October 24, 2014 |
Same-sex marriage and Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics "can't be a reality in our lives," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a gathering of conservative Catholics this week. His remarks seemed to signal that next year's World Meeting of Families here would send no mixed messages such as those coming from the Vatican's recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family. "The public message" from the synod, or bishops assembly, that ended Saturday in Rome "was confusion," Chaput told an New York audience Monday night.
October 17, 2014 |
BEST-SELLING legal thriller novelist John Grisham apologized yesterday for saying in an interview with London's Daily Telegraph that many men imprisoned for child-pornography offenses in the U.S. probably just had too much to drink and "pushed the wrong buttons. " Grisham added that U.S. prisons were "filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who have never harmed anybody, would never touch a child. " Actually, they're more likely to be filled with 25-year-old black men who smoked a joint.
October 17, 2014 |
Lesser-known candidates got a turn at the microphone Wednesday at Gloucester County's "Meet the Candidates" luncheon. The 11th annual event at Auletto Caterers in Almonessen drew about 200 people to hear six-minute addresses from candidates in the Nov. 4 election for Congress and freeholder. The First District race to replace U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, who stepped down this year, has six candidates: Republican Garry Cobb, a former Eagles player; Democratic State Sen. Donald Norcross; and independents Scot John Tomaszewski of Cherry Hill, Margaret Chapman of Pine Hill, Donald Letton of Delanco, and Robert Shapiro of Haddonfield.
September 28, 2014 |
As you enter Gene and Bonnie Schwartz's 28th-floor condominium at the Murano, first impressions that the building's entrance and halls seem sparse and bare fade away - as intended by developer Peter Shaw, who wanted individual units to outshine the common areas. Instantly, a visitor to the Schwartz home is swept away by a 20-foot span of windows. In one corner, a large brass-and-wood telescope peers out on a view embracing Philadelphia International Airport and Citizens Bank Park and 30th Street Station, and everything between.
September 26, 2014 |
"SELFIE, selfie, selfie, selfie!' You gotta laugh at Bruce Springsteen's comic exasperation - slapping his head and yelling - captured in a YouTube-posted video of a recent concert. The moment comes late in the show, after a slew of ladies invited onto the stage for "Dancing in the Dark" insist on cuddling up with the Boss and taking cameraphone photos, one after another after another, before exiting the stage. As if the thousands in attendance at the outdoor show wouldn't notice or mind the delay.
September 12, 2014 |
Rosie: Truth to power It's just days before her return to The View , but Rosie O'Donnell already is spilling a few embarrassing insider tidbits. Rosie, 52, tells Variety that the show's casting process was miserable. "It was very much like the Hunger Games , how they did it," says Rosie, who was signed in July. Come August and producers still needed to fill two slots, so they asked candidates (at gunpoint?) to conduct mock debates with Rosie and cohost Whoopi Goldberg . "I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test," Rosie says.
September 5, 2014 |
Sen. Cory Booker launched his reelection campaign Wednesday at Camden County College, portraying himself as a pragmatic problem-solver whose "prosperity agenda" to lift the middle class contrasts sharply with his Republican opponent's "defunct and debunked" economic ideas. Booker, a 45-year-old Democrat and the former celebrity mayor of Newark, is seeking his first full, six-year Senate term after winning a special election last year to complete the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
August 7, 2014 |
While hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through the Philadelphia Museum of Art each year, drawn in by its world-class collections or the cultural mythos of the Rocky films, Sonya Cobb's debut novel, The Objects of Her Affection , explores a part of the museum that few people ever see: the administrative offices. A balance between writing what you know and dramatic exaggeration, Objects (by a former Philadelphia mom with a museum curator husband) tells the story of Sophie Porter, a freelance web developer and mother of two in Philly whose husband, Brian, is a curator at the Art Museum.
July 26, 2014 |
One Sunday earlier this year, Jean Celestin was taking his daughters to a party in West Deptford Township. On the front seat of his green Volvo was a wrapped birthday present. Behind him, Justine, 8, and Jeanelle, 3, were in child seats. At the wheel, Celestin, a U.S. citizen who was born in Haiti and now lives in Swedesboro, was glued to his GPS. Big mistake. Instead of taking him to the Delaware River's edge for the party, he said, it led him into the riverside complex of Solvay Solexis, an international chemical company, on a parallel road.
July 20, 2014 |
Patty and Jim Seif had always yearned for a waterfront home. They just never envisioned theirs would be overlooking the Brandywine Creek in Wilmington. Eager to downsize from their five-bedroom farmhouse in Blue Bell, the Seifs considered other Pennsylvania suburbs and Center City, but they couldn't agree on what would best work for them. Then, in 2011, Patty accepted a job in financial communications with DuPont in Wilmington. "I then pushed Jim for us to live closer to my work," says Patty.