August 11, 2016 |
Playing on his home course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Gregor Orlando scored a hole-in-one on his final hole Tuesday to win medalist honors in the qualifier for next month's U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Orlando, 25, hit an 8-iron on the 169-yard 10th hole at Cricket to record the ace, allowing him to finish with a 4-under-par 66. Because of the configuration at the Flourtown course, the 131 players competing in the qualifier teed off both the first and 11th tees. "The pin was all the way up front so we actually couldn't see it go in," Orlando said.
July 23, 2016 |
Spirit Airlines said Thursday that it will begin daily nonstop flights from Philadelphia to Orlando, beginning Oct. 7. Spirit now flies nonstop from Philadelphia International Airport to eight cities: Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. "Spirit's new non-stop service to Orlando will provide a travel option that our budget-conscious travelers will appreciate," said...
July 18, 2016 |
Jason Nark is a staff writer Bad news might send a text these days or still ask you if you're sitting down before it piles into your ears faster than you can hear. When my dad called me one afternoon last month, he sounded worried and the words he spoke - boiling water , really bad burn - were drowned out by the screaming I heard in the background. Thirty minutes later, I was driving to a hospital, telling my 9-year-old son to squeeze my right hand hard when it was too much while trying to explain it all to his mother.
June 27, 2016
Scott P. Charles is the trauma outreach coordinator at Temple University Hospital She should have been safe. When I first heard that Akyra Murray, a recent graduate of West Catholic Prep High School in Philadelphia, had become the youngest victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, my immediate thought was, "My God, she should have been safe. " Honor student. Basketball superstar. Odds beater. A rising college freshman from a city that had 280 homicides last year, visiting Orlando, a city that had 37. In fact, the victims who lost their lives at Pulse nightclub that night equaled the total number of homicide victims Orlando lost in 2014 and 2015 combined.
June 26, 2016 |
More than 600 people gathered at a West Philadelphia church Friday to remember the promising life of West Catholic Prep graduate and star basketball player Akyra Murray, who was among the 49 people killed at Orlando's Pulse nightclub on June 12. Amid the tears and hugs, uplifting songs, dancing, and a few jokes, Murray's friends and family promised to remember her athletic gifts, her academic achievements, and her positive spirit. Many at the four-hour service, including Murray's family, wore red, the young woman's favorite color.
June 25, 2016
By Taylor Hosking As members of Galaei approached the microphone at Philadelphia's City Hall vigil for Orlando, they asked Latino members of the audience to step toward the front and for non-Latinos to make room. Hesitant at first, the crowd started moving. Speaker Nikki Lopez read a passage by Latina scholar Gloria Anzaldúa's "To Live in the Border Lands" connecting queerness to Hispanic heritage. She introduced the passage, using the gender-neutral term Latinx , saying, "oftentimes, because so many of our lives are erased as queer Latinx people, we forget the legacies of those who have fought before us. Queer Latinx people live on the borderlands of many different identities.
June 23, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - On the heels of the Orlando massacre, bills seeking equal protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents are getting a renewed push in the Capitol. Three bills championed by Senate Republicans would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the list of groups already protected under the state's antidiscrimination laws - and one of the measures could come up for a committee vote as soon as Wednesday. A top aide to Sen. Scott Wagner (R., York)
June 23, 2016 |
On May 24, the House Appropriations Committee took up a proposal "to deny transfers of firearms to persons known or suspected to be engaged in conduct related to terrorism. " In a party-line vote, Republicans defeated the plan 29 to 17. Nineteen days later, a man whom the FBI had investigated as a possible terrorist went into an Orlando nightclub and, claiming solidarity with the Islamic State, shot 49 people to death with weapons he bought legally. The legislation couldn't have prevented the massacre; it wouldn't have taken effect for months.
June 23, 2016
By Jacquelyn Warr-Williams In the aftermath of the Orlando killings, there has been a tremendous outpouring of love and support for the victims and their families. But this tragedy has also brought to the surface the unbelievable hate that still exists for gay and transgender individuals. This hate is not anonymous, and it is not confined to one group of people. A California pastor openly commented that he was not going to mourn those who died in Orlando. He stated, "Are you sad that 50 sodomites were killed today?
June 22, 2016 |
Art may or may not be the answer to society's most nettlesome ills. But sometimes in the face of abject destruction, the only thing you can do is to draw yourself up to the beauty of creation as closely as you possibly can, and listen. Sunday afternoon's musical response to the Orlando massacre could have achieved quite a lot with any number of pieces of music, but the repertoire choices were particularly wise. About 300 packed the pews of First Presbyterian Church at 21st and Walnut Streets for the concert by conductor Andrew Senn, a chamber orchestra of mostly freelancers, and a chorus of about three dozen (all donating their time and talent)