May 18, 2015 |
Drexel University's newest housing complex won't have a dining commons or a study lounge. But it will have two floors of high-end day care and apartments at prices your typical undergrad would struggle to afford. Administrators hope the $55 million 3201 Race St. project on university-owned land will provide homes and child care to a mix of faculty and staff and a yearned-for influx of researchers and techies with ties to the private sector, not necessarily the school itself. The permanent year-round population of young professionals at the residential tower - and others like it to come - are part of Drexel's bid to tip the balance in its surrounding neighborhoods from gown toward town.
May 17, 2015 |
The troubled Truebright Science Academy Charter School in Olney will close at the end of the academic year next month - unless it obtains a stay from the court to remain open. A Commonwealth Court three-judge panel on Friday affirmed a state Charter Appeals Board decision that said the School Reform Commission had ample grounds to close Truebright for poor academic performance. The judges said that Truebright had promised that its students would "realize high academic rank" and would score proficient or higher on the state's standardized math and reading tests.
May 15, 2015 |
Voters may know the names of three candidates for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but probably not as famed jurists. Dwayne Woodruff was a Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback for 13 years. Kevin Dougherty's brother is union leader and Philadelphia political player John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty. David Wecht is the son of forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, renowned for investigations into the deaths of Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey. In Tuesday's primary, the name may be the thing that gets them votes.
May 12, 2015 |
SANDRA L. STIBBINS would have been out there yesterday, marching with the other cancer patients and survivors in the annual Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. She made every march in recent years, dressed in the pink costume that every marcher wears, symbolic of this Mother's Day event in the ceaseless battle against cancer. But this year Sandra couldn't make it. She died of cancer May 2 at age 57. An ebullient, high-spirited woman, she would have been laughing and waving at the crowds along the line of march, as she did every year.
May 11, 2015 |
Despite a remarkable run of scandal that deprived the state's highest court of two justices in as many years and its lowest (the late Philadelphia Traffic Court) of existence, Pennsylvania lawmakers have maintained a preternatural serenity about the condition of the state's judiciary - so much so that its ranks are being refilled by the same quasi-democratic lottery that got us in this mess. Of course, the low-interest elections that fill the state's benches do produce some good judges, but only by accident.
May 11, 2015 |
CONCORD, N.H. - Gov. Christie resumed his courting of New Hampshire voters last week with a packed two-day pass through the early presidential primary state that included stops at a diner and bar, a town-hall-style meeting, and a pledge to return. At a Republican dinner Thursday in Keene, he tried to connect with stories about his parents and "why I am the way I am. " At a diner Friday in Amherst, Christie, accompanied by wife Mary Pat, told patrons that "coming up to New Hampshire to engage with all of you is invigorating.
May 10, 2015 |
AFTER A WEEK of contemplation, Mike Babcock wants to see what's on the open market. And despite their interest in keeping Babcock on as head coach, the Detroit Red Wings will give him that opportunity. The Red Wings granted Babcock permission to speak to interested parties beginning at noon yesterday, the team announced. His negotiation window with interested parties will extend through May 25. Babcock, 52, is hockey's most sought-after free agent this summer - including players.
May 10, 2015 |
DOVER, N.H. - At the very end of his two-day trip courting voters in the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire, Gov. Christie got a question from the public on a topic he is trying to move beyond: the George Washington Bridge scandal. After taking questions for 80 minutes at a town-hall meeting in a bar here Friday night, Christie called on a woman who informed him she was originally from Teaneck, N.J. "When I heard about the bridge scandal, I was beyond horrified," said Eileen Sahagian, now of Durham.
May 7, 2015
TODAY, LET'S think about possibility. Specifically, the possibility our state Supreme Court upholds the Constitution more often than when the mood strikes it to do so. I mention this because of a record three vacancies on the seven-member court to be filled by election this year, and because, you know, one can always hope. Let's concede that law can be a malleable thing, subject to circumstance and politics. In this state it's massaged into various shapes, sometimes avoiding constitutional dictates.
May 6, 2015 |
Much of the intense interest in New Jersey's most famous traffic jam - no minor distinction in a state that specializes in gridlock - revolves around what Gov. Christie knew, when he knew it, and whether it might end his long-dreamt-of leadership of the free world before it begins. These are legitimate questions, but they threaten to distract from the enormity of the event itself: a raw abuse of government power in the service of the pettiest politics. Last week's guilty plea and indictments of three former Christie administration officials affirmed in stark detail much of what had been reported and suspected about the 2013 redirection of George Washington Bridge traffic, which inflicted five days of paralyzing gridlock on Fort Lee, the borough across the bridge from Manhattan.