August 26, 2016 |
A man who spent 25 years in prison for a rape and murder that a jury concluded he didn't commit, Anthony Wright was emotional and tearful, elated and optimistic. Bitter, he was not. "I worship a merciful God and he forgives," Wright, 44, said at a news conference Wednesday, a day after he was acquitted at retrial in the 1991 death of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. "Who am I to hold a grudge against somebody?" he asked. "I don't do that, man. I worship a merciful God. And I believe in him, and all the chips will fall where they may. We're here today because of that.
August 24, 2016 |
What happened to the American dream of community, family, and financial success? Bernie Sanders provided his supporters one answer; Donald Trump countered with another. Lisa D'Amour's 2010 play Detroit offers a third. In Theater with a View's smoldering production, D'Amour's vision blends the ferociousness of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with the existential angst of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot . The setting shows what's at stake: The large house of Sycamore Hill, an estate in Pottstown, suitable enough for the first-ring suburb specified by D'Amour's script, and the source of so much consternation during the recent recession.
August 13, 2016 |
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.
August 4, 2016 |
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.
August 4, 2016 |
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.
July 28, 2016 |
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.
July 26, 2016 |
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.
June 15, 2016 |
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.
June 3, 2016 |
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.
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.