October 17, 2013 |
Some of them called Republican congressmen "crybabies. " Others held signs declaring the federal government shutdown an "act of terrorism. " They chanted: "Vote! Vote! Vote!" More than 40 people gathered Tuesday outside the district office of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) in Middletown Township, Bucks County, to urge him to vote for a bill that would end the impasse in Washington. The protest was one of many that targeted the district offices of Republicans in the House and Senate across Pennsylvania and nationwide, blaming them for the shutdown and asking for a solution that includes raising the debt ceiling and leaving the Affordable Care Act untouched.
October 14, 2013 |
TORONTO - Over the last year, between work on the multitude of films and TV series Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be involved in ( 12 Years a Slave ; August: Osage County , showing Saturday at the Philadelphia Film Festival; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ; Sherlock ), the British actor would find himself, now and then, walking along Hans Crescent in the Knightsbridge section of London. He would pass the Embassy of Ecuador, not far from the fabled Harrods department store, and think about dropping in. Why not?
October 13, 2013 |
A small group of protesters huddled in the pouring rain outside U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan's office in Springfield, Delaware County, office Friday and urged him to help end the government shutdown. Their message to the Delaware County Republican: You're vulnerable, and don't forget it. "If Rep. Meehan decides to follow party ideology instead of standing with his constituents on this critical issue, Rep. Meehan can be sure constituents like me will not forget this moment once Election Day rolls around in 2014," Innes Forbes, 62, of Ridley Park, said to the group of about 20 people.
October 9, 2013 |
When the Coatesville Area School District's board voted two weeks ago to accept the resignations of two administrators who exchanged racist and sexist text messages, some residents in the packed high school auditorium said the vote wasn't the end. On Monday, a handful of people chartered a bus to Harrisburg to tell the state Department of Education that they would accept nothing less than the firings of former Superintendent Richard Como and former...
October 3, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA When Jerry and Barbara Cohen of Jenkintown received a $150 citation in the mail from the City of Philadelphia in May for leaving litter on a Queen Village street, they ignored it. Couldn't be them. They had not been in the city in months. But when they received a second notice - with a $40 late penalty tacked on - in September, they took notice. Jerry Cohen called the city to explain and complain. The response he got was indisputable: City workers had found a Tuesday Morning catalog with his wife's name and their address on it in one of five trash bags that someone had left at Fifth and Bainbridge Streets in May. They even had photos of the catalog to prove it. The workers also found the names and addresses of three other people.
October 2, 2013 |
ABOUT 20 PROTESTERS chanted outside a North Philadelphia charter school yesterday afternoon, claiming a group of visiting philanthropists were "deciding what education looks like in America, not the parents, not the students. " The activists from Fight for Philly and the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools protested outside Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter School on 19th Street near Erie Avenue, where attendees of a conference, "All of the Above: How Donors Can Expand a City's Great Schools," were taking a tour.
September 20, 2013 |
THERE'S LIKELY TO be more handcuffs amid the haze of marijuana smoke this weekend, when legalization proponents plan to blaze by the Liberty Bell again. The ninth "Smoke Down Prohibition" is scheduled for Saturday at The People's Plaza at Independence Mall National Historic Park, and recent rallies held there have resulted in several arrests, including one in May when activist Richard Tamaccio, a comedian who uses the stage name NA Poe, was arrested. A recent sentencing memorandum filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office is asking that Tamaccio be forbidden to enter Independence Mall without permission from a probation officer.
September 12, 2013 |
AS HILLARY Rodham Clinton accepted the 2013 Liberty Medal amid the echo of protesters' voices from across Independence Mall, the former secretary of state addressed the cacophony head-on, calling it the "lifeblood of self-government. " "Sometimes, it can get pretty noisy," Clinton said yesterday during the ceremony at the National Constitution Center, her voice carrying over dissidents that primarily denounced American involvement in the Syrian conflict. "But that is the American way. It's natural and right in a democracy for us to debate, for us to disagree - forcefully, even.
September 6, 2013 |
A LOT OF EAGLES fans are already preparing for Monday's game against the Redskins. An American Indian tribe is preparing too, but in a much different way. The Oneida Indian Nation said yesterday that it will run spots on Washington-area radio stations before the game, imploring the Redskins to change their nickname. The tribe said it finds the name offensive. The ad begins with a reference to the racial slur used by Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper toward a security guard at a concert this summer.
September 5, 2013 |
A PEACEFUL protest of the United States' involvement in the Syria conflict ended up being anything but Friday for an Iraq War veteran and musician who was hauled off Independence Mall by a group of U.S. park rangers. Emily Yates, 30, a banjo-playing California woman, was charged with assaulting a federal officer, disorderly conduct and interfering with agency operations in federal court yesterday and released on $25,000 bond. The touring musician will be allowed to continue on her stops until her court date, which has not yet been set. Court papers allege that Yates ignored police orders to leave an area fenced off by authorities for evidence processing ahead of a pro-marijuana rally.