October 10, 1988
Public housing projects across the United States were recently awarded millions of dollars for major repair grants. Philadelphia was in line for $26.9 million. But the Philadelphia Housing Authority didn't get a dime. PHA is missing out on money that could repair dangerous elevators and improve deplorable living conditions. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is withholding the grant because a task force that Mayor Goode promised eight months ago has never been formed.
September 11, 2012 |
Question: I know you say to save living together for when you're committed to spending the rest of your life with someone, but what about when you're 95 percent sure, it makes total financial sense, and the other person really wants it? I guess I'm just saying, would it be a mistake to move in at less than 100 percent certainty? Answer: Yes. And I say this as a skeptic of the whole idea of 100 percent certainty. People opposed to the shacking-up trend often trot out a statistic that marriages preceded by cohabitation are more likely to end in divorce than other marriages.
June 24, 1997 |
Is Washington asleep? OK, there's a lot of kicking and screaming going on - about tax bills, disaster relief, kids health care. Some of these fights matter. But so much of what's happening, especially the dragged out battle over getting aid to flood victims, amounts to what the French call politicians' politics. It's combat that means more to feuding pols than to their constituents. Among the top 10 words in Washington are inertia and caution. What's wrong with that? A frenetic Washington is not always a wise Washington.
July 17, 1994 |
In New York that damp evening, April 6, U.N. diplomats were trailing off to dinner after a long day's debates. At Washington's Kennedy Center, the Clintons - Bill, Hillary, Chelsea - were settling in for an evening of ballet, a production of Sleeping Beauty. Good, once more, would conquer evil. But halfway around the world that night, in the early morning darkness of central Africa, evil looked unbeatable. In the flash of machetes, the thud of nail-spiked clubs, a genocidal slaughter of innocents had begun in an obscure land called Rwanda, a blood bath that would soon shock and sicken the world with its grisly efficiency.
March 21, 2012 |
Question: I'm a gainfully employed graduate in my early 20s, and my parents and I have a pretty open and trusting relationship - almost daily contact, despite the 3,000-mile gap between us. I'm hoping to soon move into a new place with my boyfriend of four months, and I'm not sure how to tell them. Mostly because romantic relationships are the one aspect of my life I don't discuss with them. How do I bring this up? I guess I should just live with the resulting awkwardness?
June 28, 1990
The media has failed to help clarify the complex picture of race relations in America - one where racism persists today alongside significant, sometimes dramatic, racial progress. To some people, this anomaly is both confusing and mesmerizing. It can be misleading and more often than not, it encourages inertia, preventing or diluting efforts to achieve further social change. - Eddie N. Williams, president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, speech to the Western Regional Conference of the National Association of Black Journalists in Sacramento, Calif.
April 26, 1999 |
Once she steps into her toe shoes, ballerina Amy Koehler seems unfettered by such physical constraints as inertia and gravity. She pirouettes into whirling spins, performs leaps that appear to suspend her in midair, and lofts skyward with just the slightest lift from a partner. Now, after working with a physicist, she has mastered the laws of nature she appears to defy, and she uses her knowledge of forces, work, velocities and angular momentum to enhance the illusion. Her teacher in the physics of dance is Ken Laws, a professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. Recently, he joined Koehler to demonstrate this merging of art and science for the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in Atlanta.
October 12, 2012 |
RUBY IS in limbo. She's fine with it, until it dawns on her that she's not fine at all. Directed by Ava DuVernay, "Middle of Nowhere" follows Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) as she wallows in her own inertia, eventually allowing her to break free. Once a promising medical student, Ruby drops out of school so she can be at the beck and call of her incarcerated husband, Derek ("Dark Blue's" Omari Hardwick, who starred in DuVernay's directorial debut "I Will Follow"). She takes the night shift at her nursing job so she can be home for Derek's phone calls, willingly goes into debt to fund Derek's defense, and rides the bus two hours every weekend for the short time she can visit him. Ruby is constantly in motion - on public transportation in several scenes - but she never goes anywhere.
October 6, 1997
Rio: Who'll Throw the First Stone? Downstage center stands Uncle Sam, the Villain, with the sinister shadow of General Motors lurking in the background. Next to him stands Europe, the Great Lady of Virtue, attired in righteous indignation. . . . From the very opening of the second Earth Summit in New York this June, the United States was portrayed as the biggest poisoner on the planet - one American pollutes three times as much as a European and 30 times as much as an Indian. At the same time, the United States is the smallest contributor of development assistance - with 0.1 percent of gross domestic product, while the average of the 15 richest countries is 0.27 percent.
May 20, 1997 |
Bob Mullen, athletic director at La Salle since 1986, has resigned his position, it has been learned. An e-mail circulated around the university yesterday said Mullen was "retiring. " The university has yet to release any information. What prompted the resignation is unclear. Neither Mullen nor any other athletic department staff members could be reached for comment last night. It is well known around campus some members of the administration and the board of trustees were not always pleased with some of the decisions made by the athletic department in recent years.