January 31, 2014 |
A Philadelphia Orphans' Court judge on Wednesday said a group that includes Girard College alumni, parents, and students does not have the legal right to object to Girard's plans to end its high school and boarding programs. Administrative Judge Joseph D. O'Keefe denied the group's request to intervene. He held two days of hearings on the petitioners' request in November. "We're disappointed in the outcome, but at the same time, we're gratified we got a chance to be heard," said Joseph Samuel, president of the 3,000-member Girard College Alumni Association.
July 9, 2013
Up, up and away, a great air show Atlantic City Airshow organizers deserve a lot of credit for continuing this 11-year tradition despite government budget cutbacks - as do the brave and amazing pilots (along with their sponsors) who flew ("Thunder was missed at A.C. Airshow," June 27). Pilots like Jim Beasley, Matt Chapman, Rob Howland, Dan McClung, and Bill Stein are in a league of their own. Along with other pilots, they pleased the crowd on the beach the other week. As for the use of slower aircraft, noise and speed aren't everything.
June 5, 2013 |
After operating as a free private boarding school for poor children for 165 years, Girard College in North Philadelphia plans to temporarily end its residential and high school programs in the fall of 2014. The Board of Directors of City Trusts, which oversees Girard, voted unanimously Monday to ask Orphans' Court for permission to make the changes so it can cut operating costs, replenish shrinking reserves, and avert financial ruin. Reaction ranged from bitterness and outrage to sadness.
April 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon leaders are taking another look at sharply reducing the number of unpaid furlough days that department civilians will have to take in the coming months, suggesting they may be able to cut the number from 14 to as few as seven, defense officials said Thursday. If the number is reduced, it would be the second time the Pentagon has cut the number of furlough days. It had initially been set at 22 days. The officials say no decision has been made and that they are not ruling out efforts to drop the furloughs entirely.
February 13, 2013 |
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the last few years, both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and an increased focus on Asia as the Afghanistan war winds down. Air Force leaders are saying the military may already have enough unmanned aircraft systems to wage the wars of the future. And the Pentagon's shift to Asia will require a new mix of drones and other aircraft because countries in that region are better able to detect unmanned versions and shoot them down.
December 25, 2012 |
HOBOKEN, N.J. - Brian McCarthy moved here from Manhattan last year and came to love his huge apartment and short train ride into New York. His boyfriend planned to move in this month. Now, the couple can't get out of Hoboken fast enough. Hurricane Sandy crippled the Port Authority Trans-Hudson line, a 24-hour subway that last year ferried 76.6 million passengers between Manhattan and New Jersey. The entire system was out for two weeks after the storm. A link to the World Trade Center was out for four weeks, and the Hoboken line just restored service last week.
December 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Most Americans want President Obama and congressional Republicans to compromise on a budget agreement, though they, too, are unhappy about the options that would avert the fiscal cliff, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The strong support for compromise belies widespread public opposition to big spending cuts likely to be part of any deal. Most Americans oppose slashing spending on Medicaid and the military, as well as raising the age for Medicare eligibility and slowing the increase of Social Security benefits, all of which appear to be on the table in negotiations.
August 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - With the government heading toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," House Republicans approved a full plate of Bush-era tax cuts Wednesday that they said could help shore up a still-frail national economy. At the same time, the Obama administration warned that threatened budget cuts could send some of America's troops into battle with less training. For all the action and talk, however, both taxes and spending were deeply enmeshed in campaign politics, with no resolution expected until after the elections.
February 29, 2012
Are proposed delivery cutbacks and layoffs the right way to save the U.S. Postal Service?
February 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - With no financial relief in sight, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with planned cuts to more than 260 mail-processing centers around the nation, part of a billion-dollar cost-cutting effort that will slow delivery of first-class mail. In a statement Thursday, the cash-strapped agency said it had completed a review of closings to mail-processing centers it had proposed last fall. Based on community input and other factors, the post office said, it will move forward with consolidations involving virtually all of the 252 facilities on the list, as well as up to 12 new locations, beginning in mid-May.