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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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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 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.
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.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 19, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she was a child, Taylor Townsend watched the Williams sisters and told people she would be better than them one day. She didn't know how it would happen or when, but she got her answer Thursday night at Villanova's Pavilion. For three games, Townsend, just 18 years old, wasn't just better than Venus Williams playing women's singles in World TeamTennis. She dominated her. Townsend won 12 of 13 points against Williams before the 25th-ranked women's singles player in the world was removed from the event.
SPORTS
July 18, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
AT AGE 12, sitting in her living room in Chicago, Taylor Townsend watched Venus and Serena Williams battle in the 2008 Wimbledon final. It was then she vowed the unthinkable to her sister. She said she would be better than the Williams sisters someday, the two female tennis savants who paved the way for African-American women to play in the 21st century. Last night at Villanova University's Pavilion, her improbable words became reality. Townsend stared across the multicolored court, watching Venus with glee.
SPORTS
July 18, 2014 | Staff Report
THE FREEDOMS defeated the visiting Springfield Lasers, 21-18, in World TeamTennis action at Villanova's Pavilion last night. Marcelo Melo played on both the winning men's doubles and mixed doubles teams to help lead the Freedoms (4-4) to their second straight victory. The Freedoms host the Washington Kastles, featuring Venus Williams, tonight at 7.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
THREE YEARS AGO, Jose Antonio Vargas was a 30-year-old with the kind of career that most young journalists only dream of - a share of a Pulitzer Prize with the Washington Post , a coveted byline in the New Yorker - when he decided to risk everything on the truth. The former Daily News intern confessed in a magazine article that he's been in the United States as an undocumented immigrant - brought here without papers from the Philippines at age 12 - and then announced he was leaving journalism to fight as an activist for the rights of some 12 million people who share his plight.
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