March 17, 2006 |
What would any citizen do when invited to meet the president of the United States? "Jump!" Or so says common wisdom. (I totally would.) But Jessica Simpson is anything but common. Invited for actual face time with fellow Texan George W. Bush at a National Republican Congressional Committee fund-raising party scheduled for last night, the inimitable vocalist and former TV reality star, said, like, no way! Jess was at Congress yesterday to lobby on behalf of Operation Smile, a dot-org that offers free plastic surgery to children with facial deformities.
September 15, 2005 |
World leaders pledged solidarity against terrorism and applauded President Bush yesterday for expanding the fight to include attacking poverty and injustice. Speaking to the largest gathering of world leaders in history, Bush outlined a strategy that involves both military force and policies that promote economic development and democratic values. More than 160 presidents, prime ministers and kings convened at the United Nations for a summit marking the organization's 60th anniversary.
September 13, 2005 |
Five years after world leaders adopted the ambitious set of antipoverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals, the project faces a key moment at a U.N. summit that begins tomorrow. Leaders of more than 170 countries meeting in New York are expected to review progress on the goals, which call for major improvements by 2015 in fighting hunger, disease, illiteracy, gender inequality, and other problems that plague the world's poorest countries. The results so far are not encouraging.
August 31, 2005
One of the concerns about new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton was the disdain he had expressed for the U.N. But the greatest shadow was cast by the notion that Bolton's contempt mirrored the Bush administration's view of the umbrella institution that represents 191 member nations. Bolton's first, visible effort in his new post - offering 750 changes to a reform blueprint that nearly was complete - makes him look more like a saboteur than an ambassador. Officials from U.N. member nations, including the United States, have spent the last six months negotiating a 39-page document outlining badly needed changes in most facets of the organization's operation.
July 2, 2005 |
After a feverish day of sound and equipment checks that drew hundreds of Center City workers and visitors to the Art Museum stage for a chance snapshot of a favorite rock star, Philadelphia greets Live 8 this morning - likely the largest live concert in city history. The transformation of the Art Museum steps and 60 acres of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into one of the world's largest concert halls continued through the day yesterday, despite a late-afternoon thunderstorm that raked the stage with rain, hail and high winds - but caused no damage or injuries.
May 5, 2005 |
Julie Pompizzi knows the odds are stacked against her. The La Salle University graduating senior, who's been selected as the featured speaker at the school's commencement ceremony May 15, said she understands there are an endless number of possible distractions that may leave the audience less than captive during her remarks - cell phones, beach balls, digital camera flashes, windy weather, crying babies, and maybe even a streaker. "I've never spoken to such a large crowd," said Pompizzi, a communication and English major from Upper Darby.
April 9, 2005 |
Before an immense crowd of the powerful and the humble, amid cheers, laughter, tears, and shouts of "Saint," the Roman Catholic Church said a final goodbye to Pope John Paul II yesterday in a majestic 2 1/2-hour funeral Mass broadcast to nearly every corner of the world. The ceremony, a rich pageant of prayer and song in a variety of languages, was seen in churches, homes, and open-air gathering places throughout Europe and the Americas, as well as Africa and Asia. In Italy, even MTV carried the funeral without interruption.
April 6, 2005 |
Old and young, devout and curious, in nuns' habits and in tight jeans, black, white, Hispanic and Asian - they came by the hundreds of thousands yesterday, waiting in lines as long as eight hours to get a fleeting glimpse of Pope John Paul II's body lying in state at St. Peter's Basilica. "Would you look at this? This is unbelievable," said Vincenzo Peluso, a Newark police officer from Barnegat, N.J., who happened to be in Rome on vacation. Peluso was gazing down the broad boulevard leading into St. Peter's Square, surveying a crush of humanity for as far as the eye could see. Italian officials calculated that more than a million people would have walked past the pontiff's body by the end of yesterday, with two days to go before the funeral Friday morning.
April 5, 2005 |
With two million pilgrims and 200 world leaders descending on the city in advance of Friday's papal funeral, Rome is grappling with a logistics and security challenge of unprecedented proportions. The two most recent papal funerals, both in 1978, attracted 750,000 and 500,000 mourners and a few heads of state. But Friday's farewell to John Paul II is expected to draw several times as many mourners and many world leaders, including President Bush, who will be the first U.S. president to attend a papal memorial service.
February 12, 2005 |
When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited world leaders in 10 cities in eight days, the media covered it in breathless detail - right down to her shoes, silhouette and softness. The following is not made up. PARIS - On her first foreign trip as President Bush's chief diplomat, Rice is displaying a sophisticated style right at home on the streets and in the salons of taste-making capitals such as Rome and Paris. Her custom-made suits have included a black boucle number with gold brocade that probably cost more than your first car. (Associated Press, Feb. 9.)