July 25, 2012 |
Throwing a spotlight on rising tension between Philadelphia police and Cambodian residents of Olney - who released a report Wednesday that accused some officers of harassment - community activists and representatives of federal, state and local agencies met shoeless on the woven prayer mats of a Buddhist temple in an effort to replace rancor with reconciliation. Wednesday night's standing-room-only meeting drew about 150 people - among them representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, the mayor, the district attorney, and the governor, as well as a ranking deputy police commissioner - to the temple on Rising Sun Avenue.
May 21, 2012 |
So Americans Elect wasn't a subterfuge for Michael Bloomberg, Colin Powell, or Jon Huntsman after all. Too bad. Americans have demonstrated their desire for an alternative to the status quo. That a large number of us seem open to the idea of voting for a presidential candidate who is not a Republican or Democrat would seem to be supported by voter-registration figures and polling data that document the rise of independents. According to USAToday, from 2008 until the end of 2011, Democratic registration was down in 25 of the 28 states that register voters by party, and Republican registrations were down in 21. Independent registrations were up in 18. In five Gallup surveys in 2012, an average of 42 percent of Americans have identified themselves as political independents (compared with an average of 29.4 percent identifying themselves as Democrat and 27.4 percent as Republican)
November 14, 2011 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - With his entire bottom lip sliced open down the middle after being tomahawked by Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison late in the third period last night, Max Talbot was irate. But he didn't have time to ask referee Stephane Auger for an explanation about why Garrison didn't receive a high-sticking penalty. That's because Talbot was too busy searching for the other half of his left front tooth on the BankAtlantic Center ice. "I took a hockey stick right across the face," Talbot said.
December 29, 2010 |
LAST JULY, Willie McRae, 77, wearing his trademark Phillies cap and still feeling the effects of a recent shoulder injury, looked at the out-of-control weeds and dumped trash on vacant lots along the Strawberry Mansion block that he's called home for more than 50 years, and felt overwhelmed. The longtime block captain of Dakota Street between 30th and 31st was no longer able to tame the overgrown lots personally with his weed cutter and sling blade, as he had for years, nor lead his fellow senior citizens in bagging the mounds of illegally dumped garbage.
July 14, 2010 |
B RADLEY COOPER just signed up himself and girlfriend Renee Zellweger for several months at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Jenkintown (921 Old York). The "Hangover" star is spending some time in the area with his parents who live nearby. Cooper, a Germantown Academy graduate, and Zellweger, who were in town recently while he shot "The Dark Fields," worked out at the gym before while visiting family. Out and about Mayor Nutter sure works late hours. Nutter and a young blonde talked over drinks at the Happy Rooster (16th & Sansom)
May 18, 2010 |
Why do so many otherwise healthy Americans willingly - even eagerly - expose themselves to humiliation, ridicule, and rejection before millions of viewers to make it on reality TV? Survivor, American Idol, and Extreme Makeover promise to transform us from anonymous drones stuck forever in an episode of The Office into one of the celebrities whose bright, shiny lives we study in the tabloids. Social critic Chris Hedges, speaking from his home in Princeton, says the transparent message in reality shows and consumer ads alike is that attaining wealth, beauty, and social standing heals all problems.
September 29, 2009
AFTER THREE possessions Sunday, the stat sheet for the Kansas City Chiefs read as follows: Fourteen plays, 0 yards gained, one 10-yard penalty, one 5-yard penalty. The Chiefs needed a spark. Something, anything to move them away from their own end zone and open up all the pages of their playbook. Something that would allow new head coach Todd Haley to take a shot, to pick from his own set of trick plays. Across the field stood Andy Reid and that big menu of his. Everything on it seemed to be working: the Wildcat formation, passes to the wide receiver, passes to the tight end, runs.
December 16, 2008 |
When he was campaigning for office, Mayor Nutter spoke with passion about the importance of giving a second chance to inmates who want to find a place in society again. He pledged to create opportunities for ex-offenders. "If we want to drive the crime rate down in this city, we have to put these people back to work," he said at a September 2007 forum. John Phillips, a former Graterford inmate who has turned his life around, liked what he heard. He's less happy now. As of Dec. 31, Phillips will be out of a job, thanks to budget cuts Nutter announced last month.
August 23, 2008 |
Through the whole run-up to the Olympics, and through these Olympics, U.S. men's basketball players have strived to stay humble, aware of their history, how American hoop teams failed to even reach the title game in the last Olympics and the last world championships. But the United States will be playing for gold tomorrow against Spain, the defending world champions. Last night, after the United States put away old nemesis Argentina, 101-81, U.S. guard Deron Williams was asked for thoughts about the gold-medal opposition.
July 12, 2008
Hungry children Pennsylvania politicians won't provide public schools with enough money and resources to continue feeding the children in the summer who normally get free or reduced-price meals during the school year ("Summer brings hunger in suburbs," July 9). Yet they willfully spend hundreds of millions of dollars for baseball and football stadiums in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. I thank and recognize the professional sports teams and athletes who help support many worthy causes.