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.
October 3, 2012 |
There was a song in 1994 called "A View of Camden" about a Philadelphia woman whose apartment overlooked the Delaware River and a New Jersey city she could hardly see. People living in Camden in 2012 say they, too, can barely recognize the city - particularly in recent headlines about horrifying crimes, floundering schools, and pervasive poverty. There's also that counter-intuitive plan to replace the city police department with a new county force. Posts on Facebook, YouTube and elsewhere bemoan the media's focusing on the city's potentially record-breaking homicide toll (48 so far this year)
August 17, 2012 |
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Officers tasked with the grim job of notifying a woman about the death of her husband stumbled onto a grisly crime scene Thursday when no one responded at the suburban Detroit home, which had been left unlocked. Inside, the woman and the couple's two young children were found dead in separate bedrooms. Investigators were probing whether the man killed his family then committed suicide by driving the wrong way on an interstate highway in neighboring Indiana, instantly killing a stranger, too, as he slammed into the man's car. Police agencies in Michigan and Indiana spent the day trying to connect the dots.
July 10, 2012 |
A Duke University study that examined the possibility that Marcellus Shale drilling in northeastern Pennsylvania contaminates drinking water concluded that pathways in rock formations that allowed salinated water into shallow aquifers were naturally occurring and not a result of hydraulic fracturing. Still, the authors warned in the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that those naturally occurring pathways could allow chemicals and contaminated water caused by fracking also to travel into the drinking water supply.