September 17, 2001 |
Subtexts were inescapable when John Cale appeared at the Zellerbach Theatre Friday night in a benefit for the Institute of Contemporary Art. University of Pennsylvania deputy provost Peter Conn and ICA director Claudia Gould opened with remarks explaining their decision to hold the concert in spite of Tuesday's terrorist tragedy. When introducing Cale, WXPN-FM's Michaela Majoun praised the "healing power of art. " Since his days in the Velvet Underground, however, Cale has been more interested in catharsis than healing.
June 25, 2002
BACK WHEN the Daily News and various othe media outlets were flashing Kim Delaney's picture all over the newspaper for driving under the influence, a man was being sentenced for killing a man while driving under the influence and going the wrong way on I-95. A man was given a 5-to-10- year sentence for killing my brother-in-law, Thomas "Doc" Dougherty. Not one news source thought this was newsworthy. It might have given people something to think about - the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk.
April 21, 1995 |
Carloads of people with tears in their eyes and cameras around their necks came to gawk at America's saddest city yesterday. Outside the yellow police tape, in grim lines around the bombed-out federal office building, people tried to gather the enormity of what they were seeing. A giant tomb. They pointed. They whispered to their children. They cried and told strangers to leave them alone. They wondered why. And they raged, demanding death to the scum who would slaughter so many innocent people for the sake of terror.
April 30, 1999 |
Most teachers in Philadelphia today don't remember the name Samson Friedman, but I will never forget it. Twenty-nine years ago, in my first year of teaching, a student killed a Philadelphia teacher named Samson Friedman. A short time later one of my students threatened, me, saying, "Samson Friedman was killed, and you are next. " For as long as I could remember, I had wanted to be a teacher. But as I left school that afternoon, I had second thoughts. I knew that if I didn't walk into my classroom the next day, I'd never teach again.
January 25, 2013 |
The score of 22-14 in football wouldn't sound like a blowout to anyone who hadn't watched the game unfold. This understanding applies to David Robson's Assassin , a brutal gridiron drama now receiving its world premiere at Interact Theatre Company in a co-production with Ambler's Act II Playhouse. Robson based Assassin on the hit delivered by Oakland Raider Jack Tatum on New England Patriot Darryl Stingley in a 1978 preseason game that left Stingley paralyzed from the neck down.
May 27, 1999 |
A car bomb explodes at New York's World Trade Center in February 1993, and a counterterrorism law is proposed. Atlanta's Olympic Park is bombed during the 1996 summer Olympics, and security is increased in and around the park. TWA Flight 800 crashes into the Atlantic off Long Island in July 1996, and the "Safer Skies Initiatives," a plan aimed at conducting more rigorous engine inspections and a mandatory installation of ground warning systems is announced. Why does it take a horrific tragedy to initiate reform?
August 24, 2012
When Moses Walker Jr.'s body is laid to rest Monday, it will not be the first time the fallen police officer's family has gathered amid tragedy. Walker's younger brother, Montague, was 20 when he was found on a sidewalk in the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia with multiple gunshot wounds on March 17, 2001. Found on the 5400 block of Master Street at 2:57 p.m., Montague Walker was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead several hours later.
April 15, 2012 |
John B. Thayer III's adult life was framed and scarred by two of the 20th century's great tragedies. He lost his father on the Titanic, his son in World War II. Finally, on Sept. 20, 1945, a rainy night whose gloom mirrored his despair, Thayer parked his car near a Philadelphia Transit Co. trolley-turnaround at 48th and Parkside in West Philadelphia and slashed his wrists and throat. Although the suicide came long after the supposedly unsinkable Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, exactly 100 years ago Sunday, Thayer was no less a victim than the 1,517 fellow passengers and crew who perished that night in the icy North Atlantic.
May 22, 2000 |
You could have shouted "mudslide" in some Delaware Avenue clubs this weekend and not have upset more than a few souls, most of them waitstaff. Business was slow, painfully slow in some cases, though club management wasn't blaming it on the negative feedback of Thursday's Pier 34 collapse at Heat. "Lousy weather brings lousy business," said one club proprietor with a shrug. "But this weekend, frankly, we didn't mind. Give people a chance to get over this tragedy. " While there's often serious competition and backbiting going on between the clubs of Delaware Avenue, everyone we spoke to expressed sympathy for patrons and managment of the beleaguered Heat - a club that seems to have been "cursed," noted Katmandu co-proprietor Lance Silver.
August 1, 2010
By Ayelet Waldman Doubleday. 343 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Clara Silverstein With the careful attention of a movie director, Ayelet Waldman renders a panoramic scene of a wedding in the preface to her newest novel, Red Hook Road. As a photographer tries to assemble everyone for a family photo, we see everything that the camera could not capture: The flower girl tearfully looking for her basket, the groom's father behind the church smoking a cigarette, and hungover young guests.