March 31, 2014 |
MAYOR NUTTER returned from Rome more optimistic about a papal visit to the City of Brotherly Love than he was before he left - indicating Philadelphia may very well see a visit from Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. The mayor met with members of the press yesterday afternoon at City Hall to discuss his visit, saying he felt assured he and the Philadelphia delegation had been well-received during their nearly weeklong trip to Vatican City. The local delegation included Nutter's chief of staff Everett Gillison, Gov. Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput.
March 27, 2014 |
ROME - At a time when Pope Francis appears to be calling the Roman Catholic Church to study - and maybe rethink - its views on sexuality, birth control, and divorce, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says he expects next year's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia will hew to traditional church teachings. "All of us have some divorced and remarried people in our families or in same-sex relationships," Chaput said at the Vatican on Tuesday. "But we're not going to focus on problems and conflicts," he said, or provoke uncertainty.
March 24, 2014 |
Mother Mary always says, everybody's got problems. Once again, she's right. I say this because the other day, I was talking with a group of women and the conversation turned, as it naturally would, to our problems. One woman complained about her cholesterol problem, another about a mechanic who ripped her off, and I started complaining about how the cable repairman left without giving me a new remote. Then somebody in the group said, "These are really First World problems.
March 21, 2014 |
ABOUT an hour into "Muppets Most Wanted," just about the time you think its morphed into a bad "Bond" movie, up pops a muppet with a set of metal jaws. A la Richard Kiel in "The Spy Who Loved Me," the umpteenth spy movie referenced in the latest Muppet caper, which follows the Bourne-again gang on a world tour that a crook (Ricky Gervais) and a Soviet Kermit look-a-like are using as a front for a series of jewel heists. The tour takes them to Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London (almost as if Disney is mechanically expanding the brand's global footprint)
March 20, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA For 30 years, Bodine High School for International Affairs has been a Philadelphia School District gem, with a strong foreign-language program and a thriving partnership with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. But last week, the World Affairs Council - which helped establish Bodine in 1981 - removed its staffer from the building, formally severing ties with the school it helped create. At issue is a $70,000 annual contract the district signs with the organization.
March 15, 2014 |
When Mike Cooley had only a few songs ready for the last two Drive-By Truckers records (2010's The Big To-Do and 2011's Go-Go Boots ), he began to worry. After nearly 20 years of sharing songwriting duties with the prolific Patterson Hood and with former members Jason Isbell and Shonna Tucker, maybe the well was beginning to dry up. But he's back with a vengeance on the new English Oceans , penning six of the album's 13 songs. After the nonstop touring and press cycle for those two albums, the band felt burned out and needed a break, one of its first in years.
March 13, 2014 |
Wednesday is the birthday of the World Wide Web. It's 25, a generation old. Together with the Internet, on which it works, it's the most ambiguous invention in human history. The Web/Internet is Shiva: god of creation, god of destruction. It has birthed a world once unimaginable. Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, says everyone has "the power to access and use others' information, and to produce our own, and send it around the world.
March 11, 2014 |
WILLIAM GUARNERE didn't have to go to war. At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, he was building tanks at the old Baldwin Locomotive Works, a job considered crucial to the war effort and good for an exemption from military service. But Bill didn't take it. He enlisted in the Army paratroops on Aug. 31, 1942, and the rest is legend. "Wild Bill" Guarnere, the nickname he earned as a fearless combat soldier against the Germans, was a member of the legendary "Band of Brothers" - Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division - celebrated in books and an HBO miniseries in 2001.
March 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Let's skip the joke about how many engineers you need to screw in a lightbulb, and proceed to the step of just turning the darned thing on. Simple, right? Not at Drexel University. A ball drops down a steep ramp and triggers a catapult to launch a beanbag into a bucket suspended from a pulley, which drops down to set off a cascade of dominoes, which then nudges a metal ball into a cylinder, completing a circuit to - finally - turn on a light. So far, it is just a design on a screen, but by April 25, this contraption will be part of an outlandish, room-size attempt to break the record for the world's largest Rube Goldberg machine.
March 5, 2014 |
George E. Ehrlich, 85, of Philadelphia, an internationally renowned rheumatologist and adviser to the World Health Organization, died Friday, Feb. 28, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Arden Courts in King of Prussia. Dr. Ehrlich made his mark in Philadelphia as the director of rheumatology and chief of the Arthritis Center at Einstein Medical Center and Moss Rehabilitation Hospital from 1964 to 1980. But his influence went further. An international authority on rehabilitative management of rheumatic conditions, Dr. Ehrlich was trained in the post-World War II era, when the field of rheumatology was focused on discovering the cause of damage to the joints.