Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Specter's Final Shots

Specter's 30 years in Senate ends

Specter's Final Shots

Making what's likely his last public appearance in Philadelphia after representing Pennsylvanians in Washington for 30 years, Sen. Arlen Specter took some final shots at Republicans in Congress.

Specter, along with Congressman Bob Brady and Mayor Michael Nutter, was at the Navy Yard for a ceremonial groundbreaking. He called the development project there "an example of what can be done" with stimulus funds and said it should "put the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on notice that there's going to be a hell of a fight, and cities like Philadelphia are going to win."

Then he waited for the mayor to finish an interview before leaving with him in his SUV.

Inquirer writer Diane Mastrull's story is here.

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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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