Author: AndreBennett

ADA was designed as a civil rights law

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, its history dates back to February 1986. Then, the National Council on Disability published a report titled, “Toward Independence: An Assessment of Federal Laws and Programs Affecting Persons with Disabilities – With Legislative Recommendations.” As indicated by the title, the report was aimed at exploring existing federal programs accommodating those with disabilities, and recommending ways to further aid the community. Through the report, it was discovered that about two-thirds of disabled people of working age didn’t receive any sort of...

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CBS-3 celebrates the strength of newspapers with morning feature

By AndreBennett  abennett@myspiritnews.com Philadelphia’s CBS-3 revamped its morning newscast in April, introducing longtime investigative and consumer-affairs reporter Jim Donovan to the anchor chair along with former “Eye Opener” host Brooke Thomas. But one of the most interesting additions to the show is a new feature simply titled, “Morning Headlines,” a look at the front pages of many of the Delaware Valley’s newspapers. The feature airs daily on CBS-3 Eyewitness News This Morning, at 5 and 6 a.m. (The Spirit is one of the papers featured regularly.) Donovan, a news veteran, conceived the idea with CBS-3 Vice-President and News Director...

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‘Nova Nation celebrated big time

‘Nova Nation came out to Center City Philadelphia in droves last Friday afternoon, as the NCAA National Champion Villanova Wildcats were celebrated with a parade down Market Street. An estimated 60,000 people cheered and held aloft signs despite chilly temperatures and wind as confetti fell upon them. Meanwhile, vendors sold Villanova merchandise of varying legitimacy while students distributed more ‘Nova Nation signs to parade goers. Villanova mascot Will D. Cat led a procession which included marching band performances from Conestoga High School, Springfield’s Cardinal O’Hara High School (playing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”), and, of course, Villanova’s own marching...

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Young actor from Media stars as Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot originally emerged as a 2000 movie about a young boy from an English mining town who defies his father’s wishes and follows his passion to become a ballet dancer. Directed by Stephen Daldry, it became a critical favorite and a cult hit, launching the career of actor Jamie Bell (King Kong, Fantastic Four). However, Billy Elliot is also a hit musical based on the movie, written by the film’s screenwriter, Lee Hall, with original music from no less an icon than Elton John. The Media Theatre’s latest production is the Tony Award-winning show, currently running through Jan....

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