior point guard, Ryan Arcidiacono, say that the Wildcats "do not fear failure" because they've already experienced it. But doesn't that mean that you are motivated to avoid failure because you remember how painful it felt the first time? "No," Wright said as his team continued to work toward Thursday's matchup with No. 16 Lafayette in their opening game of the NCAA East Regional. "If you're going to be successful and be a top seed and be a Big East champion and you do it back to back, that's what comes with it. You get a lot of enjoyment during the season, but if you lose you get a lot of pain.
February 27, 2015 |
Will Smith: Face your fears Philadelphia's greatest living export to Hollywood says that before you can succeed, you must first face your fears. "I think I learned very young to attack fear," Will Smith tells TheMid.com. "It's frustrating to me when I'm scared . . . so I'm forced to go and attack it. It's been helpful, but it's been painful. " Smith, 46, who is making the media rounds to plug his new heist romance, Focus , gave the same advice to his kids, Jaden and Willow , who are embarking on showbiz careers.
February 14, 2015 |
Nearly seven months after he disappeared, a champion offshore powerboat racer from Egg Harbor Township returned Thursday to the Shore, his attorney said. Andrew Biddle, 45, appeared in Atlantic County Superior Court about 3 p.m. and surrendered, putting to rest any belief that he might have died in a late-night summer boating accident. Biddle was declared missing after a speeding pontoon boat he was said to be aboard hit a buoy and crashed into a jetty near the tip of Longport on July 20. A passenger, Justin Belz, swam to shore and said he could not find his friend.
February 13, 2015 |
A group of Camden dispatchers who handle emergency calls to county police fear an evaluation of the unit could put them out of work. City Council this week authorized a request for proposals to determine whether if Camden could provide better service for less money using a contractor. City spokesman Vincent Basara said that the city is simply seeking to review the cost efficiency of the unit, and that any future action would go before Council for discussion. But the president of Communications Workers of America Local 1014, representing the dispatchers, said members worry that the city is looking to phase them out. "They need experienced, professional dispatchers, and that is who our members are," Karl Walko said Wednesday.