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July 26, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. will be paid $300,000 annually under a five-year contract endorsed Wednesday by the School Reform Commission. It's a big salary, but about $50,000 less than his predecessor, the controversial Arlene C. Ackerman, was paid. "We were very mindful of the history of the School District," SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos said at a special meeting. "This agreement is a better deal economically for the taxpayers of Philadelphia than the previous two deals.
SPORTS
July 3, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
A SELLER IS only a seller after something has been sold. So calling general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. a seller at this point would be incorrect. Jim Thome does not count — he just made no sense for the Phillies when it became clear that he could not play in the field anymore. Trading him to Baltimore for prospects was just normal baseball business — a sale, yes, but not necessarily a harbinger. Because the Phillies cannot give up yet. It isn't just that the sport is replete with recent teams that have played like stink for long stretches of the season, only to get hot at the end and make a run in the postseason.
NEWS
June 30, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
The landmark Supreme Court ruling Thursday upholding key tenets of the federal health-care overhaul was a victory for common sense. It offers hope to so many Americans who thought health insurance was beyond their reach.   Even as both parties jockey for advantage in November, the five justices who upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) pulled the nation back from a disastrous U-turn on reform efforts soon to reach full stride. At stake was not only the future aim of providing for almost two-thirds of the 50 million uninsured, but also major structural reforms under way in a sprawling sector of the U.S. economy that accounts for $2.7 trillion in spending, or $1 in every $6. Already, people are benefiting from popular provisions of the 2010 law, which fully kicks in 18 months from now: Retirees, and all women, now have access to preventive care like mammograms and wellness visits.
NEWS
June 30, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
Well, now. So how's that hope and change thing working for us? I'd say, after Thursday, pretty darn good. The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold President Obama's besieged signature legislation - the Affordable Care Act - constitutionally validated the law that cleared the path for providing universal health care for everyone. Which should be as American as apple pie. You'd think. Yet since the historic law passed two years ago, conservatives have spit out "Obamacare" as if the very word were arsenic.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA and Daily News Staff Writer
The bid submitted by Nu-Juice officials to the Philadelphia School District in 2010 for the work with "persistently dangerous" schools such as West Philadelphia High School includes statements that are either incorrect or impossible to confirm. Among the statements are that Nu-Juice founder Eric Ward was awarded a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. Ward attended Swarthmore from the fall of 1971 until spring of 1973, but didn't graduate, according to a school spokeswoman.
NEWS
January 29, 2012
1. d. Thetford. 2. c. Corsets. 3. b. 1774. 4. a. Pennsylvania Magazine. 5. c. Bordentown City, N.J. 6. True, as early as 1775 in the essay "African Slavery in America. " 7. b. "Common Sense. " 8. c. "Rights of Man. " 9. d. "Dissertation on First Principles of Government. " 10. a. "The American Crisis. "
NEWS
January 29, 2012
To mark the 275th anniversary of the birth of Revolutionary War pamphleteer Thomas Paine, answer these questions about his life and essays. 1. Where in England was Paine born? a. Lewes. b. London. c. Sandwich. d. Thetford. 2. For a time, Paine was a master stay-maker, with his own shop. What product did stay-makers produce? a. Anchors. b. Buttons. c. Corsets. d. Upholstery tacks. 3. When did he arrive in Philadelphia?
NEWS
January 9, 2012
IN 2005, Upper Darby surfaced on the Delaware Valley's radar. That was not necessarily good news for Philadelphia's bedroom suburb. The media suddenly were filled with accounts of "scumbags," "bums," "thugs" and "criminal enterprise" coming from new Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The last phrase landed him in court. The outspoken top cop, who rose through the ranks of the Philadelphia Police Department and then became chief of police in Middletown, Pa., and Portland, Maine, before returning to his home turf, has a dual reputation as SuperCop and also as a media-friendly quote machine.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
SO, LET'S GET this straight: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius doesn't think that teenage girls are mature enough to avoid overdosing on emergency contraception medication that consists of a single pill , but that they are presumably mature enough to deal with an unintended pregnancy, arrange an abortion - or have a child? That's one conclusion you might draw from Sebelius' decision to become the first secretary of Health and Human Services - in, like, ever - to overrule a science-based recommendation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would have made the so-called "morning-after pill" available on drugstore and supermarket shelves.
NEWS
December 9, 2011 | By Ben Feller and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Thursday that it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-after contraceptive pill off a drugstore shelf. Citing his own two daughters, Obama said: "I think most parents would probably feel the same way. " Plenty of pediatric leaders and women's advocacy groups did not, as reaction flowed in to the administration's decision a day earlier to prevent the over-the-counter sale of the anti-pregnancy drug to sexually active girls of younger ages.
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