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January 30, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a warm November afternoon in northern Uganda, Aida Marcial heard that the serial rapist she had been investigating had been spotted downtown, and drove there with local police. She video-recorded the arrest and his subsequent confession to 10 counts of sexual assault; enough evidence, she said, to put him away for a long time even by Uganda's less stringent judicial standards. In talking about the case, the first image Marcial dug up during an interview this month is of one of the victims, age 9, smiling at the camera with her thin arms wrapped around Marcial.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Gallop down to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Saturday to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, as part of World Culture Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festivities will include performances by dance troupe MeiMei, an East vs. West Chinese music demonstration, the Pennsylvania Chinese Dance Club, the cappella group PennYo, and more. A drop-in calligraphy class will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a language class from 12:30 to 2. Arts and crafts will be featured, including Year of the Horse crafts, painting, and paper cutting.
NEWS
January 3, 2014
IF BEING wealthy were the same as pretending to be wealthy, then people who care about reality would have a little less to complain about. But pretending is a poor way for a society to negotiate its way through history. It makes for accumulating distortions that eventually undermine the society's ability to function, especially when the pretending is about money, which is society's operating system. The distortion that even simple people care about is that the gap between the rich and the poor is as plain, vast and grotesque as at any time in our history - except perhaps during slavery times in Dixieland, when many of the poor did not even own their existence.
NEWS
December 31, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ONE DAY, when Lillian Cosby was 15, she begged her mother not to send her to school that day. She had dreamt that she would be struck by a car on her way to school. It was such a clear premonition that she was sure it would happen. Her mother, of course, would hear none of it. She packed her daughter off as usual, and, sure enough, she was hit by a truck. She had to be hospitalized. "I was so mad at my mother I wouldn't go home for three days," she said in an interview with the Inquirer in 1985.
NEWS
December 30, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
When it comes to foreign policy, 2013 was a great year for autocrats and radical Islamists. For democracies and would-be democrats, the last 12 months were pretty grim. Mercifully, there are no global wars on the horizon. But in 2013 we began to see more clearly the shape of a world in which America leads from behind. The view isn't pretty. China, Russia, and Iran rushed to fill the power vacuum, with intentions that challenge U.S. values and long-term interests. Al-Qaeda founded a new emirate in Syria; the hopes of Arab Spring democrats were crushed and the borders of the post-World War I Middle East began to crumble.
NEWS
December 29, 2013
Parties are the problem I agree with a letter writer's comment (Tuesday) that the ever-growing polarization of Congress and the public may foreshadow the end of true compromise in American politics. But his notion that either Democrats or Republicans will ultimately prevail, and be free to zealously impose their will, sends chills up my spine. I believe the left and right each have valid ideas that could be dangerous if carried too far. True compromise (as opposed to settling "for now")
SPORTS
December 27, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TODAY IS Boxing Day in Canada. For most of us, that means little in the United States. For our neighbors from the north, that means spending the holiday break with the annual tradition of watching the best and brightest hockey prospects under age 20 represent their countries. It is also an important week for the Flyers. Not only will the Flyers keep tabs on their four prospects skating in the World Junior Championships - making them one of the most well-represented NHL teams - but they also will scout talented players available in the upcoming 2014 and 2015 drafts.
NEWS
December 24, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FROM THE white sands of Fiji to the cliffs of the Swiss Alps, Aleta Hall was at home. Or maybe on a cruise ship to the Caribbean, chilling out on the deck and maybe dreaming of the treacherous slopes she loved to try. Aleta actually had her 15 minutes of fame in the mid-'90s when she appeared in a Verizon TV commercial, extolling the virtues of the service. "She did very well," said her sister Karen W. Eskridge. "She looked good. " Aleta C. Hall, longtime employee of the old Bell Telephone Co. (later taken over by Verizon)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
As writer, singer, and bandleader, Jack Terricloth has fronted the ever-changing membership of the World/Inferno Friendship Society, a band that features a percussive cabaret-punk sound, and a penchant for tall tales that combine high-mindedness and satire. They play Friday at Union Transfer. Since the W/IFS' 1997 album The True Story of the Bridgewater Astral League , Terricloth and company (as many as 30 musicians have ebbed and flowed, in, out, in), sometimes the mood has changed (gospel sounds have found their way into the mix)
NEWS
December 15, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Beyoncé releases 'BEYONCÉ' The world awoke Friday to find Beyoncé had dropped a new album with nary an advance word. Described as "a visual album," BEYONCÉ has 14 new songs and 17 videos. "Drunk in Love" features Jay Z , Drake is on "Mine," Frank Ocean sings on "Superpower," and Blue Ivy herself chimes in on "Blue. " All year long, as B performed around the world on the "Mrs. Carter Show" - including a headlining stop at her man's Made in America fest in Philly - it was expected she'd drop a new album this year.
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