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.
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.
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.
February 14, 2002 |
NEWSFLASH: The woman who helped launder Al Gore's Buddhist temple money has not served a single day in jail. And probably never will. The hidden story of how funny-money honey Maria Hsia escaped any meaningful punishment for corrupting our election system shows just how empty all of this week's sound and fury over campaign finance reform really is. In the spring of 2000, Hsia was convicted by a federal jury in Washington of five felony counts...
September 27, 2000 |
I've once more to click on the tube and see Dubya or Big Al fondling a child in a classroom or schoolyard. About once more to see America's next Education President mug for the cameras with a pointer in his hand and a chalkboard as a backdrop, before I launch my early warning system for America's public schools. I'd post pictures of the grinning gladhanders with red slashes through their grillwork and a warning: "Candidate-free school zone. " An armed militia would be posted as lookouts for motorcades and minicams with orders to terminate with extreme malice.
July 6, 2000 |
Environmentalists are calling proposed rules to protect the state's water supply a sham. "You can sum up that 400-page document in two words - stall and sprawl," said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club. A half-dozen environmentalists held a news conference yesterday to criticize Gov. Whitman's water-quality and watershed-management rules, which were published Monday in the New Jersey Register. The plan was crafted to encourage growth in areas designated for development and add hurdles for developers in areas where the state wants to discourage growth.
February 22, 2000 |
Last Dec. 16, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain made front pages across the nation by shaking hands with a leading Democratic contender, Bill Bradley, and pledging to fight to reform America's campaign finance system. But on the very next day, the Arizona senator netted at least $15,750 at a fund-raiser largely attended by executives, spouses and business associates of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp., the cable-TV giant with a major interest in legislation in front of the Senate Commerce Committee - chaired by McCain.
December 22, 1999 |
A blind professor at Villanova University has filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the Main Line college alleging that she was denied a promotion because of her disability. Shams Inati, a tenured philosophy professor, filed the suit in U.S. District Court on Monday. It contends that her department head retaliated against her for forcing the university to buy a voice-activated computer and scanner to help her teach. She was not recommended for a full professorship in 1998 because she had made the receiving of this special equipment an issue, the suit alleges.
June 30, 1999 |
In the last two years, the supervisors have spent more than $10 million on open space, preserving 12 percent of the township. But some residents say it happened too fast, and they are raising questions about how it all came about and whether there was appropriate oversight. The supervisors spent more than $5.3 million last year on two properties without first appraising them. They also bought land from a fellow supervisor, allowing him a $225,000 profit on 11 acres he had bought two years earlier.
May 15, 1999 |
Wary of a mounting public backlash over the spread of guns and anxious about Democratic efforts to curb their unchecked sales, Senate Republicans yesterday forced passage of new restrictions on the sale of guns at gun shows. The 48-47 vote overrode Democratic objections to the measure. At the same time, it raised the possibility that the sweeping, bipartisan juvenile-justice bill that is serving as a vehicle for gun-control measures might be set aside by Republican leaders who do not want to expose colleagues to public disapproval.