July 26, 2015 |
SIEM REAP, Cambodia - I saw Angkor Wat at dusk and burst into tears. I just wasn't ready. Riding a tuk-tuk , a conveyance bolted to a motorbike, we came out of a forest, and there it was. Across an encircling moat two football fields wide, the storied "pink light" fell on the 900-year-old walls and towers of the west entrance. Spectacular, ineffable, it beggared its advance notice. It took 500,000 workers and three million tons of sandstone to build Angkor Wat, "Temple City," a religious monument and administrative center of about 155 square miles that once was the heart of the Khmer Empire, and an urban complex of a million people.
June 25, 2015
ISSUE | KATHLEEN KANE Water cooler stuff The Inquirer hit a low note when what started as valuable investigative reporting into the actions of state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane descended into an office gossip fest ("Suspicion and fear rule the A.G.'s Office," June 21). Backbiting and insecurity are hardly unusual in work environments across the country, and not just where the boss is under threat of criminal indictment. In this case, it was like dancing on Kane's grave.
June 4, 2015 |
PASTOR JOEY FURJANIC didn't have time to shower the morning we met. He'd only slept a few hours, and even if his phone wasn't constantly buzzing with calls and texts from parishioners and reporters, he still wouldn't have gotten much rest. His mind was racing from the night before. He and his wife Lauren were relaxing in their Port Richmond home on May 12 with a few friends when sometime around 10 p.m. his phone started going off with texts from family and friends asking him about a train crash.
May 19, 2015 |
Laura Finamore, Jim Gaines, Abid Gilani, Robert Gildersleeve, Derrick E. Griffith, Rachel Jacobs, Giuseppe Piras, Justin Zemser. As each name was read, a bell rang out and white dove of peace was released into the afternoon sky. Dozens of first responders, volunteers, neighbors as well as city, state, and federal officials gathered Sunday near the site of Tuesday's Amtrak derailment for a service of remembrance and reflection for those who...
May 15, 2015
TUESDAY night I went through a crash course in what really matters, in humanity, in mortality. I was watching the news reports about the Amtrak derailment, and amid my secondhand anguish for injured strangers I thanked God - literally thanked him out loud - for the fact that my immigration hearing in Baltimore had been canceled. Had it not been, I might have been sitting in one of those mangled cars. But relief quickly and seamlessly turned into fear, as I realized that a person I hold deep and dearly in my heart travels regularly on that route, commuting between her homes in Philly and New York.
May 15, 2015 |
A LONG, GRAY day of digging through the twisted-metal jigsaw-puzzle wreckage of Amtrak Train 188 in an industrial no man's land in Frankford yielded the first but hardly the last answer to what caused the worst Northeast Corridor rail accident in nearly three decades: Speed killed. Robert Sumwalt, of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference that data showed the train had hit 106 mph - more than double the 50 mph speed limit for the sharp left curve at Frankford Junction - right as the engineer hit the emergency brake, to no avail, in the derailment at 9:21 p.m. Tuesday.
April 13, 2015 |
If not for the horrible coincidence, there wouldn't be much in common between the girls' lacrosse programs from Cherokee and Shawnee. Other than proximity and history and rivalry and familiarity and everything else that binds together athletes and coaches from sister schools in the same sport in the same district, that is. But all that stuff was cast in a different light when these teenagers and their coaches paused to consider the deepest connection...
March 20, 2015 |
It's hard to think of many stories that open with such a monstrously sobering, almost unbearable sense of impending doom as Bloodline , Netflix's latest original production. The series wastes no time telling us that it will be a tragedy, a horrible, deeply affecting story about the destruction of a family, and a compelling lesson in fatalism. Netflix will post all 13 first-season episodes on Friday. An intricately drawn and superbly cast portrait of a family in crisis that evokes Raymond Carver and James Dickey, Bloodline has the feel, the imaginative reach and aesthetic depth and resonance of a novel.
March 14, 2015 |
They were just kids, Haddon Township High School friends in the springtime of their lives. Boys and girls hanging out in houses, driving Jersey roads, pulling pranks. Laughing. But in July 2006, the laughter was cut short. One of the friends, 16-year-old junior and field hockey player Ann Marie Lynch, died in a jet ski accident off Ocean City. "That was my first experience with mortality," said Tom Turcich, one of the pack, now 25. For months, he walked around in a fog of grief. Until one day in class, he saw the movie Dead Poets Society and had his own carpe diem moment.
March 9, 2015 |
The filmmakers ask Richard Norcross to pull over at the house where he was shot five times - the house where his younger brother and another law enforcement officer were gunned down 20 years ago. "It's a very eerie feeling," says Norcross, who was a Haddon Heights police detective when Leslie Nelson's bloody rampage made national headlines. Glancing at the innocuous two-story dwelling on Sylvan Drive where his life changed forever on April 20, 1995, Norcross adds, "There are no good memories here.