April 4, 2015 |
Responding to one of the longest-awaited indictments in the annals of political skulduggery, Sen. Robert Menendez declared this week that federal prosecutors "don't know the difference between friendship and corruption. " But the charges suggest it's Menendez who has trouble with that distinction. The New Jersey Democrat's indictment on bribery and other counts depicts his relationship with a Florida eye surgeon, Salomon Melgen, as so mutually lucrative that it does not fit any commonly accepted definition of mere friendship.
April 4, 2015 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) foreshadowed the argument he hopes will save his career as he began his formal fight against corruption charges Thursday. Menendez and South Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend and major donor, each pleaded not guilty to charges that Melgen won the senator's support with lavish gifts described in vivid detail over a 68-page indictment. "Prosecutors get to write the indictment they want, after a secret, one-sided presentation in a grand jury," Menendez attorney Abbe Lowell said after the afternoon hearing.
October 21, 2014 |
Mike, the funny one, got serious for a second and explained the whole thing like this: "There's a law in Philly neighborhoods that says friends must stay together for life. " Adhering to the letter of that particular precept, eight pals who grew up in West Oak Lane in the 1950s and '60s gathered at a home in Rydal, Montgomery County, on Sunday, repeating a frequent ritual they've followed for decades. Ostensibly, the guys were there to play half-ball and step ball, eat pretzels, and bust one another's chops with no mercy.
October 4, 2014 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) Passion suits you yet you must honor friendship. This weekend, friendship works and takes you miles. Whether you are chasing the apple of your eye or adding friskiness to a friendship, expect a lot of distancing and comebacks from the other party. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (****) You are in the limelight as others watch you. Whether tossing a fun gathering, organizing a project, or maybe putting in some overtime, you cannot hide your animal magnetism.
May 6, 2014 |
WHEN HE turned 18, Eduardo Grob left his mother and his home in Brazil to come to Philadelphia and search for his alcoholic father, whom he hadn't seen since he was 3 years old. Grob, now 25, didn't speak English. He worked at a fast-food restaurant and lived in a homeless shelter. He longed for a father and a future. Jason Mays, 30, of West Oak Lane, enlisted in the Army a week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, served in Iraq, came home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and feared he'd end up homeless on the streets of Philadelphia.
April 4, 2014 |
An alcoholic manic depressive poet. An alcoholic depressive lesbian poet. Perfect together. For three decades, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, two of the 20th century's most influential poets, were heartfelt pen pals. They spoke of their lives, their art, their takes on the world and each other. Much of that time, she was living in Brazil, and he was shuffling among England, New England, and wherever else the life of a lionized academic and poet could take him. They first met in 1947, and only a handful of times thereafter.
February 19, 2014 |
CHERRY HILL During the 1940s, they were next-door neighbors in South Philly's Tasker Homes. "We were poor," Joan Brand, 71, recalls with a smile. "To save the eight cents," says her friend Estelle Mazis, 85, "I walked instead of taking the trolley car. " Their families eventually were able to move out of public housing. Brand and Mazis graduated from high school, married, and began their careers. And both eventually settled in Cherry Hill. But ever since Mazis became Brand's babysitter at Tasker Homes - "I remember you were learning to walk," Mazis says - their lives have been intertwined, their connections ever more intricate.
February 18, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A.J. Burnett drove his Dodge truck for 16 hours, and Saturday bled into Sunday morning. He stowed his 20-foot Nitro Z-9 fishing boat beyond the center-field wall at Bright House Field. The Phillies were stretching when Burnett, a $16 million infusion to the franchise's most expensive team ever, appeared at 9:55 a.m. The 37-year-old pitcher raised his black Pittsburgh Pirates bag as a greeting. "That's the wrong bag!" a new teammate yelled. Later, Burnett explained that he was four days tardy because he could not make a decision.
December 26, 2013 |
Hello there There was that woman again, showing off the goodies in the Casani Candy Co. booth at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show. Casani owner Jack Lee's assistant had watched her show after show. "She comes in and writes everything down, but Jack, I never see any orders from her," she told her boss one day in 1981. "We'll have to look into this," Jack said. At the next show, there was Pat again. "Can I ask what you're doing?" asked Jack. "I'm showing my customers some of the lines that I carry," Pat said.
December 21, 2013 |
As writer, singer, and bandleader, Jack Terricloth has fronted the ever-changing membership of the World/Inferno Friendship Society, a band that features a percussive cabaret-punk sound, and a penchant for tall tales that combine high-mindedness and satire. They play Friday at Union Transfer. Since the W/IFS' 1997 album The True Story of the Bridgewater Astral League , Terricloth and company (as many as 30 musicians have ebbed and flowed, in, out, in), sometimes the mood has changed (gospel sounds have found their way into the mix)