August 5, 2015 |
To understand what the arts can do for a place like Woodbury, visit the city's "American Quilt" bridge. The once-drab span near downtown was transformed into a beauty spot 15 years ago, thanks to the late painter Narcissa Weatherbee's grassroots mural-making project. "People would be walking by and say, 'How nice,' " says Weatherbee's collaborator, printmaker Doris Nogueira-Rogers. "We'd say, 'Do you want to paint?' It was all about community participation. " With its intricate, lavishly colored panels depicting Woodbury's history and heritage, the 101-year-old bridge on Hunter Street still delights the eye. But Nogueira-Rogers and other artists involved in similar but more recent ventures - sponsored by what has been renamed the FAF (Fall Arts Festival)
August 5, 2015 |
Pennsylvania bar regulator Paul Burgoyne has been elected president of the National Organization of Bar Counsel. Burgoyne serves as deputy chief disciplinary counsel of the state Supreme Court's lawyer disciplinary board. The board makes recommendations to the Supreme Court on attorney disciplinary matters, including on whether lawyers should be suspended or disbarred. The National Organization of Bar Counsel is a professional group that represents lawyers from agencies that regulate lawyers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
July 26, 2015 |
More than half of the residents of Madagascar have to rely on potentially dangerous drinking-water supplies, and more than 85 percent use sanitation facilities that fail to meet basic hygiene standards. A team of Villanova University students and a professor are spending part of their summer vacation on the island nation, working to improve those conditions. The school has partnered with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on an initiative that began in the classroom and is continuing with six students and seven faculty members working in the field, said Barbara Wall, vice president for mission and ministry for Villanova.
July 15, 2015 |
A state judge on Monday ruled that environmental groups and a state senator could not intervene in New Jersey's tentative $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil Corp. in a controversial pollution case. The decision delivered a blow to groups such as the New Jersey Sierra Club that say the settlement does not recoup what they believe Exxon owes the state after contaminating 1,500 acres of land, groundwater, and surface water for decades at the company's sites in North Jersey. The settlement also covers the state's claims with Exxon at a number of gas stations and 16 other facilities, including one in Paulsboro.
July 14, 2015 |
JODIE GREEN had just turned 18 when she enrolled at Temple University and, with an urge to write, dropped into the office of the Temple News, the undergraduate newspaper. "There was this guy with his feet on the desk wearing a beat-up corduroy cap that I doubted he ever took off, even in the shower," she said. "He introduced himself as Phil Beck and there was instant chemistry. He had a beautiful smile. We conversed and laughed. We genuinely loved each other. He was the love of my life.
July 13, 2015 |
Amid opening-day commerce at the NAACP's annual conference Saturday in Philadelphia, the group's leaders lifted a 15-year ban on tourism and economic activity in South Carolina. The decision by the board of directors, made in private at the Convention Center, came one day after that state removed the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of its Capitol, abruptly ending decades of tension surrounding the symbol. To some, the flag is a reminder of deep racial division; to others, a symbol of Southern pride and heritage.
July 9, 2015 |
James Marshall wasn't about to call it quits. Although badly injured in a traffic accident in 1971, along with other members of the popular singing group he formed, he was determined to keep moving. He was a frequent sight on the streets of Tioga/Nicetown in recent years, at first using a cane, then a walker and finally a motorized wheelchair. And there was no doubt in anyone's mind that he could still belt out a doo-wop song in his resonant tenor if given half a chance. "God had only given me so much time, so I have got to use it as best I can," he told Robert Bosco, music historian and writer who was writing James' life story.
June 29, 2015 |
Here's one way to look at the crowded Republican presidential field: an embarrassment of riches - with one very rich embarrassment. On resumés alone, this is an impressive group: current and former governors and senators, three former presidential candidates, a neurosurgeon, and two high-profile business executives, one of whom is far more familiar with the nation's bankruptcy laws than the other. Those who were disappointed with the breadth, depth, and preparedness of the Class of 2012 should take heart.
June 23, 2015 |
Anne Marie Jones is bracing herself to tell a story of drug addiction, prostitution, and recovery to a city preparing for a pope. The 48-year-old mother of three clawed her way out of a life on the streets with the help of Dawn's Place, a residential treatment program for women involved in human trafficking. "Here, I found immediate peace and safety," said Jones, sitting at a table at the program's headquarters, where she is now a peer mentor. Jones is scheduled to share her story on Monday at a news conference to announce the formation of a charitable fund aimed at ensuring that the visit of Pope Francis, scheduled for Sept.
June 21, 2015 |
Standing on Independence Mall on Friday afternoon, Mannwell Glenn doused two Confederate flags with lighter fluid and stood back to watch as the flames licked at the fabric. "If you burn a Confederate flag, to some people, that's painful," he had said earlier to a small cluster of TV news cameras. "But whatever you're feeling about us burning your sacred flag, we feel that about 100 times more when nine people are killed. " The deaths of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. - killed by a white gunman who reportedly told police he wanted to start a race war - had been weighing on him, he said.