February 16, 2013
Richard Collins, 98, a blacklisted screenwriter who later named names to Communist hunters during the McCarthy era, died Thursday, Feb. 14, of pneumonia in Ventura, Calif., his son, Michael, said. Mr. Collins was one of 19 writers and directors called by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 in a probe of supposed Communist subversion in Hollywood. He wasn't asked to testify, but 10 who refused to answer questions about their beliefs were jailed in what has widely been called a witch hunt.
October 22, 2012
By Kirk Bohls Now that Lance Armstrong has been completely disgraced and his entire cycling career has been trashed because of overwhelming evidence that he cheated, he should take some advice from his former sponsor, Nike, and "Just Do It": He should apologize. To the world. To the international cycling community that revered him. To the millions of Livestrong survivors he inspired and maybe still does. To his family who stood by him. To himself. Armstrong owes everyone that much.
August 24, 2012 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong said Thursday night he is finished fighting a barrage of drug charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, putting his unprecedented string of seven Tour de France titles at risk along with his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists in history. The decision sets up a likely lifetime ban from the sport and the possibility that Armstrong will be stripped of his signature achievement - the extraordinary run of Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter arbitration - his last option - because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years.
November 1, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Denying he ever sexually harassed anyone, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain declared yesterday that he was falsely accused in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, and that the allegations are surfacing now as part of a "witch hunt. " The former pizza-company executive was responding to a Politico report that said that the trade group had given financial settlements to at least two female employees who had accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.
June 17, 2011
SO REP. Weiner sent half-naked pics of himself over his phone. If there were investigations into the private lives of pols, Washington would clear out in a heartbeat, starting with the folks who pontificate the most about "morals. " Republicans have learned nothing from their witch hunt of President Clinton. After all, the speaker of the House at that time, Newt Gingrich, was having some extramarital "fun" while blasting Clinton for doing the same - and now he's running for president with the support of the same ones [who called]
October 29, 2010 |
Councilman Bill Green wants to get rid of the phantom "blogger tax. " In August, the city was hammered with negative news reports alleging that it was charging bloggers who make small ad sales on their sites. Although there was no actual city effort to make bloggers pay up, technically anyone generating income is supposed to pay for a business-privilege license - a onetime fee of $300 or $50 annually - as well as any relevant taxes. Green plans to introduce legislation next week to change that.
August 4, 2009 |
When John Roberts and Samuel Alito were nominated to the Supreme Court, Republicans argued that they should be confirmed based on their impeccable qualifications and mainstream jurisprudence. Now, Democrats are in power, and the same standard should apply. After listening to much of Sonia Sotomayor's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and carefully examining her 17-year record as a federal appellate judge, I have come to two conclusions. First, her record is somewhat left of center, and I would likely disagree with many of her rulings if she were a Supreme Court Justice.
August 3, 2009
MAYBE I'm missing something, but the name "PhillyLive" doesn't exactly knock me over when it comes to reflecting the character of the proposed South Philadelphia entertainment/shopping landscape. The location needs a name that represents the city's image, a title that conjures up eclectic shops and where the idea of entertainment would emanate like colors from a prism - an appellation that means everything colorful under the sun. Wait a minute . . . Holy Lou Scheinfeld, Batman . . . There's already a term for this type of place!
December 21, 2008 |
If you thought the wiretapping controversy ended last summer, when Congress blessed the Bush administration's warrantless-wiretapping program by passing a new surveillance law that greatly enhanced the powers of the National Security Agency, think again. The legacy of the illegal operation represents a serious problem for the Obama administration. After a hearing this month on the most controversial aspect of the new law - immunity to the telecom giants that secretly permitted the NSA to siphon off their customers' communications - a federal judge in San Francisco must decide whether Congress can bestow absolution on private companies that appear to have violated the law. The issue underlying the immunity debate is not whether the telecoms should pay damages; it is whether lawsuits against the companies can be used to answer a question that Congress and the media have not: Just how bad was the NSA program?
August 18, 2008 |
In the early 1950s, the hunt for communists disrupted careers not only in Hollywood and New York City. In Philadelphia, it forced two dozen teachers out of the public school system. Isadore Reivich had taught social studies at West Philadelphia High School for seven years when he was suspended in 1953 and fired in 1954 after an inquiry about "communist activities. " His daughter, Susana Silva, said last week that it took 15 years for Reivich to be reinstated. On Wednesday, Mr. Reivich, 88, died of renal failure at Pennsylvania Hospital.