September 28, 2015 |
Was Pope Francis still inside the basilica? Sister Mary Scullion of Philadelphia wasn't sure. The Mass had ended. She had gotten a ticket at the last minute, from some friends. She had stood along a side wall. So Scullion waited. Standing amid her now famous Knotted Grotto installation, the longtime advocate for the homeless folded her arms, wondering if Francis might yet walk out and go into the grotto to bless it. She'd heard he wasn't feeling well. Rey Mendez, 52, of Second and Girard, waited, too. He was waiting for the pope, waiting to see Francis walk into the grotto, push those 100,000 prayers written on strips of paper closer to fulfillment with a blessing, maybe turn and wave, who knows?
September 24, 2015 |
THROUGHOUT THE DAY, hundreds of pilgrims from the World Meeting of Families made their way to the Knotted Grotto, beside the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, to write their prayers on strips of cloth and add them to the 40,000 already tied there, stirring gently in the breeze. Each pilgrim wrote a personal plea, tied it to a fence, then untied someone else's prayer, carried it inside the grotto, tied it to the wood frame and prayed for a complete stranger, bound together only by a mutual Catholic faith.
September 4, 2015 |
AMID THE MADNESS surrounding Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, there is a stirring public art project that's been quietly created, a living story of our city's struggles dedicated to a man who brings hope for a happily ever after. "Mary, Undoer of Knots Grotto," the interactive art installation that asks people to share their struggles - and to share the struggles of others - was officially dedicated yesterday outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, where it will remain throughout the papal visit.
August 6, 2015 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Every few years, a case shakes Centre County to its core and reverberates across the state: The still-unsolved disappearance of District Attorney Ray Gricar in 2005. The 2012 trial of Jerry Sandusky for child molestation at Pennsylvania State University. Now, it's a web of allegations including forgery by the current district attorney, improper relationships among judges and prosecutors, and conspiracy by the county's top elected officials. Battle lines have been drawn for nearly a year, and a grand jury report Friday clearing District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller of forgery has done little to ease tensions in the county seat of Bellefonte.
July 31, 2015
ANY BOY SCOUT can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure Eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they're not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days you won't hear a lot of people talking about the uniqueness of the male/female dichotomy. It's not considered polite to point out that only women can have babies, with the complementary help from men. Beyond that, it's now illegal to tell two women they can't marry each other, and God forbid we slip and call Caitlyn by his/her former name: Bruce "Olympian" Jenner.
July 6, 2015
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET Agencies stymied The stalemate between the General Assembly and Gov. Wolf, if not resolved quickly, could have long-lasting effects on health and human-services providers who protect individuals throughout the commonwealth ("Wolf vetoes entire GOP budget," July 1). An extended budget impasse will reduce providers' ability to effectively make program and investment decisions. Providers may have insufficient cash to provide services, pay staff, and meet day-to-day expenses.
June 19, 2015 |
Somewhere in a remote part of Canada, antennae are likely picking up the signals of 100 shorebirds that just weeks ago were on the beaches of Delaware Bay, where they were caught with giant nets and fitted with tiny transmitters. The birds are robin-size creatures called red knots. After precipitous declines in their population on the bay - from about 100,000 birds in the 1990s to about 12,000 a few years ago - federal officials designated them as threatened in December. Researchers know that red knots have one of the longest migrations on the planet - from the tip of South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic.
March 24, 2015 |
The fates of a migratory shorebird, horseshoe crabs, and the state's oyster industry have converged at the center of a debate over how each should be accommodated where they come together every spring, in New Jersey tidal flats along the Delaware Bay. Wildlife advocates hope to restore the dwindling population of red knots, small birds that federal authorities listed as a threatened species about three months ago. The bird's round-trip migration of...
February 11, 2015 |
Johnny's island wedding Johnny Depp 's fall from paradise - his ex-lover Vanessa Paradis , that is - was completed Sunday, when the 21 Jump Street heartthrob married Amber Heard , for the second time in a week. Depp, 51, who has two children with Paradis, wed 28-year-old Heard at an intimate do Tuesday at their Los Angeles home. Perhaps fearing that it wouldn't stick, he flew his bride and a gaggle of partiers to his 45-acre private Caribbean island of Little Hall's Pond Cay this weekend, where he had another wedding ceremony Sunday night.
December 11, 2014 |
Ending months of input and speculation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday added to its list of threatened species a small shorebird called the red knot, whose round-trip migration of nearly 20,000 miles includes stops on Delaware Bay every spring to refuel on horseshoe crab eggs. The bird's dramatic decline has been blamed by many on aggressive harvesting of the crabs, which are used as bait in other fisheries. However, the red knot is the first bird whose listing identifies climate change as a principal threat to its survival, said Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service.