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 - 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 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 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.
September 23, 2015 |
THE NEWS, once received, prompted former Waldron Mercy Academy educator Margie Winters to scream. She told the Daily News that she "screamed with joy"when an official with the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign informed her yesterday afternoon that she and her wife would be guests at tomorrow's White House welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis when he arrives in Washington, D.C. "We're absolutely elated [and] overjoyed," her wife, Andrea Vettori, said last night. "You can't put into words something like that.
September 23, 2015 |
Margie Winters and her wife, Andrea Vettori, have been hoping for months to speak with Pope Francis during his visit to America. On Wednesday, the couple will take a big step toward that goal in a high-profile venue. Winters, who was fired from Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion in late June after two parents of students complained about her same-sex marriage, has been invited with Vettori to the White House for Wednesday's arrival ceremony for the bishop of Rome and leader of their faith.
September 22, 2015 |
O TO THE margins!" So says Pope Francis. As his visit to the USA draws near, I've thought of many like him who have inspired me to do this. I was taught in Washington during my seminary days by the priests there to "do social justice. " It's what Catholics do. So, one time the seminarians held a "luncheon" for the homeless by the White House (before being escorted out). We also ministered to those in the subways with Mitch Snyder, homeless hero in the 1980s, before he died. Then there was Father Henry, my first pastor as a seminarian, who held daily an open house in our rectory near Pimlico (Preakness)
September 17, 2015 |
MANASSAS, Va. - Waving her rainbow-colored "Get Bernie on the Ballot" sign at a county fairground two hours south of the Mason-Dixon Line, Liz McCauley had no qualms in standing up in her pink tennis shoes for a presidential hopeful who calls himself "a democratic socialist. " After all, the 40-year-old lifelong Republican and former "Marine brat" says, she's stood down her dad and her brother - both Corps veterans - when they "sputter 'Socialist!' " at the mere mention of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.