September 17, 2016
Stanley K. Sheinbaum, 96, a former economics professor whose drive for Mideast peace had him mingling with presidents, royalty, and movie stars, died of heart disease Monday at his Los Angeles home. Dr. Sheinbaum gave up teaching to devote himself to what he called his quest to "create a little peace and justice in this unjust world. " He raised funds to defend Daniel Ellsberg during the military analyst's trial for releasing the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of the Vietnam War. Never one to shrink from controversy, Dr. Sheinbaum met with then-Palestinian Authority President Yasir Arafat in an unofficial diplomatic mission to bring peace to the Middle East.
September 6, 2016 |
Jim "Chalky" McCullough had one final wish: to live to see the lights go on and the work finished at the 10-bedroom Shore house "in serious need of renovation" that he and his family purchased two years ago in North Wildwood, his daughter Christine Friend said. Last month, McCullough got his wish when he spent a week of vacation there with his five children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. "Everyone was really happy to see him down there, sitting on the porch and enjoying it," Friend said.
August 29, 2016 |
Editor's note: In this presidential election year, Allan B. Schwartz, M.D., a professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension at Drexel University College of Medicine, offers a different kind of Medical Mystery, looking at the health of U.S. presidents. Earlier articles in this series are on the "Check Up" blog at philly.com/checkup. As the U.S. Senate was debating President Woodrow Wilson's cherished Treaty of Versailles in the aftermath of World War I, Wilson knew his chances of success were slim.
August 27, 2016
By Gerard Shields As a City Hall reporter 25 years ago in Allentown, I met the African American director of the human relations commission after she conducted police racial sensitivity training. I asked her to bring the lesson to our newsroom, which was 95 percent white - and I was in the 95 percent. At the training session, she asked us to list various ethnic groups, such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, across the top of a piece of paper. Down the left side of the page, we wrote down social institutions such as work, home, school, neighborhood, family, friends, and church.
July 30, 2016 |
Start with the carpenters' and stagehands' unions, which historically hate each other's guts in Philadelphia. Add hard feelings over which union put up fences during Pope Francis' visit. Not a prayer of forgetting that. Layer in Democratic politics from Washington along with high-stakes pressure to show the city, candidate, and party in a good light. Then throw in demands from a contentious crew of media technicians from the major networks. No one wants to make them mad. Now, just for fun, mix it with a crazy deadline of seven weeks to transform the Wells Fargo complex into a $15 million mini metropolis for the Democratic National Convention.
July 25, 2016 |
In the middle of contract negotiations with AFSCME District Council 33, Richard Lazer, Philadelphia's point man in the talks, had to deal with another labor issue - his wife giving birth to their second child. With an agreement in sight, Lazer, the deputy mayor for labor, couldn't afford to take time off. "We went to see the baby and Richie was in the kitchen on the phone with [DC33 president] Pete Matthews, saying 'No, we can't do that. I'll see about that,' " said Jim Engler, deputy mayor for policy and legislation and Lazer's brother-in-law.
July 24, 2016 |
Scottie Reynolds stepped onto the court and immediately flashed a smile that couldn't be erased. The looseness he played with during his four years at Villanova was evident once again. Before the game started, he swayed to the warm-up music at Philadelphia University's Gallagher Athletic Center. Slipped inside his bright neon blue sneakers, he pointed to the crowd when he was introduced by the public address announcer. As he dribbled the ball up court, he held up hand signals, yelled, "Hey!
July 23, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - Bryan Hambley had never organized a protest before, and so the Cleveland physician made sure to do his research on what to expect at the Republican convention. What he learned alarmed him. Chaos and violence were forecast. Open-carry advocates had vowed to lug loaded assault rifles into the city. Police had recruited dozens of officers from departments across the nation to help handle demonstrations. High security fences rimmed the perimeter of the arena where Donald Trump would accept the nomination.
July 23, 2016 |
In the end, Donald Trump took the conventional route. For one night, the Apprentice host-turned-contender chose to dance not with the fractured rhetoric that brought him, instead embracing that despised machine - the teleprompter - he once said presidential candidates shouldn't be allowed. Wearing a shiny red tie and standing behind a lectern trimmed in his trademark gold, Trump accepted the Republican nomination in a speech that departed only occasionally from text released earlier in the day, declaring that for the "people who work hard but no longer have a voice, I am your voice.
July 21, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - In Public Square, where speakers have come and gone peaceably for the last two days, one of the far right's most prominent voices and two men calling him "Nazi scum" scuffled briefly in one of the most tense encounters the city has seen during the Republican National Convention. A quiet morning gave way to a raucous afternoon, where hundreds of reporters, police officers, and protesters filled the historic square amid loud demonstrations and counterdemonstrations.