April 13, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I was a well-behaved, respectful child/teen/adult whose mother snooped and took things out of context. So I rebelled where I knew it would hurt. As I look ahead to when my children are teens and adults, I want to be respectful and informed. I want to be the parent they turn to, trusted and sensitive and firm. I'd love to hear your advice on privacy, snooping, and boundaries to keep in my mental filing cabinet.
January 7, 2016 |
Hours after being sworn in, Mayor Kenney responded to public outrage over the latest Mummers Parade: He tasked the Human Relations Commission and his administration's top LGBT aide to enact major changes in the city-backed New Year's spectacle. Strict rules, prescreening of acts, sanctions, and sensitivity training for the Mummers all are under consideration in response to some Comics strutting in brownface and dressing as tacos. Others carried racially inflammatory signs. And still others performed a skit about Caitlyn Jenner that was deemed offensive to the LGBT community.
November 25, 2015 |
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams did little to assuage his critics Monday when he announced that three prosecutors ensnared in a pornographic email chain had finally received sensitivity training. "It's a slap in the face," said City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who, with eight colleagues, has called for the firing of the prosecutors. "It only happened because we called for their resignation and firing. " The prosecutors - Frank Fina, Marc Costanzo, and Patrick Blessington - completed the training Friday, according to a release from the District Attorney's Office that said Williams and 11 other employees took the training as well.
November 15, 2015 |
A Syrian native who also held British citizenship was arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Scranton on charges of conspiring with a Pennsylvania man to illegally export to Syria laboratory equipment that could be used to create chemical weapons. Ahmad Feras Diri, 42, pleaded not guilty Friday to a host of charges. Diri recently lost an extradition fight in London, and afterward surrendered to agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Commerce Department's Office of Export Enforcement.
September 6, 2015 |
WELCOME BACK, dear reader, to the land of pornographic emails, fiery vendettas and endless grand jury investigations known as Pennsylvania politics! It's possible you haven't tuned in since last week, when the commonwealth was left stunned by the release of hundreds of graphic sexual images that were contained in emails sent and received by former state prosecutors - including, most prominently, Frank Fina, noted arch-nemesis of recently indicted state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
May 23, 2015 |
Update: Temple University said Friday that Xiaoxing Xi has been temporarily suspended as chair of Temple University's physics department, pending the outcome of federal charges that he schemed to provide sensitive U.S. defense technology to China. "The concern is this certainly will affect his ability to do administrative duties," Temple Provost Hai-Lung Dai said. No decision has been made on whether he will be permitted to teach in the fall if the case has not been resolved, Dai said.
February 13, 2015 |
If there's one thing the people at Montgomery Theater love, it's a cluttered urban apartment filled with two or three of the city's ragged loveless. Jim Geoghan's Light Sensitive fills this bill, and, like many of the theater's other productions, it's a story with working-class humor, heart, and a warm Christmas message. So, good for them. It's not all they do, but they have their niche and they fill it well. The twist in Geoghan's tale comes in the form of Tom (Jared Michael Delaney)
February 10, 2015 |
Zymir has his heart set on becoming a fashion designer and developing his own brand of "Z" jeans. In fact, he already has made a sketch of them. That's quite ambitious for an 11-year-old, even one as stylish and creative as Zymir. During a recent visit to Philadelphia University's fashion design department, he watched several garments being made and learned the process start to finish. He also got some tips from designer Jay McCarroll, winner of the debut Project Runway competition in 2004.
December 13, 2014 |
Chris Rock established himself as one of our foremost comics with his 1996 HBO special, Bring the Pain . Nearly two decades later, he proves he's also a brilliant filmmaker with Top Five , a stunning, joyous, big-screen comedy written and directed by and starring the 49-year-old Rock. An innovative take on familiar material, Top Five is an exquisitely paced, rich, idiosyncratic, satirical, yet deeply moving free-form comedy about a Hollywood star who is shadowed for one day by a New York Times reporter.
December 2, 2013 |
Getting a prostate exam is generally not high on any man's list of favorite pastimes, but just imagine what it would be like to administer one. Actually you don't have to imagine - if you know the right people at Drexel University College of Medicine. That is the home of Patrick, a simulated patient who is part image on a video screen, and . . . well, there is no elegant way to say this: part plastic butt. The inside of the synthetic posterior is equipped with 12 pressure sensors so medical students can practice their technique.