December 8, 2013 |
'I'm a man. I'm a champion. I didn't want to look weak. " Weak is not a word usually associated with five-time world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. But as a survivor of child sexual abuse, a secret Leonard concealed for more than 40 years, he feared people might view him differently if he ever disclosed it. "I knew something was wrong," he says. "I drank to numb and cushion what I was hiding. When people see me, they see a champion who kicked [Roberto] Duran's butt, but the kid inside me was still living, and I didn't know how to find comfort.
December 5, 2013 |
A BILL PROMISING to bring millions of dollars in advertising revenue to the school district made strides yesterday when it cleared its first hurdle in City Council. Introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, the Philadelphia Advertising on School Property bill would allow for placement of commercial advertisements on school district buildings as a means of generating funds for the district. "In [Los Angeles], Nike picked up the tab for a [sports] field. That's huge," said Brown.
June 14, 2013 |
THE 2008 U.S. OPEN at Torrey Pines provided the golf world with a plethora of iconic images. Fans will remember Tiger Woods limping around the Southern California course, and draining the lengthy putt on the 18th hole to set up a playoff. But there was another image that came from Torrey Pines. It was the official U.S. Open poster that was designed by Lee Wybranski that highlighted the scenery of the course. The poster also highlighted Wybranski and his talents. "In 2008, I was given the opportunity to create my first U.S. Open poster for the Open at Torrey Pines," Wybranski said.
June 2, 2013 |
High risk, high reward. The Phillies are labeled as having that philosophy in the first-year player draft, and when things go bad it's a line of thinking that can make a scouting director and organization look awful. "If you hit, you can get an all-star-type player," a National League scout said. "Miss on them and it doesn't look good at all. I think Greg Golson is the poster child for missing. " If Golson, the Phillies' first-round pick in 2004, is the poster child, then double-A Reading outfielders Anthony Hewitt and Zach Collier are bordering on becoming the first cousins to the pain that is felt when first-round picks with tremendous athletic ability fail.
May 16, 2013 |
Perennial candidate Warren Bloom pulled the top ballot position for Philadelphia Traffic Court in Tuesday's primary. Which is troubling because, six years ago, Willie Singletary was first on the ballot and, despite being spectacularly unsuited, won the job. Bloom is the poster candidate for why voters are wretchedly served by this multicar crack-up of an institution. Nine former "judges" on this "court," including Singletary, were charged last fall with conspiracy and fraud for fixing tickets.
March 8, 2013 |
THE NEWEST entry in the growing list of global-warming documentaries opens, horror-movie-style, with dramatic footage of lightning storms, floodwaters, wildfires and drought-strangled fields, as though weather itself were something new and terrifying. The statistics come later, suggesting that extremes of climate are, in fact, occurring more widely and frequently, and that they're the result of human activity. But to grab your attention, the film starts with scare tactics. What, you were expecting a calmly reasoned argument from a film called "Greedy Lying Bastards"?
November 1, 2012
Revealing that you have been sexually abused doesn't come easily at any age. Child victims often fear for their lives. Years later, they fear the reaction of others to such a shocking admission. But unless victims come forward, nothing changes. Just look at the Jerry Sandusky case, which has led to sweeping reforms at Pennsylvania State University to protect children and make sure sexual attacks are reported. The importance of coming forward was reiterated this week by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, who spoke candidly at a Penn State conference on child sex abuse about a secret he had kept hidden for years.
October 31, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Sugar Ray Leonard still hasn't told his parents or his 11-year-old son, and Monday was just the second time that he spoke publicly about being sexually abused as an adolescent. He had not written a speech, and he momentarily grasped for words. During a 30-minute talk before a room full of experts and advocates, however, the boxing legend moved quickly from uncertainty to clarity - "I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse" - and then a declaration that surprised even organizers of the Pennsylvania State University conference.
June 26, 2012 |
BEFORE cellphones, before the Internet, it was on a Thursday evening exactly 20 years ago when the phone hanging on the kitchen wall began to ring. It was the office. Jerome Brown was dead. You do this job long enough and you become numb to stuff. The news is bad, yes, but an impending deadline becomes the most powerful anesthetic. You gather your thoughts for a few minutes, if you have a few minutes, and then you start typing. There isn't any other way. That night was one of the hardest, though.
May 23, 2012 |
The world finally got to see Dharun Ravi cry, and if his tears didn't demonstrate the remorse he has so famously failed to express publicly, they at least looked genuine. The seemingly unflappable Ultimate Frisbee ace barely batted an eyelash Monday when others in the Middlesex County courtroom described his actions as "evil" and so lacking in humanity as to verge on monstrous. But when his mother, Sabitha Pazhani, began sobbing just a seat away, Ravi's enormous brown eyes filled up, then spilled.