March 15, 2013 |
Dignity - its price, cost, and value - emerges as such a central theme in the Arden Theatre's new production of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun that there's no way the experience is just about repressed African American life in 1950s Chicago. The play addresses current racial issues as much as those in its own time - along with the perspective anyone needs for equilibrium in a money-obsessed world. First, though, one must settle into the particular landscape created with unassuming (and unassailable)
March 12, 2013 |
Flu season may be gone, but City Council's debate over paid sick leave is just heating up. Last week, a Council committee voted in favor of the "Promoting Health, Families, and Workplaces" ordinance, which would give workers in the city a certain number of earned sick days each year, the amount depending on where they are employed. The bill now goes to Council for a vote, which could happen as early as this week. This bill is the brainchild of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)
February 5, 2013 |
First in a series that looks at the NL East teams. IT WASN'T all that long ago that a big-market team in the Northeast emptied its wallet each winter in an attempt to win the National League East even before pitchers and catchers reported to Florida. Built around homegrown, All-Star infielders, the team's management aggressively attacked the free-agent market to add future Hall of Famers, former Cy Young winners and fellow All-Stars to the roster. It was an endless pursuit of perfection (and hopefully, the postseason)
September 12, 2012
By Paul Decker Even after more than 30 years of selling the tourist attractions of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and, most recently, Valley Forge and Montgomery County, I still wonder at the natural and historical treasures of our national parks. Think Independence and Valley Forge National Historical Parks, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, the breathtaking Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in the Poconos, and the sobering Gettysburg National Military Park. There are few places more beautiful, historic, or inspirational than these.
August 17, 2012 |
SUMMERTIME. Used to be, the eatin' out was easy - especially for Philadelphians seeking a hot table on a hot Saturday night. A decade ago, even Center City's most popular places, from little epicurean Vetri to big trendy Buddakan, had empty seats on a Saturday night in July or August. As Jeff Benjamin, who helped open Vetri on Spruce Street in 1998, remembers, the city's summertime turn-of-this-century restaurant business was "just nonexistent. " (Translation: No business is bad business.)
July 20, 2012
As the Flyers await a puff of smoke from Nashville - white means they get Shea Weber, black means he remains a Predator - here's something to think about. Back in December, Weber took a blow to the head. He was expected to return for the next game, but didn't feel right during a skate. He wound up missing four games with a concussion. This is worth bringing up for reasons other than bumming out Flyers fans. The team's interest in Weber is high enough to inspire a $110 million offer sheet because the Flyers' own shutdown defenseman, Chris Pronger, apparently had his career ended by a concussion last season.
March 1, 2012
The NFL's franchise tag, which somehow survived in the lockout-forged collective bargaining agreement, can be used in different ways. It can be a minor bit of necessary paperwork on the way to a fair and honorable deal, or it can be a major weapon deployed by a team to impose its will on a player. Let's hope the Eagles' application of the tag on DeSean Jackson is more like the former than the latter. Their history offers mixed signals. In the past, the Eagles used the tag as a blunt instrument in dealing with linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and defensive tackle Corey Simon.
December 21, 2011
Helping workers helps business I can't agree with Ramesh Ponnuru's right-wing diatribe "The president's cursed crusade" (Dec. 14). To say that the Depression was the result of a tight money policy may bear some truth, but it seems self-evident that it was mainly a matter of manic optimism fueled by capitalist greed, and followed by a generous dose of economic reality. Henry Ford never went to business school to learn the quarter-to-quarter profit maximization techniques that all too often pass for good management in our country.
December 31, 2010
A lot of local media attention has been focused on the misdeeds of government. It's no wonder, given the alphabet soup of abuse, waste, and incompetence by the DRPA, PHA, and BRT. Not to mention the Bonusgate corruption scandal involving Harrisburg lawmakers; political mischief at the Philadelphia City Commissioners, and dubious no-bid contracting by the Philadelphia School District. But government agencies aren't the only ones falling down on the job. Corporate America has been plagued by scandal and greed as well.
January 7, 2009
I take exception to your editorial "Nutter's rough year" (Sunday), which claims the "business community" backs the mayor's decision to delay tax cuts until 2015. The only business-related organization you quoted in support was the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, which should be ashamed for no longer being an advocate for tax reform. The majority of business people in Philadelphia that I know are furious with Mayor Nutter's decision. Candidate Nutter promised to phase out the gross-receipts portion of the business privilege tax over five to seven years.