January 4, 2016 |
FELSBERG, Switzerland - "I'm no longer a typical Walser," says Andres. "They've stayed in the valley, while I left it. " He still feels a special pride, though, whenever someone recognizes his distinctly accented German. "Oh, but you are typical," his wife, Margit, chimes in, laughing. "The Walsers all initially emigrated," although that was nearly 800 years ago. My wife and I are staying with longtime friends Andres and Margit in Felsberg, a picturesque lowland village along the Rhine in eastern Switzerland's Graubünden.
September 10, 2015 |
A FORMER member of the radical Revolutionary Action Movement convicted of bank robbery in the early 1970s, Philadelphia's Hakim Ali spent about three decades in state and federal lockups, but nothing haunts him more than his roughly two years in "the hole" - solitary confinement. Ali, the spiritual leader of Muslim prisoners at the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa., in the early 1980s, said an inmate work stoppage led to disputes with prison officials, who ultimately retaliated by throwing him into solitary.
July 11, 2015 |
LANCASTER, Pa. - The previous women's major golf tournament, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, was played in the suburbs of the country's biggest city at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y. This week, the best women in the world are out here in the country - Amish country to be precise - for the U.S. Women's Open. You would think the big city would outdraw this isolated pastoral setting where horse-and-buggy sightings are common place, but that's not the case. In fact, the number of people who are going to walk the Lancaster Country Club course this week is going to dwarf the crowds that were in New York a month ago. The players are noticing, too. "It's awesome," North Jersey native Marina Alex said after shooting a 4-under 66 to share the lead with 41-year-old Australian Karrie Webb following the morning rounds.
June 19, 2015 |
WHEN OPAL TOMETI, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors created #Blacklivesmatter, their "love note to black people," they couldn't have had Wednesday night's terrorist attack at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in mind. They were, however, mindful of the myriad ways in which black people throughout American history have been terrorized in their houses of worship, including the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. In the early 19th century, Mother Emanuel AME Church was itself destroyed by local white citizens who were committed to quelling the the embers of black rebellion sparked by Denmark Vesey.
May 18, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. For J. Barrett and Janet VanDame, Franconia Township had the perfect house, just what they needed five years ago for taking care of his parents, both 95 years old. "We had been looking for something with single-floor living that could accommodate them, and this was it," Barrett VanDame says of the house they moved to from Souderton Borough. Halver and Mary VanDame have died since their son and daughter-in-law moved to this Montgomery County community, but Barrett and Janet have no intention of leaving Franconia.
February 20, 2015 |
THE PEOPLE who love what the Sixers are doing under Sam Hinkie love it even more today. The people who think that Hinkie is doomed to failure have not yet been revived. Everyone's opinion is now set even further in concrete. Thank you, Sam. Watching Michael Carter-Williams for the last year-plus, it became more and more obvious that he wasn't going to be the point guard when/if this team began making playoff runs, mostly because he isn't a good shooter from anywhere on the floor, partly because he isn't exactly rugged as a presence.
January 12, 2015 |
What are you willing to go through to acquire an ultra-rare recording? Acting on hazy reports that some of the most desirable country blues recordings ever were dumped, 80 years ago, in the Milwaukee River near Grafton, Wis., journalist and collector Amanda Petrusich learned to scuba dive, dove, and lived to write about it in her book Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records (Scribner, 272 pages,...
December 7, 2014 |
There were many times during Khasiem Carr's tumultuous journey through Pennsylvania's mental health and prison systems when it seemed things couldn't get worse. Then, they generally did. For instance, after two months in solitary confinement at the Bucks County prison, Carr was refusing food and water, and was rushed to the hospital to be treated for dehydration and malnutrition. After more than a year in solitary, he entered a guilty plea in hope of getting out of the hole and into mental-health care in a state prison.
November 23, 2014 |
A recent traveler to West Africa who was evaluated for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania does not have the disease, the hospital said Friday. The patient's blood sample was tested at the state lab in Lionville, Chester County, and showed no evidence of the deadly virus, said Susan Phillips, Penn Medicine's senior vice president for public affairs. She said the hospital and the state lab have been in contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
October 30, 2014 |
Hours before a Central Bucks school board meeting where parents will undoubtedly demand to know more about alleged hazing at a family football picnic, the Central Bucks West head football coach said Tuesday he hopes it was a "one-time, isolated incident" and that the players are "inherently good young men. " In a statement released by his attorney, coach Brian Hensel said the Aug. 16 hazing - which has been described as players groping the private...