April 16, 2016 |
He came, touted his blog, and riffed on the intricacies of negative interest rates. The Wharton School on Wednesday evening hosted former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who sat for an hour-long Q&A with finance professor Jeremy Siegel before a packed house at the Annenberg Center. Bernanke was promoting his new book, The Courage to Act (W.W. Norton, 2015). While his remarks were off the record, on Thursday, Siegel gave a brief overview of key points covered during the talk, attended by Wharton VIPs and hundreds of students.
February 17, 2016 |
Read Trudy Rubin's blog at worldview
September 6, 2015 |
A former Bucks County high school teacher who was fired after profanely blogging about her "utterly loathsome" and "frightfully dim" students cannot sue the Central Bucks School District for violating her right to free speech, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the disruption that Natalie Munroe caused at school with her online writings outweighed her claim that the First Amendment should have protected her from losing her job. "When a teacher's derogatory comments about his or her students cause numerous parents to tell the school district that they 'don't want her as my child's teacher,' it is appropriate to conclude that his or her speech impedes the performance of the speaker's duties as a teacher," wrote Judge Robert Cowen.
August 13, 2015 |
Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez entered their ninth year of blogging at tomandlorenzo.com by trying something new: a podcast. The Philly celebrity-fashion writers have cultivated a devout following - referred to as "bitter kittens" - by critiquing celebrity fashion. They also love TV, taking time to talk about whatever they're watching. Fitzgerald and Marquez have been together for 19 years and made it official when Pennsylvania legalized gay marriage. That's quite evident in the podcast, in which they lovingly banter back and forth in their Old City loft.
January 19, 2015 |
Deirdre Giumetti, a.k.a. Yummygal, is behind the wheel of her Buick Enclave, heading east from her home in Woodstown. "I love this," she says, as Route 40 unfurls across the rolling Salem County landscape under a gauzy winter sky. "It's a different world down here. " We're on our way to Daretown Lake in Upper Pittsgrove, a favorite among "Yummygal's South Jersey Adventures. " That's the title of Giumetti's Facebook page, where thousands of visitors click and comment on her eclectic, entertaining, and enlightening posts about the Garden State's better half.
November 4, 2014 |
A PILE OF spareribs and turkey bones sits on Stephen Danley's otherwise empty plate in a Camden soul-food restaurant, and on his way up for seconds he also gets his second hug of the afternoon. The warm greetings that Danley receives at Corrine's Place on Haddon Avenue are an indication that the 6-foot-9 former power forward on the University of Pennsylvania basketball team isn't just studying Camden as an assistant professor of public policy at Rutgers-Camden. Danley's living it. "I decided I was going to really get to know Camden, block by block.
September 6, 2014 |
Friends unfailingly describe Eileen McDonnell, a retired public school speech and hearing therapist, as "quiet" and "reserved. " Except when the conversation turns to nature. Watch her eyes widen and her speech grow animated! "She effervesces," says Andrea V. McCabe, development director at Foulkeways at Gwynedd, the Quaker-affiliated continuing-care retirement community in Montgomery County. McDonnell, 83, formerly of Harleysville, has lived at Foulkeways for a decade, and from Day 1 she's been "effervescing" about the place, trying to boost awareness of the 110-acre campus' flora and fauna.
July 31, 2014 |
A former Bucks County high school teacher who claimed she was fired for disparaging students as "frightfully dim," "utterly loathsome," and "whiny" in an online blog can't sue the district for violating her right to free speech, a federal judge has ruled. English teacher Natalie Munroe sued Central Bucks in 2012, contending her blog was protected speech because she wrote it as a private citizen. But in a Friday ruling that blocked the lawsuit from going to trial, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe wrote that the blog failed a long-standing legal test that weighs a teacher's right to free speech against the disruption the statements cause at a school.
March 24, 2014 |
The hawk that captivated area bird lovers by winning the heart of a red-tailed female and moving into her nest on a ledge of the Franklin Institute has apparently died. Known as "T2" by the hawk fans who monitored its movements via the Franklin Institute Hawk Nest camera, the male hawk, or tiercel, was last seen last Sunday, according to Della Micah, who runs a "Hawkwatch" blog dedicated to the birds. Then, early last week, Amtrak workers found the body of a hawk on some train tracks near 30th Street Station.
January 16, 2014 |
By now, 2013 has been widely eulogized as the year of the selfie - the year when, it appears, our collective vanity finally surpassed our sense of shame. But for Danielle Audain, who regularly hits the streets of Fishtown and Northern Liberties armed with a camera, tripod, and remote, selfies are just a practical necessity. That's because Audain runs a personal-style blog, a genre devoted to showcasing, through several photo shoots per week, her every outfit and accessory itemized.