June 17, 2016
By Steven Conn Though he has lost the nomination, Bernie Sanders still promises a "fundamental transformation" of the Democratic Party when he and his delegates come to Philadelphia next month. In what could prove a nasty convention fight, Sanders will push for "the most progressive platform ever passed by the Democratic Party. " And to prove he's serious, he still will not endorse Hilary Clinton. As he has campaigned, Sanders has cast his smorgasbord of proposals as nothing more (or less)
June 10, 2016 |
It was the presidential election year of 1992 and Tim Lewis, then a young federal court judge in Pittsburgh, was watching a televised debate between Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) and his challenger, Lynn Yeakel. Yeakel went after Specter for the GOP's failure to nominate African Americans to the federal bench. But Specter had a ready answer. "Specter said, 'Well that is not true. There is a young African American judge in Pittsburgh who we are going to put on the Third Circuit,' " Lewis recalled.
June 9, 2016 |
Gratz College recently received an endowment gift of $1 million, the largest such gift in the Montgomery County institution's 120-year history, officials said Tuesday. The gift was bequeathed by Berenice Abrams, an alumna from the class of 1936, in memory of her parents, said Joy Goldstein, the college's president. The gift is restricted for the use of the Benjamin and Dorothy Abrams Scholarship Fund, which will aid teachers working in the field of Jewish education. Abrams, 96, died in 2014.
June 8, 2016 |
Nearly 300 puppies are safe after they were rescued from what authorities called inhumane conditions in a New Jersey home. The 276 animals were rescued over 15 hours Friday from a residence in Howell Township, Monmouth County, officials said. The pups are safe and receiving care at shelters, the Monmouth County SPCA said. The Monmouth County Sheriff's Office called the conditions at the home "deplorable" and said in a Facebook post that the incident marked "the worst animal hoarding case in the history of Monmouth County.
May 31, 2016 |
Sean O'Casey is an iconic figure in Irish drama, and his trilogy about the Dublin of the 1920s - The Shadow of a Gunman , Juno and the Paycock , and The Plough and the Stars - features his most famous plays. The last of the three is the new production of the Irish Heritage Theatre (a coproduction with Plays and Players), commemorating the 100th anniversary of what is known as the Easter Rising, a failed attempt to free Ireland from British rule. All, set in Dublin slums, provoked riots when they were premiered at the Abbey Theatre.
May 31, 2016 |
How do you distinguish a foreign policy "idealist" from a "realist," an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same damn thing over and over, generation after generation - or is there hope for some enduring progress in the world order? For realists, generally conservative, history is an endless cycle of clashing power politics. The same patterns repeat.
May 29, 2016
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May 25, 2016
By William Ecenbarger STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. - Under mouse-gray skies promising rain at any minute, some 100 people gathered over the weekend in a muddy farm field along the Mason-Dixon Line in York County, Pa., and Harford County, Md., and formed a circle around a shallow, elliptical enclosure. Inside was the remaining six-inch stub of a limestone boundary marker placed there by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon 21/2 centuries ago, and next to it was a new four-foot replica of that stone placed there this year by a group of preservationists.
May 23, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Tucked into the usual Broadway Playbill for the new hit Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre is something that's not the typical size or color: a sepia replica of the show's original 1921 program from the long-demolished 63rd Street Music Hall, evidence of the distant world from which the show comes. Known as the first African American megahit, the 1921 version of Shuffle Along made the careers of songwriters Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and helped launch Florence Mills, Adelaide Hall, and Josephine Baker.
May 22, 2016
LaRose By Louise Erdrich Harper. 384 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Michael Broida Out hunting along the blurred line of reservation land in rural North Dakota, Landreaux takes aim at a buck. By the time he realizes his mistake, it is too late: He has mistakenly killed Dusty, his neighbor's son. Landreaux and his wife, Emmaline, take an old form of justice to their neighbors, Peter and Nola, who is Emmaline's half-sister: "Our son will be your son now. " It is the giving of this boy, LaRose, that forms the solemn linchpin of Louise Erdrich's new novel, LaRose . The tragedy that connects these two families is at once singular and deeply historical, as Erdrich weaves in the history of a land and an Ojibwe people at once divided by tragedy yet unified in their love and adoration for the boy LaRose.