January 20, 2015
MAYBE IT'S FITTING that when the sun sets on the day Tom Wolf is sworn in as Pennsylvania's 47th governor, we get a new moon. That's tomorrow. Perhaps he'll howl. Astrologers say a new moon symbolizes new beginnings, a time to lay out intentions for things you'd like to create or develop. So, you know, pretty good timing for the Wolfman's start. And whether or not he believes celestial bodies influence human affairs, ya gotta think the new guv wants any help available, even astrological.
January 20, 2015 |
It's a word teens dread - a notion viewed as an unsavory limitation on adolescence - and it's a concept under scrutiny in some towns. Say hello (or goodbye) to the curfew. Though policies that govern how late children and teens can be out unsupervised have for years been approved by local governments in the name of safety, a number of New Jersey towns have moved to modify or drop their ordinances. Paulsboro lifted its curfew just before Halloween. Other South Jersey towns that have repealed curfews in recent months are Logan, Greenwich, Harrison, North Wildwood, Avalon, and Buena Vista.
January 19, 2015 |
The Dodge Challenger with the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine is what the auto industry calls a halo car. That means it's a sexy siren that draws customers into the showroom - where they usually proceed to buy something cheaper and/or more practical. That "something," in the case of the Challenger, might well be the SXT Plus model, whose $29,995 price tag is half that of the Hellcat. The V-6-powered SXT Plus is machinery for people who want that powerful, muscle-car look it shares with its more powerful V-8 brethren like the Hellcat but don't want the considerable extra expense those models incur.
January 18, 2015 |
In his postgame news conference following Wednesday's 60-55 loss to visiting SMU, Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy was asked about Saturday's opponent, Cincinnati. Dunphy, whose team visits the Bearcats in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff, immediately stated that Temple would find it challenging to produce consistently on offense. "Cincinnati will be like trying to get blood from the stone, trying to score against those guys," Dunphy said. After looking at more film, Dunphy was even more complimentary.
January 17, 2015 |
More than 50 years ago, Zion Baptist Church's pastor, the Rev. Leon Sullivan, the "Lion of Zion," created a roaring economic engine designed to empower African Americans through self-help, job training, and community investment. These days, no one would describe one of the pillars of Sullivan's vision, the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, as roaring. Floors in OIC's five-story building on North Broad Street, which once housed OIC programs, are leased to tenants, including two charter schools, and there's plenty of space on the main floor OIC occupies.
January 14, 2015 |
Having had some of his best successes with Tchaikovsky symphonies, conductor Rossen Milanov gave his Symphony in C ensemble a more complicated challenge on Saturday night: the Manfred Symphony , which stands apart from the composer's numbered works in that medium and, for all its grandeur, has a white-elephant reputation that may or may not be expungeable. Ambitious, imposing, and full of the literary underpinnings of Lord Byron's dramatic poem "Manfred," the symphony isn't first-rate Tchaikovsky, though it can sound like it when played with interventionist conviction.
December 29, 2014 |
After a stroke, a 15-hour surgery, and 154 days of hospitalization, Derek Marshall set a goal: To walk with his Winslow Township High School graduating class. "I knew it would be hard," he says. "But when I did it, I realized, 'I don't have to stop now.' " That was in 2012. And he hasn't stopped since. At 21, Marshall is midway through his freshman year at La Salle University, working as an intern at Independence Blue Cross, and maintaining an attitude of gratitude. "Derek . . . is a fighter," Independence Blue Cross CEO Daniel J. Hilferty says via e-mail, adding, "I know Derek possesses the dedication and commitment to achieve incredible things.
December 20, 2014 |
Philadelphia prosecutors agreed Thursday to halt efforts to seize the homes of two of the lead plaintiffs in a widely publicized federal suit challenging the city's use of civil forfeiture laws in drug cases. But Christos Sourovelis and Doila Welch, both of whom saw their houses threatened after police arrested a relative dealing drugs on their properties, said they intended to keep on fighting. In agreements of dismissal filed in Common Pleas Court, the District Attorney's Office agreed to drop its cases against properties owned by Sourovelis and Welch as long as both owners took "reasonable measures" to ensure no further drug crimes occurred there.
December 20, 2014 |
The three losing bidders and the owner of the city's only existing casino all are heading to the state Supreme Court to challenge the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's decision to grant a second casino license for a gambling complex proposed near the South Philadelphia sports complex. The gaming board issued the license last month to Live! Hotel & Casino, a joint venture by Cordish Cos. of Baltimore and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, which also owns Parx Casino in Bensalem. The companies argued that a stadium-area casino would draw sports fans and appeal to gamblers who wanted to arrive by car. The losing applicants had 30 days to appeal to the state's high court, and all were expected to file challenges by the end of Thursday - as lawyers did by late afternoon on behalf of proposed Center City casinos Market8 and the Provence.
December 12, 2014
IT'S HARD enough managing one's own money, but navigating through financial issues with another person can be even more frustrating. I often get questions about marriage and money during my weekly online chats. The following are answers to two recent questions. "What happens when someone with a FICO score of 800-plus marries someone with a score of 400? I anticipate getting engaged soon but am not sure where to start dealing with financial matters. I love my boyfriend, but financial management is not one of his strengths, though it is one of mine.