June 22, 2016
EACH WEEK I look forward to reading the Clout column in the Daily News. Imagine my disappointment, but not surprise, at a recent mention in that column regarding City Councilwoman Helen Gym's racially insulting and culturally insensitive Trump-like tweet regarding white male privilege directed at SRC committee member Bill Green, and I assume other white males in this city, as well. If this reporting is true, all I can say is what an incredibly petty, racially devisive remark from someone well-known for publicly shaming anyone and anything that dares to disagree with her and her cause du jour . The hypocricy of this person is embarassing on so many levels.
June 21, 2016 |
On a wet afternoon at Crosswicks Wildlife Sanctuary in Abington Township, Leigh Altadonna walked the muddy trails, searching through binoculars for a breeding pair of wood thrushes, a species in decline, and remembering a childhood day 60 years ago when he saw a robin in the woods behind his Glenside home, carrying mud from a pond to build its nest. He's been a fervent birder ever since. "It doesn't take an exotic bird to get you into this," he said. "For me, it was a robin. " Altadonna, 67, is a benevolent guiding spirit at Crosswicks - Pennsylvania's only National Audubon Society sanctuary - rambling through its 13 acres as knowingly as he once walked the woods of his youth, eyes and ears attuned to the moving tapestry of birds from the forest floor to the tree canopy 100 feet above.
May 19, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Former 76er Dikembe Mutombo is not a mind reader and he did not have any inside information, but his tweet a few hours before the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night congratulating the 76ers for earning the first pick was certainly an attention- getter. The Sixers, who had the greatest chance of earning the first pick (26.9 percent), did indeed get that selection. And afterward, Mutombo was happy for the team and said that he became a headliner on draft night. "It was a mistake on my part," Mutombo said in a telephone interview.
April 24, 2016 |
To care about politics in the age of social media is to be a little angry all the time. If the 24-hour cable news cycle isn't enough, Twitter and Facebook will help you find something new and enraging to click on 86,400 seconds a day. This primary election has been brutal. Even if you have a candidate you're passionate about, especially if you do, the Internet can be toxic. Toxic yet alluring. Why is it so much more tempting to click on an article with a headline you abhor than one you agree with?
March 17, 2016 |
James Kennedy, who served burritos at Chipotle's in Havertown, was fired last year after he tweeted about wages and circulated a petition asking managers to allow workers to take their breaks. Now the fast-food eatery has to offer to hire him back, pay him back wages, and post signs that some of its employee communication policies, including its former social guidelines, violated labor law. Kennedy's case became part of a sweep of lawsuits before the National Labor Relations Board as it sorted out what types of social media communications were covered under federal labor laws protecting the rights of workers acting together to improve wages and conditions.
January 1, 2016 |
Chip Kelly was grilling dinner Tuesday night for his family while on vacation in Hilton Head Island, S.C., when his phone buzzed again and again. "Well," he said, "something happened. " His father-in-law popped outside. "Chip Kelly just got fired by the Eagles," he said to Chip Kelly. Already, some in the strange universe that is Twitter had aimed their ire at the vacationing Kelly, a 41-year-old executive for a California start-up. His phone glowed with every tweet sent to his handle - @chipkelly - and there were hundreds, starting with four laughing and crying emojis in one tweet, delivered six minutes after the Eagles announced the more famous Kelly was fired.
December 15, 2015 |
Kathryn Knott, the 25-year-old woman accused of yelling slurs at a gay couple and punching one of the gay men during a fight, took the stand in her own defense Tuesday morning. Knott, of Southampton, Bucks County, told a Philadelphia Common Pleas jury of eight women and four men that she did not hit anyone that night or say anything demeaning toward the couple. "No, I did not," Knott, dressed in a light-blue sweater, glasses and dark slacks, calmly replied under questioning by her attorney Louis Busico.
November 25, 2015 |
REMEMBER THOSE alleged anti-gay tweets posted by Kathryn Knott, one of the three Bucks County defendants charged in last year's assault on a gay couple in Center City? Well, they can be introduced at Knott's assault trial next month, a judge ruled Tuesday. A Common Pleas jury is expected to hear that Knott, 25, of Southampton, had posted the following on her @kathryn_knott Twitter account: * "@krisssstenxoxo the ppl we were just dancing with just turned and mafe out with eatch other #gay #ew" * "jazz flute is for little fairy boys" * "@g0_nads he's gonna rip me today for my hair..just wait.
November 24, 2015 |
EAGLES FANS were hungry for a little tweet and sour after Sunday's 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers. So they took to Twitter to vent their frustrations. Here are some of the tweets we can print: BF (@Bfreeborn): One of the most embarrassing displays of ineptitude in Eagles history. Complete disrespect for loyal fans. Clock is ticking. Donald (@cobra640): Call in sick on Thursday. Robb Cullen (@robbcullen): Eagles Please, Chip, don't come back to work tomorrow.
August 27, 2015 |
CURT SCHILLING has never been afraid to let people know what he's thinking. Whether it's wearing a towel over his head while Wild Thing botched another save, or outing trolls making nasty tweets about his college-bound daughter, Schill gets his point across. Yesterday, he went strikingly too far. The former Phillies and Red Sox ace posted a tweet on his Twitter account @gehrig38 that included a graphic of Adolf Hitler making an arm-extended Nazi salute. The pic was accompanied by text that read "It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists.