January 25, 2010 |
Twelve years ago, when Nancy Loane visited Washington's headquarters at Valley Forge National Historical Park, she asked the ranger a facetious question: "Did Martha Washington sleep here?" Loane assumed she knew the answer. So she was surprised when the ranger informed her that Martha not only had slept in the stone house that her husband occupied during the winter of 1777-78 but also had spent four months there. The ranger's reply launched Loane on an odyssey of research and discovery and spawned a passion bordering on obsession.
May 1, 1990 |
A North Philadelphia man who raped two women and brutally robbed nine others was sentenced yesterday to spend 45 to 90 years in prison. "Clearly, you have given up, by your conscious, deliberate acts . . . the right to live in civilized society," Common Pleas Court Judge Legrome Davis told Christopher Maiden, 22. "You clearly have given up the right to live in a civilized society for the rest of the 20th century, and for the first quarter of...
November 15, 2012
ERIN SHIELDS hit a three-pointer at the buzzer as visiting Saint Joseph's topped Drexel, 47-45, in a women's game Wednesday night. Hollie Mershon (19 points) had put the Dragons (1-1) ahead with a basket with 26 seconds left, erasing a lead Shields (18 points) had given the Hawks (1-1) with a field goal at 1:09. Taylor Wooton had 12 points for Drexel. Chatilla van Grinsven added 12 for SJU. In other games: * At Temple, Victoria Macaulay had 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Owls (2-1)
July 24, 2011
The Magdalen Society of Philadelphia, founded in 1800 to rescue and reform "fallen women," was the first organization of its kind in the United States. The stated purpose of the society, under the leadership of Episcopal Bishop William White, Quaker philanthropist George Williams, and a number of other clergymen and concerned citizens, was "restoring to the paths of virtue those unhappy females who in unguarded hours have been robbed of their innocence. " At the Magdalen Home on the corner of Race and Schuylkill Second (now 21st)
February 11, 2013
By Nicolaus Mills This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's breakthrough, feminist novel, The Bell Jar , and, sadly, today marks the 50th anniversary of her tragic suicide. As someone who teaches The Bell Jar , I am hopeful that the kind of serious analysis that has come this year for Betty Friedan on the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique will be Plath's fate as well. The Bell Jar is a wonderful book to teach today precisely because it stands in defiance of the cautious school of feminist thought represented by Princeton's Anne-Marie Slaughter in her Atlantic essay of last summer, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All. " Although The Bell Jar is set in the 1950s, its mix of realism and idealism sends a clear message: Women don't have to settle.
October 1, 2012 |
The La Salle men's and women's cross-country squads took the top prizes at the Mason Invitational in Leesburg, Va., on Saturday. The men were paced by first-place finisher Alfredo Santana (Nueva Esperanza), who ran the 7,800 meters in 24 minutes, 52.2 seconds, finishing the race nearly 12 seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Meghan McGlinchey (West Deptford) dominated the field for the second consecutive week as the La Salle women won their invitational. McGlinchey finished the 5,870-meter race in 20:44.8, crossing the finish line 1:38 before the second place runner.
March 9, 2012 |
The judge did what he could: sentencing Susan Coulter's antagonists, the women who had threatened to kill her and her child because she testified at a double-murder trial. What he could not do was restore Coulter's sense of safety in her neighborhood. "I'm scared for my life," a weeping Coulter told Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner on Thursday. "I beg you not to let people like this hurt people. " Lerner tried to reassure Coulter but said there was a limit to what he could do to former neighbors Theresa Merlo and Tara McDowell.
February 10, 2012 |
ELENA DELLE DONNE scored 27 points as 12th-ranked Delaware dusted Old Dominion, 76-63, for its 11st straight win. Delle Donne controlled the paint with 15 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Blue Hens (21-1, 12-0 Colonial). Lauren Carra added 18 points. In another game * At Drexel, James Madison's Tarik Hislop scored eight of her game-high 22 points in OT as the Dukes (18-5, 9-3 CAA) slipped past the Dragons, 56-51. Hollie Mershon played all 45 minutes and had 17 points for Drexel (11-11, 7-5)
January 11, 2012
Two women reported that they were groped in separate incidents in Penn Valley on Monday, according to Lower Merion police. In the first incident, a 26-year-old woman was walking on Montgomery Avenue in front of Chabad of the Main Line at 9:55 a.m. when she was approached from behind by a white or Hispanic male who grabbed her buttocks, police said. The suspect was dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt and cap, and was described by the victim as 5 feet, 10 inches tall. He fled south on Haverford Avenue.
August 21, 2012 |
Awhile back, a reader wanted me to investigate whether there was an evolutionary explanation for women sleeping around. He didn't come at the question directly, but asked me to look at female low self-esteem and evolution. I pressed on how such low self-esteem was manifested, and that's when the sex question came out. He said he was worried about his daughters. The exchange left me with an interlocking series of questions: Why do some women sleep around? Does sleeping around have anything to do with self-esteem?