February 24, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - For those who witnessed his historic public suicide, the ghost of the late treasurer R. Budd Dwyer still haunts the Capitol. When news broke late last month that Rob McCord would step down as treasurer and plead guilty to federal criminal charges, it stopped some Harrisburg veterans in their tracks. They had flashbacks to the snowy day in January 1987 when Dwyer, a Crawford County teacher and former lawmaker who had risen to statewide office, stunned the state and the nation with his horrifying final act. Some could not grasp that McCord, who admitted last week that he shook down contractors for campaign contributions, committed his crimes while occupying the same office where Dwyer - convicted of similar crimes - put a .357 Magnum in his mouth and pulled the trigger as reporters yelled at him to stop and cameras rolled.
February 2, 2015 |
'It's man against nature, as well as man against man," Kevin Macdonald says about Black Sea , his submarine thriller set in the darkest waters off the Crimean coast. In the film, which opened in theaters Friday, Jude Law plays a bruising, brooding Scot, a marine salvage expert laid off from the job he has held for years. He throws in with a small group of fired coworkers, joined by a crew of Russian misfits, to search for a Nazi U-boat that has spent the last 70 years collecting silt on the ocean floor.
February 2, 2015 |
The cell reception at her West Chester home had been spotty. So after watching her three oldest children get onto the school bus at the end of her driveway, Jackie Collas dialed Verizon and asked about boosting the signal. It had been a harsh winter, and she worried about being able to reach 911 in an emergency. After hanging up on that morning last February, she went to check on Curren, her 2-year-old. She found him trapped and motionless beneath his overturned, five-drawer dresser.
January 22, 2015 |
Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier's mother and two sisters sat in the front row of Browns Mills United Methodist Church, embracing a line of people they did not know as if they were family. Many walked away wiping tears from their eyes, some crying aloud as they sat down. More than 100 gathered inside the Burlington County church Wednesday evening to honor Dorvilier's newborn daughter, Angelica, who died last week after, authorities said, Dorvilier set her on fire. "I believe there was a tear in the eye of God that evening," the Rev. Richard Esher told the grieving crowd.
January 17, 2015 |
Susan Wallace is used to sad stories. An analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, she reviews the reports that health-care facilities must regularly submit to the state, describing unfortunate events from bedsores to surgeries on the wrong knee. As disturbing as it is to read about these incidents, she said, few have affected her as deeply as the one she came across a little more than a year ago. A mother fell asleep while breast-feeding her newborn. "Sometime later," the hospital reported, "the mother called the nurse, who found the baby blue and unresponsive.
November 21, 2014 |
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) has for three decades crafted some of the most accomplished horror and suspense stories in Japanese cinema. Spare, with minimal use of special effects and great acting, The Cure (1997), Seance (1999), and Pulse (2000) incite unease and terror in viewers through controlled pacing and atmosphere. Kurosawa became a critic's darling in North America with 2008's Tokyo Sonata , a brilliant deconstruction of the role of the husband and father in the Japanese family.
November 16, 2014 |
Foxcatcher is director Bennett Miller's chilling evocation of the real-life story of John Eleuthère du Pont, the Newtown Square multimillionaire who operated a wrestling training center at his Foxcatcher Farm in the 1990s and who, on a January day in 1996, shot and killed Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz. Miller's approach to Foxcatcher - opening Friday at the Ritz East and the Carmike Ritz Center in New Jersey, then expanding to other theaters on Nov. 26 - is similar to his Capote (2005)
October 2, 2014 |
The days immediately after 15-year-old Aisha Abdur Rhaman was fatally shot last week following a fight near Delaware Valley Charter High School, principal Ernest Holiday Jr. said, were layered with grief on top of grief. Beneath the grief was fear, he said Monday, and many wondered what would come next. Would there be more violence? Would there be retaliation? Instead, there was determination to heal. History teacher Kimberly Jaroseiwicz said some students began discussing additional ways to honor and preserve her memory beyond lining the halls with personal tributes to the sophomore with the engaging smile.
September 12, 2014 |
Five years ago, New York City choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell posed this question: "What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ballroom scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?" To explore that idea, that query, Harrell, 40, has produced a series of sized pieces (as in "small," "extra-small," and so on, according to length) exploring notions of race and gender identity. Two of these are being performed at the FringeArts Festival: a 25-minute Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church (XS)
September 9, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Only about a half-dozen artifacts from Flight 93 are displayed in the intimate alcove at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. But each small item tells a powerful, emotional story of the Pennsylvania chapter of the 2001 tragedy: The smashed Rolex, its date indicator frozen on the number 11, that belonged to Todd Beamer, who rallied fellow passengers with the words "Let's roll!" as they steeled themselves for a cockpit assault. The mangled piece of a galley stove that became a weapon as quick-thinking flight attendants boiled water to attack the terrorists controlling their plane.