On Thursday, Nelson Mandela died at his home at the age of 95. The anti-apartheid leader was imprisoned for 27 years and later became South Africa’s first black president. “He is now resting,” declared South African President Jacob Zuma. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.” Read more »
In November, we told you about the woman who took a photo (left) of the man who allegedly punched her at Broad and Arch, a split second after he hit her in broad daylight. That same man was also accused of punching another woman within the same week at a SEPTA station at Broad and Erie. Now, police have a suspect in custody. Read more »
SEPTA spokesperson Gerri Williams tells me that SEPTA police are interviewing “a person of interest” regarding the recent attack on a female Temple med student at the Erie station on the Broad Street Line, allegedly committed by the same person who attacked a woman at Broad and Arch streets on Monday. That woman snapped the above photo of her assailant immediately after he punched her.
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In what may go down as one of the most transparent marketing gimmicks of all time, Sarah Palin traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this week on a mission to save Christmas from the heathens. The former governor of Alaska and bête noire of the 2008 presidential election was joined by her perennially devoted husband, Todd, at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Easton (which, if you’re keeping score, is not Bethlehem) on Tuesday night for the formal launch of her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
I’m still waiting for my copy of Good Tidings to arrive, but early reviews of the book describe it as a critique of the secularization, homogenization and consumerization of the holiday season, and, according to publisher HarperCollins, a challenge to the “politically correct Scrooges seeking to take Christ out of Christmas.”
United States Marines were sent to a post-disaster Philippines as the scope of Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction widened, with estimates of the storm killing 10,000 Filipinos and decimating the housing stock in central parts of the country.
To anyone whose kid has ever suited up for competitive sports, the news out of Miami last week was incomprehensible. Dolphins left tackle Jonathan Martin, a 6-foot, 5-inch, 320-pound mountain of a man, took offense at a locker-room prank—reportedly, his teammates wouldn’t let him sit with them at lunch—threw down his tray of food, and walked away. He went AWOL, and was scrubbed from Thursday night’s overtime sneak-win over the Bengals. Up till then, he had started all 21 games of his NFL career.
News reports said Martin had been the victim of bullying by his teammates, who nicknamed him “Big Weirdo.” That’s the kind of teasing that stings. But still. Martin made $390,000 in his rookie season last year. Wouldn’t that be enough to make you laugh along with any nickname at all? Read more »