March 29, 2014 |
For the first time in four years, seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams is returning to the Philadelphia area when she visits Villanova's Pavilion with the Washington Kastles. Williams and the Kastles will challenge the Freedoms on July 17 in a World TeamTennis match. Williams likely will face American Vicky Duval, in her second season with the Freedoms. Last year, Duval upset 2011 champion Samantha Stosur in the U.S. Open. The Freedoms roster includes Marcelo Melo, the No. 5-ranked men's doubles player in the world, returning multi-time Grand Slam doubles champion Liezel Huber and Canadian Davis Cup stalwart Frank Dancevic.
March 28, 2014
THROUGHOUT history, people have fought the good fight to preserve those things of value and fundamental importance that define the essence of being human. Our Founding Fathers raged against the tyranny of their colonial overlords. African-Americans and their allies rode the freedom train against a virulent tide of bigotry. Women struggled to earn what should have been their birthright - a political voice. Activists like Cesar Chavez labored to bring dignity to the migrant worker. Liberty, equality, respect and a living wage were all things that were won through the sacrifice of people who recognized that certain things in life are neither negotiable, nor free.
March 7, 2014 |
Imagine people eating and drinking, just steps from Independence Hall. It happened in the 18th century, and it will happen again this summer. Restaurateur Michael Schulson has secured a deal with the owners of One South Independence Mall West - the landmark Rohm & Haas building and now the home of Dow Chemical at Sixth and Market Streets - to create an outdoor beer garden across from the Liberty Bell. Schulson, who owns Sampan, the Saint James, and Atlantic City's Izakaya, will control 30,000 square feet around the building as Independence Beer Garden , which he hopes to open July Fourth.
March 2, 2014 |
THERE WAS ONCE a time when a young Denzel Washington, not yet world famous, was spotted hanging out at North Philadelphia's New Freedom Theatre. It was in the 1980s, and Washington, in his 20s then, had starred off-Broadway in the Negro Ensemble Company's "A Soldier's Play. " The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for playwright Charles Fuller, a Philadelphian. Thirty years later, Jaleel C. McCoy, 17, a dancer who attends the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, is also spending time at Freedom Theatre.
February 21, 2014 |
Jordan Walker and Tymere DeShield each scored 12 points Wednesday to help Holy Cross win its first Burlington County League Freedom Division title in six years with a 51-46 home win against Burlington City in boys' basketball. Walker also pulled in 10 rebounds. Greg Kousoulis had nine points and 10 assists for Holy Cross, which finished 11-1 in the division after coming in second last year. Jelanie Glaze led Burlington City with 18 points. Yamal Hilton added 13. Burlington County Liberty.
January 17, 2014 |
WHO'S OCTAVIUS V. Catto? Why is the Mann Center for the Performing Arts launching the first Philadelphia Freedom Festival in his honor, starting next month and culminating with a big concert in July featuring newly commissioned music by Uri Caine, performances by gospel great Dr. Marvin Sapp, a 300-voice choir and the Philadelphia Orchestra? Ask the average older guy on the street, and he might remember, painfully, a school in West Philadelphia formerly named for Catto (pronounced "Cat-oh")
January 12, 2014 |
With its green and orange vinyl seats, stainless steel cutlery, and bright-red ketchup bottles, the lunch counter looked quite ordinary, like thousands around the country. It was the place where townspeople rubbed elbows and traded gossip. This counter, however, was far from ordinary. It's on the first floor of the F.W. Woolworth Building in Greensboro, N.C., and it played a pivotal role in the country's civil rights movement. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a high point in the African American struggle for equal rights that continues today.
January 12, 2014
Governor's pattern of pettiness The "Bridgegate" scandal shows what a callous, nasty tone Gov. Christie set among his staff ("Christie's traffic jam," Jan. 9). But it is only one example of the governor's pettiness and vindictiveness. Christie showed these tendencies last summer by vetoing the extremely popular gestation-crate ban, which would have prohibited the meat industry's practice of confining pigs in cages so small they cannot turn around. Christie vetoed it to appeal to wealthy patrons in Iowa, home to the first presidential primary and the largest pork industry.
December 6, 2013 |
THE WHITE, RACIST government of South Africa held Nelson Mandela in prison for 27 years. He broke rocks into gravel and slaved in a lime quarry, where the glare from the lime damaged his eyesight. Early on, he was held in a damp cell measuring 8 feet by 7 feet, with a straw mat to sleep on. He contracted tuberculosis. Yet Mandela emerged from these horrors to become president of South Africa after the dreaded apartheid racial-separation system was lifted, shook hands with the president of the country that had jailed him, traveled widely, met numerous world figures and received many honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize and Philadelphia's Liberty Medal.
October 11, 2013 |
MOLLY EICHEL ALLUDED TO it yesterday, and now it's official. The Kardashian/Jenner TV empire has ended another marriage. The Los Angeles Times says Kris Jenner , 57, and Bruce Jenner , 63, have reportedly separated after 22 years of marriage and have kept the news quiet for almost a year. So with all that "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," we haven't been keeping up at all. The whole last season was a sham. If we'd put any time into watching the show, we would want that time back.