June 19, 2015
SO ENDS A week bracketed by strange, conflicting bookends: On one end, the news of a white woman appropriating a black identity. On the other, the news of a white man bent on eliminating black lives in a horrible shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C. And while Rachel Dolezal sparked many conversations, let's call that story what it was : a novelty, an aberration. The other story - the hatred that led to a mass execution of nine black lives who had gathered to study the Bible in an historic black church in Charleston - is, alas, not an aberration.
June 5, 2015 |
ONE OF A parent's most important jobs is to decide whether and how to intervene in his or her children's battles. Kids squabbling over who gets the last brownie? Let 'em figure it out. Kids getting bullied? Let the fact-finding begin. Each situation calls for a different parental response, depending on everything from a child's age and temperament to her maturity or lack thereof. But no kids' conflict ever ends well when intervening adults go crazy themselves.
June 2, 2015 |
The group of several dozen marched down Woodcrest Avenue, singing. When they came to the place where James Patrick Stuhlman was gunned down, near a fire hydrant in the middle of a leafy Overbrook block, the people - men and women, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim - paused to act out what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called "a vocation of agony. " "We are brothers and sisters who are growing up without seeing what our siblings would become, and we want to end the killing," the Rev. David Brown said.
May 28, 2015 |
The first time Saleem Nurid-Din heard gunfire on his Overbrook street, it was the sound of the shots that killed his daughter. Hafeezah Nurid-Din was struck by stray bullets fired in an endless fight between neighborhood street crews in October 2011, a spate of shootings maddening in their frequency and their triviality. Symbolic of the violence that cycles through some Philadelphia neighborhoods seemingly without end. When the shooting started, Hafeezah and her father were getting into his car for a short trip to the grocery store.
May 21, 2015 |
Two people were killed and four wounded in shootings across the city that began late Tuesday afternoon and continued into the night, police said. Gunfire erupted at 5:24 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Redfield Street in West Philadelphia, where a 35-year-old man was shot in the upper left back, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Police took the victim to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:42 p.m. At the same scene, a 28-year-old woman was shot once in the left buttock.
May 8, 2015 |
SOMEBODY SEND Tommy DeVito to Cleveland. Maybe the "Goodfellas" character - played by actor Joe Pesci - can get an answer as to why the Cavaliers thought it was OK to make fun of domestic violence. Funny how? That's what we want to know. On Wednesday, the Cavaliers showed a 1-minute video during their playoff game against the Bulls that was supposed to be spoof on a television commercial. You know, the one in which a couple come crashing down on a table while re-enacting a scene from "Dirty Dancing.
May 5, 2015 |
Local government cannot by itself fix problems of violence and unemployment like those brought to light in last week's Baltimore protests, Mayor Nutter said Sunday. Government, philanthropies, and corporations must cooperate to provide education and create employment for struggling inner-city residents, particularly in communities of color, to improve conditions in America, he said. Nutter appeared on the CNN talk show State of the Union with William A. Bell, mayor of Birmingham, Ala.; and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.)
May 2, 2015 |
Hundreds of demonstrators surged through Center City on Thursday evening to angrily denounce police violence, at one point surrounding a squad car, and later grappling in a tense push-and-shove that saw officers ready their batons. Despite the tumult, noise, and moments of high tension - including a rush to reach and take over the Vine Street Expressway - nothing was broken and no one was seriously hurt. Police said they made three or four arrests; two of those arrested were released several hours later, to the cheers of some in the crowd.
April 3, 2015 |
SARAH-ASHLEY Andrews spread peace yesterday in the form of water bottles and Tastykake Krimpets. She, along with about a dozen volunteers, staged a "takeover" of the corner of 15th and Market streets, handing out the complimentary refreshments to passers-by as they ducked into the nearby SEPTA concourse. "We want to promote peace, to show these people positive role models," said Andrews, the founder of Dare 2 Hope, a grass-roots organization that promotes suicide prevention and awareness.
March 31, 2015 |
* OUTLANDER. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz. MORE THAN six months after Starz's "Outlander" left its time-traveling heroine the half-naked (and very much afraid) prisoner of a sadist, the series returns Saturday to find Claire (Caitriona Balfe) right where it left her. And some of you thought "Droughtlander" was long? "We shot that over two days. That was very intense," Balfe said, in an interview, of the scene with Tobias Menzies that bridges the two halves of the show's first season.