April 7, 2016 |
After declaring they were deadlocked, the jurors deciding whether Daniel Dougherty killed his two young sons in a 1985 fire continued their deliberations Tuesday at the prompting of the judge. The jury begins its fifth day of discussions Wednesday, the 13th day in the retrial of a case first brought in 2000. If the jury remains at a stalemate and a mistrial is declared, Dougherty could face a third trial on the same arson and murder charges. His case is being closely watched by defense experts who say outdated fire science has put innocent people in jail.
April 7, 2016 |
In the middle of a conversation with a reporter, Meg Foley's phone began to chime insistently. "This is my least favorite context to do a 3:15 - in the middle of a meeting," she said, stifling the alarm tone. But even as she tried to continue talking, her hands were fluttering into motion. Finally, Foley excused herself and began moving with precision - scooting backward on hands and feet, tracing her arms into sweeping gestures, and unleashing a vigorous kick. Then, with an apologetic shrug, she returned to the interview.
April 4, 2016
Dan Ashe is director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service In the next 30 years, the human population will grow from today's 7.4 billion to about 9.7 billion - the equivalent of adding another China and India. Growing proportions of these people will live in cities and in the economic middle class. This exploding growth in population and affluence will put enormous stress on the planet's ecological fabric, and its ability to sustain the other creatures that we collectivity call biodiversity.
December 17, 2015 |
It's been a tough year for proponents of gay-conversion therapy: In 2015, 18 state legislatures considered or enacted laws against ex-gay therapy for minors, a program promising to turn gay men straight was deemed a fraud by a New Jersey civil court, and even President Obama condemned the practice. So it's fitting that, in its twilight, the ex-gay movement is now the subject of a new history, by Temple University sociologist Tom Waidzunas. The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality , released by the University of Minnesota Press, documents the evolution and decline of "reorientation" - which began with early experiments like induced seizures, electroshock, and aversion therapy, and continued in the mainstream psychology community well into the 2000s.
December 15, 2015
"PERSPECTIVE Matters" by Catherine Wallace, was one of the most asinine letters I viewed in print in quite some time First, I agree with Black Lives Matter; you are correct there. Also you are right that the organization is very relevant. Black Lives Matter in its perspective. Again I agree, countless treaties with the Native American people have been broken, ignored and worse. As far as stating that no white man has ever been owned, check out history. I am an African-American, and yes the enslavement of our forefathers was horrendous, as was the subsequent treatment they endured after so-called abolition.
December 2, 2015 |
EIGHTH AND Market was humming with its usual mix of shoppers, transit riders and lost souls on Friday afternoon, as digital ads in the sky bathed the corner below in flashes of color. Asa Khalif stood on a sidewalk near the intersection, surrounded by a handful of Black Lives Matter protesters, and tried to draw attention to a protest in memory of his cousin, Brandon Tate-Brown. Ever since Tate-Brown was fatally shot by Philadelphia police during a controversial struggle in Mayfair last December, Khalif and members of the movement have routinely taken to the streets to call for justice and change - in the rain, in the snow, in numbers large and small.
November 24, 2015 |
The first influence that Christian McBride mentioned at the Merriam Theater on Saturday night was not one of the four civil-rights icons paid homage in his epic suite The Movement Revisited . Appropriately for a hometown performance, the bassist/composer instead began the evening by talking about his grandmother, whose hoard of Ebony and Jet magazine back issues provided his earliest introduction to African American history. He made fun of her pack-rat tendencies back then, McBride concluded, but now has her to thank for planting the seeds of his most ambitious work as a composer to date.
October 19, 2015 |
BACK IN 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a piece in the Atlantic called "Why Women Still Can't Have It All. " It was a fierce, fed-up essay about how tough it remains for women with kids to advance in their careers, 50 years after feminism was born. The essay went viral and Slaughter has broadened it into a new book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family , which she'll discuss at the National Constitution Center on Monday evening. I'll be interviewing her there, so I've been thinking a lot about work-life balance, an issue that has consumed me since I became a parent 19 years ago. I remember racing around the kitchen one morning, congested with a cold, my baby fussing on my shoulder, stuffing bottles into a bag, racing to the sitter's and then speeding into work, only to find I was wearing two different shoes.
October 5, 2015 |
EARLIER THIS WEEK, I was listening to the radio and a song came on by Timbuk 3 titled, "The Future's So Bright. " Truth be told, the song is fairly crappy, but it has one great lyric, "the future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. " As is often the case when I listen to music, I thought about the relevance of that phrase to life, and particularly, sports. I thought about which Philadelphia professional team it would apply to. Probably not to the somewhat disappointing (at this point)
July 3, 2015 |
It was a polite protest, the women wearing dresses and heels, the men in dark suits and ties. But when John James stepped onto Independence Mall on that hot July Fourth in 1965, he had a lot to lose. Being identified as gay - much less taking part in a public protest - could bring jeers, insults, and punches. He could be fired from his job if people knew he was gay. Psychiatrists then classified homosexuality as a mental illness, one that demanded a cure - electric shock therapy, or even lobotomy.