November 9, 2014 |
Another delay may be in store for a controversial new law allowing the National Rifle Association to sue over municipal gun ordinances. When Gov. Corbett signed the law Oct. 28, municipalities had 60 days to decide whether to repeal their ordinances or risk a costly lawsuit. But the clock was pushed back 10 days when it was discovered that Corbett had signed the wrong version of the law. Now, several leading Democrats are trying to delay the law further - or block it entirely - by challenging its constitutionality.
November 7, 2014 |
THE EDUCATION advocacy group Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools has taken legal steps to challenge the School Reform Commission's decision last month to cancel the teachers' contract. Retired teacher Lisa Haver, a member of the alliance, alleges the SRC was "in clear violation" of the state's Sunshine Law when it called the Oct. 6 meeting to impose conditions on the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The action would have forced PFT members to begin paying for health-care benefits next month, but subsequent filings by the district and the PFT has stayed the decision.
November 6, 2014 |
WHAT'S NEW on Twitter? Am I doing well enough at work? Where are my kids? What's the latest on Putin - I'm going to a party tonight and I don't want to look stupid. Sound familiar? Comedian Ruby Wax said that humans "don't have the bandwidth" mentally to survive the demands of 21st-century life. With our brains constantly stimulated, many of us are on the verge of a mental breakdown - whether we are among the one in four people living with a mental illness or not. Wax tackles this issue, as well as methods to combat the chaos, in her book, Sane New World , a bestseller in Britain that came out yesterday in the U.S. She'll bring a stage companion to the book to Christ Church Neighborhood House on Nov. 13 as part of the 13th annual First Person Arts Festival, which began yesterday and runs through Nov. 15 at locations troughout the city.
November 4, 2014 |
ALBERT A. YOUNG was a wolf disguised as a sheep, lying in wait for an opportunity to use his role as a religious leader to perpetrate the sickest of crimes, authorities believe. The 49-year-old self-styled "apostle" of Total Deliverance Ministries, at 22nd and Norris streets in North Philadelphia, was jailed late last week, accused of using his ministry not only to preach the Gospel but to perpetrate a sexual crime against his 15-year-old mentally challenged niece, police sources said.
November 2, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of South Jersey Democrats' votes in the most hotly contested congressional district in the region could be invalidated after Republicans challenged a swath of mail-in ballots. In a filing Friday, the Burlington County Republican committee challenged the ballots because the Democratic state committee left out required information when sending mail ballot applications to their supporters in a U.S. House race between the GOP's Tom MacArthur and Democrat Aimee Belgard.
November 2, 2014 |
Temple entered Saturday's game knowing it had to get pressure on East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden, and it did, keeping the hot quarterback off his rhythm and holding him without a touchdown pass for the first time this season. The defensive line came up with a huge game, accounting for all four sacks of Carden. "Coach [Matt] Rhule challenged us at the beginning of the week and said this is going to be a great week for the defensive line," said defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, who had three tackles and 11/2 sacks.
November 1, 2014 |
Suffering Chinese prisoners. Art in social politics. Fraudulent, self-aggrandizing claims by performers like Mike Daisy. All these flammable topics are right up InterAct Theatre Company's alley, right? They're the company that specializes in righteous indignation and intentional provocation. Well, prepare to be outfoxed by one of the smartest, most cynical, heart-wrenching, brain-teasing comedies I've seen in a long while, Christopher Chen's Caught , in a brilliant InterAct premiere.
October 30, 2014 |
The new commercial kitchen at the Free Library of Philadelphia is, by far, the most beautiful, tricked-out kitchen in which I've ever cooked. We made lovely meals in the simple convent kitchen at St. Martin de Porres in North Philadelphia when the after-school cooking program began in 2012, and then in the public school cafeteria kitchens the following fall and spring. As the program grew over the last two years, with volunteers cooking in schools in Philadelphia and Camden, some classes made feasts with just an electric frying pan. The point is, you don't need a high-end kitchen and fancy equipment to cook a nice dinner.