May 29, 2015 |
Pennsauken Township's Police Department will not be replaced with a Camden County-run force, the township's public safety director said Wednesday, ending weeks of uncertainty among officers and other residents about the future of policing there. "We have unanimously decided that Pennsauken police stays right where they are," Public Safety Director John Kneib said at a Township Committee meeting, where a crowd of more than 150 people - mostly officers and their families - erupted into applause and cheers, with some yelling, "Thank you!"
May 11, 2015 |
For more than a century, medical education in the United States has meant learning how to practice medicine and how to do research to make medicine better. But that could be changing. Given the need for more primary-care physicians, the shortage of certain specialists, and the belief that medical schools boost local economies, 36 institutions have opened across the country in the last 20 years. That growth "has been accompanied by a shift toward new medical-education models where research plays a minimal role," according to a paper published recently in Science Translational Medicine.
April 29, 2015 |
Gov. Christie, whose approval ratings in New Jersey have hit new lows as he eyes a run for president, said Monday a media battering was partly responsible for the declines. Appearing on NJ101.5 radio's Ask the Governor program, Christie said he was unconcerned about his approval ratings, which have sunk to the 30s in some polls, declines that began after the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal broke in January 2014. "If you're going to have relentlessly negative coverage from the media, it's going to affect your poll numbers," Christie said.
April 2, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Pat Toomey isn't named in the latest Quinnipiac Poll, but Pennsylvania's Republican senator probably likes it anyway. The poll, out Tuesday, showed Hillary Rodham Clinton's numbers sinking in Pennsylvania - a trend that could affect Toomey's 2016 reelection bid. The poll showed a sharp drop in Pennsylvanians' approval of Clinton, the Democrats' presidential front-runner in waiting. Her favorability stood at 48-47, according to the poll, down from 55-38 on Feb. 3. And her lead in the commonwealth has narrowed in head-to-head matchups against Republican hopefuls like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.
March 27, 2015
RE: VALERIE RUSS' "Billboards are a blight to her": I live near Rittenhouse Square, but I consider all of Center City my neighborhood. One of the major reasons I chose to move to Philadelphia back in 1980 was because I was so impressed by some of its outstanding architectural and historical attributes, attributes that I still appreciate on a daily basis as I walk our downtown streets. Thus, I am absolutely appalled by these proposals to erect garish, invasive LED billboards at key locations in the heart of our city.
March 6, 2015 |
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gloria Burns declined Wednesday to approve, at least for a week, the third attempt to sell Revel, the bankrupt, closed albatross of a casino hotel - this one the second try with Florida developer Glenn Straub, for $82 million. The delay allows a small window for eleventh-hour interest, notably from Los Angeles developer Izek Shomof, who flew into Atlantic City this week to make his own bid of $80 million. Burns said she was putting off approval to allow consideration of other offers.
March 2, 2015 |
When I think of bowling, and I rarely do anymore, it's as a curious relic, like 45-r.p.m. records or paperboys. Odd as it now sounds, bowling was once a vital strand of society's connective tissue, an American activity nearly as commonplace as churchgoing. Far more accessible and affordable than golf or tennis, it was the people's sport. Its state-of-the-art bowling centers became country clubs for the middle class, its weekly leagues social melting pots. What 1950s home was without a bowling bag or two in the closet or a rec-room shelf where bowling trophies were displayed?
February 7, 2015 |
Republicans, in search of a brand-name candidate for the Philadelphia mayor's race, reached out to a recently retired heavy hitter: Ronald D. Castille. The 70-year-old, who stepped down as chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court just 37 days ago, was heavily recruited for the race by top city and state GOP leaders. He turned them down. Rob Gleason, chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, said he commissioned a poll that showed Castille could have gotten right back into the game.
January 4, 2015 |
American Airlines and merger partner US Airways could enjoy more than $2.5 billion in "tailwinds" in 2015 because Philadelphia's dominant airline does not hedge its jet-fuel costs and does not have profit-sharing with employees, a Wall Street analyst said Friday. American is one of the few major airlines that does not buy hedges, which are futures contracts that lock in fuel prices in advance. Declining oil prices should be worth at least $1.3 billion to American, airline analyst Hunter Keay of Wolfe Research L.L.C.
December 17, 2014 |
Police gunfire ending in death is sharply down in Philadelphia, a trend that follows department efforts to reduce the use of lethal force, police reports show. So far in 2014, police officers have shot and killed four people. By the same date last year, they had killed 12. And in 2012 by this date, officers had killed 16. From 2010 through 2014, one Philadelphia police officer - Moses Walker Jr. - was shot and killed. But Walker, who was shot in 2012 after completing his shift, was not in uniform.