May 1, 2015 |
THE CALENDAR may have said "spring" a month ago, but what really kicks it off in Philadelphia - aside from Phillies opening day - is the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, which will once again take over Center City west of Broad, this Saturday from noon till 5 p.m. More than 100 booths will line Walnut Street, from Broad to 19th streets, and feature samplings from some of the city's top restaurants, in addition to Rittenhouse Row merchants, art,...
April 18, 2015
ISSUE | FRAT CASE Getting it wrong hurts real victims Michael Smerconish was far too focused on the immediate and localized effect of the misreporting and misrepresentation in the now-discredited Rolling Stone account of a fraternity rape ("Red flags on piece were there," April 12). The larger tragedy here is the pall of doubt and disbelief the magazine cast over actual victims of campus rape. In fact, testosterone and alcohol-fueled fraternities occupied by man-child Neanderthals raised on Internet porn offer a perfect breeding ground for abusive behavior.
April 13, 2015 |
She was "Our Gal in Paris. " That's how Rubye Graham was billed on the front page of The Inquirer for her reviews of top fashion designers during the 1960s and early '70s. Rubye Graham Hennessy, as she was later known, was tasked with making the newspaper's fashion coverage more exciting. She arrived in 1959, and by 1966 - well, this is how Philadelphia Magazine described her entrance to a Paris restaurant packed with the elite of haute couture: " Everyone will be at Maxim's.
March 23, 2015 |
SO MUCH ABOUT the Penn State Kappa Delta Rho fraternity case is depressing. There's the secret 144-member Facebook page with photos of naked and half-naked passed-out women, some in sexual poses that cops describe as "graphic" and "appalling. " Dubbed "2.0," the page is not to be confused with its first Facebook iteration, "Covert Business Operations," which was taken down when a victim who was the subject of a nude photo complained. It's chilling that these young men so lacked empathy that the only thing they learned from her pain and humiliation was to honor her request, wait a bit, then start back up again.
March 4, 2015 |
LT. JOYCE CRAIG, who earned the tragic distinction of becoming Philly's first female firefighter to die on duty, will be posthumously honored for bravery by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Craig is one of 10 people whom the commission will celebrate as "everyday heroes" who have advanced social equality and justice in Philadelphia. The other award recipients are: * Bishop Dwayne Royster and People Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER), a multiracial interfaith coalition dedicated to pushing for social change.
February 11, 2015 |
Helen Gym is no stranger to speaking before elected officials - sometimes rather loudly. Now, she is vying for a seat at their table. Gym, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for a City Council at-large seat at a lively rally Monday at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square, where she focused mostly on education. A former elementary-school teacher, she has become a fiery advocate for public education funding and a frequent critic of city policies surrounding it. Gym, 47, the mother of three children in Philadelphia public magnet schools, entered the race with the endorsement of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which has pledged to donate the maximum $11,500.
February 6, 2015 |
An Inquirer poll on pot set off the first "flip-flop" claim in Philadelphia's 2015 mayoral campaign. James F. Kenney, who resigned from City Council last week and declared his candidacy for mayor on Wednesday, successfully pushed legislation last year to decriminalize the penalties for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana. Former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, another Democrat in the May 19 primary, on Tuesday said she supported "decriminalization of possessions of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. " Kenney's campaign pounced within minutes of seeing the story, pointing to a lengthy interview with Abraham published Jan. 5 on Philadelphia Magazine's blog, Citified.
January 13, 2015 |
Michael Nutter is not given to sentimentality. Ask Philadelphia's mayor to dwell a bit on his waning time in office, and there is no wistful Barbara Walters moment. Just a steely "We have work to do. " "I'm quite aware of the calender," he says, brushing aside any hope of reflection, "but we serve until the last day. " The last day is still a ways off, a year to be exact, but the distance is deceptive. His influence, real or perceived, is dissipating rapidly as others anticipate his replacement from among a gathering field of mayoral candidates.
January 7, 2015 |
Just a few days after one candidate for Philadelphia mayor dropped out of the race, another emerged. Doug Oliver, a Philadelphia Gas Works spokesman and former press secretary for Mayor Nutter, said Monday that he was quitting his PGW job and jumping into the mayor's race as a Democrat. He plans an official announcement for early February. Oliver's decision, first reported by Philadelphia Magazine, comes on the heels of Terry Gillen's announcement that she would no longer seek the office.
December 28, 2014 |
Joyce Carol Oates has a point. The eminent writer was on Twitter Wednesday, discussing the political demonstrations throughout the country this year. She tweeted: "Critics of 'social media' need to acknowledge how, for all its flaws, this is a revolutionary new consciousness. " That's no writerly exaggeration. In a tumultuous year, much of the tumult was relayed, focused, stoked, and distributed through media channels other than newspapers, radio, TV, or film. From Hong Kong to Ferguson, from Mexico City to Philadelphia, social media repeatedly were harnessed to inform, create groups that shared goals and values, express outrage, solidarity, and aspiration, and organize protests.