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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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SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
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.
NEWS
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.
FOOD
March 7, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
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.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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")
TRAVEL
January 12, 2014 | By Larissa and Michael Milne, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
  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.
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