August 4, 2014 |
It's the picture of innocence: a country priest in billowing cassock, strolling a rural road in Ireland's windswept West, encountering a young girl, chatting with her about this, about that. But then her father pulls up in a car, and angrily summons her. With an utterly vilifying look, he warns the cleric off. "That scene encapsulates everything the movie is about," says Brendan Gleeson , the Irish actor who plays Father James, a good priest in a bad world, in John Michael McDonagh's stormy tale of reckoning, Calvary . "It's a powerful, troubling, funny moment," says Gleeson, a familiar face in big Hollywood pictures ( Edge of Tomorrow , the Harry Potters )
August 1, 2014 |
Last week's shooting at an outpatient office on the campus of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital was a reminder that the healing professions can be surprisingly dangerous. Organized nurses and emergency doctors have complained for years about violence at work that is common and frightening but that won't grab headlines like the case in which a patient opened fire, killing a caseworker before he was stopped by a psychiatrist who had his own gun and returned fire. "People get frustrated because everybody pays attention to this particular incident, but don't realize that . . . nurses and other health-care providers are victims of violence every day," said Deena Brecher, president of the Emergency Nurses Association.
July 26, 2014 |
As the Gaza war drags on and the terrible civilian death toll keeps rising, it's necessary to look to the past to find a way to stop the killing. It's particularly vital to revisit the moment in 2005 when Israel made a strategic error by unilaterally withdrawing from the Gaza Strip. I wrote then that Israel should have negotiated its withdrawal with the moderate Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, and let him take the credit. The failure to do so undercut Abbas: Hamas claimed that violence, not negotiations, forced Israel to exit.
July 22, 2014 |
A paraplegic man shot and killed his brother while trying to stop him from beating his sister, police said, in one of three violent episodes late Saturday night and early Sunday morning that also left two other men dead - one shot, the other stabbed. Police said John Mapp, 40, was found lying in the street outside a home at 58th and Filbert Streets in West Philadelphia with a gunshot wound to the chest about 3:40 a.m. Sunday. The victim's brother, who police did not identify, said Mapp had become physically abusive to both him and his 38-year-old sister, police said.
July 13, 2014 |
Two men were killed in unrelated incidents late Thursday and early Friday in the Fairhill section, Philadelphia police said. At 11:11 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a report of a person with a gun on the 2800 block of North Fairhill Street. When they arrived, police said, they found Miguel Aguilar, 53, lying in the road. Aguilar, who lived on the block, had sustained blunt force trauma to his head and died a half-hour later at Temple University Hospital, police said. No motive has been determined.
July 13, 2014 |
When Eti Cohen's telephone rings these days, it is often her sister calling in tears from Israel, with air-raid sirens wailing in the background. Cohen, owner of the Center City restaurant Hamifgash, was born in Jerusalem. Her sister Mazi, 47, lives near Tel Aviv. "This needs to be over," said Cohen, speaking of the Palestinian rockets that have rained on Israel by the hundreds this week, and Israel's numerous air strikes on Gaza. "People are afraid. " Bareeq Albarqawi, 26, of Somerset, N.J., a Palestinian American whose parents are from two villages near Nablus, said the violence affects her, too, because her aunt and extended family live in that West Bank city.
June 13, 2014 |
OVERBURDENED teachers leave their jobs midyear and are replaced by come-nd-go substitutes. The soccer team plays every game on the road because the home field is inadequate. Kids smoke weed in the bathrooms, fight in the hallways and disrupt classes they're not supposed to be in. John Bartram High School, in Southwest Philly, has made headlines for brawls and skull-bashings in its hallways, but violence is just one of many issues its shrinking staff is up against. Mayor Nutter heard those stories and many more yesterdaay, when he went to Bartram as part of his "listening tour" on the impact of the School District of Philadelphia's ongoing budget crisis.
June 12, 2014 |
OPENING a four-day London summit to stop sexual violence in conflict zones, the "Maleficent" Angelina Jolie spoke with passion and conviction, recalling her meetings with rape victims who struggle with injustice and stigma long after their countries have emerged from conflict. "We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence, that the shame is on the aggressor," she said, to cheers from the audience. "We need to shatter that culture of impunity.
June 2, 2014 |
Three men were killed early Saturday in Philadelphia in separate shootings, police said. The first occurred about 12:30 a.m. in a bar on the 2000 block of Dennie Street in Nicetown. Officers found a man inside, shot once in his back near his left shoulder. The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. Police did not release his name, or those of the other victims, pending notification of family. Another man was shot once in the chest just before 1 a.m. on the 600 block of Spring Garden Street, on the edge of Northern Liberties.
May 8, 2014 |
PER CAPITA, Chester marked four times as many slayings as Philadelphia last year. This year, it's on track to see six times as many. As U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said, Chester's crime stats are "astronomical. " Even as law-enforcement officials from across the region gathered at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media yesterday to announce "Operation City Surge," a plan to flood Chester's streets with additional manpower to address the growing violence, a man was shot in Chester, at 21st Street near Edgmont Avenue, about 1:30 p.m. He was not expected to survive.