June 8, 2015
THE WHITE HOUSE recently recognized Julia Hillengas as a "Champion for Change. " The 29-year-old go-getter runs a little-known city program called PowerCorpsPHL that enrolls at-risk young people from mostly poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods and puts them to work on environmental projects - either for the city Water Department or for Parks and Recreation. With a $3 million budget, it's a small program that strives to make big changes in the lives of 18-to-26-year-olds by giving them a career path.
July 3, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. SUICIDE LAW Aging society need Regarding legalizing assisted suicide, a recent letter writer describes a difficult situation in which assisted suicide may be considered but may not be the proper action ("Think twice about dying in New Jersey," June 29). Unfortunately, for every example like that, there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of terminally sick people in hospice care every day for whom there is no hope for recovery. It is these people (and their families)
September 17, 2012 |
Tony Croasdale has been coming to this particular splotch of wetlands, woods, and water since he was 9 years old. Back then, he was told stories about how his grandfather had come here during the hungry years of the Depression to trap muskrats. Now, it's the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum - both the most urbanized refuge in the nation and the largest wetland of its kind in Pennsylvania - and Croasdale comes to this South Philadelphia spot several times a month to check out the wildlife.
September 16, 2012 |
Tony Croasdale has been coming to this particular splotch of wetlands, woods and water since he was nine years old. Back then, he was told stories about how his grandfather had come to the spot during the hungry years of the Depression to trap muskrats. Now, it's the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum - both the most urbanized refuge in the nation and the largest wetland of its kind in Pennsylvania - and Croasdale comes to this South Philadelphia spot several times a month to check out the wildlife.
June 9, 2010 |
"You may fire when you are ready, Gridley. " Those words were uttered by Commodore George Dewey aboard the Olympia on May 1, 1898, as the United States was about to assert itself as a superpower. The setting was the Philippines, at Manila Bay, and the enemy was Spain, whose colonial dominance over the Philippines and much of the American hemisphere, including Cuba and Puerto Rico, was about to be successfully challenged. More than 100 years later, the United States continues to exert a worldwide influence that was born at that moment.
March 5, 2009 |
America's national flagship, the SS United States, is being listed for sale after more than a decade on the Philadelphia waterfront. This means there's a good chance she'll be broken up and sold for scrap - an unacceptable fate for a vessel that served as America's Cold War ambassador-at-sea, the perfect embodiment of U.S. power and efficiency. This legendary passenger ship sailed from New York to Europe and other destinations from 1952 to 1969. Its manifests listed U.S. and foreign presidents, a multitude of A-list celebrities, and a generation of leaders in business, diplomacy, culture, and the arts.
May 3, 2008 |
Buzzie's world It would be interesting to see how Buzzie Bavasi, the long-time general manager for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers who died Thursday at the age of 93, would have handled today's high-priced athletes. This is the guy who said in 2000, after Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees, "The guy makes $25 million a year and he gets another $100,000 for making the all-star team? If I was paying a guy $25 million a year, he sure as hell better make the all-star team.
March 12, 2008
The Senate will consider a bill today that is needed to prevent mining right next door to one of the country's natural treasures, the Grand Canyon. The Forest Service foolishly approved a permit for a British company to explore for uranium just outside the borders of Grand Canyon National Park, within three miles of a popular tourist lookout. The government's action came without a full environmental review. No public hearing was held. More than four million tourists visit the Grand Canyon annually to enjoy its unrivaled majesty.
January 27, 2008 |
World-renowned tap dancer LaVaughn Robinson, 80, of Philadelphia, died of heart failure Wednesday at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Born in South Philadelphia in 1927, the youngest of 14 children, Mr. Robinson had said he learned the time step from his mother on the kitchen floor when he was 6. He went on to tap in Philadelphia and on stages around the world, was named a national treasure, and taught tap at the University of the Arts for...
December 21, 2007 |
In the first "National Treasure," Nicolas Cage and his pals steal the Declaration of Independence and eventually discover a room full of gold and artifacts left by the Founding Fathers. In the sequel, which opens today, Cage and co-stars Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha move on to rifling through Queen Elizabeth's desk at Buckingham Palace and kidnapping the president of the United States at Mount Vernon. Despite lukewarm reviews, the first film earned a surprising $347 million in global box office receipts and seems poised to turn Cage's Benjamin Franklin Gates into an Indiana Jones-meets-Sherlock Holmes franchise.