April 12, 2013 |
SUIT UP, friends. The growing anti-#PhillyShrug™ army is heading out. The campaign kicked off last month with a custom T-shirt made by my pals at Airtime Airbrush in the Gallery at Market East. (Have you gotten your T-shirt yet? Twenty five bucks and you're official.) Pockets of non-shruggers all over the city have stepped up to join: Community groups who fought off projects they didn't think were right for their neighborhoods. College students who've identified the same pervasive apathy and are determined to change it. Prisoners who have written me about their plans to dump the Philly Shrug that they partly blame for their troubles.
March 22, 2013 |
In the beginning, when the war in Iraq was still making headlines and CNN was still showing footage of the air strikes in Baghdad, the Chester County Peace Movement could draw crowds as large as 700 to its weekly protests outside the county courthouse in West Chester. These days, the group is lucky if more than a dozen show up. But every Saturday for the last 10 years, they have never missed a protest. And though the war in Iraq is technically over - U.S. troops pulled out in December 2011 - for the members of the peace movement, the protest never really ends.
March 19, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The composition of the Phillies' pitching staff appeared to come into focus Sunday morning, when three relievers were sent to minor league camp shortly after the sun rose at the Carpenter Complex. Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman and Cesar Jimenez were among four players shipped to the minor league clubhouse, along with infielder Josh Fields. Diekman and De Fratus were on the short list of candidates for big-league jobs. The dwindling numbers of pitchers in major league camp left five competing for three openings in the bullpen: righthanders Phillippe Aumont, Mike Stutes, Zach Miner and lefthanders Jeremy Horst and Raul Valdes.
March 16, 2013 |
For Ruth Snyderman, 1965 was a year to remember. First, she married Rick. Then she hitched up with a friend, each plunking down $200, and started something called the Works Gallery in the 2000 block of Locust Street. She and her partner showed crafts - pottery, jewelry, all handmade. "The shop was in the basement and you walked down the steps - that was a commitment - and there I was," Ruth Snyderman, 75, said this week in an interview. "She was young and beautiful," husband Rick, 76, chimed in. "Now she's old and beautiful.
March 7, 2013 |
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is taking a lot of guff, and rightly so, from conservatives over excluding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and gay rights groups such as GOProud from its gathering next week. But rather than stay away from CPAC, conservatives who recognize the self-destructive aspects of the movement should discuss their concerns openly and candidly. The most valuable conservatives are the ones willing to convey hard truths. Those who say that the right needs only to be more articulate and more forceful in defense of the exact same agenda are kidding themselves.
December 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Signaling new movement in fiscal cliff talks, House Speaker John A. Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said. The proposal, however, indicated progress in talks that had appeared stalled. The person would only discuss the plan on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.
October 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Five hours of talks in two sessions between the NHL and the players' association did little to move the sides closer to a deal in the nearly 1-month lockout. The NHL's top two executives - commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly - met with the NHLPA's main negotiators - executive director Donald Fehr and special counsel Steve Fehr - for nearly an hour Wednesday morning to assess where the sides were on Day 25 of the NHL lockout, but there was no concrete discussions on the troublesome core economic issues preventing a deal.
October 8, 2012 |
John Thompson spent 14 years on death row in Louisiana's notorious Angola state prison before he was sprung by two Philadelphia lawyers acting on a hunch. Only hours after a Louisiana state judge issued a writ of execution for Thompson, a private investigator sent by his lawyers to search the files of the New Orleans district attorney found blood evidence showing that Thompson was not guilty of one of the charges. The murder conviction was overturned and Thompson won a $14 million jury award in a lawsuit alleging prosecutorial misconduct.
September 18, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Protesters will converge Monday near the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate Occupy Wall Street's anniversary, marking the day they began camping out in Zuccotti Park. Marches and rallies in more than 30 cities around the world will commemorate the day. About 300 people observing the anniversary marched Saturday. At least a dozen were arrested, mostly on disorderly conduct, police said. But the movement is now a shadow of its mighty infancy, when a group of young people harnessed the power of a disillusioned nation and took to the streets chanting about corporate greed and inequality.
July 25, 2012 |
The clock continues to tick for the Nashville Predators, who must decide by 11:30 p.m. Wednesday whether to match the Flyers' 14-year, $110 million offer to restricted free-agent Shea Weber. "We have no clue what's going to happen," Kevin Epp, one of Weber's agents, said Monday night. "We're all in a state of limbo. " Epp believes that the size of Nashville's ownership group - 10 people - may be slowing the process. "There's a lot of owners who have to get together to make the decision," he said.