September 29, 2014 |
You might call it David L. Cohen's Casablanca moment. Like the police captain who announced he was "shocked to find that gambling is going on" in a gaming hall, the Comcast executive suggested to journalists last week that he was shocked that companies wanting stuff from the cable and Internet giant had turned to an unseemly method to get it: using Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable as leverage. And if Comcast, as Cohen put it, "declined to play ball"?
September 21, 2014 |
No headphones in the hallway? No eating outside? One-way stairwells? Come on, man. Those newly enforced rules at Cheltenham High School were too much for about 500 students, who staged a sit-in Friday to protest. "It was right out of the '60s," said principal Iris Parker. About a third of the Montgomery County school's students sat peacefully in a hallway during first period as teachers, administrators, and security guards milled about, wondering what decade they were in. Parker said she did not interfere, since "they have the right to assemble ... and they need to have their voices heard.
September 9, 2014
BEING A SOUTH Philly resident for more than 40 years and being a big supporter of the quality of life, I am baffled at Wednesday's front page story, "Disguntinued. " I support the residents who are protesting the sale of play guns from a corner store to minors. I grew up in Point Breeze and I witnessed how the crime decayed a once great neighborhood. But what I am confused about is the timing and the location of the protest. It's great that 50 to 100 protesters came out in the sweltering heat, some carrying lettered signs, some chanting "Stop selling BB guns.
September 6, 2014 |
Nine fast-food workers were among 11 people arrested Thursday for blocking traffic on Arch Street near a Center City McDonald's, part of a national campaign pushing large restaurant chains to pay workers at least $15 an hour and seeking greater attention for income disparities. Dozens were reported arrested at similar rallies planned in about 150 cities Thursday. Organizers of the "Fight for $15" campaign said they planned civil disobedience to highlight an effort that has made little headway since it began with a small New York strike after Thanksgiving in 2012.
September 5, 2014 |
UNDER A BLAZING noontime sun, Philadelphia police Capt. Stephen Glenn and a couple of officers slowly worked their way, one by one, down the row of 11 young fast-food workers and supporters sitting in the normally busy intersection of Broad and Arch streets in Center City. Most of the youthful workers grabbed a microphone and uttered a short statement before the cops read their rights, arrested them, placed them in plastic handcuffs and led them to a waiting bus. "I'm doing this so we can pay our medical bills - we're making history right now," protester Jose Torres said before he was led away.
August 22, 2014 |
ONE DAY after publication of his first book, The Way Forward , U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan made Philly the first stop on his book tour last night, chatting with broadcast personality and columnist Michael Smerconish in front of more than 300 people at the Union League. The Wisconsin Republican and onetime vice-presidential candidate got a warm welcome, with a cocktail reception and a meet-and-greet before speaking to the audience in an evening hosted by the World Affairs Council. For more than an hour, Ryan touched on: the state of the conservative movement; U.S. foreign policy; Ferguson, Mo.; Obamacare; his life as the youngest of four children and a fifth-generation Wisconsinite; and his early career, starting with a stint behind the counter at McDonald's.
August 16, 2014 |
Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at LOVE Park for a moment of silence in response to the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., that followed the shooting death by police of an unarmed black teen. Protests have roiled the Midwestern community since Saturday's fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. The confrontation between police and protesters intensified Wednesday night, and the police were widely criticized for displaying an intimidating militarized presence and using overly aggressive tactics.
August 6, 2014 |
About 150 protesters gathered during a muggy three hours Monday outside a Cherry Hill restaurant where U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was attending a fund-raiser for State Sen. Donald Norcross' congressional campaign. Inside Caffe Aldo Lamberti, Norcross, Reid, and a swath of supporters from South Jersey and beyond dined on $2,600 per-plate meals at the private event. Norcross is the Democratic nominee for the First District seat vacated in February by Robert E. Andrews. He will face Republican Garry Cobb, a former Philadelphia Eagle, on Nov. 4. The district contains most of Camden County and part of Gloucester County.
July 27, 2014 |
Bursting with anger at the growing death toll in the Gaza Strip, 300 pro-Palestinian demonstrators hurled invective through bullhorns Friday outside the Center City office tower that houses the Israeli consulate in Philadelphia. "Israel, Israel, what do you say?" they chanted. "How many kids have you killed today?" For nearly three weeks, Hamas militants in Gaza have rained incessant rocket fire on Israel, and the Israel Defense Forces have bombed Gaza and invaded the coastal strip.
July 26, 2014 |
Tensions are mounting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where protesting union carpenters - excluded, unfairly they say, from working at the complex - plan another big protest Friday morning. The protests are continuing as: A rival union accuses leaders of the carpenters union of hypocrisy in mounting the protests, since members of that union daily cross the protest line to work in the center. Although the carpenters union no longer has jurisdiction to set up conventions, six union carpenters employed by a maintenance firm do repair work in the center.