November 13, 2014 |
OOPS! Former Philadelphia Police Inspector Daniel Castro was mistakenly let out of federal prison last month and told he could serve the rest of his sentence at his Northeast Philadelphia home. What happened? Well, sources say a U.S. Probation Office revised presentence report omitted key information, which led prison officials to believe Castro was eligible for getting a year knocked off his five-year sentence for completing a prison drug-abuse program. But Castro, 51, wasn't supposed to be eligible for early release because of his violence-related conviction.
November 12, 2014 |
S TEVIE WONDER - just announced as a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient - makes a rare appearance this Sunday, at the Wells Fargo Center. Better still, he'll devote the gig to recreating his 38-years-young "Songs in the Key of Life" mega-album. Helping him out: expect singer India.Arie, a large string section and at least 20 other musicians. How great is all this? Let's count the ways. After seizing artistic control of his career from Motown in the early 1970s, the former "Little Stevie" Wonder set out to prove his mettle.
November 10, 2014
VETERANS DAY: It's not the holiday where we honor the sacrifices of our military men and women, but the day we mark yet another year of our shabby treatment of them. Last year, for example, we marked the holiday by a report that found 22 veterans commit suicide every single day. This year's annual Veterans Health Administration scandal is also stomach turning: a report in May that at least 40 patients had died waiting for care at a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. The revelations of serious backlogs and secret waiting lists led to the eventual resignation of Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
September 16, 2014
Internet freedom activists are holding a rally Monday outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia to protest Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The rally, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd, is organized by Free Press, a nonpartisan group that advocates to preserve open Internet communication and free speech. The group is demanding protections for net neutrality, and the rally will urge the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that prevent broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon from discriminating against online content and services.
September 12, 2014 |
THIS YEAR'S 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is the first one since the May opening of the museum at the National September 11 Memorial at the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Visitors there can see significant and trivial reminders of that day - from the wallets of the dead and the dust-encrusted boots of rescue workers to the farewell letter written in Arabic by some of the al Qaeda terrorists - but for some the museum's lasting impression is its assertive and perhaps suffocating security.
August 4, 2014 |
IF YOU grew up going to church, chances are it wasn't like Freedom Church - and not just because services are held at the Prince Music Theater. At Freedom Church, the traditional choir has been replaced by five high-voltage singers backed by four hard-playing musicians whose sound is more rock than "Rock of Ages. " Lead Pastor Gabe Bouch (rhymes with couch) wears jeans and sneakers - as do many of his parishioners. And while it's often been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week in America, that's not the case at Freedom, where the congregation is racially diverse.
July 25, 2014 |
Martina Hingis tossed her racket to the ground, frustrated after losing a point in mixed doubles. The racket bounced right back up to her, so she smacked it to the court again. Tennis has been frustrating at times for Hingis since she began a comeback playing doubles in 2013, but World TeamTennis has provided an outlet for success. Wednesday night against the Freedoms at Villanova's Pavilion, Hingis helped the Washington Kastles early before the sport became frustrating again.
July 25, 2014 |
AFTER PLAYING 14 matches in 17 days, the Philadelphia Freedoms' regular season has come to an end. After an 0-4 start in World TeamTennis, the Freedoms rattled off wins in eight of their previous nine matches to clinch the second playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. Their opponent in the opening-round matchup, which doubles as the league semifinals, is a familiar one. They will visit the Washington Kastles at the Smith Center tonight at 7. The teams already have met four times this season, including last night's 21-10 Freedoms come-from-behind win at the Pavilion at Villanova, and have split the series.
July 22, 2014 |
The most haunting part of Devon Butler's first night in a Honduran prison was the darkness. Tossed into a cell the size of a backyard shed with about 20 other inmates, Butler, who grew up in Doylestown, could barely see where all of his cellmates were sleeping. Some were in bunks bolted to the walls, others in hammocks made of sheets. Butler sat near the gated door that looked onto the central yard, talking to inmates who spoke broken English, trying to stay composed. "Pitch black, all these faces coming out of the dark," he said.