May 14, 2015 |
THE CITY'S public school system is once again stuck in no man's land, otherwise known as a new budget cycle. The city charter requires the school district to adopt its budget by May 30, but funding from the city and state are a giant question mark at this point, leading to the possibility that the district might violate the charter and go past its deadline for the second straight year. "I can't see how the district would conceive of passing a budget by May 30," Bill Green, a member of the School Reform Commission, the district's governing body, said in a recent interview.
May 7, 2015 |
IT WAS LATE SATURDAY, about 9 p.m., when James Hall double-parked in front of his home in West Philly. He had just gotten back from a shopping trip with his two daughters, his fiancee, Lakisha Robinson, and Robinson's daughter, Aniyah Curry. The group was getting ready to go back out, Robinson said yesterday, so Hall left the car's hazard lights on as he ran inside to grab something. He'd only be gone for a few minutes, he told the others. But in that short span, the family was nearly torn apart by a careless punk in a black sedan.
May 4, 2015 |
INITIALLY, DESPITE the agonizing tragedy she was shouldering, Dominique Lockwood bore empathy for the driver who ended her youngest son's life. "Before, I felt bad for her, too," she told the Daily News last week. "I said, 'Oh, I can't imagine how this lady must feel.' " Abdul Latif Wilson - a bright, energetic 4-year-old whose mom said helped hold his family together - was run down April 13 by a Ford Edge after he darted into a street near his Kingsessing home from between two parked cars.
May 2, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey legislators had little success Thursday clearing the cloud of questions surrounding Stockton University's December purchase of the Showboat casino. At Thursday's higher education budget hearing, lawmakers had hoped to interview outgoing Stockton president Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. about how the purchase got tripped up over a 1988 covenant that would block the property from being converted into a college campus. But Saatkamp went on immediate medical leave Tuesday and was not available to testify.
April 28, 2015 |
Lenora Osborne was driving down Washington Lane in Cheltenham when she saw it. All that was left of Wyncote Academy, the private school her son attended in a 19th-century mansion, was a smoldering shell. "I saw this devastation and I went into total shock," Osborne recalled about that day in March. Then the news grew more shocking: Investigators ruled the blaze arson. Multiple fires had been set in the building, the fire marshal said. Six weeks later, questions remain for the small, close-knit Montgomery County school: Who set the fire, and why?
April 24, 2015 |
ZIP THAT North Face up over your chin. Roll your hands halfway up your sleeves. Close your eyes and . . . Dream, baby, dream. The game-time temperature of yesterday's Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park was announced at 49 degrees. This was actually 2 degrees warmer than at the start of Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, but there were 45,940 people in the stands that night. Human body heat - and the anticipation of a world championship - can numb you up real good. So can runs and big hits and key pitches.
April 14, 2015
"TOO BIG to fail" describes the notion that a business is so large and important to the economy that government must do anything to prevent its failure. That term gained currency during the banking debacle that led to the Great Recession. If you were a victim, "too big to fail" carries a promise of protection that suggests that some companies are, in fact, too big to question. One bright spot in the post-recession era is that more big companies are being subject to greater scrutiny and questions.
March 10, 2015 |
Is Evesham Mayor Randy Brown acting like a jerk? That's just one of many questions left to linger at the South Jersey town's recent public meetings. Brown has acquired a degree of infamy by declaring that he and the rest of the Township Council would no longer answer residents' questions during meetings, as The Inquirer's Jan Hefler reported last week. While members of the public are still allowed to speak, any response or acknowledgment by officials has been deemed optional since January.
March 10, 2015 |
WHEN CHURCH was over yesterday afternoon in North Philly, Jomo Brown walked over to a Lehigh Avenue shopping center and entered a Rite Aid, not really knowing what he was looking for or how it would help heal his pain. Brown, 45, looked over the shelves in Aisle 3, at the plastic Easter eggs and stuffed bunnies. He grabbed a red teddy bear, likely a leftover from Valentine's Day. He bought the $9 bear, which held a heart that said "I Love You," and the cashier put it in a black plastic bag. Brown took the bear outside, bent down and placed it amid a makeshift memorial of candles and flowers outside the GameStop store where Philadelphia Police Officer Robert F. Wilson III was fatally shot during a robbery Thursday afternoon.
March 9, 2015 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - This time, the presidential cattle call was held at the state fairgrounds - which seemed appropriate, given the topics. Corn-based ethanol, immigration, genetically modified food, wind-energy tax credits, groundwater regulations, crop insurance, trade. Over seven hours, nine potential Republican candidates addressed detailed questions about those and other issues important to the agricultural industry in Iowa, the state that produces about 10 percent of the nation's food, and, more important, holds the first 2016 nominating contest.