June 20, 2014
ISSUE | COUNTERPOINT Better to face a critic, not silence one A recent letter accused the Pulitzer Prize-winning Charles Krauthammer of being a "shameless apologist" for those who hate President Obama and for the columnist's "mindless criticism" of the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap ("Can't bear Krauthammer," June 16). These epithets do not conform with the accomplishments of the attorney, medical doctor, and syndicated author. Unlike the sycophantic left, Krauthammer's views are worthy of consideration, not censorship.
June 6, 2014 |
BLACK MADAM, the transgender urban Goth singer facing murder and assault charges for injecting silicone into women's buttocks at "pumping parties," has broken her silence. In letters sent to the Daily News, Black Madam, legally known as Padge Victoria Windslowe, said she is remorseful for the death she is charged with causing and wants to plead guilty. But she was emphatic that she did not commit murder because she does not believe she acted with malice in the Feb. 7, 2011, death of British citizen Claudia Seye Aderotimi, 20. "The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office would like to promote [the]
May 16, 2014 |
The slow march Wednesday to an inevitable outcome commenced with A.J. Burnett's 15th pitch. Albert Pujols, one of the game's greatest hitters, smashed a double to right. Dan Baker announced Raul Ibanez's name, and Phillies fans howled to celebrate his return. Ibanez, 41 with a tenuous Angels roster spot, slapped a single to score Pujols. There was silence in the first inning of a 3-0 Phillies loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Apathy enveloped Citizens Bank Park - except when Mike Trout batted - on an overcast afternoon.
May 16, 2014 |
JACQUELINE WONG doesn't live in poverty according to standard guidelines - her income puts her household at about twice the poverty level - but she is struggling to make ends meet. She was laid off twice by the School District of Philadelphia. Fortunately, she has an adjunct position teaching math for Community College of Philadelphia, where she makes $15,000 a year. But it is only part time. She also works a few hours each month as a community consultant with Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., for which she receives $5,000 a year.
May 8, 2014 |
Delco singer silenced on "The Voice" Country singer Audra McLaughlin , of Glenolden, Delaware County, and two other vocal powerhouses, Sisaundra Lewis and Delvin Choice, all got the boot on NBC's The Voice on Tuesday night, leaving five contestants left in the vocal competition. Voice coach Blake Shelton had called McLaughlin, 22, an Interboro High grad, one of his favorite singers in all of country music, but he couldn't save her in the battle for the final 5. B-ball reskeds Gaga Lady Gaga's "artRAVE: the ARTPOP Ball," scheduled to hit the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, has been rescheduled to May 15. She was supposed to perform here on the 12th and in Washington on the 15th.
April 3, 2014
EVEN if her fashion line was in deep financial trouble, to the outside world it seemed that L'Wren Scott had everything: a personal estate worth $9 million, a rock-star boyfriend, fame. But who knows what demons Mick Jagger's girlfriend struggled with before hanging herself with a black silk scarf on a doorknob inside her posh New York City apartment last month? In hindsight, you'd think someone - Jagger maybe - would have sensed just how despondent Scott had become. "She didn't just wake up that day and say, 'I'm going to kill myself,' " said Marcella Daniels, an organizer of a free mental-health conference that starts Friday called "Breaking the Silence on Mental Wellness: Real Talk.
March 21, 2014 |
THE BIGGEST indicator that the Eagles are willing to trade DeSean Jackson remains the fact that the team hasn't responded to reports, or talked to Jackson about 2 weeks-plus of trade speculation, even after reading and hearing that Jackson is bothered by what he's hearing. For a while there yesterday, it seemed this all might go away. On 94WIP, former Eagle Ike Reese said he had been told that Eagles coach Chip Kelly had called Jackson and told the team's top receiver not to listen to the media speculation.
December 27, 2013 |
When Chip Kelly was hired last January, many thought the Eagles had missed the mark. In a defense-first town, after repeated heartbreaks and heartaches over 14 seasons with offensive-minded Andy Reid in charge, grabbing a pro-experienced coordinator, ideally one with a defensive background, seemed the savvier choice than another coach with innovative offensive schemes on his resumé, but no pro experience and no title. Someone such as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
November 26, 2013 |
LOWER MERION Like many who lose a loved one to suicide, the family and friends of Officer Sean Quinn said they didn't see it coming. Quinn, 46, was a veteran of the Lower Merion Police Department, a former DARE instructor who loved working with children. He was a private man with a strong jaw and youthful features. After a bumpy stretch, his life had smoothed out in recent years, and Quinn was doing what he loved - patrolling the streets. "It was all he ever wanted to do," said his wife, Eileen.
November 15, 2013
EVERYONE HAS an opinion about abortion. God knows I do. Out of the more than 500 columns I've written for this paper, a good 30 to 40 percent must have been about Roe v. Wade in some way, shape or form. To me, abortion is murder, pure and simple. I do not believe in exceptions for health and incest and rape, which obviously puts me on the farthest right edge of the social battlefield (it's just me and Sarah our here, eating s'mores and warming our hands by the rhetorical fires.) I am infinitely grateful that I have the opportunity to express my views to a fair-sized audience on a regular basis, and am proud of a system that gives me that communicative freedom.