March 18, 2014 |
RECASTING the overarching narrative that - outside of sports and music - black men and boys are assets vs. a drain on society is a radical one, based on invisible truths that are no less real. This is the apparent goal of the White House's recent My Brother's Keeper initiative. However, there is another challenging truth that makes this bold civic strategy more complex: The reason African-Americans are in this country at all is because our black ancestors were also highly valuable assets, literally.
December 4, 2013 |
POLICE say the Valencia, Calif., area where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a car crash is known to attract street racers. Walker and his friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas died in the one-car crash Saturday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department already has said speed was a factor. The street where the crash happened forms a loop amid commercial buildings that is isolated from traffic, especially on weekends. Fans of Walker continued to gather yesterday at the site, leaving flowers and memorabilia from the movie franchise about fast cars that made him famous.
November 1, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on Wednesday was sent to serve his child-molestation prison sentence at an institution in far southwestern Pennsylvania that includes most of the state's death row inmates. The Corrections Department said that Sandusky was transferred to Greene State Prison after being evaluated at a facility outside Harrisburg. Prison officials said he will be housed in protective custody. "We make individual decisions based on facts," Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said in a written statement.
June 20, 2012 |
The landmarks Camden has lost or tossed away could fill a hall of shame. They include long-gone but still-beloved buildings like the Stanley Theater, the Walt Whitman Hotel, and the Broadway Methodist Church, a list to which the shuttered Sears store on Admiral Wilson Boulevard soon will be added. Let's point out that the disappearance of any single structure in Camden has been far less damaging to the city's viability than the wholesale clearance of blocks along Broadway, Mickle, Federal, and Market between the Delaware River and 10th Street.
May 10, 2012 |
YOU PROBABLY haven't heard of him, but, among the insulated world of Philadelphia's journalistic and political cognoscenti, there's long been a very special celebrity, someone mayors and governors and editors and talking heads alike go out of their way not only to greet, but to befriend. He is perhaps the only Philadelphian beloved by both Democrats and Republicans, and by competing beat writers. He is not someone with a privileged position or a lot of power. He simply has a huge heart, a mischievous smile and an infectious way of looking at the world — and this makes people want him to like them.
February 23, 2012
ADMITTEDLY, when we called the white building at Broad and Callowhill streets the "Tower of Truth," there was a touch of irony. Reporters are big on irony. The papers are moving out of the tower soon. Recently, the management took big steps away from the truth. Even allowing for irony, it's a self-destructive act for newspapers that are already in deep trouble. Newspapers are businesses. That was true when they were obscenely profitable, and it's still true, even now that much of the money has migrated to things like circulars and Craigslist.
November 22, 2011
In 2007, then-Penn State president Graham B. Spanier lectured the Pennsylvania State Senate on the many, many reasons his university ought to be exempt from a state open-records law then under consideration. "This bill does far more than feed the prurient interests of newspaper editors who are looking for a headline about how much Coach Paterno makes," he warned. If only Spanier had been equally worried about the alleged prurient interests of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
May 5, 2011
BOSTON - There were 5 minutes and 49 seconds remaining in the second period last night and the noise in TD Garden was as deafening as it had been since the first 2 minutes. The Bruins had just tacked on a third goal, but here was Nikolay Zherdev alone behind the Bruins' net, puck on stick, and here came Andrej Meszaros unchecked down the slot, the pass going tape to tape. You know what happened next. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas stoned him, absorbed the rebound, and Meszaros and Zherdev lowered their heads as they skated to the bench.
April 26, 2011
By Bill Bonvie The depiction of a knock-off Statue of Liberty on the U.S. Postal Service's new "forever" stamp has been called a "case of mistaken identity. " But the substitution of a Las Vegas casino's replica for the actual icon in New York Harbor couldn't be more symbolically suited to the United States of today. A century ago, that welcoming statue might well have represented the aspirations of those tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, who believed this country offered everyone a chance to strive for a decent standard of living.
April 2, 2011 |
Oh, the ironies of life, they are many. In Speaking of Tongues, at Walnut Street Theatre's third-floor Independence stage, they are unstoppable - so many ironies pour forth, they begin to feel normal, and the play waters itself down. After a smartly written first act about the marital indiscretions of two couples - Tongues is by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, screenwriter for the film Strictly Ballroom - the play moves on to consider the people these folks connected with in passing.