September 22, 2016 |
When President Obama helps dedicate the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday in Washington, he'll be marking the debut on the National Mall of the black experience. Starting from nothing, over the last decade and a half, the museum has acquired a collection of close to 40,000 objects and documents; more than 3,000 will be on exhibition when doors open at 1 p.m., after a musical prelude and a dedication ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. By virtue of its size and national focus, the museum will obviously be telling a sweeping story.
September 22, 2016 |
PAT TOOMEY, in terms of a national voting trend, is in a bad place at a bad time. The place is Pennsylvania. The time is now. The reason it's bad for the first-term senator is a dramatic drop in ticket-splitting all across the nation. The trend is perhaps more problematic for Toomey than his dancing around Donald Trump (of whom he's critical but not dismissive), or dealing with Democrat Katie McGinty, who's vying to become the state's first female senator in a year the nation could well elect its first female president.
September 20, 2016 |
CHICAGO - Sunday, three Miami Dolphins protested during the national anthem before their game at New England, as five San Francisco 49ers joined quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his protest at Carolina and a pair of Tennessee Titans raised their fists before playing in Detroit. In Denver, linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee for the second week in a row. Monday night, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins plans to add his name to the protest narrative Kaepernick started last month, Jenkins planning some sort of gesture when the anthem is played before the Bears host the Birds, the Eagles' defensive leader said over the weekend.
September 17, 2016 |
In the big, ongoing festival of American culture, the National Mall in Washington is the main stage. Ever since the Smithsonian Institution erected its imposing stone castle there in 1855, the linear park has been assembling an all-star lineup of museums and monuments that collectively tell our nation's story. The mall has even managed to find room for events that happened abroad, like the Holocaust. And yet, a fundamental part of the American story, one that informs almost everything that happens in our country, has largely been left out of the mix. That omission will finally be rectified Sept.
September 16, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL PROTEST Ban violates rights The policy of the Diocese of Camden's Office of Catholic Schools to ban any and all protests during the playing of the national anthem at sports events is disrespectful and anti-American ("Camden diocese takes anthem stand," Tuesday). The superintendent of schools, Mary P. Boyle, notified Catholic high school administrators and coaches of the policy after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred controversy by sitting out the anthem before preseason games.
September 16, 2016 |
As an African American, I really want to support Nate Parker's new slave revolt drama, The Birth of a Nation . As a woman, though, I look side-eyed at a director who appears to be somewhat tone deaf to the concerns of those asking questions about his having been charged with rape in 1999 while an undergrad at Penn State. Parker was acquitted in 2001. His college roommate, Jean McGianni Celestin, was found guilty of sexual assault, but the conviction was later overturned after the accuser declined to testify during a retrial.
September 15, 2016 |
Bartram football coach Jim Chapman has a father who served in the military. West Philadelphia coach Frank Steed served 28 years with the Philadelphia Police Department. Mastery North coach John Davidson has family and friends who have served in the armed forces and as police officers. After players and coaches from Woodrow Wilson - a public school in Camden - took a knee during the national anthem before a game last weekend, coaches in Southeast Pennsylvania talked about he issue.
September 13, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Roman Quinn walked into the clubhouse kitchen on Sunday morning at Nationals Park wearing a pair of black tights and a sleeveless compression top. "He looks ready to run a 4x100," Ryan Howard joked as he walked past. Quinn sure does have the speed to anchor a relay team. And that is the one facet that makes him so exciting. He made his major-league debut Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals. Quinn went 0 for 3 with a walk. The 23-year-old joined the Phillies along with catcher Jorge Alfaro after double-A Reading was eliminated Saturday from the Eastern League playoffs.
September 10, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - On the inside of Alec Asher's left wrist is the tattooed message of a fortune cookie he received on one of the worst days of his career. "Nothing can keep you from reaching your goals," the message reads. Asher cracked open that fortune after San Francisco reneged on a contract agreement in 2010 when the Giants discovered a bone spur in his right elbow after they drafted Asher in the 23rd round. His baseball future was on the rails. And if that was a bad day, then the afternoon in June - when Asher was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a drug he claims he did not take - was an even worse one. That tattooed message was tucked under Asher's glove on Thursday night at Nationals Park as the righthander picked up his baseball career in a 4-1 win over Washington.
September 10, 2016 |
Jane Austin Stauffer, 89, formerly of Bryn Mawr, a squash player who won 16 national championships, died of cardiorespiratory arrest Monday, Aug. 22, in a nursing home in Atlanta. Mrs. Stauffer won her first squash championship in 1950 and her last in 1978. That 28-year span is the longest-running championship career in squash history, according to the association U.S. Squash, which will induct her into its hall of fame in October. "She practiced almost every day that I can remember," said her daughter, Penny Cooper.