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September 22, 1990
When it comes to Center City's proposed special services district, no news was definitely good news this week. On Monday the deadline passed for property owners to object to paying a 4.5 percent property tax surcharge to fund extra cleaning and security for the city's commercial core, and only a relative handful said no. That means that this crucial program has surmounted its major hurdle and now needs only final City Council approval, which we...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2012
WHEN THE Oscar nominations were released last week, the silence was deafening. Three actors were nominated for saying virtually nothing - two for the silent movie "The Artist," and Max Von Sydow, who was anything but extremely loud in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. " He plays a mute. Von Sydow was mum on the subject of his nomination, but issued a photostat of a handwritten note: "I don't know what to say. " Last year, everyone was talking about performers who didn't talk.
NEWS
June 29, 1994 | By Gail Stephanie Miles, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Led by their valedictorian, the 194 members of the senior class at Camden County Vocational-Technical School observed a moment of silence last night during the school's commencement exercises. The pause, which brought an automatic stillness to the crowd of several hundred, was called for by Loreli Liebermann shortly after she began to give her commencement address. It had been expressly forbidden by the vocational- technical school's Board of Education during a public meeting last month after Liebermann requested permission.
NEWS
September 7, 2002 | By Clea Benson INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mayor Street is calling on Philadelphians to leave their offices and homes on Sept. 11, join hands and observe a citywide moment of silence. The observance, to take place at 10 a.m., will follow a memorial march organized by firefighters and police. "After Sept. 11, you saw total strangers on the street saying hello, holding doors for people," said Frank Keel, Street's spokesman. "The mayor's feeling was maybe if some of that spirit of brotherhood has subsided over the past year, maybe this kind of citywide bonding in silence and remembrance can rekindle some of that sense of goodwill and brotherhood.
NEWS
July 31, 1986
Andy Rooney's July 22 Op-ed Page column "Street musicians are not music to his ears" hit home. Once a street musician, I played the horn with classmates in front of Woolworths on Chestnut Street, near Broad Street. We were students of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, and we needed the extra money. At $10 each per hour, I couldn't think of a better way to spend my free class periods. But today, after seven years of studying to be a priest, I find that silence is a friend I see too seldom.
NEWS
July 31, 2008
WHY COULDN'T Page 1 Sexy Single Nefertiti Jaquez (as beautiful as she is) list an e-mail address like everyone else did? Not even an account set up just to see the public reaction? You are a truly blessed, gorgeous woman. But you're shedding light as to why you may still be single! Ken Belneau, Philadelphia
NEWS
March 11, 2002
THE MANNER in which Navy SEAL Neil Roberts died last week and the response to it reveals a lot more about the international community and the press than meets the eye. What is noticeably present in the reaction to this incident is the unmistakable sound of silence. On March 12, Mr. Roberts was seen on video being dragged away after falling from a helicopter that was under attack by enemy soldiers in Afghanistan. He was later found to be shot to death. Where is the outrage over this flagrant and wanton disregard of the Geneva Convention?
NEWS
November 4, 1996
A year ago next Sunday, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other human-rights activists were hanged in Nigeria for nothing more than peaceful protest against the decades-long practice of usurping and making uninhabitable private lands in the government-sponsored pursuit of oil. A year later, the Nigerian government continues to abuse its citizens' rights. Those who speak out risk imprisonment and death. Other than the release of a few political prisoners, the bulk of Nigeria's civic leaders, environmentalists and well-known government critics remain behind bars.
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January 27, 2016 | Carolyn Hax
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.
NEWS
December 23, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
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.
SPORTS
October 21, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
September 18, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
NEWS
August 31, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
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)
SPORTS
August 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"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.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
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....
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