January 7, 2016
MARYLAND Judge: Baltimore officer must testify A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday that a police officer facing charges related to the death of Freddie Gray must testify against a fellow officer, an unprecedented move that means the officer could face jail if he refuses. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled that William Porter, whose trial ended in a mistrial last month, can be compelled to take the stand in the trial of wagon driver Caesar Goodson. Goodson is facing the most serious charge of the six officers charged in the case: second-degree murder, in addition to manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
December 22, 2015 |
Spirits ran high on the bus trip Saturday morning that took Cherokee High School's Concert Choir southward to a most auspicious gig indeed - performing during the holiday season tour at the White House that afternoon. There was excitement in the seats. The 34-student choir from Marlton broke into their own version of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" as their coach powered along. At 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., they were shown into a dressing room with photographs of luminaries like Yo-Yo Ma (Ooh!
November 27, 2015 |
Nurtured by a third-generation Montgomery County Christmas tree farm, a Fraser fir measuring 18 1/2 feet tall and 11 feet wide will reach national heights Friday when it is delivered to the White House. Brothers Jay and Glenn Bustard, along with their mother, Virginia, are scheduled to present the tree - this year's official White House Christmas tree - to First Lady Michelle Obama at 11 a.m. It will be on display in the Blue Room. Planted in 2001 at one of Bustard's Christmas Trees' farms, in Lehighton, Carbon County, the Fraser fir was cut down Monday.
November 9, 2015
As you ponder whether to serve a 15-pound turkey or a 20-pounder for Thanksgiving, brothers Jay and Glenn Bustard are already preparing for Christmas - in 2022. The Bustards are third-generation Christmas tree growers. What they plant as a seedling today takes a good seven years to mature into a respectable 7-footer. Optimists that they are, even they couldn't imagine that a Fraser fir planted in 2001 at their farm in Lehighton, Carbon County, would sprout to a national standout.
October 28, 2015 |
It's been out only since Oct. 6, but already the evocative story of Philly LGBT-rights activist Mark Segal is getting a second printing. And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality , released this month by OpenLens, is the nation's first LGBT memoir, according to Segal, founder and publisher of Philadelphia Gay News . It describes his experiences as one of the leaders of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Youth, organizations...
October 3, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Bills sponsored by two Pennsylvania Republicans that seek to derail the international nuclear deal with Iran unless the country pays $43.5 billion it owes U.S. victims of terrorism moved ahead in the House and the Senate on Thursday despite a veto threat from the White House. The measure, led by Rep. Pat Meehan of Delaware County, passed the House in a largely party-line vote. His plan would bar President Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran until it pays restitution for terrorism it sponsored.
September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - What a way to start. If the White House welcome of Pope Francis was any indication of what's coming in the next few days (including, of course, in Philadelphia), the pontiff's visit to America promises to be immensely impressive. At the "People's House," on a flawless first day of fall, all stops were pulled for the "People's Pope. " Under a brilliant morning sky at a ceremony yesterday including military bands and welcoming remarks by President Obama, some 11,000 invited and ticketed guests enthusiastically embraced His Holiness and his message.
September 25, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Pope Francis stepped into some of America's most contested debates Wednesday, beginning his highly anticipated tour with a call for action on climate change and sympathy for immigrants. Seizing an international spotlight, the 78-year-old pontiff drew tens of thousands of cheering supporters and onlookers, some of whom began gathering before dawn, and quickly made clear he had messages to deliver in his first visit to the United States. Minutes after arriving at the White House, the pope appeared with President Obama in front of a crowd of about 11,000 on the South Lawn, and drew some of his loudest cheers by urging more care for what he called "our common home.
September 24, 2015 |
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Pope Francis arrived in the United States for his first-ever visit Tuesday afternoon, starting a whirlwind, six-day visit that will take him to Washington, New York, and Philadelphia - where he will deliver highly anticipated speeches to Congress, at the United Nations, and at Independence Hall. After his Alitalia Airbus A330-200, "Shepherd One," landed, the pope was greeted under overcast skies by President Obama and his wife, Michelle; their daughters, Malia and Sasha; Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson; Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill; and their granddaughters, Finnegan and Maisy.