September 24, 2015
INTOLERANCE is ugly. It has no place in our society. And yet it persists, in virulent strains that refuse to die and become a pox on all of us. The anti-Muslim sentiment festering in this country is one such strain. And it has burst into the open, infecting the 2016 presidential race, thanks to Republican candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump. First, Trump declined to correct or condemn a supporter who asserted at a New Hampshire campaign rally that Muslims are a "problem," that President Barack Obama is a Muslim and that Muslims are being trained in camps to kill "us. " Trump's pathetic response was that he is "going to look at that.
July 16, 2014
New Jersey schoolchildren might have returned to their classrooms this fall shielded by one of the nation's most progressive measures in response to mass shootings - a ban on ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. But now it seems they will have to wait at least two years, and maybe until after the 2016 political conventions, for the state to recalibrate its gun-safety laws. Gov. Christie's recent veto of the sensible gun-control reform - which was the focus of a 55,000-signature campaign by the grieving parents of children slain in Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre - is being widely read as driven by Christie's need to toe the line on red-state issues to enhance his presidential aspirations.
October 26, 2011 |
TERRELL OWENS desperately wants back on an NFL team. However, it seems NFL teams could not care less. The former All-Pro wide receiver ran drills and worked out (no situps this time) in front of ESPN and NFL Network cameras yesterday, but not a single representative from any of the league's 32 franchises made an appearance. Wait, not even a towel boy? Man, that's cold-blooded. Don't call it a comeback - well, maybe in this case, given the circumstances - but T.O. is out to prove his 37-year-old left knee, which underwent months of rehabilitation following surgery, is still good and ready to go through the rigors of an NFL season.
March 17, 2011
THEY CITE his feet as a reason he might be something special and his hands as a reason he might not. To Villanova big man Mouphtaou Yarou, though, the litmus test is in the game's language, the where, when and how that decides his impact on a game far more than those sometimes clumsy mitts of his. "To me, it's being part of a team," he was saying before practice this week. "To play as a team during the season. Soccer is a team sport, but you don't have to play as a team on defense the way you do here.
July 9, 2010 |
IN LARGE part because of its stern rules and regulations, soccer has remained one of the purest sports on the planet. There is little in the way of modern technology that FIFA - soccer's world governing body - has allowed to make the game more exact. Only in the past 15 years or so has the implementation of officials wearing headsets and digital stoppage timers come into play. With the hopes of keeping soccer a "human" game, the human element of making mistakes has become not only evident but rampantly displayed repeatedly by this World Cup. Blown calls for goals, offsides and other infractions have soured the taste of a game still criticized by Americans for lacking in excitement, despite the successes of our men's and women's national teams and the ever-budding success of Major League Soccer.
February 7, 2010 |
Pick a car. Any car. Yesterday, while the snow outside continued to mount toward a paralyzing 28.5 inches, visitors inside the Philadelphia Auto Show could slide into the driver's seat of any snazzy, shiny, leather-seated, chrome-gleaming, torqued-up vehicle they wanted. Without waiting in line. The ratio of dealer "presenters" (think significantly blond, short skirts or tight slacks) to attendees was, as show director Kevin Mazzucola said with a shrug, "much higher than normal.
November 29, 2009 |
The NFL revealed the identity of the musical halftime performers for the Super Bowl last week, and, in about two months, it will also reveal the identities of the teams that will play the game. In both cases, fans not paying attention might be tempted to ask, "the Who?" The game will wrap itself around a mini-show by the surviving veterans from one of the most venerable English Rock League franchises. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, along with whatever members of the practice squad are activated, will get 12 or 13 minutes to encapsulate 45 years of recording history.
April 15, 2009
BLAME THE goalie: You can still find it on YouTube, the headfirst, diving save the Bruins' Reggie Lemelin made to stop the Devils' Pat Verbeek in Game 7 of the conference finals 21 years ago. "I'll tell you what," the Flyers' goalie coach was saying yesterday at the team's practice facility. "I've made a huge save in the middle of the season when it was 6-2 but nobody gives a [bleep]. But you make the big save in Game 7 . . . " You become immortalized. You become prime time.
March 30, 2009 |
Prominently displayed in every classroom in the House at Pooh Corner in Germantown is this chart: Ben: peanuts Audrey: blueberries and strawberries Marley: squash Mateo: fava beans Tahir: seafood Elie, Lola, Raj, Solveig, Zuri: dairy Elise: milk, soy Sarah: eggs These are the reported food allergies of 12 out of 55 Pooh preschoolers. "This is a relatively new phenomenon," says Teri DiCesare, owner and director of Child's Conceptions Day Care Center, which operates Pooh.
December 25, 2008 |
President-elect Barack Obama is taking a lot of heat for selecting the Rev. Rick Warren, an ardent opponent of abortion rights and same-sex marriage, to give the inaugural invocation next month. Obama differs with the evangelical preacher on abortion and many other social issues, but he did not let those differences prevent him from extending the invitation. It was a courageous decision. It was also the correct one. Of all the tests Americans take each year, it's time to throw out the most narrow-minded kind: the litmus test.