August 12, 2016
WILL BUNCH'S "5 ways Philly can extinguish its political dumpster fire" made some pretty fair points, but seemed to absolve the so-called Fourth Estate - a/k/a the Daily News and its competitors - of any responsibility for said "dumpster fire. " A paper that boasts in its own advertisements of sending politicians running cannot be allowed to gloss over its own failings, as well. The Daily News appears to have written off local campaign coverage years ago. Good luck getting your message out as a state House or Senate candidate - unless you have a criminal history or are an eccentric, in which case you will get a front-page feature ridiculing you and your aspirations.
July 28, 2016 |
A prosecutor in Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's looming criminal trial told a judge Tuesday that Kane's request to tell a jury about her unearthing of offensive emails would mire jurors in "a distraction, a red herring. " But Kane's lawyers said she needed the option of telling the jury about pornographic emails swapped by members of her agency before she took office. Kane is to go on trial Aug. 8 on charges of perjury, official oppression, and other offenses. Prosecutors say she lied about leaking confidential documents to the Daily News to plant a June 2014 story to embarrass a political foe, former state prosecutor Frank Fina.
July 26, 2016 |
WITH A LITTLE help from her favorite team, loyal reader Inez Gale has pulled off an epic hat trick. Gale hit the Daily News jackpot for the third time Sunday when Odubel Herrera homered to lead off the sixth. It was our Home Run Payoff inning and the blast was worth $1,000 for Gale, who is 88. It was the third time Gale won a thousand bucks from us. She also won in 2010 at the age of 82 and 2013 at 85. "I get the Daily News every day and fill out the coupon all the time," she said.
July 4, 2016 |
This summer, I've been reading past columns I've written for both the Sunday Inquirer and the Daily News. I began as a columnist at the latter in 2001 and for the next 10 years, my work ran every Thursday. In 2007 I began writing separately for the Sunday Inquirer and for four years, I had the unique honor of writing for both newspapers. In 2011, I scaled back to just the Inquirer. By my count, I wrote a total of 489 columns for the Daily News and this is my 555th column for the Inquirer.
June 28, 2016
THE Daily News Pet of the Week is Cyrus, a 3-year-old American Staffordshire terrier mix at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Cyrus was brought to the PSPCA in mid-April as part of a cruelty case. He is a love bug, a handsome hunk who seems always to be smiling. He's happy to greet people but does have some fear of strangers. For more information about Cyrus, call the PSPCA at 215-426-6300, stop by the shelter at 350 E. Erie Ave., North Philadelphia, or visit pspca.org.
June 26, 2016 |
Writing from the Pennsylvania prison where he is serving three consecutive life terms, former West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and the Daily News. The 14-page typed document, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, contends that public comments by Williams and Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron, and two 2015 articles in the Daily News, "compromised [Gosnell's]
June 22, 2016 |
To honor two people for their service to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health, neonatologists there are starting college scholarship funds in their names - and awarding the initial scholarships to the two babies who have most touched their hearts by overcoming adversity. About 650 newborns a year spend an average of 14 days in the unit. The first two NICU Scholars were there a lot longer and had very difficult experiences, from cardiac issues to infections, said Gerard Cleary, neonatology chief.
June 16, 2016 |
First, the news: David Haas and the Wyncote Foundation will give a combined $5 million to an endowment that seeks to secure the future of quality journalism in the Philadelphia region - and help the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com in particular. Now, the news about the news: A Knight Foundation study released Wednesday examines the challenges facing Philadelphia Media Network, owner of the newspapers and website, and deems them considerable. For a major news company to thrive in the future, the study said, it needs to spend now on innovation and experimentation.
June 15, 2016 |
In the Agenda, the Daily News will examine a major issue of the day in Philadelphia sports. We will frame the question and look at it from multiple angles, bringing you opinions from a sports staff unmatched in its experience. The Agenda will run occasionally, only in the Daily News. Les Bowen If I had to bet this question, my money would be on Rodney McLeod. McLeod is assured of starting at safety for the Eagles if he's healthy, and he's played in every game since he arrived in St. Louis as an undrafted free agent from Virginia in 2012, so the odds are with me there.
June 12, 2016
IT HAS BEEN SAID Philly is 10 years behind New York when it comes to trends, and the recent arrival in Ardmore of trendy stationary bike exercise studio SoulCycle seems to prove that old maxim. Founded in Manhattan in 2005, SoulCycle is like a spin class, only with candlelight, bright-yellow custom bikes, curated play-lists, hand weights, choreography, and glamorous, inspirational instructors who pedal and preach from a podium, also candlelit. Today, more than 85 SoulCycles nationwide draw 13,000 devoted riders daily.