November 27, 2003 |
As we give thanks for our blessings on this holiday, we all should consider those who are at risk at home and abroad. Over the traditional food and drink, my thoughts are of the men and women who are serving this nation in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Thanksgiving and other times when families traditionally gather are the most difficult to cope with when loved ones are in harm's way during war. As of this writing, more than 424 American soldiers have died in the Iraq war. Hundreds more have been wounded, many sustaining permanent disabilities.
August 31, 2003 |
In nearly two decades in movie-production design, Catherine Hardwicke earned the reputation of transformation artist. She converted an abandoned Arizona copper mine into an Iraq desert wadi for soldier George Clooney in Three Kings. She reimagined a Manhattan skyscraper roof as a landscape of oblivion for time-traveler Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky. She turned a sterile Southern California split-level into a hilltop lair for rock-music lioness Frances McDormand in Laurel Canyon. But of all Hardwicke's rehab projects, none has been so challenging - or rewarding - as the reclamation of her ex-boyfriend's daughter, would-be thespian Nikki Reed, from the teen oblivion of sex, drugs and self-mutilation.
August 29, 2003 |
With time running out before a new school year begins, some students are scurrying to libraries, and not just for the air-conditioning. Some are admitted procrastinators who waited until the last minute to complete their summer reading homework. Others simply needed the time because they had so many assignments for advanced classes. Their assignments include reading works such as The Odyssey, The Catcher in the Rye and The Color Purple for English and completing math, science and history lessons.
June 15, 2003 |
For Lance Cpl. Joseph Maglione III, who aspired to a career in architectural engineering, Drexel University was always his first choice. "He had all the T-shirts and hats," said his mother, Rosemary Corr, of Audubon in Montgomery County. "He really liked that dragon. " But Maglione, a 22-year-old Marine Corps reservist called up for duty in Iraq, never finished his classwork. Forced to withdraw from Drexel in March when his unit was sent overseas, Maglione died at Camp Coyote in Kuwait on April 1, from a gunshot wound in an incident described by the military as a "noncombat weapon discharge.
March 23, 2003 |
Like many high school students, 14-year-old Lily He is opposed to a war with Iraq. Her generation is not eager, she said, to "pick up the pieces and deal with the mess Bush's war will bring to the United States. " That mess includes, "the already plummeting economy, international relations, and a myriad of other problems," said the ninth grader at Conestoga High School. Deciding that she needed to do something, He organized Conestoga's first antiwar protest March 14 against military action in Iraq.
February 2, 2003 |
Next year when Jill Hanley is asked about what she did during summer vacation, she will be able to give her teacher a detailed presentation on her travels to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The sixth-grade student at Mullica Hill Friends School and 40 other students from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware plan to travel to Europe from July 6 to 19 as representatives of the People to People Student Ambassador Programs. People to People, founded in 1956 by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, promotes international understanding through education and friendship.
November 27, 2002 |
A Woodrow Wilson High School honor student was shot to death Monday night on an East Camden sidewalk, authorities said. Markquise A. Hill, 16, was killed shortly before 8 p.m. while walking near 30th and Benson Streets in his neighborhood, said Bill Shralow, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Details surrounding the shooting were sketchy yesterday, but investigators were pursuing several leads. A possible motive was not disclosed. "We're working the case hard," Shralow said.
October 14, 2002 |
Robert Melick, a senior at Swarthmore College, had no aspirations of cross-country glory when he came out for the team this fall. He had played sports all his life but knew he had severe limitations for this one. "As you can see, I'm a pretty big guy," Melick said. He has a couple of substantial teammates - but none is more substantial than Melick. He may be the first cross-country runner with the nickname Boxcar. When he decided to give long-distance running a try, Melick was 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, about the size of a tight end on a Division III college football team, which is what he was until Swarthmore dropped the sport after the 2000 season.
May 12, 2002 |
For the 33d year, students and staff at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede will hold a Memorial Day program to honor former Triton students killed in the Vietnam War. The program has been held each year since 1970, when students erected a Vietnam veterans memorial in a courtyard at the school. The program will begin at 9 a.m. on May 24 at the memorial, with guest speaker Charles Donohue, a Triton graduate and Vietnam veteran. A bell will be sounded once for each of the eight former Triton students killed in Vietnam.
March 28, 2002 |
Sixteen-year-old James Lincke thinks art may be the ultimate form of self-expression. "Drawing and painting are ways to express feelings that cannot be expressed in words or actions," said Lincke, a 10th-grade student at Cardinal O'Hara High School. For Lincke, being an artist is second nature. He said he has been drawing since he was able to walk - "and maybe before. " That might explain how the Ridley Park resident beat out other youngsters in the state and national level of the International Aviation Art Contest, placing first in the state and second on the national level in his age group.