March 26, 2015 |
IT'S BEEN nearly 33 years since Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering police officer Daniel Faulkner , and although the case has been a hot-button issue because of the trial's fairness and death-penalty sentence, it has come to the fore again in one of the most unlikely places: "The Voice. " As Nick Vadala reported on Philly.com, Philadelphia street performer Anthony Riley has left the show, despite an amazing chair-turning audition that landed him Pharrell Williams as coach.
January 9, 2015
A FEW MONTHS ago, Brandeis University disgraced its honorable namesake, the great Supreme Court justice, and decided to rescind an honorary degree and speaking invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ali, the controversial critic of Islam, became the target of histrionic collegiate rantings, the type of florid and juvenile expression that is utterly worthless but nonetheless protected by the First Amendment. Even sound and fury, signifying nothing, gets constitutional cover. At the time, I just shook my head and hoped that the pampered, preening students would take time out from their self-important strutting and realize how fortunate they were to live in a country where unpopular voices were not only protected, but also actively solicited.
December 19, 2014 |
IT WOULD NOT have been advisable to get in Cynthia Pierce's way when she was heading somewhere. Cynthia was a woman who got things done and she didn't let obstacles interfere with her missions. One of the major goals in her life was quality and affordable education for low-income families, and she provided it. She was the founder of a Montessori school in West Philadelphia that sought to educate mostly minority students in a private-school environment that encouraged individual accomplishment.
July 14, 2014 |
Irma Stevenson exudes Paulsboro. If it's not her red-and-white Red Raiders shirt, complemented by red polished nails and a ladybug watch, maybe it's the borough-happy knickknacks filling her East Jefferson Street home. Or a comprehensive list of boards and committees she has sat on - more than can fit on a notepad-size sheet of paper. Perhaps it's the infectious and signature open-mouth laugh that she's put on display for 25 years as cohost of Eye on Paulsboro , a Web and local cable TV series dedicated to the two-square-mile borough.
May 22, 2014
Tourism review With almost 40 million visitors to the region in 2013 supporting 90,000 jobs and generating $636 million in taxes, a thriving tourism industry should have an independent review as part of a financial checkup ("Visitor groups need revisiting," May 19). The Inquirer's editorial suggested our office conduct an independent review of Philadelphia's two major tourism groups, Visit Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. We recognize the importance of analyzing the impact that these two agencies have on our city to produce tourism dollars, and through our financial and policy unit, we will conduct a study of these revenues and ascertain whether a distinct return on investment can be produced between the two agencies.
May 9, 2014 |
HAVERFORD Leafy Haverford College suddenly finds it has a commencement-speaker controversy, too - and less than 10 days to sort things out. It started when the college invited Robert J. Birgeneau, former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, to speak and receive an honorary degree at the May 18 ceremony. Birgeneau is known for his support of undocumented and minority students, but became controversial in 2011 when university police used force on students protesting the financial handling of the state's higher education system.
May 5, 2014 |
Condoleezza Rice has backed out of delivering Rutgers University's commencement address, citing the controversy that followed her invitation. Rice, who served as secretary of state from 2005 to 2009 and before that as national security adviser, notified Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi on Saturday that she was withdrawing from delivering the address and receiving an honorary degree May 18. "Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for...
December 8, 2013 |
Josephine Louisa Redenius Baker, 93, of Wayne, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, of cardiovascular disease at Sunrise of Paoli. She was the widow of Lt. Gen. Milton G. Baker, founder and former superintendent of Valley Forge Military Academy and College. He died at the couple's Wayne home, "Crossed Sabers," in 1976 at age 80. "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our founder's wife. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this time," said William R. Floyd Jr., chairman of the academy's board of trustees.
October 22, 2013 |
In his 105 years, William Aloysius Mohr has experienced many important days. The day his father died in a printing plant accident. The day his mother, destitute, sent him and his twin brother to an orphanage. The days he spent in the Army during World War II. The day he married his wife, Josephine, and the days his four children were born. The day he retired, at 93. On Sunday, Bill Mohr's family, friends, and neighbors gathered to celebrate a few more important milestones - his 105th birthday, a renewal of vows after 70 years of marriage, and the award of an honorary degree from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia.
October 1, 2013 |
USC FOOTBALL COACH Lane Kiffin was fired early yesterday morning. Hours later, Vegas already had odds on who would replace him. And three of the candidates - Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden and Herm Edwards - have Eagles connections. Fisher and Gruden were once assistants with the Eagles and Edwards played for the Birds. Fisher is now the head coach of the Rams, who are 1-3 after Thursday night's 35-11 loss to the 49ers. Gruden is an NFL analyst for ESPN who last coached in 2008 with the Buccaneers.