July 4, 2015 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) Zero in on some friends who seem to have the whole Fourth of July routine down. You will witness a lot of fun talk and friends socializing tonight. Toss yourself right in the middle of the whole scene. There is no telling whom you might meet as this party continues until late Sunday, when you need some downtime and vanish ... hopefully not alone. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (*****) The bull is center stage, and wherever you appear, all eyes turn to you. Whether you are the host or hostess of the celebration is not even relevant: Others cannot get their gaze off you. You seem to be very much in touch with others' needs.
May 23, 2014 |
History books have been kind to Philadelphia - the city William Penn hewed with its rational lines and ordered grid system; the city that gave birth to the Declaration of Independence. Yet historians have all but ignored the rich culture our area enjoyed before Europeans claimed it for their own. So argues "A Lost World," the sixth episode of the documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment , which tells the story of the Lenape, who called the Delaware Valley home for 13,000 years before Penn made landfall.
April 25, 2014 |
In China, Maura Cunningham says, if you're going to hold an online discussion of the Tiananmen Square massacre, you'd better speak in code. Don't mention June 4, the date the tanks rolled against unarmed protesters. Instead, try "May 35th" - a count of that month's 31 days plus four in June. It's a way around the censors and to avoid the lurking presence of the state security apparatus. The game being played between citizen and government isn't exactly cat-and-mouse, said Cunningham, a scholar of Chinese history from Philadelphia.
September 2, 2013 |
When he was arrested that October evening in 1777, Jonas Cattell did not realize his detention would help the patriot cause, much less affect the outcome of a Revolutionary War battle. The 18-year-old was corralled with other suspected rebels by Hessian mercenaries when he overheard talk of an attack on Americans at Fort Mercer in Red Bank, N.J., and he knew what he had to do. Released the next day, Cattell ran 10 miles, bypassing Hessians along the way, to alert fellow colonials who then repelled the larger enemy force, killing hundreds.
July 19, 2013 |
Deirdre Kelleher spent Wednesday with her head in a hole, arm-deep in dirt. This is the Temple University anthropology doctoral student's second summer orchestrating a "public archaeology" excavation in Old City's historic Elfreth's Alley. Kelleher and a crew of volunteers are searching for clues about the lives of 19th-century immigrants, in one of the first projects of its kind in Philadelphia. "The 19th century is overshadowed by previous history," said Michele Schutte, assistant and curator at the Elfreth's Alley Museum, referring to Philadelphia's fascination with colonial times.
July 11, 2013 |
Edmund S. Morgan, 97, a leading scholar of the colonial era who helped reinvigorate the reputations of the Founding Fathers, probed the country's racial and religious origins, and, in his 80s, wrote a best-selling biography of Benjamin Franklin, died Monday in Connecticut. Mr. Morgan died at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was being treated for pneumonia, said his wife, Marie. A professor emeritus at Yale University, he was the author of more than a dozen books, including Birth of the Republic , The Puritan Dilemma , and Inventing the People , winner in 1989 of the Bancroft Prize.
August 3, 2012
I would like to know how the police commissioner and the mayor can publicly praise the Police and Fire departments for their professionalism and service to the city, but, when it comes to the plaque dedications for the police officers and firefighters, they seem to always have something else to do. When the announcements are printed up for these services, it is always noted that "the mayor or his designate" and "the police commissioner or...
December 8, 2011 |
Throughout the field hockey season, a one-word question seemed to follow Eastern freshman Austyn Cuneo: How? There's too much on the forward's resumé that shouldn't be accomplished by a freshman. Cuneo tied the New Jersey single-season field hockey scoring record, scored the winning goal in the Group 4 state final, and completely distinguished herself from any other freshman ever to take the field for the nation's most storied high school field hockey program. How?
October 8, 2010 |
49ERS (-3) over Eagles: Can Doc Halladay step under center in between starts? The Phils wouldn't need him until at least Monday . . . Exactly what is it about the West that has given the Birds fits recently? Going back to the NFC Championship Game in 2008 against Arizona, a 32-25 loss as a 3-point favorite, our hometown heroes are (if you include Dallas, which is west of the Mississippi) 0-4 against the spread. They have covered only one of the previous seven overall and looked lousy against Washington Sunday.
August 10, 2010
RE JANE Gilvary's enlightening and gregarious piece of literature ( op-ed, "Cracker History 101," July 26 ): Are you out of your cotton-picking mind? How could you use eight names to minimize what more than 100 million white Christians did to the colored man throughout history? ("Colored man" includes Indians, Vietnamese, Jews and others.) How could you stand there and list just eight men who helped give colored men their civil rights, rights that were theirs from the beginning - but not acknowledged by more than 100 million white people?