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April 11, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - What makes a true friend? For Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), it's not just a philosophical question. It's the crux of the argument that could decide his legal fate. Facing 14 federal charges that he delivered official favors for a political donor who lavished him with private jet flights, stays at a Dominican resort and a luxury Paris hotel, and nearly $800,000 in political and legal support, Menendez plans to fight back by arguing that the gifts were the kinds of things one friend gives another, nothing more.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
To cite a generational icon - and there's a lot of that going on in While We're Young - I believe it was Mr. Wizard who used to proclaim, "Be just what you is, not what you is not. Folks what do this has the happiest lot. " OK, maybe that dates me (but hey, King Leonardo cartoons were in reruns for decades). Still, if there's a moral in Noah Baumbach's cuttingly comic and keenly observed new film, surely it's that same message Mr. Wizard gave to Tooter Turtle every time the hapless reptile returned from his latest wish-fulfillment disaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Our greatest teachers sometimes appear just when we need them most. So it was for then-twentysomething Angeleno Tavis Smiley, who in 1991 had suffered a loss that ended his career in local L.A. politics. Rudderless, depressed, Smiley found himself, almost despite himself, on a life-altering journey to Africa with one of America's greatest African American artists as his tour guide: Maya Angelou. In his latest book, My Journey with Maya , Smiley, now 50, writes about his 28-year friendship with Angelou.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
October 21, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2014 | By Jacqueline Bigar, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
May 6, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
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.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By John Timpane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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