June 20, 2006
SPECIAL thanks to Gloria Endres for her op-ed of June 6 on "Preserving English Through Latin. " I was so happy to hear that Latin may be returning to the Philadelphia educational system. It is absolutely the best way to learn English. Many English words have their roots in Latin. This is especially noticed when kids are taking their comparison, antonym and synonym testing. I do hope Latin will grow throughout the elementary and high schools. What a difference it will make!
June 6, 2007 |
Detroit Tigers star Gary Sheffield insists he meant "nothing derogatory" toward Latin players when he said Major League Baseball found it easier to "control them" than blacks. Sheffield said he was surprised his comments in the current issue of GQ magazine created such a stir. The slugger said he merely answered a question about why there were so many Latin players, as opposed to blacks. "When you see a black face on TV and they start talking, English comes out," he said. "That's what I said.
December 5, 2005 |
When a band gets together after three years of not performing - without rehearsals - the possibilities for good and evil are unlimited. Such was the case for a group of four Cuban exiles and one New Yorker who came together at the Painted Bride on Saturday night. A good omen was the appearance of Andy Gonzalez. Despite his gaunt appearance and dependence on a cane, Gonzalez's presence was important; the seminal Latin jazz bassist had almost died of complications of diabetes last year.
October 8, 2014 |
The Latin phrase engraved in decorative medallions on the new Moorestown Library was supposed to inspire. The building's planners thought its translation was: "We confirm all things twice. " Apparently, they didn't . . . confirm all things twice, that is. The Latin words - Nos Secundus Coniecto Omnia - actually mean "we second-guess all," which is what some critics have been doing lately. Not to worry, though. Moorestown Mayor Chris Chiacchio said two medallions with the incorrect phrase would be replaced with an appropriate motto yet to be determined.
July 2, 1993 |
Jon Lucien made what was quite possibly the most important decision of his life nine years ago after 15 years of battling American record companies and, ultimately, himself. He returned to his native Virgin Islands. "I realized it was time to settle under a coconut tree," Lucien said with the infectious laughter that punctuates much of his conversation. "I had to go back to my parents. Sure, I was a grown man, but I needed some nursing. " At the time, little of this was known to his fans.
October 10, 2015 |
Brandon Smith tried to speak, but the words didn't come. With his thumb and forefinger, the Dobbins senior pinched the bridge of his nose, perhaps an attempt to dam the emotion that pooled behind his face. His teammates knelt, forming a circle after defeating Boys' Latin, 28-26, in a sloppy but tension-filled Public League AAA contest at West Philadelphia. "I really don't have much to say," the 6-foot, 170-pound quarterback and defensive back said as he addressed his team and coaches.
June 30, 2005 |
Before Thomas M. Lauderdale's Pink Martini played one note of its sold-out show Tuesday night at World Cafe Live, the 11-piece orchestra had the crowd eating out its 22 hands. During its decade-plus tenure, the band had never played Philadelphia, so the audience eagerly anticipated the ensemble's seamless movements between multilingual, multi-genre moods. The blending of all manner of big band, chamber classicism and Latin music with the oceanic pop of Les Baxter, all done without kitsch, was some spectacle.
September 3, 2016 |
If Cory Little wasn't so focused on the road ahead, the Boys' Latin junior could retire right now after his perfect game Thursday evening. Little, a 5-foot-5, 150-pound wide receiver, caught two shovel passes for 10 yards apiece and two touchdowns on the Warriors' first two plays from scrimmage en route to a 44-14 drubbing of School of the Future at the South Philadelphia Supersite. "I just use my speed as an advantage and never look back," he said. "I've always been the smallest person on the team and my mom always tells me never look back.
January 10, 2016 |
Javon Oglesby-Rice was in good spirits as he waited inside his delayed SEPTA train the afternoon of Jan. 2 while on his way home from a job interview that he hoped would help him pay for college. The senior wide receiver for Boys' Latin, however, had no idea that the death of his former teammate, friend and mentor was the reason for the delay. A man, who was later identified as Emmanuel Sloan, 19, reportedly had jumped in front of a Market-Frankford train about 3 p.m. at the 40th Street Station, a SEPTA spokesman said on the day of the incident.
June 12, 2013 |
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said in Philadelphia on Monday that he was trying to rally Americans to join a class-action lawsuit against President Obama's controversial telephone and Internet surveillance programs revealed last week. But when asked whether Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who leaked the existence of the top-secret programs, should be praised or prosecuted, Paul replied, "I don't know if I have an opinion of what exactly you do. " Paul is seen as a 2016 contender for president, and he pounced on the news that the NSA was collecting phone records from millions of Americans and had direct access to user activities at major Internet companies.