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.
August 27, 2014 |
JOSE DAVID ORTEGA of Camden liked to work with his hands. In July, Ortega and two other men, all three of them day laborers, were razing a defunct Blockbuster in Cherry Hill. A wall collapsed on Ortega, killing him, said his mom, Odily Castro. When she buried her son a week later, she said, the expense was shouldered entirely by the family. That's because Ortega, 40, a father of two, was an undocumented immigrant brought to the U.S. in the '80s by his mother, who was granted political asylum after fleeing the Contras in Nicaragua.
August 15, 2014 |
FOR SEVERAL DAYS, I've been thinking about how to approach the racing tragedy that occurred Saturday night when Kevin Ward Jr. died at a small racetrack in upstate New York after being struck by Tony Stewart's car. There are so many sides to what happened. This isn't the time to pass many judgments. Video shows Ward climbing out of his sprint car at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after his car had contact with Stewart's car during a race. Ward walks onto the track, toward the cars moving during a caution period, and angrily gestures at Stewart.
July 19, 2014 |
Call it a sign of change: From now on, all Philadelphia construction and demolition sites must have large signs alerting the public to the work in progress and listing numbers to call to report a dangerous site. Mayor Nutter and Carlton Williams, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, held a news conference Thursday to announce enforcement of the sign rule passed by City Council last summer after the fatal Market Street building collapse. The requirement took effect Thursday, Nutter said.
July 11, 2014 |
A YEAR AGO, 47 lives were lost in Quebec during a fiery explosion caused by a derailed oil train, and yesterday, about 50 activists demonstrated in Center City to make sure that same kind of tragedy doesn't happen here in Philly. "The only way to truly halt oil trains is to keep it in the ground and turn away from the self-destructive development of fossil fuels," said Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and one of the speakers. "We have to move towards investment on a national scale of renewable, sustainable energy sources and energy efficiency that will support clean and healthy communities.