May 6, 2015 |
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts opened its season Saturday afternoon not in sylvan Fairmount Park but amid the golden glow of Mother Bethel AME Church's stained glass, its audience in the fervent communion of common purpose. Baltimore and social justice were on everyone's lips, even if nothing so specific could have been foreseen when plans for the concert were first laid. It was the kickoff of the Mann's Liberty Unplugged! festival, the music center's months-long focus on Frederick Douglass, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela, and so it was. But social justice being the unfinished business it is, by the time these musical performances and poetry readings reached the stage, they had gathered a new, grievous urgency.
February 24, 2015 |
Tanya Baker and Hyacinth King expected to strike out with Little Miss Betty Wilson, a 64-year-old homeless woman bundled up and seated alone on a subway concourse floor near City Hall on Sunday. It was sunny and above freezing for the first time in days, but the mercury was about to nosedive again in a mercilessly cold winter that has broken records for cold, if not for snow. Outreach workers, Baker and King had a job to do on another Code Blue day in Philadelphia, the 47th so far. They could have forced Miss Betty to go to a hospital for the night.
November 20, 2014 |
IF YOU FOLLOW Penn basketball and just look at scores, it would be difficult not to make a few assumptions. Rider lost at Princeton Friday, 64-58, and beat the Quakers last night at the Palestra, 73-57. Unless you were actually in the old gym, and not many (1,066) were, you would not have seen the first 12 minutes when Penn's offense actually moved the ball pretty well, promising after the turnover fest of the last two seasons. The Quakers had just one TO in the first 17 minutes and three in the first half.
August 6, 2014
Gov. Christie's apparent lack of interest in making any adjustments to the discredited leadership of the Delaware River Port Authority is at odds with his past scolding of the bistate bridge and rail agency. But it's in keeping with his long-standing failure to back up his bluster. While the terms of New Jersey's eight DRPA commissioners expired more than a month ago - and while all of them were appointed by Christie's Democratic predecessor, Jon Corzine - the Republican governor said last week that he felt no "sense of urgency" to make his own choices to run the agency.
June 27, 2014
THE PERCEPTION some racing fans have of drivers' wives is they live in McMansions, buy expensive clothes, drive luxury cars and travel to races in private planes. Krissie Newman insists this perception isn't entirely true. "Some [wives] are glamorous, but most of us are ordinary people," she said during a recent interview. Krissie and her husband, Ryan Newman, have two young daughters. Ryan drives the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Krissie grew up in North Jersey.
February 28, 2014 |
Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, a 29-year-old with big eyes and long straight hair, is like a lot of other single young women living in Center City: She tracks her exercise with a Fitbit, meets friends for dinner, and works as a new-media researcher. But unlike other twentysomethings, she devotes much of her day to an all-consuming mission: Extending her life. Kramer-Golinkoff's outward vitality masks the rapidly advancing state of a deadly disease, cystic fibrosis. With her lungs operating at 37 percent capacity, she undergoes an arduous three- to four-hour routine of breathing rituals and medications simply to face every day. With life expectancy for her illness in the 30s, Kramer-Golinkoff is throwing much of her waning energy into a philanthropy, Emily's Entourage, with a single mission - to find a cure that will save her life, as well as those of others with her rare form of the disease.
July 6, 2013 |
ORLANDO - New 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie might convince you that hiring a head coach isn't a high priority, if you're not careful. That's because with the Boston Celtics' hiring of Brad Stevens on Wednesday, the Sixers are the lone NBA team without a head coach. Part of that has to do with the draft and the Orlando Pro Summer League taking precedence over looking for a coach. That was obvious Thursday, when Hinkie, who was hired in May, wouldn't give any insight regarding the coaching search.
June 10, 2013 |
YOU HAVE TO wonder about the lack of urgency new Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie has shown in searching for a head coach to replace Doug Collins. Collins resigned on April 18, opening the door for Hinkie to be hired from the Houston Rockets on May 11. Since then, there has been a lot of talk about how Hinkie might go about putting together a new roster for a team coming off a disappointing 34-48 season, but barely a whisper about who will direct the team once it gets on the court.
May 6, 2013 |
Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan delivered an impassioned homily Friday evening at a Vineland church, telling a crowd of more than 1,500 that the Catholic Church was pushing for immigration reform in Congress with "a moral urgency we have not had in the last decade. " The sermon, at Divine Mercy Parish, came as Congress appears to be on the cusp of changes that have eluded lawmakers in recent years. Given the new opportunity, Sullivan urged parishioners to contact their members of Congress and ask them to move legislation forward.