July 24, 2009
I was disappointed by the Fumo sentencing. He plotted and manipulated "OPM" to live off the fat of the land. He used his position to live a life of comfort, lies and manipulations at everyone else's expense. This is a sham and disgrace. He was in a position to do good, but chose to do otherwise. I thought we were prosecuting Fumo for his crimes - so much for "justice. " Veronica Wojnar, Philadelphia
April 30, 1997 |
"The best lives are invented," observes an elderly Albert Dehousse (Jean-Louis Trintignant), reflecting on his years as a Resistance fighter, a French lieutenant colonel, a government minister and a complete and utter sham, in Jacques Audiard's fascinating A Self-Made Hero. The opening selection of the sixth annual Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, which gets underway tonight, Hero is a remarkable study of individual deceit and a nation's collective reckoning over its tortured role during World War II. Writer-director Audiard has created both a serious rumination about self-invention and a playful, provocative entertainment through documentary techniques (talking-head interviews with "witnesses")
April 19, 2002 |
It's called Time Out, but French director Laurent Cantet's unsettling film about a businessman between situations might well be called "Fake This Job and Love It. " Vincent (Aur?lien Recoing) resembles both Prince Albert of Monaco and a corporate executive. But he is a sham. Recently fired and too ashamed to admit it, Vincent constructs an alternative universe. To impress friends and family, he says he is a U.N. consultant in Geneva. He works harder to get the job description and language down than he would if he were actually employed.
August 21, 2005
Some shots are so obvious, so easy, you wonder whether to even take them. But these clowns deserve it. Last July, as you may have heard, Pennsylvania lawmakers sneaked through pay raises of 16 percent to 34 percent for themselves - and concocted a shady gambit to collect the raises before the next election. Yet, before recessing, the lords of Harrisburg couldn't find time to act on another bill, one that would have subsidized life insurance premiums for Pennsylvania National Guard members summoned for active duty.
March 30, 2012 |
TEN YEARS ago, then-Mayor John Street took the podium at a NAACP convention and declared: "The brothers and sisters are running this city. Running it! Don't you let nobody fool you; we are in charge of the City of Brotherly Love. " Yet, when it came to city contracts, most black-owned companies weren't getting any love. They were getting a ridiculously thin slice of a huge pie. More like crumbs, actually. Between 1998 and 2003, only 2.3 percent of city-contract dollars went to minority-owned firms, and 2.2 percent to women, according to Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. Companies owned by white men handled 95.5 percent of the work.
February 24, 1987 |
Mabel Crisp was up to her thighs in chicken. Hamburgers, too. And she more than had her fill of lamb chops and baked fish, not to mention a few other dishes she didn't even know the names of. But she kept right on eating them all . . . the chicken, the burgers, chops, and fish. She didn't have much choice. Mabel Crisp couldn't read a menu, so "when I went out to eat I got chicken or whatever my friends ordered. " She couldn't read labels, either, so "when I went shopping I 'picture- shopped' - I knew what I was buying by looking at the picture on the can. " And she couldn't read street signs, so "when I rode on a bus I told the driver I wasn't sure where I was going and asked him to tell me when my stop came.
January 15, 1999 |
YBM Magnex International was a stock market sensation. Founded in 1994 by a Russian emigre scientist who lives in Bucks County, the magnet and bicycle manufacturer rose from an obscure penny stock to a multinational worth nearly $1 billion in less than four years. Its numbers astonished competitors and delighted stockholders. Net sales quadrupled from 1994 to March 1998, net income jumped ninefold, earnings rose by a factor of five, and the future looked just as promising.
May 9, 2013
Read between the dance lines Last weekend's performance of Chinese classical works by the Shen Yun Performing Arts group included magnificent choreography, costumes, and music. However, unbeknownst to many ticket buyers - unless they thought to research it, which I did not - the Merriam Theater appearance also had a political/religious agenda that I found to be disconcerting. Shen Yun is part of the international Falun Gong movement, a religious practice that has borne the brunt of brutal persecution by the Chinese government.
October 8, 2010
MY TIME in the makeup and costume trailers over, I was told to head toward the "Secretariat" movie set, the tunnel underneath the grandstand at historic Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. It was a year ago, a perfect fall morning. They were setting up a shot of a news conference before the 1973 Belmont Stakes. The connections of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Secretariat were to be there, along with the people behind Derby and Preakness runner-up Sham. Actually, the real people weren't there.
September 4, 1998 |
Qun Chen, 26, of Mayfair Street near Tabor Road, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia yesterday for alleged involvement in a $5.4 million food stamp fraud. A Chinese national who is married to a U.S. citizen and who hopes to become a naturalized citizen, Chen allegedly operated two sham groceries, the Wyoming Variety Store, at Front and Wyoming, and the Tasker Grocery, on 13th Street near Tasker, through which the food stamps were redeemed over a four-year period, 1994-1997.