July 1, 2013 |
This summer, coming near you are creepy crawlers the city has never seen before. They sting multiple times and leave victims feeling lit on fire - usually just for a while. Two children in Northeast Philadelphia appear to be the first local victims of these fire ants. Both were diagnosed in the last month, marking the farthest north fire ants have ever been reported in the Eastern United States, a national expert said. Though the particular species of fire ant remains unconfirmed, the insect could threaten local agriculture, and, in rare cases, cause death.
March 8, 2013
TWO WHITE MEN talked about race recently and, not surprisingly, got into trouble. One was a Supreme Court justice, which goes to show that even the mighty must be careful when treading the racial divide. No matter how good your intentions might be (or perhaps, how bad), you risk being misunderstood by people who make a very good living out of misunderstanding. Antonin Scalia was the first one to dip his toe into the roiling waters by observing that the Voting Rights Act might have run its course.
January 14, 2013
By A'Lelia Bundles On April 25, 1864 - 15 months after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863 - Annie Davis sent this letter to the White House: Mr. President It is my Desire to be free. To go to see my people on the eastern shore. My mistress wont let me. You will please let me know if we are free. And what I can do. I write to you for advice. Please send me word this week. Or as soon as possible, and oblidge.
August 21, 2012 |
BOSTON - A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity. The study, released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charity. The Northeast, with lower religious participation, was the least generous to charities, with the six New England states filling the last six slots among the 50 states.
July 26, 2012 |
Though U.S. athletes will be wearing chic China-made Ralph Lauren duds during the Olympics' opening ceremony Friday, a 225-employee company in North Philadelphia is taking special pride that one team - the rowers - will be wearing made-in-the-U.S.A. racing unisuits and practice gear in London. The story of that company, Boathouse Sports Inc., is one of a small American apparel manufacturer in a rusted-out industrial city beating the odds in an era of global trade flows and multibillion-dollar, big-brand conglomerates.
July 6, 2012 |
Failing grade on Civil War David Goldfield deserves a failing grade ("A deadly rush into Civil War," Monday). Southern slave owners took their states out of the Union because they wanted no restrictions on the expansion of slavery. They feared any political evolution that would make a peaceful end to slavery possible. In 1860, Lincoln and the Republican platform recognized the constitutionality of slavery in the states where it already existed, but opposed the creation of any new slave states.
July 5, 2012 |
It's Independence Day, so many Americans are reflecting on the year 1776, when this nation was born. But today's rancorous political divisions are also a reminder of 1861, when President Lincoln explained in a Fourth of July speech why war was necessary to crush that period's "states' rights" movement. More than 150 years later, another crew of states'-righters are challenging a president. They're not threatening to secede, but are vowing to ignore a law passed by Congress and recently deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court — the Affordable Care Act, which they have derisively dubbed Obamacare.
December 24, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's civil-rights office stepped up its fight with Southern states over voting rights, saying Friday that it would block a new South Carolina law that requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot. The Justice Department invoked the Voting Rights Act, saying the new photo ID rule could deny the right to vote for tens of thousands of blacks and other minorities. "According to the state's statistics, there are 81,938 minority citizens who are already registered to vote and who lack DMV-issued identification," Thomas E. Perez, chief of Justice's Civil Rights Division, said in a letter to South Carolina officials.
June 15, 2011 |
U.S. students don't know much about American history, according to results of a national test released yesterday. Just 13 percent of high-school seniors who took the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress, called the Nation's Report Card, showed solid academic performance in American history. The two other grades didn't perform much better, with just 22 percent of fourth-grade students and 18 percent of eighth-graders scoring proficient or better. The test quizzed students on topics including colonization, the American Revolution and the Civil War, and the contemporary United States.
August 23, 2010
The dramatic - and undoubtedly smelly - fish kill on Delaware Bay this month wasn't an effect of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as some readers posited. Or a sign of cataclysmic climate change. The deaths of thousands of menhaden that washed onto the bayshore of Cape May County were most likely the unfortunate result of steady winds, ocean movements, and even the science of flat soda pop. When the fish kill happened on Aug. 11, conditions were unusual but not unexpected, said University of Delaware oceanographer Matt Oliver, who's part of a group that monitors ocean conditions.