January 9, 2015
YESTERDAY I LOST four brothers - none of whom I'd ever met. Stephane Charbonnie; Jean Cabut, a/k/a "Cabu"; Georges Wolinski; and Bernard Verlhac, a/k/a "Tignous," were the cartoonists assassinated along with their journalism colleagues at the French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo . "Charlie" was named after Charlie Brown, but it is related more closely to The Onion or Mad magazine than the Peanuts comic strip. It certainly could not be confused with straight newspapers, like the New York Times . But, when it came time to defend free speech after the infamous Danish cartoons about Muhammad were published in 2005, Charlie Hebdo ran the cartoons, while the New York Times refrained, primly telling readers that they were essentially "gratuitous assaults.
November 26, 2014
REGARDING your article "GOP-led House report debunks Benghazi allegations," let's hope the truth will finally silence right-wing conspiracy zealots. After the tragic 2012 attack on our embassy, Republican leaders could have joined their fellow Americans in uniting behind the cause of finding the killers and seeking justice. Instead, they wasted millions of taxpayer dollars attempting to blame the deaths on the CIA, U.S. military and Obama administration officials. Seven prior investigations that rebuked their allegations weren't enough to silence Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity and other fake-news sources.
November 26, 2014 |
Protesters shouted in anger while others pleaded for calm Monday night at Philadelphia City Hall after learning of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. In anticipation of the announcement, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said he had officers "standing by" to assist with what he expected to be "peaceful rallies. " Demonstrators began after 8 p.m. to gather at City Hall, where police had already assembled en masse and where ice skaters were enjoying the new rink at Dilworth Park.
October 28, 2014 |
New Jersey political fixture John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, died a month ago today as emergency workers fought a deliberately set fire in their home and tried to revive the couple. And yet almost as little is known about who or what killed them now as on the morning of Sept. 28. Especially in light of Sheridan's long-standing prominence as chief executive of Camden-based Cooper University Health System and a onetime member of New Jersey's cabinet, the dearth of information about his death is remarkable and disturbing.
October 4, 2014 |
You may think that Philadelphia is run by the mayor in City Hall. In fact, there are 10 mini-mayors around town who rule their turf with near-absolute power: City Council's district representatives. They alone determine what projects get built, where bike lanes are located, whether residents can nominate their neighborhoods for historic status, and much, much else. Their power comes largely from their ability to veto zoning bills. That may explain why some Council members remain intent on undermining the new zoning code, which was designed to simplify development in Philadelphia by reducing the need for special bills and variances.
October 3, 2014
I MAKE NO secret of the fact that I'm (an imperfect) Catholic. That makes for interesting conversations with strangers who know me only by what I've written, particularly former Catholics who still can't believe I go to Mass. So many of them wonder why I don't speak out against the horrible scourge of child abuse that became one of the preferred media obsessions over the past decade and a half. I understand why they ask, because to people whose only knowledge of the church was gleaned from the Baltimore Catechism back in the 1960s - before they abandoned the pews (and the Colts abandoned Baltimore)
July 29, 2014 |
SUICIDE SILENCE is off to the type of fresh start no band wants to go through. The deathcore quintet from Riverside, Calif., is touring in support of its fourth full-length album, "You Can't Stop Me" (Nuclear Blast Records), with new singer Eddie Hermida, who came on board in October 2013 after a motorcycle crash killed frontman Mitch Lucker the previous fall. The tour will take them to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
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]