March 28, 2015 |
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and challenger Ori Feibush faced off in a one-hour debate Thursday that touched on campaign finance, school funding, and development. The debate, at times spirited but cordial throughout, drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 people to the Greenfield School's auditorium. Feibush, a Point Breeze real estate developer, said he's running because the Second Council District has become "a tale of two cities. " "I have some incredibly boring but incredibly important policy ideas to share with you," he said.
March 27, 2015 |
Philadelphia's population grew for the eighth year in a row in 2014, and surrounding counties were mostly stable, according to new census data, but the picture was not quite as rosy at it may have seemed in the nation's fifth-largest city. Philadelphia's population rose an estimated 4,245 to 1,560,297, the census found, aiding a trend that has helped reverse decades of declines. By the end of 2014, there were 34,291 more people in Philadelphia than when census takers knocked on doors in 2010.
March 24, 2015 |
Late last year, Lynn Utter found herself in a tough spot. As she was mulling over a decision to resign from her job as president and chief operating officer of Knoll Inc., the East Greenville office furniture design and manufacturing company, she learned she had been selected to receive the Paradigm Award, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's prize honoring female business leaders. "I felt badly," said Utter, 53, adding that she had wondered whether "I dare make this move now or should I wait until after March?"
March 19, 2015 |
City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell and City Commissioner Stephanie Singer were among 12 Philadelphia candidates whose nomination petitions were challenged Tuesday in Common Pleas Court. The challenge against Singer, a Democrat, contends that she did not have enough valid signatures on her petitions. Singer said she gathered about 1,480 signatures and was certain she had more than the required 1,000 valid signatures to be placed on the primary ballot. "When they can't beat you at the ballot box," she said, "they try to beat at the courthouse.
March 19, 2015 |
After he was introduced as Penn's head basketball coach, Steve Donahue looked up at his larger-than-life photo on the scoreboard of the Palestra. Asked for his thoughts, Donahue said, "That's nuts. " Then Donahue made fun of his tie up on the big screen. The new man in charge at this place began ticking off names, "Chuck Daly and Jimmy Lynam and Jimmy Boyle - it's just amazing, the legacy of coaches that have coached here. It's surreal. It really is. . . . I've been very fortunate in my career to be in a lot of different situations.
March 19, 2015 |
IT'S BALLOT-CHALLENGE season in Philadelphia, when spring is in the air and candidates launch quasi-anonymous pre-emptive strikes at each other. Why take a chance trying to beat your opponent fair and square when one of your cronies can get him or her kicked off the ballot two months before Election Day? This time-honored political tradition was on display in City Hall yesterday leading up to the 5 p.m. deadline for challenging candidates' nomination petitions, residency or other issues that could render them ineligible to appear on the ballot.
March 18, 2015 |
Does T. Milton Street Sr., an irrepressible Philadelphian, actually reside in New Jersey? Street on Monday became the first candidate to have his spot on the May 19 Philadelphia mayoral primary ballot challenged in court. A former state senator, Street filed nomination petitions last week to run for mayor as a Democrat, though city and state records list him as a registered independent since 2012. The legal challenge filed Monday cites Street's registration - and also claims he has lived in New Jersey since 2012.
March 14, 2015 |
The home game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night will offer a good test for rookie Nerlens Noel. The 76ers center will be paired up against DeMarcus Cousins. In addition to being an NBA all-star, the Kings center is one of the league's most intimidating players. "You are looking at the man that has [about] 60 pounds as an advantage," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the matchup with the 221-pound Noel. "So you are dealing with an elite interior presence. "It's a fantastic presence for Nerlens, and he's going to need a lot of help with just team defense.
March 11, 2015 |
BILL GREEN is throwing in the towel - but not because he thinks he's wrong. Green announced yesterday he would not challenge his removal as chair of the School Reform Commission by Gov. Wolf last week, as originally planned. In a statement released by the school district, Green said he did not want to draw attention away from Superintendent William Hite's latest action plan or proposed funding increases for the district. "Working with the SRC, the school district is now in a better position than it has been in many years to ensure equity for underserved children," he said in the statement.