July 25, 2016 |
Ethan Okula lies in an unmarked grave near the bottom of a shadeless slope in Merion Memorial Park, a modest cemetery in Bala Cynwyd. He was buried by those who failed him. By the city agency charged with his care. When he was buried in February by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, whose custody he was in as a foster child, he was buried like a pauper. Nothing to mark the life of a 10-year-old with a sweet smile who liked to draw and sing and dance. Nothing to note the life of a child who should not be dead.
July 24, 2016 |
A REFEREE'S whistle blew once, twice, then three times. Players jutting out their chests and grimacing were separated by teammates. Omar Strong, the short, spirited guard for City of Gods, looked over at his team's bench as he decompressed. Phil Goss stood at the bench, staring toward Strong with a preternatural calm, his hands open and pushing towards the Gallagher Center hardwood. Calm down. City of Gods, Goss' team in The Basketball Tournament, had a 13-point lead over Team F.O.E.
June 30, 2016 |
"You reap what you sow. " That's Paul Kuzan's favorite quote, according to his Facebook page. Kuzan, who allegedly killed his new wife with a crossbow Sunday night in Northeast Philadelphia, professed Christian faith but dabbled in drugs, alcohol, and prostitutes, his ex-wife's father said Tuesday. "He claims that he was into religion," said Richard Orr. "But every commandment that I know of he broke, including, 'Thou shalt not murder.' " Kuzan, 41, was charged with murder and possessing instruments of a crime in the death of his wife of nine days, Pamela Nightlinger, 42. Police said Kuzan shot her with a high-velocity crossbow as she sat in a chair at their home on the 3100 block of Willits Road.
June 27, 2016 |
Henrietta Creighton - Grandma Etta, please - wants you and me and everyone else in the U.S.A. to sing "God Bless America. " Together. "How many people sit on the couch and hear all the bad news and think, 'What can I do?' " says the Sea Isle City resident, 92, whose singgba.com website and Facebook page are red, white, and blue and ecumenical, too. "Anyone can get one more house of worship singing 'God Bless America' at the end of their services," she says. "Anyone can get this prayer going.
June 16, 2016 |
The case of a Haddon Township father charged with killing his 3-year-old son is headed to trial, a judge said Tuesday after a hearing in which prosecutors played video of David "D.J. " Creato Jr.'s initial interview with detectives, which showed him weeping as they told him his son, Brendan, was dead. "Oh, God, no, no, no!" Creato, 22, yelled inside the small, windowless questioning room of Haddon Township's police building that morning, Oct. 13, several hours after Creato had called 911 to report his son missing.
June 14, 2016
By Jacob J. Staub 'Humans plan, and God laughs. " This Yiddish proverb is not as impious as it might seem at first glance. It declares succinctly an undeniable truth of the human condition: We are not in control. No matter how meticulously we plan, there are innumerable variables for which we can't fully account. Often enough, we plan, and things turn out the way we want. And then we are tempted to believe that we are in control after all. Our behavior certainly affects outcomes.
May 21, 2016
ISSUE | IN GOD WE TRUST Teddy disapproved As one who believes in God, I must take President Theodore Roosevelt's position toward the national motto being placed on our currency ("Not a problem," Tuesday). Roosevelt, who had been a Sunday school teacher, strongly believed in the separation of church and state. When he took office after President William McKinley's assassination, he deliberately did not swear on a Bible, and he did not believe that currency should bear the "In God We Trust" motto because money is used to buy worldly goods and services.
May 9, 2016 |
It's 4:50 a.m., the time our driver, Pino, is to pick up my daughter and me at our B&B in Tropea, in the toe of Italy's "boot," to take us to the airport. We've already carried our suitcases down the three flights of stairs and we're standing inside the front door, but the massive wooden doors are locked and we haven't a clue how to open them. We stare up at the eight-foot double doors, looking for a handle or knob to turn, but all we see is a big red button that looks like an alarm.
April 17, 2016
Who Do You Think You Are? Katey Sagal ( Sons of Anarchy ) discovers her Amish ancestry in an episode of the genealogy series that brings her to Philadelphia to visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 9 p.m. Sunday on TLC. The Story of God . Host Morgan Freeman also comes to Philadelphia - for a brain scan - in the latest episode of his series about faith and its meaning for people around the world and throughout history. 9 p.m. Sunday on National Geographic Channel. Containment.
April 4, 2016 |
He has played God - twice - and beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday, he will lead National Geographic Channel viewers on a globe-spanning search for The Story of God , but don't, whatever you do, call Morgan Freeman an expert. "I'm nowhere near an expert on anything, except, maybe, me," Freeman said in an interview in January. Still, the Oscar-winning actor's curiosity had already led him to some big questions as host and narrator of the Science Channel's Through the Wormhole , whose first episode, six seasons ago, asked, "Is There a Creator?"