May 30, 2012 |
The murders of at least 49 children in the massacre of more than 100 villagers in the town of Houla has stoked the fires of U.S. politicians calling for this country to do more to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But an emotional response to what is unquestionably a heinous act is the last thing the United States can afford. Assad needs to go, but there are too many questions about what would follow his departure to take hasty steps that would only lead to regret later.
April 21, 2012
A Pennsylvania judge rejected a bid Friday from gas drillers and legislators to intervene in a legal challenge to the state's recently passed gas-drilling law. Senior Commonwealth Court Judge Keith Quigley ruled that both the industry and the legislators were already being adequately represented by the state attorney general and by documents pertaining to the passage of Act 13. The law, signed by Gov. Corbett in February, was enacted to collect...
February 9, 2012 |
In hopeful defiance of the struggling economy - and evidence that Catholics are not opening their wallets in ways they once did - the Archdiocese of Philadelphia launched its 2012 Catholic Charities Appeal with a goal of raising $10 million. "We care for 200,000 people every year," Bishop John J. McIntyre told a news conference at Mercy Hospice near 13th and Spruce Streets in Center City. The hospice is one of 80 agencies and services funded by the appeal, which McIntyre described as "the single largest fund-raising effort" the archdiocese undertakes each year.
February 7, 2012 |
THE Divine Lorraine Hotel, at Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue, was once a strikingly beautiful architectural landmark, but for more than a decade the building has been a 10-story boarded-up, graffiti-covered eyesore. At the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's annual mayoral luncheon yesterday, Mayor Nutter said that the city will actively work to change that. "There is renewed interest in the Divine Lorraine with our team - and City Council President [Darrell] Clarke - directly involved in the rebirth of this great Philadelphia building," Nutter said, adding that the city has been in touch with the building's owners.
February 3, 2012 |
CHICAGO - In her sophomore year at Lake Forest College, Sam Sekulich had reached a breaking point. On top of the pressure she felt from classes and student clubs, she was fighting with her parents and not consistently taking medication for her bipolar disorder. Feeling anxious and overwhelmed, she went to the one place where someone is always listening: Facebook. She posted that she hated life and wished maybe she could just "give up on it. " The help poured in. Friends commented on her post, asking if she was OK. A faculty member at her college checked on her through e-mail.
January 18, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian officials said Tuesday it "absolutely rejects" any plans to send Arab troops into the country after the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar proposed the idea to stop the mounting deaths in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Syria's response showed it was feeling the growing international pressure to halt its deadly military crackdown on dissent. The United States piled on more pressure Tuesday, with a senior administration official saying a recent visit by the commander of Iran's powerful Quds Force to Damascus was the strongest sign yet that Washington's archfoe Tehran was supplying weapons to aid Assad's crackdown.
November 28, 2011
Theodore Corbin, medical director of Healing Hurt People, a violence-intervention program of the Drexel University College of Medicine, can pinpoint the moment he pledged his career to emergency care. It was 1992, the day his father's car skidded on black ice near 30th Street Station. Corbin's mother was in the passenger seat. Corbin, then a first-year medical student, sat in back. "Teddy, check on your mother," his father said before staggering from the car. Her seat had collapsed and she had passed out. When she came to, she told her son to check on his father, who lay unconscious at the side of the road.
September 4, 2011 |
Now that NATO has helped to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, some pundits are calling for similar action against Syria. So far the chorus is muted, composed mainly of op-eds by neoconservatives who promoted the Iraq war. Back then they were certain that regime change in Baghdad would undercut Iran and make the region Israel-friendly (the opposite happened). They now argue that regime change in Damascus - a close friend to Iran - would undercut Tehran and help Israel. They want NATO to take on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad next.
June 26, 2011
It comes as no surprise that the Christie administration closed its eyes when critical factors screamed for state education officials to take a more active role with Camden schools. Gov. Christie has made it clear from the day he entered office that he would rather push for charters and vouchers as alternatives to bad public schools than do what is needed to fix them. Lately, Christie seemed to be giving the troubled Camden system more of his attention. But it now looks as if that was just part of his strategy to leverage more support for charters.