June 19, 2002 |
IF YOU call them woolly mammoths, we'll have to hurt you. These Maine women, ages 33 to 70, perpetuate two grand traditions: spinning wool and posing scantily clad. They are scantily clad in wool, by the way. (By the way, doesn't that stuff itch?) Susanne Grosjean, a Maine wool spinner, came up with the idea of a calendar featuring her sister spinners in all their glory - and wool. The group is using the proceeds to fund a trip to Ireland and to benefit breast-cancer research.
June 20, 1987 |
An owner of one of the bonds that were floated for Chester's proposed $335 million trash plant filed suit yesterday, saying that the initial bond issue last August was a "sham" and that the tax-exempt status of the bonds is in doubt. Agents of the FBI, meanwhile, have been meeting in Philadelphia and Newark in the last two weeks in a widening investigation of several bond issues, including Chester's, according to reliable sources. The FBI is investigating possible wire fraud in bond issues underwritten by the Wall Street investment banking firm of Matthews & Wright Inc., the sources said.
May 10, 2004 |
Two years and seven months after Sept. 11, 2001 - a day in which the U.S. Capitol and the House of Representatives narrowly dodged a disaster that could have left Congress without a working quorum for months at the worst possible time - the House debated how to provide a continuing constitutional system in the event of a catastrophic terrorist attack. Unfortunately, the resulting bill, which was hailed by its sponsors and Republican House leaders as the ultimate and only solution to the issue, has divided the House on partisan lines.
August 22, 2002 |
NEW YORK Times Editor Howell Raines struck a blow for gay rights by announcing that, starting next month, the Times will publish "reports of same-sex commitment ceremonies and of some types of formal registration of gay and lesbian partnerships. " But no one should mistake this reform for a meaningful victory on behalf of social justice. If Raines is really interested in advancing equality, he shouldn't reform the Times wedding pages. He should abolish them. These pages are built on the false assumption that the weddings of wealthy non-celebrities constitute news.
December 8, 2015
STATE REP. Louise Bishop took cash bribes on three occasions, all of which are documented on tape. Her lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr., however, argues that since one or more of the prosecutors looked at porn emails or racist "humor," the bribes should now be overlooked and Bishop should go free. What a strange and troubling argument this is. Whatever consequences these prosecutors might face for using work computers to indulge their vices, how can this fact possibly be used to exonerate a public servant who abused the privileges of her office and took cash bribes ?
July 2, 2004 |
After hearing a seven-count charge sheet that alleged he ordered the killing of thousands of Iraqis, the assassination of religious and political figures, and the deployment of chemical weapons on a small mountain town, Saddam Hussein scoffed at an investigative judge yesterday and dismissed the process. "You know that this is all theater by Bush, the criminal, to help him with his campaign," Hussein said. The ex-Iraqi dictator was belligerent and unapologetic in court. Asked at the beginning of the hearing what his name was, for the record, he replied: "I am Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq.
May 4, 1986 |
Robert Chester was laid to rest in Eden Cemetery in Collingdale on May 23, 1983. But a year after the death of the 55-year-old black man, the City of Philadelphia approved Keystone Steel, the company he owned with a white partner, for a $50,000 contract as a minority-owned firm. The firm's minority status was based on the dead man's name. It may be out of the ordinary for a firm's minority status to be dependent on a dead man. But the fact that the city awarded a contract to a white-owned business when it was supposed to go to a minority was far from unusual.
November 13, 2003
IF YOU BELIEVED the promises of advocates for the so-called campaign-finance reform law passed last year, you would expect to see a substantial reduction in the influence of big money in politics by now. But this newspaper never believed those promises. We doubted that politicians would miss many beats before finding ways to get the same money from the same donors that once went to the "soft money" contributions banned by the law. So we're not surprised that the big-money race in politics continues.
August 8, 1995
Who could oppose a line item in Pennsylvania's budget giving $100,000 to the Montgomery County Association for Retarded Citizens? Or $150,000 to the Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Commission, or $100,000 to the YWCA in Northeast Philadelphia? The do-good citizens' lobby group Common Cause, that's who. And it has good cause to do so, while Gov. Ridge and legislative leaders just have bad excuses for continuing a poor public policy. The point here is not to eliminate small state grants to worthy nongovernmental organizations.
August 10, 1998
"They feel used. " That is how a European diplomat described the feelings of Cambodian voters, whom the international community hypocritically claimed to be helping toward democracy. Last week, results were announced for the second of Cambodia's "democratic" elections, held July 26. The incumbent, Hun Sen, an ex-member of the genocidal Khmer Rouge, won a majority in parliament. Reports indicate that ballot manipulations and voter intimidation were widespread. But a much-too-small contingent of international observers gave the elections its swift stamp of approval and went home.