September 17, 2016 |
Philadelphia taxpayers will be picking up the tab for a lawyer representing District Attorney Seth Williams in response to a federal probe of his political, personal, and nonprofit finances. The city Law Department on Thursday said John Pease III, a former assistant U.S. attorney now at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, will be paid $225 an hour to advise Williams "in a government investigation. " Marcel Pratt, chairman of the Law Department's Litigation Group, said in an email that the city's Home Rule Charter requires his office to "provide legal advice to city officials and employees concerning matters arising in connection with the performance of their official duties.
September 15, 2016 |
By Ilene Raymond Rush When I think back on my Springsteen years, which have now encompassed most of my life, I think a lot about yearning. I think about how, as a teenager in 1973 at the famous Main Point coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, I recognized not the future of rock and roll, but a deep note of neediness and pain in Bruce's voice, restlessness and a desire to get out and make good. I had never heard my internal emotional soundtrack put into words. As a teenager prone to depression who would receive a future diagnosis of bipolar 2, he hooked me cold.
August 30, 2016 |
Zahmir is an endearing 11-year-old with dark curly hair and big brown eyes. Fond of music, he delights in playing with his many musical toys. However, his interest in music goes beyond toys. He now enthusiastically plays the piano and looks forward to his weekly lessons. Other favorite pastimes include riding on his rocking horse and watching his favorite programs on television, including SpongeBob and a variety of shows on Animal Planet. He also enjoys playing outdoors, where he spends many happy hours digging in the dirt, rolling in the leaves, and running around.
August 15, 2016 |
Life in America today is arguably more anxiety-inducing than it's been for any generation since those that fought off the Depression and fascism. Even during the superheated political conflicts of the 1960s, people could get mad at each other, smash a window or a face, and still wind up with a decent-paying job and employer-provided health care. Tom Hayden and his activist generation didn't have to worry about getting trapped in a 1099 economy with no real hope of retirement savings outside of Social Security.
August 13, 2016 |
In November, Zachary Bird was hanging out in the 'burbs with his dad, Bill, when he saw the light. The handsome, 10-foot, cast-iron Victorian lamp with a crown in the motif of acanthus leaves sparked a conversation - and that led to a quest, more modest than Sir Galahad's, but no less epic for the 46-year-old Zack. Traveling deep into the web, Zack learned intimately about Victorian gas lamps (down to the 1891 Welsbach patent for the gas mantle), discovered connections to Disneyland and a dentist/pilot/businessman/collector, followed leads to Cape May County, and traversed a field of dreams in South Jersey.
August 10, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA A McMullan hire John McMullan - very reluctantly - hired me as a reporter for the Miami Herald in September 1969, shortly before he came to Philadelphia as executive editor of The Inquirer ("John E. McMullan set the Inquirer's course," Sunday). At the time, I had only about two years' experience in daily newspaper journalism. But I decided to move from Philly to Miami Beach and seek a newspaper job. I sent my clips and resumé to the Herald, and in spite of my inexperience, was granted an interview.
August 7, 2016
The Silk Roads A New History of the World By Peter Frankopan. Knopf. 672 pp. $30 Reviewed by Paul M. Cobb I n the year 1238, at the abbey of St. Albans, a serene 20 miles or so northwest of London, a medieval scribe named Matthew Paris recorded some tragic news about fish. In that year, the fishermen and merchants from the Baltic who ordinarily crossed the North Sea to take part in the herring fishing off the coast of England did not dare leave their homes.
August 7, 2016 |
Will we see bachelorette JoJo Fletcher and her beau in Happy Valley for a Penn State football game on the opening day of the 2016 season? It just may very well happen. Jordan Rodgers, who won the hand of Fletcher Monday night in the season finale of the reality show The Bachelorette, played quarterback at Vanderbilt in 2011 and 2012 under then-head coach James Franklin. Now Penn State's head coach, Franklin said Thursday at football media day that he would love to have Rodgers and his fiancée come to a game, and he set out to do that later in the day on Twitter.
July 30, 2016 |
Throughout his week in Las Vegas earlier this month, Jay Wright hustled from coaches meetings to team meals to practices, keeping company with the power people in USA Basketball, and not once did he experience a moment alone with the most powerful of them all. Wright spent those seven days in the desert as an assistant coach with the USA select team, the group of 23 young NBA players charged with preparing the U.S. national men's team for the...
July 18, 2016
Kingsessing - with its paneled homes with metal awnings, trolley cables stretching over asphalt streets, and weeds peeking out from concrete cracks - is hardly the picture of nature. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a plan to make Kingsessing a model for green space. Working with groups such as Philadelphia University's landscape architecture program and the grassroots organization Empowered CDC, Fish and Wildlife has identified eight spaces to turn into community green space.