September 12, 2015 |
Fans of the TV mystery have more choices than ever. We've been served well for decades by British TV producers with brilliant adaptations of works by Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and countless other authors. Then came the rest of Europe. First there were the Italians, with such great shows as The Commissario Brunetti Mysteries and Inspector Montalbano . Then there was the Scandinavian invasion, with gorgeous long-form adaptations of Wallander , The Bridge , The Killing , and Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.
January 30, 2015
ISSUE | FIGHTING ABUSE Help close to home Thousands of sexually abused children in Pennsylvania stand to benefit from the $60 million Pennsylvania State University fine that is now allocated specifically to our state ("Justice finally prevails on the Penn State sanctions," Jan. 21). As a model child advocacy center, the Philadelphia Children's Alliance is on the front lines of addressing child sexual abuse. We respond to an average of 250 reports of abuse each month with partners from Philadelphia's Department of Human Services sex abuse units, the Police Department's Special Victim's Unit, and the District Attorney's Office.
January 26, 2015 |
Even with five new members elected to City Council in 2012, the average length of service for the current group of lawmakers is 11.6 years, or almost three full terms. And among the rookies are former state legislators Kenyatta Johnson and Denny O'Brien - hardly what you would call fresh faces. When Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco recently announced that she will not run for reelection, many probably thought the 27-year veteran was Council's senior member. But that distinction belongs to Brian O'Neill, whose service dates back to when Jimmy Carter was in the White House - 1980.
December 19, 2013 |
Pope Francis has decided not to reappoint Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, the retired leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, to a top Vatican panel that recommends new bishops around the world. Church experts saw the decision, announced Monday, mostly as an acknowledgment of Rigali's age and the age limit for serving on the Congregation for Bishops. Rigali turns 79 in April, and he would have had to give up his seat when he turned 80. An appointed term on the powerful committee is five years.
November 2, 2013 |
Voters in the Fourth Legislative District will see some familiar names when they head to the polls Tuesday to choose candidates in two races. In addition to the New Jersey governor's race atop the ticket, all 120 legislative seats are up. But only a handful of races are considered truly competitive. Democratic incumbents are highly favored to retain their Senate and Assembly seats in the Fourth District, which includes parts of Camden and Gloucester Counties. For the second time, Sen. Fred Madden is facing a challenge from Republican Giancarlo D'Orazio.
August 23, 2013 |
A 32-year-old education strategist who has worked in the public school systems in Newark, N.J., and New York City was introduced Wednesday by Gov. Christie as superintendent of Camden's now-state-run school system. If approved by the New Jersey Board of Education, as expected, Paymon Rouhanifard would become Camden's new schools chief just in time for the start of classes Sept. 9. This will be the district's first school year under full state control. Rouhanifard, who was working as chief strategy and innovation officer for the Newark public schools before Christie named him to Camden, will report to state Education Commissioner Chris Cerf and not the local school board.
July 10, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syria's ruling Baath party elected a new regional command Monday to replace its aging leadership, including the country's longtime vice president, as government forces closed in on a key rebel-held neighborhood in central Syria. In a further blow to the opposition fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, opposition prime minister Ghassan Hitto resigned from his post, citing his inability to form an interim government. Both developments came during a spike in violence in the central city of Homs, where government forces began an offensive 10 days ago to recapture opposition-held districts.
November 2, 2012 |
IT HAS BEEN 4 years and 2 days since one of the more memorable sports days in the life of many Philadelphians: the world championship parade down Broad Street, celebrating the city's first title in a quarter century. The Phillies have gone backward in each season since, and to use words like "stagnant" and "complacent" to describe the team and its core players isn't exactly uncharted territory. And that's probably why any thoughts of reconstructing the roster for the 2013 season with players from the 2008 team who have since departed might sound counterproductive or a tad crazy.
April 5, 2012 |
IT MAY NOT BE the biggest entertainment story of the day, but people who care . . . care a lot . HBO's "True Blood" returns June 10. New faces in the bloody mix include "Law & Order: SVU" star Christopher Meloni , Scott Foley , Kelly Overton and "General Hospital" star Carolyn Hennesy . The first episode of HBO's new Aaron Sorkin -penned series "The Newsroom," starring Jeff Daniels , Dev Patel , Jane Fonda...
September 1, 2011 |
Eighteen months ago, the American Red Cross finished setting up new centers in Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C., to consolidate a crucial part of its blood business - making sure donated blood is safe and recalling it if there is any doubt. By consolidating these duties, which had been performed in each of 35 regional offices, the Red Cross hoped to increase compliance with government safety rules, streamline operations, and reduce costs. But the Food and Drug Administration's first - and so far only - inspection last fall found dysfunction and disorder at the new centers.