November 8, 1996
In a perfect world, Proposition 209 would never even have been considered. That one-line amendment to the California constitution, approved Tuesday by 54 percent of Californians voting, prohibits affirmative action in government activities - from university admissions to contract awards. Gov. Pete Wilson says the initiative ensures that Californians will be judged only on "individual merit. " Sounds good - in a perfect world. Reality is more complex, as the American Civil Liberties Union asserts in a lawsuit to block enforcement of Prop 209. The ACLU argues that eliminating preferential programs for women and minorities - but allowing preferences for others, such as veterans, athletes or children of alumni - violates the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection of the laws.
November 12, 1996 |
Jelly beans seemed an odd reference to use as a racial slur. But the innocuous candies took on a sinister connotation last week when it was disclosed that a group of Texaco executives in a secretly recorded discussion about an employee-discrimination suit referred to black employees as "black jelly beans. " Ironically, the term may have found its genesis in a diversity-training session aimed at making managers sensitive and effective in handling matters of race. R. Roosevelt Thomas, one of the nation's leading experts on workforce diversity, confirmed yesterday that he used a jelly bean analogy when he spoke before 20 to 25 Texaco managers in an "executive briefing" in 1992.
October 11, 1999 |
You never know what you might find in Meredith Howell's cleats or shin guards. The Hammonton junior has had everything from squashed jelly beans to broken bits of dog biscuits stuffed inside them in a strange pregame ritual. The routine must be working, because Howell has blossomed into one of the top field hockey scoring threats in South Jersey. After scoring 23 goals as a sophomore, the left inner has pumped in 12 in the Blue Devils' 9-0-1 start. Howell's superstitious routine starts when she consumes half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a healthy handful of carrots on game day. Then comes the surprise.
December 3, 2010 |
Robert Wilson Minter, one-time president of Minter's Candies, who moved to Rhode Island to take over another candy factory and then to Vermont for skiing and community service, died Tuesday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 80 and lived in Waterbury, Vt. Bob was a man of many interests, including skiing, traveling, sailing and golf. He also had a passion for big-band music. He was born in Philadelphia to Ira Wilson Minter and Ethel Minter. He attended the Haverford School, Amherst College and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
January 15, 1987 |
The Valley Forge Convention Center resembled the landscape of a child's dream. The convention floor was filled with chocolate bunnies, one of which weighed 90 pounds and stood 4 feet high. In one corner stood two huge portraits, one of the Statue of Liberty and one of Princess Diana, made entirely of gourmet jelly beans in such flavors as pina colada and cotton candy. Somewhere buried among the booths and exhibits, a big machine quietly whirred, melting and mixing chocolate and entertaining passers-by.
May 14, 1992 |
The whimsical tale had a practical moral. A princess had a magical bird. In the springtime, the bird turned into a rabbit. And since the rabbit had once been a bird, it could lay eggs. And, as folklore has it, that's how the Easter Bunny originated, said a parent who attended a recent hearing on the Voorhees Township School District's holiday and cultural event policy. The point of the story, the parent said, was that the Easter Bunny is a not a religious symbol - and should not be excluded from spring parties or spring bulletin-board displays in public schools.
October 10, 2015 |
Numbers and letters are some of the earliest characters to show up in our lives, and unlike most childhood attachments, they stay with us the whole way (sure, you may still have that teddy bear or toy truck up on a shelf, but your relationship can never be the same). It's natural to anthropomorphize those crooked and curved lines beyond their utilitarian use, something that, say, Sesame Street gets (as does Google, with its mildly annoying "little g" football Sunday doodles). In William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg's animated short The Numberlys , a group of digitally designated friends living in a black-and-white world of integers sets out to create letters and let some color into the place, as well as jelly beans (because, well, jelly beans)
January 29, 1993 |
I keep track of a president's symbols. I consider this part of my duties. Although Bill Clinton has barely arrived at the White House, I have already begun a list of items that people would mention if they were asked what sort of person he is - a list that now includes, among other things, the saxophone, Big Macs, Elvis and male-on-male hugging. Making a list of presidential symbols is not as easy as it sounds. For instance, on their lists some of my colleagues have not one entry for Elvis but separate entries for The Young Elvis and The Older Elvis.
October 23, 2006 |
One jelly bean is hardly enough, but scoop up a handful, and you're in business. Like jelly beans, one-act plays are rarely satisfying on their own, but a bunch - four, in this case - makes for an amusing evening in the theater. Unwrap Your Candy: An Evening of One-Act Plays by Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife and Quills) is Luna Theatre Company's tricky treat, just in time for Halloween. Take those jelly beans one at a time, and you've got: No. 1: "Unwrap Your Candy. " You know that annoying announcement at the start of every show, asking you to turn off your cell phone or beeper, and ending with, and please unwrap your candy now?
March 28, 1986 |
Kathy and Ron Tonuci are visiting the Albert Einstein Medical Center's Daroff Division in South Philadelphia this Good Friday, passing out small plastic Easter eggs. Except for taking time out a month and a half ago to have a baby, Kathy has been stuffing the eggs almost non-stop for weeks. The stuffing, says Kathy, is "nothing fancy. A little Easter straw, a few jelly beans and . . . " And a handmade rosary. The Tonucis, parents of three young daughters and lay members of a religious order of nuns and priests, have been making, and giving away, the beads for three years "to spread devotion to the rosary.