November 4, 2013 |
The last time Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited the White House - in late 2011 - he and President Obama touted Iraq's political and security progress. On Friday, Maliki arrived again, this time in search of help to fight a stunning resurgence of al-Qaeda violence that has claimed 7,000 Iraqi deaths in 2013 - nearly 1,000 in October. It will be a hard sell. Most Americans, including Obama, are eager to put the Iraq war out of mind. And as a bipartisan group of senators noted in a letter to Obama last week, Maliki's "mismanagement" of Iraq's sectarian politics has helped create the climate that permitted al-Qaeda to reemerge.
November 4, 2013 |
How does a suburban school district deal with declining enrollment? Burlington County's Evesham Township is grappling with that question and the thorny issues it touches upon, such as stabilizing property taxes and how to raise revenue. To some in town, the options for dealing with a 14 percent enrollment drop aren't pretty. A committee of officials, school employees, and residents formed under a district strategic plan the school board adopted this year has held a few meetings to consider the possibilities.
November 1, 2013 |
IT'S UNLIKELY that you will see another movie this year in which a fondness for your co-star is as important as it is in "Blue Is the Warmest Color. " This lesbian coming-of-age story, a cause celebre at Cannes due to its lengthy and intense sex scenes, puts stars Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos in such close, unclothed proximity for so long and with so many of the intense highs and lows common in a new relationship that the movie couldn't have worked if the pair didn't feel especially comfortable with each other.
October 22, 2013 |
Vinny Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell, injured forwards who would boost the offensively challenged Flyers lineup, took a step toward returning when they skated and took shots Sunday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. It was the first workout for the players since they were injured in a 2-1 loss to Phoenix on Oct. 10. Lecavalier, who had a goal and two assists after the first five games, is expected to be ready for the Flyers' next game, Thursday against the visiting New York Rangers.
October 13, 2013 |
Faced with concerns about student safety, finances, and other issues, an embattled Philadelphia cyber charter school will fold at the end of the month. Solomon Charter School's board voted Friday to surrender the school's operating agreement to the Pennsylvania Department of Education and close Oct. 30, in part because the school's program for seventh- through 11th-grade students was housed in a building that shared space with a sex-offender clinic. "I wanted those kids out of the building," said David Weathington, principal and acting chief executive officer of Solomon, on Vine Street just north of Center City.
October 13, 2013 |
CHELTENHAM The Cheltenham School District could abandon Cedarbrook Middle School as early as January because of mold, officials said Friday. By Monday, the problem will have closed 11 classrooms and the cafeteria at the school in Wyncote, where 700 students attend seventh and eighth grades. The district is considering four options to address the issue, three of which involve moving students to another location while a new school is built. The fourth option is to refurbish the 62-classroom school 10 rooms at a time.
October 11, 2013 |
ANNE McLaughlin, director of tourism at Old City's Christ Church, spent years handing out Beyond the Liberty Bell pamphlets to encourage visitors to see Philly's less-famous historic sites. Thanks to the government shutdown, they no longer have a choice. "We've had a lot of people coming up and thanking us for staying open, being very grateful," McLaughlin said between greeting German tourists. Visitors from abroad, school groups and long-haul charters routinely plan trips to the city well in advance.
October 7, 2013 |
I have a hard enough time compromising on "where/what to eat" with my two boys and husband when we are standing in the middle of the fifth-largest city in the United States, brimming with options. We may have our four differing opinions on what we want to eat, but we all agree good, tasty, healthy food trumps anything else. So it's no surprise that road trips pose a higher degree of difficulty in that process. On a recent nine-hour drive to Toronto, all of our time was spent on state turnpikes and thruways littered with the same fast-food chains that quite literally repulsed us at every turn.
October 7, 2013 |
A hedge fund based on New York's Park Avenue that failed to deliver the profits that Pennsylvania's state pension system had been counting on has decided to cut its losses and shut down - even after the state begged it to try again. The Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System (SERS) gave New York-based Tiger Management $250 million in 2012, expecting Tiger's genius investors would generate 8 to 12 percent annual profits. That would be $20 million to $30 million a year, without the usual up-and-down volatility of stock investments.
October 4, 2013 |
ILYA BRYZGALOV may soon have plenty of reasons to not fall asleep - both on the bench and in team meetings. There are plenty of things to do in Sin City. According to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger, Bryzgalov is close to signing with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL in an attempt to one day get back to the NHL. Bryzgalov, 33, has been unable to find a team since being cut by the Flyers in June with a $23 million buyout. Even with their shaky goaltending situation, the Penguins were unwilling to take a flyer on Bryzgalov after it was announced yesterday that backup Tomas Vokoun will miss the next 3 to 6 months with blood clots.