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NEWS
December 24, 2003
AT A TIME when most of us are busily preparing for Christmas, let us remember and thank our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. To those who protected our freedom in World War II, thank you. To those who fought in Korea and Vietnam, thank you. To those who fought in the Gulf War, thank you. And to those firefighters and police officers in New York, the ones who head into a burning building as we are heading out, and lost their...
NEWS
January 19, 1986
South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his leadership of nonviolent opposition to apartheid, paid a hectic two- day visit to Philadelphia last week. At packed assemblies around the city, he called for divestment of South Africa-related stocks, thanked American supporters and vowed that efforts to end white-minority domination would continue. "Freedom is coming," he said.
NEWS
July 17, 2006
WHEN THIS great country was in its infancy, I don't believe that our forefathers envisioned freedom of religion to include religions or cults that sanction the killing of non-believers. Can someone from please explain exactly what constitutes a religion verses a cult, and just exactly what religions are recognized as legitimate religions per the Constitution? If the killing of innocent people is considered a crime, why do politicians turn a blind eye toward literature that specifically sanctions the killing of non-believers?
NEWS
June 30, 2006 | Brian P. Tierney
FOR TOO MANY years, newspaper ownership in this country has increasingly been concentrated in the hands of a few large companies. Newspaper traditionalists have been mourning the loss of individual community character, as well as spirited personality, in their hometown papers. The industry has been resigned to a fate of bland, generic corporatization, and concepts like family or local stewardship were as quaint as hot-lead type. The trend has seemed so inevitable, so relentless, and so unstoppable that even giants like Times Mirror and Knight Ridder have succumbed to the same family squabbles and Wall Street pressure that swallowed up great newspapers from Louisville to Des Moines to Los Angeles to Boston.
NEWS
July 5, 2008 | SOLOMON JONES
YESTERDAY was Independence Day - the day America told Britain to go fly a kite. Because our country's founders had the foresight to make that bold move, we now have the freedom to barbecue and go to clearance sales on every major holiday. I, along with my family and friends, will be enjoying each of these freedoms this holiday weekend. However, we'll be making a few minor adjustments to our usual Independence Day celebration due to the economic slowdown. We won't be throwing any steaks on the grill.
NEWS
October 29, 1987
One paragraph deep in yesterday's account of the disgruntled investor who blew away the manager of a Merrill Lynch office in Miami stood out: "About 10 a.m. Katz left the brokerage house and drove his 1986 Pontiac Fiero sports car to the Tamiami Gun Shop South on Dixie Highway. He used a credit card to purchase the .357 (magnum revolver) for $300 to $400 . . . . " Whatever drove Arthur H. Katz to murder the branch manager, shoot his broker and then kill himself, Florida's super-lenient gun law should be credited with an assist.
NEWS
January 13, 1987
The word from South Africa is bad. The state of emergency has been intensified. Press censorship has become more severe. Black education groups are not permitted to hold meetings. The imprisonment of dissenters continues. People continue to be killed, and bordering African nations live in constant fear of attack. Some observers think this deterioration of conditions is evidence of the failure of U.S. economic sanctions. But those who want to reinvest U.S. dollars - in the wake of increased South African trade with Israel, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Switzerland and South America - are dead wrong.
NEWS
July 17, 1993 | Inquirer photographs by April Saul
Protesters gathered outside City Hall yesterday to begin a 24-hour fast demanding the release of political prisoners in Vietnam. The Movement for Freedom and Democracy in Vietnam is organizing the demonstration.
NEWS
April 12, 1989 | By DAVID KAIRYS
Somehow we can't seem to get straight what we mean by freedom. Everybody's for it. But why is a refusal to honor the flag an exercise of freedom to some and a desecration of freedom to others? The answer lies in divergent visions of freedom throughout our history, and in the reemergence in recent years of an old, repressive tradition with a new face. As in the past, the flag has become a central focus of the current debate - in the presidential campaign, in the furor over its use in a Chicago art exhibit and in a case now before the Supreme Court involving a Texas law making it a crime to destroy or deface the flag in circumstances upsetting to others.
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SPORTS
August 13, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The limo driver texted the Freedoms that Coco Vandeweghe was on her way, and indeed, she arrived shortly before Thursday's 24-18 World Team Tennis loss the Washington Kastles at the Pavilion at Villanova. Vandeweghe did not play Thursday night, but it wasn't for lack of effort. She had just competed in the Olympics and had flown from Rio to California on Wednesday and then flew from San Diego on Thursday, arriving 20 minutes before the match began. The 24-year-old Vandeweghe was obviously hoping for a longer stay in Brazil during the Olympics.
SPORTS
August 4, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
The night before her flight to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics, Caroline Wozniacki wasn't relaxing at home. Instead, she was on the court at Villanova's Pavilion, leading the Freedoms to a 20-16 comeback win over the Springfield Lasers with her stellar singles performance. Wozniacki was not only helping the Freedoms of Mylan World TeamTennis, a league she last played in a decade ago for Kansas City and returned to this week as a marquee player. She was also conditioning herself for the Olympics after a year spent rehabbing from several injuries.
SPORTS
August 4, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
PLAYING quarterback for Chip Kelly requires a lot of things, but a brain isn't necessarily one of them. Well, at least before the ball is snapped. You don't call the play. You can't audible out of it if you see disaster looming or think something else might work better. And you pretty much have no say in the protection calls that could determine whether you're able to practice the next week or have to spend it in a dark room going through concussion protocol. That's not meant as a criticism of Kelly's up-tempo offense.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
Emma Sanders was late to the Mississippi delegation's breakfast Tuesday, almost skipped it altogether, the exhausting first night of the Democratic National Convention having taken its toll on the great-grandmother. But when she finally arrived, she was in fine spirits, ready to talk about the momentous time in Atlantic City, when she was a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegate. It has been 52 years. The 1964 convention in Boardwalk Hall was the last time the Democratic Party held its national gathering in the area, and the bad reviews that came out of Atlantic City were a punch to the gut for the resort.
NEWS
July 26, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
If you don't see it now, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope , now in production at Freedom Theatre, is one of those shows you won't see staged professionally again soon. One reason: Since the founding of Freedom Theatre in 1966 and the opening of Cope in 1971, the number of African American professional theaters in this country has dwindled from 67 to five. Mikki Grant's original lyrics for this sung-through piece focused on black urban life in her time, dealing with protests, feminism, and living conditions in the ghettos.
SPORTS
June 15, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
Billie Jean King sat in the side room of a sprawling Villanova home on Friday night. A cocktail party was about to commence outside, part of a Philadelphia Freedoms-directed fund-raiser for Assistance in Healthcare (AIH), a nonprofit that helps local families pay for the cost of cancer treatment. The Freedoms owner would be needed out there momentarily. In the wood-paneled side room, King leaned back on a leather couch. She appeared in no rush as she chatted with a small group of Freedoms staff members.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
The family of three Cherry Hill brothers protested Wednesday outside the federal courthouse in Camden after the men lost another attempt to overturn their convictions for participating in a plan to kill soldiers at Fort Dix. The protest came a day after the family learned that U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler denied the brothers' application for post-conviction relief. The Dukas wanted their convictions overturned, alleging their attorneys improperly prevented them from testifying during their 2008 trial.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm in love with my boyfriend, and we are about to move to a huge college town. We've been dating two years, and I want him to be my husband, but at the same time, I want to live life. I'm not even 21 yet, and I haven't experienced life. I want to go to a bar or club and dance with whomever I want, maybe even have a hookup if it were to come down to it. I have never had a one-night stand, and I don't think I would, but if it came down to it - who knows! I don't want to hurt him, but I want him to be happy.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
T he Ballad of Trayvon Martin is a world premiere celebrating New Freedom Theatre's soon-to-be 50th anniversary in the beautiful Edwin Forrest mansion on North Broad Street. This docu-drama, by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj (who also directs and choreographs) and Thomas J. Soto, is about the 2012 murder of an African American teenager Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Martin, was later acquitted in Florida. The Black Lives Matter movement sprang from these dire events.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | LIBERATION A universal right The commentary "A liberation story for the whole world to share" (April 28) described a seder in Crimea and urged the world to share the liberation story. That story, which is the focus of Passover, is a powerful chronicle, and sharing it in a meaningful way means believing the lesson of the story. That lesson is that liberation from oppression is a universal right. To give life to this belief, it is the obligation of those who share it to advocate liberation from oppression for all people and to act within their capability to fulfill this right for all people.
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