February 16, 2015
I DO IMMIGRATION law, and a good part of my practice involves asylum and refugee work. For the past 20 years, I've helped beleaguered aliens obtain protection and safe haven in the United States. I've seen it all: Religious, political, social and ethnic persecution, and it's been one of the most rewarding aspects of my job to help a deserving individual establish a new life in this beautiful country. So when I heard that the Democratic National Committee had chosen Philadelphia as the site of the 2016 presidential convention, my first thought was: "Oh, the humanity!"
August 5, 2013 |
During the recent widening of a major South Jersey shore route, small endangered critters in the area faced a new danger. They would have to dodge yet another lane of rumbling trucks, buses, and cars, seemingly charging at the wildlife, in the middle of a pristine wildlife preserve. But a novel program, often found out West, is helping the animals safely cross the Atlantic City Expressway, a corridor used by roughly 53 million travelers a year. Fences are guiding them away from the highway and into four culverts beneath it. To gauge the program's success, the state Department of Environmental Protection plans to install motion-triggered cameras next month to see if endangered tree frogs, rare northern pine snakes, and the more common foxes, raccoons, and opossums are using the passageways located near the Frank S. Farley Rest Stop in Hammonton.
March 15, 2013 |
THE PROTAGONIST of "Lore," a powerful and haunting drama set in Germany immediately following the country's defeat in World War II, is a teenage girl. Subtly played by Saskia Rosendahl, Lore (pronounced "Laura") is just old enough to have learned to fear and hate Jews. It's a sick lesson imparted to her by her Nazi parents (Hans-Jochen Wagner and Ursina Lardi) who, as the film gets under way, are being taken into custody by Allied troops. This leaves Lore the rest of the film to begin to unlearn that lesson, and maybe to pick up a few new ones, as she and her four younger siblings, who are still relatively untainted by anti-Semitism, make their way through the Black Forest to a relative's house near Hamburg.
March 7, 2013 |
Richard J. Kerrigan Sr., 101, of Collingdale, a bartender who could find the fun in most any situation, died Thursday, Feb. 28, of cancer at Prospect Park Health & Rehab, where he had lived for six years. Just days before his death, Mr. Kerrigan was needling the rehab staff with jokes. More than a year earlier, on his 100th birthday, he had greeted partygoers by name and then announced: "Can I go to bed now?" "He never had a bad day in his life," said Michael Masi, who is married to Mr. Kerrigan's granddaughter Bernadette.
November 10, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The bravado sounded familiar. Like the leaders of other countries swept away by Arab Spring uprisings, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to never be forced into exile and to die in his homeland. Assad dug in his heels even as world powers move to boost the opposition in Syria's civil war - the latest turn in a nearly 20-month-old crisis so overwhelming that even the Red Cross says it can no longer cope. "I am not a puppet, I was not made by the West for me to go to the West or any other country," Assad said in an interview with Russia Today, which posted excerpts Thursday on its website.
November 7, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Battles between government forces and rebels left more than 140 people dead across Syria on Tuesday, while the brother of the parliament speaker was gunned down in Damascus - the latest victim of a wave of assassinations targeting high-ranking supporters of President Bashar al-Assad. The violence aroused new concern about faltering diplomatic efforts to try to end the conflict. Britain's prime minister offered the latest long-shot suggestion - that Assad could be allowed safe passage out of the country if that would guarantee an end to the fighting.
September 8, 2012 |
In September 2007, I walked into the halls of Thomas FitzSimons High School. This was my first teaching assignment, at an all-male, African American neighborhood school, the only one of its kind in the city. No one is walking into the halls of my school this September. Five years later, "Fitz," as we affectionately called it, has been closed. What remains for me are memories of the students who came through my classroom door and changed the way I think about education in America.
February 26, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Syrian Arab Red Crescent workers rescued some wounded civilians Friday from the hard-hit Baba Amr neighborhood of the city of Homs as representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian government negotiated a cease-fire that would allow still larger evacuations. The barrage of mortar and rocket fire that had rained down on the neighborhood came to a halt apparently for the first time in three weeks as the negotiations took place. Two journalists wounded Wednesday in a hail of fire that killed two of their colleagues were apparently not among seven women and children rescued Friday and taken to a Homs hospital.
February 1, 2011 |
The demonstrations on the streets of Egypt touched Philadelphia on Monday night, as shaken tourists and students made their way home to this region - or at least out of a country embroiled in protest. Joanne Carmine, a Center City insurance executive with the Ace Group, was on I-95, being driven home by her son in the final leg of a sometimes frightening journey that began amid burned-out buildings in Cairo, took her to Germany, and led at last to Dulles Airport outside Washington. Deen Novelli, a 2010 Temple University graduate who was studying Arabic at the University of Alexandria, arrived in Athens, Greece, after leaving on a State Department flight.