June 3, 2015 |
ANTOINETTE LEVITT wants you to stop and smell the roses, but the roses are in bad shape. We are standing in the Rose Garden, a hidden gem owned by the National Park Service, starved for the nourishment of proper funding. The one-acre oasis, hidden between Walnut and Locust, and 4th and 5th streets, was bone dry when Levitt led me there on a recent afternoon. Levitt is the regent (president) of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which in 1971 planted the Rose Garden in ground owned by the National Park Service, with the understanding the park service would maintain it. Guess what?
May 19, 2015 |
The team that could not score from the 1-yard line two times with the 49ers game on the line in September wants all two-point conversions to be from that distance. And it just so happens that the Eagles could have a roster this year that is better equipped to make those plays. NFL owners will consider three proposals to change the extra point this week at the league meetings in San Francisco. One is from the Eagles, who are proposing to move extra points from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, two-point conversions from the 2-yard line to the 1, and for defenses to be allowed to return a turnover for two points on the play.
May 5, 2015 |
Pennsylvania developers, hugely profitable corporations, colleges, towns, and hospitals have applications pending for $1 billion in matching taxpayer funds from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). You didn't get yours in? Gov. Wolf last week agreed to take new requests from Monday to May 18. Last year, the state collected $1.1 billion in RACP applications, and funded just $207 million. The money, put up by taxpayers through state bonds, is supposed to support projects that create jobs.
April 22, 2015 |
A bookkeeper at an Atlantic City rolling chair company has admitted keeping a second set of books to cover up unreported cash siphoned from the business, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Monday. Abdus Mian, 66, of Atlantic City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to one count of making materially false statements to federal agents. Mian was the bookkeeper for Royal Rolling Chairs L.L.C., which operated on the Boardwalk, according to documents and statements in court.
April 17, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he will decide "a series at a time" whether Ryan Howard is in his lineup against lefthanded pitchers. The only two games the struggling first baseman has not started were against southpaws. As he did Friday against Washington's Gio Gonzalez, Darin Ruf started in Howard's place Wednesday against Mets lefthander Jonathon Niese. Rightfielder Jeff Francoeur occupied Howard's cleanup spot. In 27 at-bats entering the game, Howard had just four hits (.148)
April 16, 2015 |
In Philly, we don't pick judges based on skill. That's not the way. The process has little to do with merit. It's all about the chance of a lucky ballot spot, and the sway of money and politics. The judicial kingmakers - the Democratic City Committee, the power brokers, the vote-wielding ward leaders - aren't sweating over quality, credentials, and experience. Hey, if you've got some brains, it probably won't hurt you. But if you don't, it's not going to count against you either.
April 13, 2015 |
THE WOMAN who managed money seized from criminals in Delaware County now has a criminal record herself after allegedly stealing the illicit funds to, among other things, buy her way into Flyers games that she later bragged about on Facebook. Mary Lynch, 48, was charged yesterday with theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, identity theft and related offenses after allegedly embezzling more than $100,000 in drug forfeiture funds while working as a financial administrator at the D.A.'s Office, officials said.
April 7, 2015 |
WHAT DO the U.S. Mint and the "Fast & Furious" franchise have in common? A license to print money. "Furious 7" revved up the box office this past weekend with a ridiculous $143.6 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. Add in an additional $240 million from overseas (and that's without Russia, Japan and China) and it's time to start planning "Really Furious 8," "Freakin' Furious 9" and "Ramadan Fast 10" (the franchise is international). "Furious 7," now the ninth-biggest opening of all time, also unseated previous April record-holder "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which opened to $95 million this weekend last year.
April 7, 2015 |
Years before he was one of Philadelphia's dirtiest cops, Jeffrey Walker was a hero. In fall 1998, Walker specialized in drug busts for West Philadelphia's 16th Police District. On the streets, his aggressive work as an undercover cop and his appearance - tall, fit, with dreadlocks - earned him a nickname from drug dealers: Batman. Like any Batman, Jeffrey Walker had a Robin: his partner, Officer Brian Reynolds. In the tough Mantua neighborhood Batman and Robin patrolled that fall, three dealers found an easy way to get rid of the duo. One of the three would get $4,000 to kill them.
April 1, 2015 |
If elected mayor, Jim Kenney would "end the annual budgetary crisis" for the Philadelphia School District, he pledged in an education policy paper released Monday. Speaking at an early-childhood education center in University City, Kenney outlined a plan to raise more money for the district that said he would not require raising property taxes. He says he would emphasize schools as hubs of the community and provide universal pre-kindergarten programs for 3- and 4-year-olds. To raise new, recurring money for the cash-strapped district, Kenney - a Democratic former city councilman - said he would sell commercial tax liens, institute zero-based budgeting and raise land values on abated properties.