March 15, 2007
DURING THE PEAK of British imperial power, Rudyard Kipling penned the poem "Tommy" about the attitude of the British ruling class toward their troops, both during hostilities and in the aftermath. History is replete with the ill treatment of heroic troops, from Victorian England to the American bonus marchers of the 1930s - with the exception of American World War II veterans who received the thanks of a grateful nation in the form of the GI Bill of Rights. In the present day, the veterans' reward for horrible sacrifices has been to be kicked to the curb.
February 9, 1987 |
There was poetry in the way they played yesterday's NBA All-Star Game. Poetry. Grace. Skill. Charisma. A sport that has gone beyond itself. Julius Erving, at 36, in his 16th and last All-Star Game, was the thread, linking basketball as it was to basketball as it has become. The sky-walkers sky higher, faster, more frequently now. They contort, unfurl, extend, create, gyrate. Doctor J, halfway through his final professional season, is the root of all that they have become. In a schedule crammed with tributes to him, yesterday emerged as a portion of his tribute in return.
July 27, 1993 |
Filmmaker John Singleton and cinematographer Peter Lyons Collister use a, let's say, visually arresting technique to introduce one character in the new movie Poetic Justice. There is no warning. Just an image. The camera focuses on a pair of long mahogany legs and moves slowly upward from those legs and then upward along the painted-on-tight, but expensive, red dress, and the body it claims to cover. That fine lady is standing next to a brand-new blue Lexus. The inscription on the California vanity license plate: MS BOOTIE.
November 12, 1991 |
When the Eagles recovered the fumble that opened the last door to victory in Sunday's dramatic football game with the Cleveland Browns, free safety Wes Hopkins threw off his green parka and ran out on the field to see who had the ball with his own eyes. Some things are just too good to be true. Hopkins had watched with disbelief on the frigid sidelines, hopping from foot to foot, trying to keep warm, as that hotdog Browns receiver, Webster Slaughter, wandered back, back, back to the goal line under Jeff Feagles' monumental 61-yard punt.
July 23, 1993 |
"Poetic Justice" provides a graphic depiction of why your mail is late. It's the story of a postal worker assigned to deliver mail from L.A. to Oakland. He relieves the monotony by taking along three friends. They stop frequently - for booze, picnics, sex, visits to relatives and other whimsical adventures - but never to deliver mail. (Not once do they stop for rain, snow, sleet hail or gloom of night, so technically he's OK.) "Poetic Justice" is a road movie/love story from John Singleton, who made a splashy debut with the urban youth drama "Boyz N the Hood.
July 18, 2001
IRA EINHORN is nothing more than an actor. In the '60s, Einhorn was a hippie messiah wannabe. Last week, he looked like a demonic figure when he made a superficial suicide attempt to avoid extradition for killing his girlfriend. After 24 years, poetic justice will be served and the natural law will prevail. Just like the beatniks who eventually became the establishment, everything in time comes full circle. Stuart M. Burgh Jr., Philadelphia
February 24, 1989 |
Jewels, furs and other trinkets confiscated from dope peddlers brought more than $75,000 into federal coffers yesterday at an auction at the Holiday Inn, 4th and Arch streets. The sale was conducted by the General Services Administration for the Marshal's Service. "It was wild," said Daniel Orr, administrative officer for the Marshal's Service in Philadelphia. "We had about 250 people show up, and we sold almost everything above the wholesale value. " By law, those who lost their goods couldn't buy them back at the auction.
February 12, 1987
I think it's poetic justice that a judge has finally been mugged without anyone lending a hand to help. Maybe this is a second- or third-time offender whom some judge has let out of jail or given a light sentence? Between the lawmakers, "smart" lawyers, parole boards and judges in our land, untold thousands of innocent people have suffered at the hands of muggers, rapists and murderers. They are just as guilty as the multiple offenders they keep putting back on the streets.
December 6, 2004
OF ALL THE CABINET members now leaving the Bush White House, none had a tougher job, with the exception of Colin Powell, than former Gov. Tom Ridge. Brought on board to head the Department of Homeland Security shortly after 9/11, Ridge had the daunting task of running a brand-new department tasked with protecting the country, but one that had little clout. He also had the job of projecting a calm presence to a jittery nation. It was an impossible job, but Ridge did it to the best of his ability.
March 23, 1991
Mayor Goode is right. If Thomas A. Mills insists on staying in the race for City Council in the 10th District, he should resign his seat on the Board of Education. State law does not prohibit a school board member from running for political office, so it's not illegal for Mills to stay in the Democratic primary contest for the nomination to oppose Republican incumbent Brian O'Neill in the fall. But the school board is no place for a candidate for another office. It politicizes the board - which has a lot of problems, but partisan politics has not been one of them.