April 1, 2015 |
Elva Parker was a familiar face in downtown Chester. On her good days, she picked up trash in a patch of parkland off the Avenue of the States where she liked to sit. She gave away some of the little money she got from Social Security to people who said they needed it. But on her bad days, she screamed, cursed, and threw things at passersby on the street whenever she thought they got too close. She was arrested for hitting an officer who told her to move along. She lived on the streets.
March 26, 2015
I AM COMPELLED to write this letter as the result of a judge's decision to allow a very hurtful anti-Islamic ad to be placed on SEPTA buses. I am well aware of the First Amendment right to free speech, but in my humble opinion to place an ad of Adolph Hitler on these vehicles is not only insensitive and incorrect, but also causes great harm to many people. A federal judge has ruled that since SEPTA has accepted religious, political and public-service advertising in the past, it cannot refuse ads that call for ending U.S. aid to Islamic countries that compare Islam to Hitler.
March 3, 2015 |
THERE'S A FUNNY T-shirt available for sale about the importance of punctuation. It points out the different meanings of "Let's Eat Grandma!" and "Let's Eat, Grandma!" Tattle thought of that yesterday when Rolling Stone mentioned the title of Kanye West 's next album as "So Help Me God. " All we could think of was a perhaps more accurate title, "So Help Me, God. " The daily Cosby Bill Cosby 's lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to throw out a defamation suit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses.
February 22, 2015 |
FIRE AND brimstone messages that she read as a kid from the back seat of the family car put the fear of God into West Chester photographer Stephanie Kirk - and the fear of church signs. "They were often punitive. Mean," she said. "I can't in my heart of hearts believe that God's mean or nasty. " Kirk, raised in an interfaith household - Catholic and Eastern Orthodox - grew up to become a Quaker. And those dread-inducing church signs stayed in her mind. "As an adult, I said, I have to go back and explore that.
February 8, 2015 |
A Monmouth County, N.J., lawsuit alleging that the words under God in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the rights of an atheist schoolchild and sought to have them stricken has been dismissed. For a local high school senior, that was good news indeed. Samantha Jones, 18, who attends Highland Regional High School; her parents; and two of her siblings had intervenor status in American Humanist Association v. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District . The decision "does affirm our right to say under God in the Pledge of Allegiance," Jones said.
January 21, 2015 |
Reuben Amaro expects to file for unemployment by the end of next month - or in early March. That's when the Saladworks in the Gallery will close for renovations at the Center City mall. Amaro, 48, has twice been manager of the restaurant, for a total of seven years. "I'm looking at unemployment for now," said the man with almost the same name as the Phillies' general manager. (The baseball Amaro spells his first name Ruben.) Amaro found out when he returned to work Dec. 16 - three days after his wedding - that the restaurant was shutting down for as long as two years.
January 11, 2015 |
Twenty years ago, I wrote a story for Inquirer Magazine about the last days of my grandfather. It was a story about a man reckoning with his mortality and reflecting on his life. I was privileged to watch, from an intimate vantage, as this family patriarch of 96 years gracefully surrendered and began anticipating a reunion with his loved ones in the afterlife in which he believed. Belief was a sub-theme, his faith that God would recognize his efforts to lead a good life versus my skepticism about the very existence of a merciful Supreme Being.
December 26, 2014
C ONTINUING a tradition, the annual dialogue between God and Your Favorite Columnist. God: I'm a little ticked. YFC: What's got your robe in a bunch? God: That new "Exodus" movie. They got a 10-year-old Brit playing me. I mean, Me. YFC: Others have complained about the casting. All white characters in the Middle East? God: Meh. How're you doing, sonny? YFC: You know by now I don't like being called sonny. Your handle, "I am who I am," that's kind of smug.
December 13, 2014 |
Back in ancient times, say, 1956, when Charlton Heston led the Israelites on their epic march out of Egypt in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments , miracles like the parting of the Red Sea were, indeed, miraculous. Matte paintings, rear projection, a gigantic U-shaped water tank, hundreds of costumed extras leaning into wind machines, all that livestock, the duck that waddles out of the frame - the coordination of actors, animals, machinery, props, hair stylists, dolly grips, truly astounding!
November 21, 2014 |
To have her day in court, Highland Regional High School senior Samantha Jones had to skip powder-puff football practice Wednesday. But she was OK with that. She'd already touched base with her teachers about what she'd have to make up from her classes that day. That was OK, too. The Blackwood 18-year-old was living a life lesson as valuable as anything she would get in a classroom - lending her name to something she believes in. Jones was in Superior Court in Freehold, N.J., on Wednesday as an intervenor opposing a lawsuit that seeks to have the words under God struck from the Pledge of Allegiance recited by schoolchildren.