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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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ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Civil War ended, the constitutional amendments abolishing slavery and establishing civil and legal humanity of African Americans passed - a new day dawned in 19th-century America. Meet the new day, same as the old day. Reconstruction ended in 1877, blacks were disenfranchised, the Supreme Court gave its imprimatur to segregation in 1896; a half-century passed before civil rights dominated the national stage again. Mostly this story is told as it unfolded in the South. But what of the North?
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
  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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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