May 7, 2014
IT COMES down to a fight over screwdrivers and stepladders. Members of the Carpenters Union walked off the job last week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to protest demands made by management that they agree to new work rules. The nub of the argument comes down to the right of exhibitors at the $1.3 billion center to set up their own booths. Under existing rules, if exhibitors want to use a manual screwdriver to screw in a sign, they can do it on their own. If it requires a "power tool" - a battery-driven screwdriver - they must use a carpenter.
December 18, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' starters will play this week against the Bears (even if at some positions, that isn't necessarily a good thing), and Chip Kelly is not going to Texas. That was what was really new at Kelly's day-after news conference. There were plenty of other things said, but they were mostly extended explanations of decisions made during Sunday's 48-30 loss at Minnesota, and Kelly mostly stuck to the themes he developed in his postgame session. If you're still angry over the short kickoff strategy, you didn't hear the coach acknowledge it was wrongheaded, though he did admit the "mortar kicks" worked better than the squibs.
October 24, 2013
"You have six NBA players and then you have a bunch of guys who are fighting for spots and want to be seen and need opportunity. " BRETT BROWN
September 17, 2013
WILL BUNCH'S recent commentary "Pa. Fracking Boom Goes Bust" would be newsworthy - if it were actually true. His anti-gas views and perpetuation of America's reliance on foreign energy is a disservice to your readers. "Bust"? Tell that to the nearly 245,000 Pennsylvanians who go to work every day in the oil-and- gas industry. This industry, and its employees, have contributed more than $1.6 billion to the state's coffers - money for education, health care and other critical needs.
May 14, 2013
Exquisite flavor, the perfect crunch. The taste you'll savor each time you munch. They're never soggy or saggy, and the spicy ones pack a punch. So try a Weavers Way PhillyFresh pickle. If you try one, you'll want a bunch. - Saint Mad
May 10, 2013
COLUMNIST Will Bunch is constantly trying to tie (usually violent) historical events to the modern-day political debate. That is fine, but Bunch always uses these events, such as the tragedy at Kent State, to attack those with whom he disagrees politically. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell wrote a memorandum that convinced corporate America that the free-enterprise system was being negatively portrayed on America's college campuses. That is all Kent State and the Powell memo have in common; they both involve higher education, to a degree.
April 26, 2013
1. IKEA LEDARE While not quite as bright as others in this group, this 600-lumen (45- to 50-watt equivalent) bulb puts out the most even, warm (2700 kelvin), "old school" style illumination of the bunch, consumes just 10 watts and sells for $13.99. 2. CREE Pioneering North Carolina-based maker of LEDs has a warm-white 800-lumen (60-watt replacement), 9.5-watt bulb at a great price ($12.97 at Home Depot's) with special features. It's the rare LED bulb working with all dimmer switches, and it boasts a shatter resistent glass shell with rubberized (although dust-attracting)
March 15, 2013 |
IT HAPPENS in practice. It happens in games. Temple coach Fran Dunphy begins to instruct, recognizes whom he is speaking to, and stops midsentence. It has happened to T.J. DiLeo. It's happened to Khalif Wyatt, and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and of course, fifth-year man Scootie Randall. "I've been here so long I know exactly what he's going to say before he says it," Randall was saying before practice this week. "I'll be like, 'I know, I got it.' " He might not actually say this to his coach.
March 6, 2013 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - Space is tight at 90-year-old McKechnie Field, and the Phillies encroached upon the Pirates' batting practice when they began stretching Monday. Gaby Sanchez jogged past, dodging red jerseys and the batting cage. The Pittsburgh first baseman noticed Chase Utley in the pack and made eye contact. "How are these?" asked Sanchez, who put his hands on his kneecaps. Utley nodded his head and smiled. "Good," he said. Tuesday marks the three-week point of Phillies camp in this elongated spring, one defined by cautious optimism.
October 26, 2012
I'M 65, BORN and raised in Philly. When my wife retires and we opt to leave town, my main reason will involve managing my blood pressure, because driving around Philly almost always raises it. Every locale has its own cultural aspects, and over time those aspects become accepted reality. That includes a locale's driving culture. Philly's has always been in the Dark Ages. It has never been a car-friendly town. In my younger years, I knew something was wrong with the driving culture here when co-workers, having learned I'd visited New York City, would launch into a rant about "those crazy New York drivers, especially the cab drivers.