September 7, 2016 |
You don't know her name, but without Michelle Singer there might never have been a Democratic National Convention here. Or the bills might have gone unpaid, and the thousands of people at the convention might not have been able to live-stream or tweet the event. Singer, a longtime political fund-raiser who now works for Comcast Corp., was a central figure in Philadelphia's preparations to host the convention in late July. She was the unseen hand that did much to raise the $60 million needed to put on the show.
August 31, 2016 |
A ticket sold in Montgomery County split a $325,000 jackpot in a Pennsylvania Cash 5 game this weekend. The ticket, along with one sold in Allegheny County, matched all five numbers drawn Friday: 11, 12, 215, 26 and 39. The lucky Montgomery County ticket was sold in Norristown, at the Quick Stop located at 927 Stanbridge Street, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. The ticket holder and the Allegheny County winner will each get $162,500. The other ticket was bought at a Super Mart in McKees Rocks.
August 26, 2016
From Independence Hall in Philadelphia to the redwood forest in California's Sequoia National Park, the country's national parks today are celebrating the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson's signing of the National Park Service Act, which established the agency that protects our natural and historical riches. It's hard to be too festive though when the more than 400 parks, monuments, museums and reserves in this country are struggling. Budget cuts, climate change, and a new view of how to best protect the delicate ecosystems where yellow-legged frogs, bighorn sheep, and buffalo roam are straining the sites, which annually are visited by about 275 million people.
August 5, 2016
Mayor Kenney's campaign to pass a tax on sweetened beverages hinged on his proposal to spend $91 million annually to expand prekindergarten programs. But $300 million will be used to secure bonds to upgrade libraries, recreation centers, and other facilities, so the public must focus on how that money will be spent. Tough decisions on which facilities should be improved and which ones are too dilapidated or underused to save must be made. Those decisions should be devoid of the political considerations that can crop up when City Council members exercise their "prerogative" in development cases.
July 30, 2016 |
The Barnes Foundation has been booked this week with a string of parties related to the Democratic National Convention. "Normally, July private events are few, so this is a tremendous increase in activity," Barnes spokeswoman Deirdre Maher said. Hotels were nearly full, streets around the Pennsylvania Convention Center and City Hall bustled with pedestrians, and some restaurants were booked by out-of-towners for the entire week. Does this mean that the convention, which brought an estimated 50,000 people to Philadelphia - about the same as for the annual Army-Navy football game - was an economic boon for the region?
July 26, 2016 |
Imagine that two decades from now, some Broadway producer penning a jukebox musical about the music of Nirvana used Kurt Cobain's songs to depict a happy family life in the Pacific Northwest. That approach would be no less an insult to Nirvana fans than Ring of Fire , William Meade and Richard Maltby's show now playing at People's Light, is to the oeuvre of Johnny Cash. The show doesn't so much sanitize Cash's music as bastardize it. Maltby and Meade's concept employs three couples, one young (Nyssa Duchow and Sam Sherwood)
July 26, 2016 |
WITH A LITTLE help from her favorite team, loyal reader Inez Gale has pulled off an epic hat trick. Gale hit the Daily News jackpot for the third time Sunday when Odubel Herrera homered to lead off the sixth. It was our Home Run Payoff inning and the blast was worth $1,000 for Gale, who is 88. It was the third time Gale won a thousand bucks from us. She also won in 2010 at the age of 82 and 2013 at 85. "I get the Daily News every day and fill out the coupon all the time," she said.
July 20, 2016 |
A Pennsylvania lottery player won $1 million in this weekend's Powerball drawing. A ticket sold in the state matched all five white balls drawn Saturday: 11, 17, 40, 50 and 62. But the ticket missed the Powerball of 26, falling short of the $333 million jackpot. No one hit the top prize, so the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing rises to $361 million for the annuity, or $250.3 million cash. Pennsylvania's $1 million winner was sold in Lehigh County, at the Weis Markets located at 5020 Route 873 in Schnecksville.
July 3, 2016 |
Some consumers who use health insurance copays to buy prescription drugs are paying far more than they should be and would be better off paying with cash, especially for generics. The added cost runs as high as $30 or more a prescription, say pharmacists, and the profit is largely being pocketed by middlemen who collect the added money from local pharmacies. Cash prices started to dip below copays a decade ago when several big box stores started offering dozens of generics for as little as $4 a prescription.
June 25, 2016 |
He is past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and during a career of more than 40 years has represented accused killers Ira Einhorn, Amanda Knox, and Robert Durst. But on Thursday, Center City lawyer Theodore Simon, 65, was in a Philadelphia courtroom as the accuser. The case was Commonwealth v. Rico Clark - the defendant being a 27-year-old Norristown man accused of picking a rubber-banded wad of cash from the pocket of Simon's suit jacket and leading him on a foot chase that ended with Clark's arrest several blocks away.