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....
June 29, 2015 |
WHEN I WAS 11, the Supreme Court legalized abortion. It jumped into the social battles that had been waging across the country at a slow boil, snatched a constitutional right from the penumbral shadows and gave dignity to the coat hanger. After all, it was this bloody symbol that had been raised to prove that women needed abortions, and when they couldn't get them they'd resort to fatal home remedies. And voila , the issue was finally laid to rest. Now let me dislodge my tongue from my cheek.
June 15, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday angrily denied that he asked Philadelphia NAACP president Minister Rodney Muhammad to scrap a Thursday news conference at which the civil rights official planned to discuss allegations that a company that won state approval to build a South Philadelphia casino discriminates against black patrons in other cities. The Daily News reported yesterday that after Nutter made phone calls to Muhammad and to an official at the national NAACP office, Muhammad pulled the plug on the news conference that would have painted the Cordish Co. of Baltimore in a bad light.
May 3, 2015 |
A set of young twins entered my office as though they were there to be executed - silent and grim-faced. In fact, they were there merely for a psychological evaluation. And my office is bright and filled with toys - hardly a dungeon. Nonetheless, their mother had to drag them in. I couldn't make them laugh, smile, answer my questions - or even look at me. Their mother explained their strange silence was the main reason she had brought her twins to the appointment. Although they were "chatterboxes" at home, talking easily to both parents, other family members, and each other, they had never talked at their elementary school.
May 1, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - Everything was so clear and sharp: the crack of the bat, the thwock of the ball into the catcher's mitt, the clip-clop of cleats against a dugout's concrete steps and floor. Every noise had an easily identifiable source. You could hear a photographer's camera click and know exactly where he was positioned. You could hear an infielder call for a pop-up and feel as if you, too, should peel off and let him take it. You could see a home run cut through the sky, clear the right-field bleachers, land on a city street . . . and hear nothing in the aftermath.