January 27, 2016 |
Question: Knowing she was dying, my friend asked me to look after her husband and include him in our lives. She died this past fall and I've been trying to abide by her wishes. They were a childless couple, and my husband and I are considerably younger and have two young children. We have had her husband over several times for dinner, but I feel that we're not clicking. He doesn't really know how to interact well with our boys (in fairness, ages 2 and 4 are hard!) and he is generally a quiet person who doesn't talk much.
December 23, 2015 |
Earlier this year, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. sued the U.S. Justice Department, claiming it was attempting to prosecute him on bank and tax fraud charges for statements that should be protected by the First Amendment. Now, a federal judge has tossed that lawsuit, in part because the typically loquacious son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah failed to speak up to defend it. In an order filed last week, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III dismissed the suit because Fattah, 32, failed to meet a court deadline to respond to government arguments that his claims were meritless and, by now, moot.
October 31, 2015 |
It's been more than two years since that terrible June day when a wobbly, three-story wall tumbled onto the roof of a Salvation Army thrift store during a demolition project, killing six people. But the architect who was supervising the job, Plato Marinakos Jr., has never stopped working. Marinakos designed a five-story apartment house on Buttonwood Street last year and has sought zoning variances for other buildings. The website for his firm, Plato Studio , lists four projects for 2015.
October 21, 2015 |
West Catholic's Craig Jones has a boulder on his shoulder that he takes with him wherever he goes. Nearly two weeks ago, the 6-foot, 185-pound senior wide receiver and defensive back took it to the field at Plymouth Whitemarsh High. "I was there when Archbishop Wood played La Salle and I was talking to a Temple coach," Jones said. "I asked him, 'What do I have to do to get an offer?' Then I told him I would score five touchdowns in one game - seriously. " Jones made good last week at Widener, where the Burrs throttled Bishop McDevitt, 48-13.
September 29, 2015 |
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe says he is no bully, but gets cast that way because "the left does a great job of smearing people. " The Butler County Republican played right into that role again last week with a very public display of intolerance for an opposing point of view. Metcalfe, chairman of the State Government Committee, held a hearing Monday on legislation to make English the "official language of the Commonwealth. " He objected when State Rep. Leslie Acosta, a Philadelphia Democrat, started her remarks in Spanish.
September 18, 2015 |
Words as music. The idea has been explored in many ways over the decades, from the global chatter in Luciano Berio's landmark 1969 Sinfonia to music-over-sense dialogue of the 1994 David Mamet play The Cryptogram . Suite No. 2 by the French group Encyclopedie de la Parole perhaps reached further than any, as seen in its regrettably short performance Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the curated section of the Fringe Festival. A five-member group re-created everyday voices, Anna Deavere Smith-style, grabbed from almost every imaginable source - a reality show, a webcam seduction, a guided meditation - from cities around the world that one has barely heard of, and in many languages.
August 31, 2015 |
One of the most heinous of the endless war crimes of the Islamic State has been the systematic rape of thousands of young girls and women - who are sold as sex slaves. Most of the victims come from the Yazidi religious minority, labeled nonbelievers by ISIS. They were captured when ISIS invaded northern Iraq last year and wiped out their communities. But one of the sex slaves was a fresh-faced blond American, a 25-year-old aid worker who was captured in Syria in August 2013. Kayla Mueller was chained in a room and raped for months by the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before being killed in February (supposedly by a Jordanian air strike, but the true cause is uncertain)
August 25, 2015 |
MIAMI - The greatest lesson Aaron Nola has learned in his first month with the Phillies is a pretty simple one, perhaps the foundation for any starting pitcher who hopes to have staying power in the major leagues. Throw strikes, early and often. It's nothing entirely new for the 22-year-old, who was known for his poise and precision as a strike thrower when he was selected with the seventh overall pick in the draft 15 months ago. But after lasting just five innings in three of his first four starts in August, including each of his last two against the talented lineups of Toronto and Arizona, Nola temporarily got himself off track by trying to be too fine.
July 31, 2015 |
"THE LOOK of Silence" follows up on the disturbing documentary "The Art of Killing" - the latter Oscar-nominated, but viewed by some as morally queasy. Joshua Oppenheimer's original film invited perpetrators of the mass genocide that occured in 1960s Indonesia to re-enact their crimes in front of the camera. Many did, with disturbing enthusiasm. Detractors said that Oppenheimer had turned a horrifing historic incident into an abstraction and an art project - fair points. In response, Oppenheimer said that by asking the killers to play to the camera instead of pretending it wasn't there, he got them to reveal more than conventional journalistic questioning would have elicited.
July 10, 2015 |
ANDREA CONSTAND wants to talk about Bill Cosby. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia yesterday, lawyers for Constand moved to nullify a confidentiality agreement reached as part of an out-of-court settlement nine years ago. Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University basketball, had filed a civil suit against Cosby in 2004, demanding damages for a previous alleged sexual assault in the star's Cheltenham mansion....