November 8, 2015 |
GREG HARDY'S presence on the Dallas roster, after a 10-game league suspension was reduced to four games by an arbitrator, was already controversial. Now, the Eagles fly to Dallas on Saturday with Hardy suddenly overshadowing everything else involved in this Sunday night prime-time meeting of NFC East rivals. There was no media access to the Eagles on Friday, after the website Deadspin published graphic photos of the abuse inflicted by the defensive end on his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder.
November 4, 2015 |
I AM A BAD Philadelphian. I just started reading A Prayer for the City , a book I was repeatedly told was pretty much required reading when I moved here three years ago. The book by author Buzz Bissinger is about Mayor Ed Rendell's first term. It's 400-plus pages, but I barely got through the prologue before a quote from Rendell stopped me cold: "Gratuitous, senseless, f---ing violence," Rendell roared in response to violence that was bringing down the city. What a brutally familiar ring that has, on another mayoral Election Day and in the wake of an especially violent weekend in which 14 people were shot, one of them a 16-year-old who later died.
October 26, 2015
ISSUE | MIDDLE EAST Teach peace The recent string of terrorist attacks in Israel has shocked the world with images of senseless violence. Even more surprising has been the age of the attackers: Most have turned out to be Palestinians who are 16 to 25 years old. When Israel is subjected to terrorism, many of us try to understand the attackers' motivation based on our own moral codes, experiences, or mind-sets. However, the most important factor is overlooked: the persistent cycle of young Palestinians being educated about the glories of terrorism and dehumanization of Jews.
October 17, 2015
ISSUE | CRIME AND RACE Stop the violence and police brutality Less-than-thoughtful conversations about crime and policing that lack a racial-justice lens only serve to perpetuate stereotypes of black criminality and enable acts of police criminality ("Race, crime, and police: A closer look," Sunday). When opponents of justice reform and the Black Lives Matter movement raise the specter of "black-on-black" crime, they hope to end discussions of police brutality. They would justify heavy-handed policing and deadly use of force against unarmed black people by claiming that their race is a criminal element.
October 10, 2015 |
Gloucester Township police have created a detective position dedicated to addressing domestic violence, part of an initiative town and Camden County officials announced Thursday. The two detectives assigned to the domestic-violence beat, Eric Marconi and Dennis Richards, have been with the township police department for several years. On top of the investigative training all detectives most undergo, Marconi and Richards spent two weeks this summer in specialized domestic-violence training with the county Prosecutor's Office.
October 6, 2015 |
Several local universities on Sunday warned students and faculty that a threat of violence has been made against an unspecified school "near Philadelphia. " The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Temple University, Villanova University and St. Joseph's University are among the schools that issued the warnings. According to statements from those schools, authorities have said they have no knowledge of any specific threat to students or a particular university. The threat indicated that the violence would take place Monday at 2 p.m., according to statements posted on several school websites.
September 29, 2015 |
THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH, 11 tonight, Comedy Central. Premiere to be shown on all Viacom networks, including MTV, VH1, BET, Spike, Logo, TV Land, Epix and Nick at Nite. When Trevor Noah welcomes Philly's Kevin Hart as his first guest on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" tonight, he'll do so as just the third host in the show's history. (Honk if you remember Craig Kilborn's 1996-98 run , sandwiched between his time anchoring ESPN's "SportsCenter" and hosting CBS' "Late Late Show.
September 17, 2015 |
EIGHT MONTHS after they began an anti-violence campaign following the death of their son, Wilfredo Rojas and Aleida Garcia are getting results. "This has been our mission," Rojas told the Daily News last night. "It's been our ministry. " Alejandro "Luchi" Rojas-Garcia, 34, a Temple University student and father of two, was killed in January outside a Feltonville nightclub, when someone peppered his silver SUV with bullets. Leonaldo Rivera, 25, was arrested Feb. 25 and has been held for trial in Philadelphia on murder and gun charges.
September 7, 2015
Pain disorder forum The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association invites people with complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS/RSD), their caregivers, family, friends, and supporters to a conference at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill on Friday. The organization has assembled a forum where attendees and experts can share information, network, and explore new solutions to help manage the condition. There will be an awareness walk the next day in Cooper River Park.
August 28, 2015 |
THE TV in the middle of the newsroom is broadcasting the latest about a local shooting, which it always seems to be doing. This one in West Philly. At the same time I'm reading an article about a teenager who held students and a teacher at gunpoint in a West Virginia classroom, while I'm also obsessively scanning my Twitter feed for anything, everything about the horrific shootings of a Virginia reporter and cameraman on live television as they filmed a feature on tourism. When the gunman's name was released, I went looking for his Twitter feed and watched the shocking shootings that he recorded and later posted, and that now a huge part of me wishes I could unsee.