February 8, 2012 |
GOV. CORBETT'S state budget unveiled yesterday doesn't include a miracle infusion of cash to help the Philadelphia School District out of its financial crisis. But it also doesn't include shocking cuts that would cap the district at the knees like last year's draconian budget from Harrisburg. Although statewide funding for education remained about the same as last year, the district stands to lose about $20 million from elimination of the accountability block grant program, according to estimates from lawmakers.
January 15, 2012
"There's a fair amount of pessimism out there, but I also think that investors are slowly becoming immune to the bad news. As long as the stuff you can sink your teeth into, like corporate profit, is improving, I think it bodes well for the markets this year. " - Jack Ablin, of Harris Private Bank in Chicago, as earnings season got a positive launch by Alcoa Inc. "Despite the severe recession, and changes in the crude oil refining industry, the transportation cost savings from deepening the Delaware River remain very robust.
January 8, 2012 |
For coach Tim Vanderslice and Monsignor Bonner's freshman basketball players, the first afternoon of the rest of their lives proceeded on a dimly lit practice court in front of a scoreboard that at one point read, appropriately: "Guest 55 Friars 0. " Defeat - one much larger than any determined by a round, leather ball - had come about an hour earlier Friday, when students learned during an assembly that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had targeted Bonner...
December 25, 2011
The GOP candidate won't be on the ballot in Virginia on Super Tuesday. His failure to collect enough signatures is bad news on several fronts. A5.
December 23, 2011
AS OLD MAN WINTER arrives, he brings two kinds of "annual letters" tucked inside Christmas (or, to be P.C., holiday) cards. The first kind is filled with bad news. The second is good news, which can be worse if it fills you with envy. The bad-news letter reveals someone is suffering with a disease, or lost a loved one, a job, a pet, or is living in the shade of betrayal by a loved one. That evokes pity, but maybe also relief that the evil tide has engulfed someone other than you. In the season of joy, the bad-news letter chills you like a penguin's backside.
December 1, 2011 |
Jocelyn Kirsch - the buxom half of the city's infamous "Bonnie and Clyde" duo - worked at a San Francisco women's activewear store while finishing her prison sentence at a California halfway house. Yes, Kirsch - whose lavish criminal escapades were fueled in part by stolen credit-card numbers - was again swiping people's credit cards. Not anymore. After inquiries from the People's Paper, Kirsch was put on a two-week leave yesterday from her job at Athleta. "The security of our customers' personal information is a top priority for us," said Callie Canfield, a spokeswoman for the Gap-owned chain.
October 13, 2011
A S THE 1-4 Eagles prepare for a gotta-win-it game against the Washington Redskins, and the staff returns from the storage room and hands out the organizational Kevlar, here are some bullet points about a beleaguered defense, and maybe a couple of reasons to hope: * Safety Nate Allen might just be turning a corner. He might finally be trusting the knee that was surgically repaired in December. "I think so," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "I think that's probably accurate.
October 12, 2011 |
PERHAPS there are other teams that will be hurt more by the NBA lockout, but you don't care about those other teams. And, quite frankly, many of you don't even care about what happens with the NBA, if the email bag is any indication. Still, this work stoppage is devastating to the 76ers. Because there is no way to speculate on the financial side of any type of labor agreement, and how it would affect the Sixers, let's keep that out of the equation and look at how this hurts the team on the court.
October 7, 2011 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - College football players often have to struggle with the monotony of a long season. At Ohio State, they've also had to fight against the drip, drip, drip of continual NCAA allegations and suspensions. Buckeyes center Mike Brewster said he and his teammates weren't shaken by the latest body blow - two players thought to be returning to the team this week had their suspensions lengthened because they were overpaid for summer jobs. Lots of teams talk about distractions, but for the Buckeyes those have come about as frequently as sunrises.