March 5, 2015 |
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.
January 16, 2015 |
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.
January 15, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 20, 2009 |
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.
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.
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.