May 24, 2015 |
A few weeks back, I replied to a reader's question about "ghost shadows" on his ceiling. It isn't as spooky as it sounds. The reader was asking about paint he could use to hide the lines, which reappeared after he had painted the ceiling three years ago. Of course, I responded to his request for a paint recommendation by suggesting a shellac-based product that I have used to cover water stains from leaks that have been repaired and to keep...
January 18, 2015 |
From the moment the elevator doors open in Alfred "Fred" Hagen's ultrachic penthouse, the swooning begins. The unit, spanning the top two floors of a trendy 12-story boutique building in Society Hill, is the pinnacle of stylish city living. Floor-to-ceiling windows stretch across the 4,000-square-foot residence, where breathtaking views pan from the city's corporate center to the stadium complex to the Delaware River, where the Ben Franklin Bridge arcs in the wake of cruising cargo ships.
June 2, 2014 |
There is always a story, and that is because scouts love stories. They were there for the moment The Next Great Thing was discovered. Like that time six years ago when Marti Wolever and Mike Ledna - two top amateur scouts for the Phillies - lingered at the Salisbury School's baseball field in Connecticut long after the other teams' scouts departed. Wolever asked Anthony Hewitt, a lanky 19-year-old high school shortstop, if he would mind holding an impromptu personal workout. A school official pulled the batting cage into place.
May 25, 2014 |
Rep. Allyson Schwartz blamed sexism when she bumped against the glass ceiling of Pennsylvania politics last week, finishing a distant second in the Democratic primary for governor. "The Harrisburg establishment . . . couldn't imagine even a woman with my experience and accomplishments could actually be the governor," she said in her concession speech Tuesday. And Marjorie Margolies, the woman trying to succeed Schwartz in the U.S. House, said Pennsylvania women would suffer because her loss likely means the state's congressional delegation will be all-male.
December 29, 2013 |
It was a long stretch of disappointing monthly billings reports from the American Institute of Architects, reflecting the prolonged housing downturn and the reluctance of homeowners and, indeed, builders, to commit to spending great sums as prices continued to fall. Reflecting the general flattening of the market over the last few months, the most recent billings index (for October) saw lower numbers, though it remained above the score of 50, indicating a rise. The big positive, however, was an uptick in inquiries about projects somewhere down the line - meaning that while Americans remain insecure about the economy, they expect it to improve.
November 4, 2013 |
It was the first house that would be all her own, and back in 2004, interior designer Bridget McMullin was looking for one thing: potential. She had just opened her studio, the McMullin Design Group in Haddonfield, and wanted to be closer than she had been in Sea Isle City, N.J., her former address. "I couldn't afford very much, and that definitely narrowed the field. So when I saw this house in Collingswood, I knew it had good bones and, yes, definite potential. " Not that it was a prize specimen back then.
November 4, 2013 |
IT'S ALL ABOUT the ceiling. The glass ceiling, that is. Speaking yesterday at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said gender inequality must be erased in America. "Too many women here and around the world still face ceilings, ceilings that hold back their ambitions and aspirations, that make it harder for them to pursue their own God-given potential," Clinton said in her keynote address. "These ceilings just don't hold back women and girls but they hold back entire economies and societies because no country can truly thrive by denying the contributions of half its people," she said, calling remedying gender inequality "the great unfinished business of the 21st century.
March 6, 2013
I GET A CHILL whenever I listen to James Brown soulfully sing "It's a Man's World. " I especially like to shout, "You got that right!" when he says, "But it wouldn't be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl. " Those lyrics come to mind as we celebrate Women's History Month - it's not a man's world anymore. Sunday marked 100 years since thousands of women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue demanding the right to vote. They were taunted and pushed, but they pressed on. So, too, have women pressed their way into jobs in the private and public sectors.
January 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Forget about raising the federal debt limit. House Republicans are proposing to ignore it altogether - at least until May 18. The House plans to vote Wednesday on a measure that would leave the $16.4 trillion borrowing limit intact but suspend it from the time the bill passes until mid-May. The declaration that the debt ceiling "shall not apply" means that the government could continue borrowing to cover its obligations to creditors until May 18. This approach - novel in modern times - would let Republicans avoid a potentially disastrous fight over the debt limit without actually voting to let the Treasury borrow more money.
January 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Only hours after Congress adopted a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts, lawmakers Wednesday began to clash over the limit on federal borrowing, inaugurating the next phase of Washington's permanent fiscal war. Republicans said they would press their demand that spending be reduced dramatically in exchange for allowing any more U.S. borrowing. President Obama and top Democrats insisted that their goal of raising the $16.4 trillion federal debt ceiling was nonnegotiable.