July 10, 2014
THE HEARTBREAKING and alarming news that one in five high school students is involved with either DHS or the juvenile justice system should be a wake-up call for systemic change. Even though we should never abandon these students or give up hope, the intervention that has the best chance of saving them must happen as early as possible. Blaming their dysfunctional homes as an excuse not to fund early intervention programs only exacerbates the problem. Meanwhile, many teachers apply for positions in urban schools at all levels for the purpose of making a difference.
June 13, 2014
MOST stand-up comics mine such topics as relationships and parenthood for laughs. But Colin Quinn has much bigger fish to fry. In 2010, Quinn, 55, debuted "Long Story Short," his hit one-man Broadway show that took a jaundiced - but hilarious - look at world history. Now, he's journeying through the past again with "Unconstitutional," which Philadelphia Theatre Company is presenting today through July 6 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. In case the title doesn't tip you off, "Unconstitutional" is a humorous examination of the four-page document - conjured here in Philly, in 1787 - that sets forth how America is to be governed.
May 20, 2014 |
So, who was Continental Army Maj. William Jackson? "It's not a name memorized by schoolkids in history class," John Hopkins, coordinator for Christ Church Burial Ground, told folks gathered there Sunday afternoon. "It's more like an answer to a Jeopardy! question," Hopkins suggested, his mention of a TV show lightening the ceremony at Jackson's grave at the southeastern corner of Fifth and Arch Streets in Center City. So who was Jackson? Certainly not the tourist attraction of Benjamin Franklin, whose grave is a few steps up a grassy row. But a man of merit: Secretary of the Constitutional Convention which, on Sept.
April 5, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The Nutter administration is processing the paperwork to raise the pay of five members of the Board of Revision of Taxes - even though such midterm salary increases are forbidden by the state constitution. City Council last month unanimously approved the salary increases to $70,000 a year, and Mayor Nutter allowed the ordinance to become law last week without his signature. Councilman Mark Squilla, the prime sponsor, said he was hoping the pay boosts for members of the BRT would get it to speed up its handling of more than 20,000 real estate tax appeals, challenging new assessments made under the Actual Value Initiative.
March 25, 2014 |
HERSHEY - Imagine seeing everything you've worked for all season riding on the revolutions of a last-second three-pointer. After losing in the Public League championship, Constitution High was desperate for PIAA redemption Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey. And the fate of the Class AA championship had just left the fingertips of Seton-La Salle's Levi Masua. "I'm not gonna lie," said Constitution junior forward Ahmad Gilbert, "when it was in the air, I thought it was going in. " And there was good reason to anticipate defeat.
March 24, 2014 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - With Seton-La Salle's potential game-winning three-pointer in the air, the Constitution players on the bench, including Raheem Liggins, locked arms and prayed for the best. Their prayers were answered, as Levi Masua's right-wing attempt - he had nailed a tying shot from that spot a minute earlier - bounced off the back of the rim and into the hands of Kimar Williams. With that, Liggins and the Generals began celebrating their 61-59 victory over the never-say-die Rebels, of suburban Pittsburgh, Saturday in the PIAA Class AA boys' basketball final at the Giant Center.
March 23, 2014 |
In its drive to the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball final, La Salle - a newcomer to this territory - knocked off perennial state-tournament powers Lower Merion and Chester. The last obstacle for the junior-laden Explorers is New Castle, of suburban Pittsburgh. The District 7 champs, with a football-studded lineup, arrive with a lofty record of 30-0. "They've got some tough players," La Salle coach Joe Dempsey said. "They're 30-0. The coaches have made sure their kids are ready to play every night.
March 20, 2014 |
Two Public League boys' basketball teams continued to impress at the state level on Tuesday night. Math, Civics & Sciences defeated St. John Neumann, 76-53, at East Pennsboro in a PIAA Class A semifinal, and Constitution topped Elmer L. Meyers, 55-44, at Parkland to move into the Class AA final. Sophomore Nazeer Bostick and teammate Samir Doughy paced the Mighty Elephants with 17 points each. Bostwick added eight rebounds, and Mike Watkins finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
March 19, 2014 |
A bill passed by Philadelphia City Council last week to boost salaries at the Board of Revision of Taxes to $70,000 a year faces one more significant hurdle: It appears to violate the Pennsylvania constitution. "No law shall extend the term of any public officers, or increase or diminish his salary or emoluments, after his election or appointment," the constitution says in Article 3, Section 27. It was the critical language in a Commonwealth Court opinion last year that led to more than $600,000 in back pay for five BRT members.