September 11, 2014 |
For almost six months, the Ray Rice debate had been an argument in the media, largely among men in sports circles, over domestic violence and its proper punishment. On Tuesday, his wife had a few things of her own to say, igniting a new debate. The day before, the celebrity news site TMZ released an elevator-camera video, taken the night of Feb. 15 at Revel Casino, that showed then-Baltimore Ravens running back Rice knocking his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, unconscious with a left hook.
February 18, 2014 |
DOZENS of demonstrators mobilized in front of the Liberty Bell yesterday afternoon in support of the anti-government protests that have erupted in Venezuela. Protests in solidarity with the people in the South American nation have been increasing steadily since 66 people were injured in riots around the country and three were shot dead in its capital, Caracas, on Wednesday. "Crime is out of proportion, there is a food shortage and there are laws implemented by the government to restrict the media," protest organizer Emilio Buitrago, who moved to Philadelphia from Venezuela 17 years ago, said yesterday.
October 31, 2013 |
ON THIS NIGHT, 75 years ago, nothing happened in a little slice of New Jersey no one's ever heard of, and the story's only grown ever since. It was Oct. 30, 1938, and Orson Welles and cast members of the "Mercury Theatre on the Air" put their own twist on the H.G. Wells science-fiction classic, War of the Worlds , telling CBS radio listeners that Martians had landed on the Wilmuth Farm in the Grover's Mill section of West Windsor Township, about...
July 26, 2013 |
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE there have been so many rallies lately - for Trayvon Martin, for victims of urban violence. But there was a familiar attitude among those who stood vigil for a transgender woman allegedly butchered by a john in Strawberry Mansion: The media ignore us, and when they don't, they disrespect and misrepresent us. Society views us as disposable, expendable. I didn't totally disagree. But, as I stood in the crowd listening to friends and advocates mourn Diamond Woods, I wondered: If we can't even manage to care about the deaths of people we should be able to relate to - children - what chance do people often viewed as spectacles and freaks have at getting our attention, let alone our sympathy?
April 17, 2013 |
In the last week, the story became why the national press isn't covering the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic and the alleged horrors that occurred within. Gosnell is charged with eight homicides - the deaths of seven newborns and 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, a healthy Nepalese refugee who came to Gosnell's Women's Medical Center seeking an abortion and died from a drug overdose. A lot of mea culpas and hand-wringing occurred in the national press while covering one of its absolute favorite subjects: itself.
March 24, 2013 |
Was Phil Spector actually guilty of the Feb. 3, 2003, murder of Lana Clarkson? That question was posed repeatedly by the media in increasing tones of hysteria over the six years it took for Spector to be tried, retried, found guilty, and sentenced to serve 19 years to life in prison. It's raised yet again in Phil Spector , a fascinating, maddening, and ultimately unsatisfying 90-minute biopic starring Al Pacino as the music producer and Helen Mirren as one of his attorneys, Linda Kenney Baden.
March 5, 2013
RE: "UNBELIEVABLE" (letter, Feb. 28) I am a Philadelphia Police Officer who has worked for the last 12 years in the heart of a high-rate crime area. I personally worked with Lt Josey. I respect him as a man, and as a hard-working, highly decorated and respected supervisor. Unless I missed something, I nor the public got to see the video from beginning to end. We saw a small portion of what was several hours of crowds, noise and thrown bottles; intoxicated, uncooperative people; excessive screeching of brakes and car fumes.
December 16, 2012
This originally appeared on Ellen Gray's blog, ellengray.tv. I'm almost afraid to add one word to the story of Friday's Connecticut school shootings for fear of adding to the wealth of the day's misinformation. But having spent much of the afternoon watching what passed for coverage of this horror, I can't help but be struck by how little television news has learned since Columbine about these things. As I write this, there are conflicting reports about the identity of the shooter, the location in which another body, said to be the shooter's mother, was found and other things that some networks sounded pretty sure about an hour or so ago. I've seen multiple reruns of an interview with a remarkably well-spoken little girl whose interrogation by a reporter, aired on CNN, would have been described as "leading the witness," if it took place in a courtroom.
October 26, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Here's a benefit of the housing bust: It has created a generation of young Americans who are more knowledgeable about homeownership than their baby-boomer parents were at their age. Those between ages 18 and 35 still want to own a home, and view homeownership as an indicator of success, according to a recent survey by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. But they'll buy only when they're sure they're ready for the responsibility - a sign of maturity from a group that often is stereotyped as being fiscally irresponsible and maintaining a less-than-stellar work ethic.
October 25, 2012
THE PRESIDENTIAL debates had no questions about the environment. I did hear about the future of our families, but Earth is shaping up with no future. Drilling for oil was a pretty big discussion in one debate, but only more drilling. Bacteria and virus are thriving, droughts are becoming more severe, temperatures are rising at an alarming rate, yet no candidate wants to discuss these issues. Studying to become an environmental scientist in college, I know my job outlook is good, but for all the wrong reasons.