October 28, 2009 |
The Bucks County NAACP called for disciplinary action and teacher sensitivity training in the Central Bucks School District yesterday after an eighth-grade math class at Lenape Middle School got a homework assignment with an image of a black man that the group called "insulting" and "disparaging. " The picture - with the caption "Solving Equations Using Multiplication and Division!" - shows an unshaven black man with a straw hat and a gaping mouth missing most teeth. Beneath it is the slang expression "No Wai!
July 13, 1989 |
Watch it! The shambling, rambling wreck headed your way is going to ask you for money. What will you do? You can't escape them. Philadelphia's homeless - drunken, demented or just plain hungry - seem to be everywhere. There are an estimated 1,400 homeless people in the city, about a quarter of them mentally ill, and you can't walk far in some parts of town without having one of them ask you for help. Since you can't avoid them, some strategy must be decided on, and strategy is generally based on a point of view, an attitude.
December 1, 1996 |
The wild waterfowl of this small borough are getting a big dose of tough love: The borough has outlawed feeding the ducks and geese that have made the Paint Works lake their year-round home. "It's for their own good," said Mayor Ed G. Campbell 3d. A new ordinance, requested by the owners of the lake and passed earlier this month, is meant to discourage the well-meaning people who feed the fowl bread crumbs and other snacks in the fall - a situation that has the unfortunate effect of fooling more and more of them into thinking they should spend the winter at the lake.
September 7, 2000 |
Now that the political conventions are over, I have had the time to reflect on my experience as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in the great city of Philadelphia. The people of Philadelphia proved to the world that Philadelphia is truly the City of Brotherly Love. From the bus drivers to the folks behind the counter at Jim's on South Street, everyone my fellow delegates and I encountered in the city was wonderful. And despite the TV media's preoccupation with numbers, the Philadelphians I met did not seem surprised to meet and greet me and the many other African-American delegates, alternates and guests.
March 5, 2000 |
You don't have to tell Lorraine Franchi how important the U.S. Census is. This time she doesn't want to be overlooked, as she was in the 1990 count. So yesterday, when she saw the hip and colorful Census 2000 truck in North Philadelphia, Franchi, 40, gladly accepted a bag full of census memorabilia and information. That typical response made the job a lot easier for census workers charged with motivating the masses to take the census as seriously as voting or paying routine bills.
May 31, 1996 |
State Education Secretary Eugene Hickok yesterday rejected the idea that extra money from Harrisburg would improve schools in Pennsylvania's poorest districts. Increased funding would only result in increased teacher salaries, he said. Rather than looking for handouts from the state, districts should look hard for ways to trim spending, he said. In return, Hickok said, the state would search for ways to reward schools that showed academic progress and place sanctions on those that failed to improve.
September 17, 2006 |
A man and a woman were relaxing last week, enjoying a view from a bed unlike that of most Center City dwellers. They were feet away from a line of trees, inches from a broad patch of grass, and - as it is when you live on the exit ramp of a highway - a few yards from a lot of moving cars. The couple were among eight men and women lying that afternoon on either side of the Broad Street exit of the Vine Street Expressway and part of a growing pack of homeless setting up encampments at the gateway to Center City and outside landmark Philadelphia institutions.
December 10, 1993 |
Mayor Rendell figures he used to dig down into his pockets and hand out about $2 a week in quarters and dimes to Center City's panhandlers, finding it hard to say no to those so obviously in need. But the mayor has now thrown his weight behind a new brand of compassion that urges Center City pedestrians to give panhandlers cards referring them to social-service agencies instead of change. Rendell yesterday touted the public education campaign - soon to make its debut on SEPTA buses and Regional Rail lines - based on a single, catchy phrase: "The more you give change, the more things will stay the same.
January 7, 2011 |
TRACEY L. FISHER has made some mistakes. Big ones. The kind that have kept him behind bars for the majority of his life. Yet, while he regrets harming others and disappointing his family, he accepts the errors that he's made. "I wouldn't change a thing I've done, because it's made me the person I am now," he said. That person, according to fellow inmates and supporters, is a spiritual guide and life coach to dozens of prisoners at the Federal Correctional Facility at Fort Dix, in Burlington County, N.J. He is the only inmate allowed to address new inmates during the orientation process.
March 25, 2011 |
TO PARAPHRASE Steely Dan, the five years at the college didn't turn out like she planned. In 2002, Marianne Hicks of Brigantine - bored with her accounts-receivable job and part-time work as a cook, and eager to reinvent herself as an industrial designer - was wooed by a recruiter for the Art Institute of Philadelphia with assurances of job help once she got a degree. Today, Hicks says, her diploma is about the only thing that she can cling to. Often unemployed since graduating from the for-profit career college in 2007, she's under the gun from collection agencies for more than $90,000 in student loans that she can't repay.