July 22, 2016 |
Philadelphia's hospitals say they're ready to handle whatever calamity the Democratic National Convention may throw at them next week. Mass casualty drills, last September's papal visit, and the fatal crash of Amtrak 188 have tested the city's health systems and proven their mettle, officials said. "To put things in perspective, concerts and football games bring more people to the city than what the DNC will bring, said Wes Light, emergency preparedness manager for Temple University Hospital.
July 11, 2016
ISSUE | GLOBALIZATION Trade ultimately for the best History teaches us that countries that trade with others generally do better economically than those that do not. From the Fertile Crescent to Rome to England, trading nations have prospered. China, the Incas, the Mayans, and others that did little trading stagnated. Natural barriers such as distance and topography once kept trade from threatening domestic economies. Globalization means much greater potential for disruption.
July 6, 2016
By Ed Feulner It's been only 15 years since the 9/11 attacks. But when you look at how the terrorist threat has evolved since then, it seems as if a century or more has gone by. Things have been changing - fast. And if our response doesn't change, and just as quickly, we're practically begging for trouble. Not another 9/11, necessarily, but another Orlando. Another Fort Hood. Another San Bernardino. Indeed, the sheer magnitude of 9/11 can almost blind us to the metastasizing danger out there.
June 25, 2016
By Taylor Hosking As members of Galaei approached the microphone at Philadelphia's City Hall vigil for Orlando, they asked Latino members of the audience to step toward the front and for non-Latinos to make room. Hesitant at first, the crowd started moving. Speaker Nikki Lopez read a passage by Latina scholar Gloria Anzaldúa's "To Live in the Border Lands" connecting queerness to Hispanic heritage. She introduced the passage, using the gender-neutral term Latinx , saying, "oftentimes, because so many of our lives are erased as queer Latinx people, we forget the legacies of those who have fought before us. Queer Latinx people live on the borderlands of many different identities.
June 18, 2016 |
If you see something, say something. It is a dictum for terrorizing times, and as the carnage mounts, law enforcement is more urgently pressing the public to turn tipster. But what, exactly, does something mean? That depends. "If I have a friend who all of a sudden starts going to the masjid [mosque] five times a day, is that a sign of radicalization - or of admirable devotion?" said Quasier Abdullah, assistant imam at Quba Institute, a school and mosque in West Philadelphia.
June 16, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - Donald Trump's response to the Orlando terrorist attack, filled with "conspiracy theories" and falsehoods, betrayed him as "totally unqualified" to be president and lead in dangerous times, an outraged Hillary Clinton said Tuesday. Meanwhile, in Washington, President Obama denounced Trump as having extreme views toward Muslims that the president said make the United States less safe and threaten the nation's core values. "We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complicit in violence," Obama said after a meeting with national security advisers.
June 15, 2016
It only compounded the horror that the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history called forth talking points that had been composed long before 49 innocents were murdered early Sunday. The immediate reactions on social media to the killings at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club, etched a portrait of our national divisions, our mutual mistrust, and our inclination to know what we think even when we lack all the facts. Even before President Obama spoke Sunday afternoon, there were declarations of great certainty that he would attribute the massacre to guns and not "Islamism" - and would therefore feed support for Donald Trump.
June 15, 2016 |
A "design flaw" that caused the doors of a Toyota SUV to unlock when the vehicle was placed in park led to the carjacking, kidnapping, and sexual assault of a woman, and to the subsequent hit-and-run murders of a mother and her three children, a lawsuit alleges. The civil suit, filed against the automaker Wednesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, claims that on July 25, 2014, the woman - a real estate agent whose name is being withheld because she was the victim of a sexual assault - placed her 2005 Toyota 4Runner in park at Cumberland and Cambria Streets while working in North Philadelphia.
May 26, 2016 |
Terron L. Phillips had just bought a pack of cigarettes from an East Camden gas station late last Wednesday and was walking home when a red SUV approached him. Four males, ages 16 to 19, were inside, authorities said. The youngest held a sawed-off shotgun. He stepped out of the car with Raquan Handon, 18, and tried to rob Phillips, investigators said. Phillips, 19, told them he had nothing. Handon searched his pockets, found only the cigarettes, and walked back to the SUV holding them, authorities said.
May 13, 2016
ISSUE | THREAT OF TERRORISM The cost of citizens being vigilant I have mixed emotions about the University of Pennsylvania economics professor who was temporarily removed from an American Airlines plane at Philadelphia International Airport after the passenger next to him thought he was a terrorist ("Wrong conclusion reached, and a flight is delayed," Sunday). While I would be annoyed if that were to happen to me, the professor's social media posts saying that "Trump's America is already here" and "Personally I will fight back" seem intended to stir controversy and further divide different ideologies.