April 26, 2016
ISSUE | U.S. CURRENCY Putting a relevant face on history I love that African American abolitionist and Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman will be on the front of the $20 bill, but Andrew Jackson should be removed entirely instead of put on the back ("Harriet Tubman's place of honor," Thursday). It's past time that history's rich diversity replaces the status quo: Anglo-Saxon, male faces. To those who claim that such changes are politically correct, I say the traditional telling of history has always been politically motivated.
April 25, 2016 |
They're thinking about it. They have to be thinking about it. How could they not be thinking about it? These are the Washington Capitals. This is the franchise that has lost 10 postseason series in which it held a two-game lead, including one last year. No NHL franchise has lost more, and the Capitals have been around only since 1974. They're younger than Jaromir Jagr. And here they are, having won the first three games of this first-round series against the Flyers, now facing a Game 6 at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, and they wouldn't be human, and they certainly wouldn't be Washington Capitals, if they weren't thinking about that history, and if it weren't weighing on them a bit. "I don't think this team has any playoff history.
April 24, 2016 |
Borromeo String Quartet violinist Nicholas Kitchen expands on his thoughts about the intersection of classical music and emerging technology. Do you think it is inevitable that printed music will go away or perhaps become a quaint old rarity? Let me consider a slightly different question as a prelude to answering the main question: What are the benefits reading music from PDF files instead of paper? Let's just consider that basically most everyone on earth has or is trying to get a computer, tablet, or smartphone, as well as access to the internet.
April 22, 2016 |
On Second Thought Only seven quarterbacks have been chosen with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft since the 1970 NFL merger. The Eagles, after pulling off a blockbuster trade with the Browns on Wednesday, will make it eight next Thursday. It will be the second time for the franchise after it selected Donovan McNabb in 1999. Howie Roseman didn't tip his hand as to whether the Eagles will choose Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, but all signs point to the former with the Rams reportedly set to take Goff at No. 1. Either way, quarterbacks will be taken with the first two picks for the sixth time since 1970.
April 18, 2016
Frank Wilson is a retired Inquirer book editor Thanks to those videotaped interviews in which representatives of Planned Parenthood sound to many people as if they're discussing the sale of body parts obtained by means of abortion, Margaret Sanger - the woman behind Planned Parenthood - is being paid attention to again. Why, there's even an online quiz you can take consisting of a set of quotations, some by Sanger, others by Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged . You have to figure out who said which.
April 17, 2016
Spain in Our Hearts Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 By Adam Hochschild Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 464 pp. $30 Reviewed by Bob Drogin The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) is most notable to historians for how it foreshadowed the horrors of World War II. Yet, few distant conflicts are so burned into our culture and consciousness. Ernest Hemingway, who covered the war, made it the setting of For Whom the Bell Tolls . George Orwell, who fought in it, called his popular memoir Homage to Catalonia . Less well known are the 2,800 American men and women who risked their lives to defend Spain's democratically elected government.
April 13, 2016 |
Cosmic themes typically aren't the domain of commercial litigators such as David Pittinsky, who practices with Ballard Spahr in Center City. They focus on nitty-gritty factual and legal issues for clients seeking an edge in business disputes. Yet the question emerges from a legal dispute that has its roots in the Aug. 9, 2014, police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the catastrophic riots that ensued. In November, Pittinsky was hired by a small group of predominantly African American municipalities near St. Louis to challenge Missouri's principal reform measure after Brown's slaying: a law sharply reducing the amount of money the towns could use from traffic fines and other offenses to fund municipal budgets.
April 11, 2016
Speaking from across the Delaware River in Camden, Walt Whitman described baseball as "America's game," with "the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere. " As the 2016 season starts, consider Shibe Park, onetime home to Philadelphia's Athletics and Phillies, demolished 40 years ago this year. Named after Athletics majority owner Ben Shibe, the stadium was bounded by what are now West Lehigh Avenue and North 20th, West Somerset, and North 21st Streets. Unlike the then-popular wooden and brick "bowls," Shibe Park boasted a skeleton of steel and concrete - baseball's first.
April 9, 2016 |
Whether on his own or as part of the long-running rock-soul soap opera that is the J. Geils Band, singer-songwriter-harmonicat Peter Wolf is legendary for his roots. Not tonsorial roots (though he does have good rock-guy hair, especially for a 70-year-old), but his formation in the firmament of classic, ragged R&B, blues and - from the sound of his new album, A Cure for Loneliness - bluegrass. Wolf will be in Philadelphia Saturday to play WXPN-FM's Big Night Out fund-raiser at World Cafe Live.
April 7, 2016
HOUSTON - To win the national title, all Villanova had to do was beat Miami, which was ranked 10th heading into the NCAA Tournament. And Kansas, which was No. 1. Then Oklahoma, which was seventh. And finally North Carolina, which was third. Miami was the only one that hadn't made it to No. 1 at some point. And Iowa, the Wildcats' second-round opponent, reached No. 3 in late January. When Villanova won it all in 1985 as an eight seed, the Wildcats had to beat two No. 1 seeds (Michigan and Georgetown)