June 7, 2013
IF THE Pennsylvania Convention Center were an ocean liner, it would be taking on water and listing badly. When the $1.3 billion taxpayer-funded facility at 12th and Arch streets opened a major new expansion in 2011, the promise was that a new, improved and larger center would draw 20 to 30 large conventions a year. There are 20 major conventions in the facility this year, but the numbers drop quickly after that - down to a mere eight in 2016. This is bad news, not just for the center but for the region.
May 9, 2013 |
GOV. CORBETT has been telling his fellow Republicans in the state Senate that the legislation to privatize liquor stores is essential to his re-election next year. But a Daily News /Franklin & Marshall College Poll shows that may be a bad bet for Corbett. The poll shows that support for privatization of state-run liquor stores is slipping. And voters rank that goal as a low priority compared to creating jobs and helping the state's economy. "Voters aren't invested in it," said G. Terry Madonna, the poll director.
April 30, 2013 |
A federal auditing agency has charged that former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl R. Greene falsely certified that his agency was not using taxpayer money for lobbying and has recommended that Washington take action against him "up to and including debarment. " In a 35-page report Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general also recommended that HUD take actions against Greene under a federal anti-fraud law. Assistant HUD Secretary Sandra B. Henriquez said she would review the inspector general's report with her agency's attorneys before a decision is made on how to proceed with the recommendations.
April 4, 2013
After painful protests over school closings and other cuts, the Philadelphia School District's incomplete proposed budget is understandable but still unrealistic. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.'s first proposed spending plan features a gaping $304 million hole in funding for the financially flailing system. The $2.7 billion budget relies on a big hoped-for infusion of new money: $120 million from the state and $60 million from the city. That's too much uncertainty in this murky fiscal climate.
January 24, 2013 |
THREE GAMES into the season and the 0-3 Flyers are rapidly approaching rock bottom. Without even playing a game on Wednesday, Peter Laviolette's squad took two nasty hits. Last year's leading scorer, Scott Hartnell, will be out indefinitely with an injury, and promising forward Brayden Schenn (see below) will serve a one-game suspension Thursday against the Rangers. Oh, and the Flyers are already without Danny Briere (wrist) and Zac Rinaldo (leg laceration) until at least the weekend.
December 17, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Twenty-plus years ago, my husband and I used to be good friends with another couple. We grew apart over time, with different values and child-rearing philosophies. After they treated our son and me extremely rudely at a gathering about 15 years ago (not my being oversensitive, my husband agreed), we stopped seeing them. Periodically the guy would get in touch, trying to sell things to me professionally. About a year ago, he and my husband reconnected.
December 1, 2012
For the third consecutive game, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without their star quarterback. At least it appears as if they'll have the quarterback of their defense and the reigning team MVP back on the field. Ben Roethlisberger will not play Sunday in Baltimore, meaning Charlie Batch will make his second consecutive start at quarterback for the Steelers (6-5), who have lost each of the first two games Roethlisberger missed. Unlike a defeat at home two weeks ago to the rival Ravens (9-2)
November 22, 2012
It's been a month of bad news: Sandy was relentless, the country's CIA chief resigned disgracefully, and Middle East peace is just a dream. Still, we knew good news existed somewhere, and we asked readers for their best of the year. Full steam ahead, young Riley The best news I got this year was that our grandson, Riley James, born Aug. 9, survived open-heart surgery on the sixth day of his life. His congenital heart disease affects about two in 10,000 children. Kudos go to the obstetrics staff at Riddle Memorial for a quick diagnosis of his condition, and then to the cardiology staff at A.I. duPont for Children, where Riley was transferred and had his "walnut"-size heart operation.
November 19, 2012
LANDOVER, Md. - The bad news, of course, if you really, really want the bad news, is that the Washington Redskins are a pretty awful football team. Not so awful they couldn't lay a 31-6 pasting on the somnolent Eagles on Sunday, the kind of outing that Ray Rhodes used to call a "good old country butt-kicking. " Ray knew about those, about what happens when a team ceases to either believe or care. His tenure as head coach ended in that kind of disarray and now, 14 years later, the guy who replaced him is facing the same situation.
October 14, 2012
Sammi Kane Kraft, 20, whose real-life baseball skills landed her the role of the pitching ace in the only film she ever made, 2005's Bad News Bears , died Tuesday in a car accident in Los Angeles. She was a passenger in an Audi that was speeding about 1:30 a.m. when it rear-ended a big rig and was then struck by another car, according to the California Highway Patrol. She was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, her brother Frankie said. Molly Kate Adams, 21, the driver of the Audi, was treated for moderate injuries and arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving, the CHP said.