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October 1, 2004
I WAS STARTLED to read Dave Davies' characterization of Rep. Jim Gerlach as "a pro-choice Republican who's shown some independence from President Bush. " In his 2002 campaign, he said many times that he was pro-life. He evidently did not change that stance after his election. He voted in Congress 100 percent of the time as the Right to Life Committee wished. He also voted 91 percent of the time with President Bush, which is rather limited independence. I hope Davies will correct his description of Gerlach.
NEWS
December 16, 2011
A story Thursday about the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia misidentified the law firm Drinker Biddle. A story Thursday about a documentary on the Kinks misstated the names of reporter Geoff Edgers' daughter, Lila, and of the Dave Davies song "Strangers. " In a story Thursday about cuts in Medicaid enrollment, a quotation from Tricia Brooks of Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute, saying "there is very little evidence of beneficiary fraud and abuse" in medical assistance, referred to Medicaid programs in general, not specifically those in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
July 7, 2005
IN LAST week's column, Dave Davies got one thing right. Buried deep in his attack, he acknowledged my exemplary work ethic, passion for worthy causes, and the charity and community work conducted by IBEW Local 98. Let me first address the worthy causes: Philadelphia just concluded one of the most exhilarating and historic weekends in its modern history. Last Thursday, we celebrated the dramatic relighting of Boathouse Row. Local 98 donated nearly a half-million dollars in man-hours to complete the project before the Fourth of July weekend.
NEWS
July 14, 2004
Dave Davies' column on June 23 reached for an all-time low in terms of race relations in Philadelphia. Davies wrote a fictional account of Mayor Street's potential dream life in order to advance his usual "myth-making" style of journalism. Davies wanted to connect Mayor Street to ex-Mayor Wilson Goode in a negative and race-stereotypical way - a typical "media-lynching" of two black men. Not relying upon fact but fiction. It was that "myth-making" work that earned Davies an offer from the Rendell administration in Harrisburg to bring his abilities to be petty and underhanded to the former mayor's gubernatorial administration.
NEWS
June 27, 2010
Pete Quaife, 66, a bassist who joined forces with two schoolmates to form the Kinks, one of the leading rock bands of the 1960s British Invasion, died Wednesday of kidney failure in Herlev, Denmark. Born Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife, he went to William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School in North London with Ray and Dave Davies, and the three began playing music together in 1961, with a succession of drummers. Ray was the front man, and Dave played lead guitar. They went through several names, including the Ravens, before settling on the Kinks in early 1964, with Mick Avory on drums.
NEWS
April 7, 2008 | By Jonathan Valania FOR THE INQUIRER
For anyone under 30, the best way to hear the Kinks' music is watching the films of Wes Anderson. Pretty much any one will do - they are all larded with choice cuts indelibly wedded to strikingly precious visual tableaux. Anyone over 30 should have gone to the Tower on Saturday to see Ray Davies, who wrote and sang all those classic, quintessentially English pop songs. The films lend the music a vitality and transgenerational reach that members of the Kinks are no longer capable of. The songs may transcend time, but the men who made them cannot.
NEWS
July 3, 1987 | By Robert Gordon, Special to The Inquirer
The Kinks brought nearly a quarter-century of rock-and-roll to the Mann Music Center on Wednesday night, and their music was none the worse for the wear. Led by Ray Davies and his brother Dave, the Kinks are one of the few surviving groups from the British Invasion of the mid-'60s. Their longevity is perhaps due to their stalwart devotion to simple rock-and-roll. Aside from a period of introspection that yielded several concept albums shortly after the band's initial success, the Kinks have chronicled the struggles of the working man. The Kinks' most recent album, Think Visual, finds Ray Davies writing about his own struggles with work.
NEWS
September 11, 1989 | By Scott Brodeur, Special to The Inquirer
At times, during his group's tour-opening concert at the Mann Music Center on Saturday, Ray Davies, the bouncy leader of the Kinks, led the band through fresh, explorative versions of their hits, some of which reach back 25 years. More often, the Kinks played the time-tested material as they always have played it; the formula has worked all this time, making the group one of the most enduring in the world. So why change now, Davies seemed to be saying to the packed outdoor arena.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2009 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
After putting out his first solo album, Other People's Lives, in 2006, at the age of 62, it took Kinks leader Ray Davies only another year to put out the next, Working Man's Cafe. But just as he was getting the hang of going solo, Davies is now revisiting his catalog of masterfully observed songs like "Days" and "Shangri-La" with the Crouch End Festival Chorus on his new album, The Kinks Choral Collection. "Ten years ago I was commissioned to write a choral piece for an arts festival with a hundred voices and a small symphony orchestra," explains Davies by phone from San Francisco.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
EIGHT DEMOCRATS seeking the nomination to challenge Gov. Corbett's bid for a second term spent last night mostly agreeing on the topic of sustainable energy while also showing some differences in style. Drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region that covers much of Pennsylvania was a steady topic in the forum at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where the crowd was not friendly to that industry. One candidate, Mechanicsburg pastor Max Myers, drew cheers when he called for a moratorium on natural-gas drilling.
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March 5, 2015 | Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
NO ONE LANDED a knockout punch. No one stumbled badly. Thus, no one broke away from the pack. Instead, at last night's latest mayoral forum, six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor showed themselves to have quite similar views on a range of issues. Hosted by the Next Great City Coalition, which represents 130 community, faith, environmental, business and union organizations, the forum at the Pennsylvania Convention Center focused on the coalition's six key initiative areas: improving substandard housing, supporting small businesses, cleaning up public spaces, improving nutrition for children, creating more trails and bike lanes, and storm preparedness.
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January 16, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOAN MARKMAN stood in a large, drafty city-owned room in Hunting Park in January 2009, telling 30 Licenses & Inspections workers that the days of tips and freebies were over. Shouting to be heard over blowers from a heating system in the ceiling, Markman was flexing her new muscles as Mayor Nutter's first chief integrity officer. "If you work for the city of Philadelphia, there's no such thing as a tip," she said. "That word shouldn't even be in your vocabulary. " The workers, bundled up for their foray into the cold city streets, applauded her, but it wasn't clear how many actually got the message.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
EIGHT DEMOCRATS seeking the nomination to challenge Gov. Corbett's bid for a second term spent last night mostly agreeing on the topic of sustainable energy while also showing some differences in style. Drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region that covers much of Pennsylvania was a steady topic in the forum at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where the crowd was not friendly to that industry. One candidate, Mechanicsburg pastor Max Myers, drew cheers when he called for a moratorium on natural-gas drilling.
NEWS
December 16, 2011
A story Thursday about the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia misidentified the law firm Drinker Biddle. A story Thursday about a documentary on the Kinks misstated the names of reporter Geoff Edgers' daughter, Lila, and of the Dave Davies song "Strangers. " In a story Thursday about cuts in Medicaid enrollment, a quotation from Tricia Brooks of Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute, saying "there is very little evidence of beneficiary fraud and abuse" in medical assistance, referred to Medicaid programs in general, not specifically those in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 27, 2010
Pete Quaife, 66, a bassist who joined forces with two schoolmates to form the Kinks, one of the leading rock bands of the 1960s British Invasion, died Wednesday of kidney failure in Herlev, Denmark. Born Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife, he went to William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School in North London with Ray and Dave Davies, and the three began playing music together in 1961, with a succession of drummers. Ray was the front man, and Dave played lead guitar. They went through several names, including the Ravens, before settling on the Kinks in early 1964, with Mick Avory on drums.
NEWS
January 6, 2010
AS THE DECADE turns, and I write my last column for the Daily News , I have to shine a light on the most remarkable thing I've seen in 25 years of covering city politics: at last, the appearance of a watchdog that isn't afraid to bite. I'm talking about the new city Ethics Board, which has been denounced by politicians in City Council and is now being sued by unsuccessful district attorney candidate Dan McCaffery, who blames it for his loss last year. The pols are squealing because, over the past three years, this aggressive panel has kicked butt and taken names, and in the process changed the way that elections happen in Philadelphia.
NEWS
November 23, 2009
ALL RIGHT, from now on, the description of the Pennsylvania Legislature in any encyclopedia should read: "the place where things have been so screwed up for so long that they seem normal. " This occurred to me as I listened to state Attorney General Tom Corbett announce his corruption case against state Rep. John Perzel and seven others. Corbett says they used up to $10 million in tax dollars to develop sophisticated computer systems for chosen Republicans to use in election campaigns.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2009 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
After putting out his first solo album, Other People's Lives, in 2006, at the age of 62, it took Kinks leader Ray Davies only another year to put out the next, Working Man's Cafe. But just as he was getting the hang of going solo, Davies is now revisiting his catalog of masterfully observed songs like "Days" and "Shangri-La" with the Crouch End Festival Chorus on his new album, The Kinks Choral Collection. "Ten years ago I was commissioned to write a choral piece for an arts festival with a hundred voices and a small symphony orchestra," explains Davies by phone from San Francisco.
NEWS
November 16, 2009
RUPTURED marriages can lead to nasty things: bitter arguments, personal threats, physical violence. Men and women involved often turn to cops and the courts for protection and for justice, generating thousands of lawsuits, protection orders and criminal charges every year. But the legal system can be abused, too. All it takes is a sworn statement about events to which there are no witnesses to get your ex slapped with a protection order or even arrested. A few weeks back, Denise Bentley, a 10-year city-prison guard, showed up at my desk with a stack of papers and a story.
NEWS
August 18, 2009
THIS MONTH our very cash-strapped city is due to write the Philadelphia Eagles a check for $7,840,000. That's this year's installment in a 30-year set of escalating payments the city pledged as part of the deal to get the Linc built and keep the team from leaving the city. So, if you live in or pay taxes to Philadelphia, which is just about everybody reading this, you're picking up a little piece of Michael Vick's salary. In 2001, City Council approved a very large public subsidy to keep this very profitable franchise in town because it's understood that the Birds are a part of the city's spirit, its image, its soul.
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