April 4, 2013 |
As Marcus Hook Borough Mayor James Schiliro deals with charges that he held an acquaintance hostage and fired a gun during a drunken episode at his home in February, residents Tuesday expressed mixed feelings about whether he should resign. Schiliro, 38, a Republican, has said he would not seek reelection but intends to serve the remaining nine months of his four-year term. Schiliro apologized at a Monday night council meeting for the negative publicity that "his arrest has cast on the borough," according to the Delaware County Times.
February 3, 2013 |
It has been 30 years since the last supermarket set up shop in Camden, at its far southern end - now the only such store in the city. Since then, most residents have turned to bodegas and other small groceries to purchase food. The Camden Children's Garden and its affiliated Camden City Garden Club have tried to fill the fresh-produce void. But that role may be in jeopardy as the garden faces eviction from its waterfront home. Each growing season, hundreds of seeds are planted in the Children's Garden grow labs and later transferred to community gardens throughout the city.
January 14, 2013 |
CAIRO - The Palestinian prime minister warned Sunday that his government could fail to meet its obligations to its people because of a cash crunch, and urged Arab countries to deliver on promised aid. Salam Fayyad met with Arab League members to discuss ways to raise the $100 million they pledged earlier to his Palestinian Authority. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said seven countries have responded favorably, but he did not name them. League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo decided to dispatch a delegation to the region to raise the funds the Palestinian government needs to make ends meet.
November 17, 2012 |
If nothing else, Thanksgiving should constantly remind us of how exceedingly blessed we are. But sometimes we forget. Simple comforts we take for granted - food, shelter, a flushing toilet, a winning football team (let us pray for next season), a family who loves us, a government that supports us - tend to drop off the radar, replaced by what we think we want and deserve. Well, have I got a talented, inspirational, and perfectly delightful reality check for you. I'm talking about the Watoto Choir, a children's choir based in Kampala, Uganda.
November 16, 2012 |
The Watoto Children's Choir from Uganda brings the "Beautiful Africa: A New Generation" tour through Philadelphia, performing at three venues to raise awareness of the plight of children left orphaned by HIV/AIDS, war, illness, and poverty. The first of the free concert series begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in West Philadelphia at the African Cultural Alliance of North America Community Center at 5530 Chester Ave. Sunday performances will be at 7:45 and 10:45 a.m. at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ, 6401 Ogontz Ave., and 6:30 p.m. at the New Life Glenside Church at 467 N. Easton Rd. The sound of the Watoto Children's Choir, composed of children who have lost one or both parents, is described as a blend of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm.
October 15, 2012 |
KARACHI, Pakistan - Tens of thousands rallied in Pakistan's largest city Sunday in the biggest show of support yet for a 14-year-old girl who was shot and seriously wounded by the Taliban for promoting girls' education and criticizing the militant group. The Oct. 9 attack on Malala Yousufzai as she was returning home from school in Pakistan's northwest horrified people inside and outside the country. At the same time, it gave hope to some that the government would respond by intensifying its fight against the Taliban and their allies.
July 15, 2012 |
Of all the groups claiming to be burdened by the new law requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote in Pennsylvania, people born in Puerto Rico have it the worst, a coalition of civil rights and Latino advocacy organizations said Friday. While Asian Americans, seniors, and others have complained about the law's impact, it "devastates" voter access for Puerto Ricans, said lawyer Juan Carlos Ibarra, because a series of bureaucratic hurdles requires them "to walk a longer path to the voting booth" in November.
July 12, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The idea of the Phillies' front office "jumping ship," as Jonathan Papelbon called it during this week's All-Star Game festivities, is something he says his teammates would not endorse. "In my opinion," Papelbon said, "I wouldn't want to be in any other clubhouse to try to get out of this. " Yet that clubhouse could look quite different in a matter of weeks. A season on the brink resumes Friday in Colorado, and the Phillies will play 15 games before the July 31 trade deadline.
May 15, 2012 |
The water ran out after the first day at sea. The boat engine quit on the second. Hien Cao, 22, clutched her 2-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son. They and 25 others had crowded onto a five-person fishing boat, the captain paid in gold to steer them to freedom. Now, the sun beating down as the vessel drifted off the southern coast of Vietnam, Cao felt numb. She'd taken this chance, this escape from a country that had become a prison, to give her children a better life.