February 20, 2014 |
Across a brightly lit room, three dozen immigrants sit shoulder-to-shoulder on three pew-like benches. Many look scared. Some murmur in Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Haitian Creole. There is no bailiff; none but the judge to maintain order, call the cases, and render judgments, DIY-style. Lawyers waiting for clients' cases to be called pile up outside the four small courtrooms in the cramped corridor that one translator calls the "Hall of Anxiety. " With a backlog of 4,901 cases, Philadelphia's Immigration Court, housed on the fifth floor of a federal building in Center City, is chronically overburdened and thinly staffed, and reflects the workload crisis afflicting the nation's 57 other immigration courts.
January 13, 2014 |
Many people settle for a job, but there are online tools that can help you choose a career that suits your personality, education, stress tolerance, and, of course, your need for money. Stressed out? At BusinessInsider.com, there's a list of "high-paying jobs for people who don't like stress" - illustrated, strangely, with a photo of a couple nursing tall glasses of beer. The list includes jobs with annual pay averaging from about $65,000 to $186,000, the latter number belonging to orthodontists, who apparently find it relaxing to realign people's teeth and jaws.
November 27, 2013 |
You've seen the signs everywhere, and days before Black Friday - in your inbox, online, and screaming from store displays: Holiday doorbusters starting "TODAY!" And promises of more deals to be had on Turkey Day itself. If last year's unprecedented early store openings were perceived as a fluke, this year is proof that Black Friday is no longer the marketing hook that kicks off Christmas, Hanukkah, and all other holiday shopping. Instead, the day after Thanksgiving is taking a permanent backseat, it seems, to shopping everywhere, all the time . What began as an experiment to inspire shoppers stung by a poor economy has become the new tradition.
November 9, 2013 |
On Feb. 24, 2010, the bull orca Tilikum, one of the star attractions at SeaWorld in Orlando, attacked and killed his trainer, Dawn Brancheau. The experienced trainer, who had worked extensively with Tilikum, was the third person the whale had killed. The incident sparked outrage, and led marine biologists and animal rights activists alike to raise an uncomfortable question: Was the attack caused, at least in part, by Tilikum's conflicted, desperate mood as a wild creature kept all his life in captivity?
October 14, 2013 |
I DON'T KNOW when Philip Nace became a Philadelphia police officer. But I have to believe, when he swore an oath to protect and serve, that he didn't imagine his future would include seeing his scowling red face on a Daily News cover about bully cops. But there he was, in yesterday's story by Bill Bender about a stop and frisk. Nace and another cop harangued two pedestrians in the 25th District after the men had - sigh - said hello to a third man unidentified on the street. To write the story, Bender didn't need to rely on anyone's memories of what went down.
October 10, 2013 |
MINUTES INTO his introductory news conference as the Flyers' 18th head coach, Craig Berube thanked Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren for the opportunity. He said it was an honor. Then, more important, the next words out of his mouth were about his new team's play without the puck. "For me right now, I don't see our team doing a very good job without the puck," Berube said. "Everybody's going to look at, 'We only scored three goals in three games.' You want to score more goals? Do your job without the puck.
September 22, 2013 |
For the last two months, Lynda Henion has hit the Holy Redeemer Sports Medicine Center three times a week to warm up on a stationary bicycle, walk steps, and do stretching and strengthening exercises. After an accidental tumble in 2010, Henion, 71, had a pin placed in her right hip, followed a year later by a right hip replacement, followed by an operation on the meniscus in her left knee, followed by a right knee replacement in July. After all that surgery, she's eager to return to normal walking.
August 6, 2013 |
Eleanor Kelly and Patty Tartaglia-Passio knew in advance that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono would stop by the Phily Diner in Runnemede Sunday morning. That's why the two Borough Council members adorned the wall of their booth with two "Buono for Governor" posters. Buono warmly greeted the pair and Tartaglia-Passio's husband, Anthony, as the two councilwomen talked about how Runnemede and the surrounding municipalities were sharing services in the face of reductions in state support.
July 28, 2013 |
Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, a panel of key black leaders in Philadelphia on Friday said the most important issues facing African Americans are the need for jobs, improvements in education, and preserving the right to vote. At the National Urban League's conference at the Convention Center, leaders including the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial addressed those issues during a panel discussion entitled "50 Years and Marching On. " "Black unemployment has not decreased," Sharpton said after a question from the moderator, the journalist George Curry.
July 19, 2013
By Ann Rappoport Listen up. Today is World Listening Day, a time to highlight nature's voices and sounds, and to respect our acoustic environment. On this fourth annual observance, which is brought to us by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Listening Project, we step back from the assaults on Earth's natural sound tracks - the weed whackers and trucks, the air conditioners and airplanes, the music and mining, and the road repair and cellphones. Reverence for natural sounds is not new. More than 100 years ago, Sierra Club founder John Muir wrote: "How little note is taken of the deeds of Nature!