February 7, 2015 |
TRENTON - A bill that opponents feared would open the door to the privatization and commercialization of Liberty State Park was signed into law by Gov. Christie on Thursday, but it is expected to be revised soon by new legislation to protect the site. The measure's sponsors, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and State Sen. Paul Sarlo, said in a statement that they would write legislation to address concerns about development of the site, a popular gateway to the Statue of Liberty. Christie says the law will help make government smaller and more affordable by merging two agencies - the Meadowlands Commission and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority - into the new Meadowlands Regional Commission.
February 2, 2015
ISSUE | DRONES End deadly strikes The media have done little to inform the public about the targeted killings the Bush and Obama administrations have orchestrated via lethal drones, especially in countries with which we're not at war, so it was commendable to report on the interfaith conference on drone warfare ("A conference considers the morality of drones," Jan. 25). The conference was attended by people of many faiths who called on the White House "to immediately halt targeted, lethal drone strikes," account for victims, disclose standards for compensating victims, and more.
June 24, 2014 |
OVER 1,000 images were recently digitized into the Philadelphia Library Company's African Americana online collection, serving as a window into black history in Philadelphia and beyond. The African Americana database is the end result of a project that was "20 years in the making," one that will give anyone with an Internet connection access to these cultural relics, said Prints Department Associate Curator Erika Piola. The Philadelphia Library Company has been collecting images since its founding by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, and scholars began collecting photographs, political cartoons and drawings for its African Americana collection in the late 1960s.
July 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Statue of Liberty reopened on the Fourth of July, eight months after Hurricane Sandy shuttered the national symbol of freedom, as Americans around the country celebrated with fireworks and parades and President Obama urged citizens to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence. Hundreds lined up Thursday to be among the first to board boats destined for Lady Liberty, including New Yorker Heather Leykam and her family. "This, to us, Liberty Island, is really about a rebirth," said Leykam, whose mother's home was destroyed during the storm.
January 27, 2013
Alsace is France with a German accent. Its unique mix of cultures offers enchanting cobbled villages, scenic vineyards, gourmet cuisine, and art that's still as vibrant as the medieval day it was painted. Standing like a flower-child referee between France and Germany, Alsace has weathered many invasions. Once a German-speaking part of the Holy Roman Empire, it became part of France in the 17th century. After France lost the Franco-Prussian War in 1871, Germany annexed it. It bounced back to France after World War I, but Hitler absorbed it into the Third Reich during World War II. All those centuries as a political shuttlecock have given Alsace a hybrid culture.
October 30, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Scores of immigrants waved tiny flags after taking the oath of U.S. citizenship at the foot of the Statue of Liberty on Friday, 125 years after the American symbol and beacon welcoming visitors and immigrants was dedicated. "We are a nation of diverse people," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said during the naturalization ceremony on Liberty Island. "And that diversity strengthens our nation. " The new Americans, 125 immigrants from 46 countries, pledged to renounce foreign power, then posed for photos with their citizenship certificates.
July 3, 2009 |
Fourth of July auctions are not as popular as they once were, but there is at least one tomorrow out in central Pennsylvania that tops its predecessors, thanks to its theme: Patriotism and Americana. The sale by Cindy Fenton will begin at 10 a.m. on Route 11/15, midway between Maryville and Duncannon in Perry County north of Harrisburg. It will offer such items as a Statue of Liberty clock, a tin Uncle Sam on high wire, and a chrome smoking stand of the Statue of Liberty. The roughly 320 lots in the sale come from a former antiques dealer from Chambersburg, Terry Lefler, who began collecting patriotic material in the 1980s, and who was with Fenton earlier this week to set up the sale.
April 13, 2008 |
Why is Stephen Colbert coming to Philadelphia? Because he must. "I'm a kingmaker, and this is the battle!" says the host of the satirical, pointedly political chucklefest The Colbert Report, which is pronounced the French way, "coal-BEAR rah-POR. " The show, which airs at 11:30 p.m. on cable's Comedy Central immediately following Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, takes its first-ever road trip this week, taping at the Zellerbach Theatre at the University of Pennsylvania for four days, starting tomorrow.
August 9, 2007
Hero's obituary Your front page Tuesday had a photograph of Japanese in Hiroshima lighting candles in memory of the 70,000 killed in 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped. Bad Americans was the inference. We then had to turn all the way back to Page B7 to read the obituary of Irwin C. Kaye, 91, a former World War II POW and survivor of the Bataan Death March. This American hero's obituary should have been on the front page on the anniversary of Hiroshima. Remember, if there was no Pearl Harbor, there would have been no Hiroshima.