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.
April 21, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Considering that Stephen Strasburg had struggled in his first two starts, the Washington Nationals righthander could not have picked a better opponent than the Phillies to shake the early doldrums. In 11 career starts against the Phillies, Strasburg was 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA. He had 82 strikeouts in 69 innings. Last season, Strasburg was 2-0 with a 1.42 in five starts against the Phillies with the Nationals going 4-1 in those games. So when Strasburg started yesterday's game at Nationals Park by setting the Phillies down on eight pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning, he had to be feeling good about the way things were headed.
April 16, 2015 |
Government secrecy can be revealing in that officials who avoid the public usually have something to hide. The suppression of information about the deaths of New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, seems to have been just that sort of telling silence. The Sheridans' sons this week raised more questions about the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office's investigation of the deaths and its conclusion last month that John Sheridan, the CEO of Cooper Health System and a former cabinet member, killed his wife and then himself.
March 26, 2015 |
IT'S BEEN nearly 33 years since Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering police officer Daniel Faulkner , and although the case has been a hot-button issue because of the trial's fairness and death-penalty sentence, it has come to the fore again in one of the most unlikely places: "The Voice. " As Nick Vadala reported on Philly.com, Philadelphia street performer Anthony Riley has left the show, despite an amazing chair-turning audition that landed him Pharrell Williams as coach.
January 29, 2015 |
On a mild morning back in October, four New Jersey governors joined a host of dignitaries and hundreds of other mourners at a memorial service for political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, near the Statehouse in Trenton. Former Gov. Christie Whitman remembered Sheridan as an "indispensable adviser": "You could count on him. " Democratic mover George Norcross, who employed Sheridan as chief executive of Camden-based Cooper Health System, declared that "his legacy will continue.