July 23, 2015 |
HAZEL GRAY didn't hesitate to take a share of the credit for the success of her famous son, the late Rev. William H. Gray III. She believed that his attainments as a Baptist minister, congressman and head of the United Negro College Fund could be traced back to the values he was taught at home. "He was a very good boy," she once said of her son. "It was just expected and never questioned that children would be obedient and respectful. That seems to be missing in many homes these days.
June 29, 2015 |
As a pediatrician at the Cobbs Creek Primary Care Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Roy Wade Jr. employs the usual tools of his trade, such as thermometer, tongue depressor, and stethoscope. But as a researcher, he is working to develop a different kind of tool kit: a questionnaire to help pediatricians figure out which of their young patients are at greatest risk to develop early cognitive, emotional, and health problems. Wade's work builds on the landmark 1998 ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
June 1, 2015 |
Inside the gates of PPL Park on game days, nearly 18,500 fans bustle around the $122 million Major League Soccer stadium on the Chester waterfront. They cheer the Union, they relax, they buy drinks and food. For a few hours, it's an image from Chester that few might recognize. But by the day's end, those visitors abruptly leave - returning to homes far outside Chester's city limits - without ever venturing beyond the I-95 ramp leading to the complex. It's been nearly five years since PPL Park opened with high expectations: The stadium would become a hub for economic development, the centerpiece of a waterfront stretch that would include housing, corporate offices, and a convention center.
May 19, 2015 |
Sayre P. Schatz, 92, of Melrose Park, an internationally known expert on African economics and professor emeritus of economics at Temple University, died Thursday, May 7, of Alzheimer's disease at the Quadrangle in Haverford. A World War II veteran, Dr. Schatz was drawn to the field of African economics in the 1950s, when few scholars were interested in the subject. He went on to author several books and dozens of articles on the topic, many of which were translated into other languages.
May 11, 2015 |
Since 1980, projects by New Jersey's nonprofit community developers have poured $12 billion into the state's economy, an analysis of data shows. In the last 25 years, said economist Lee Huang, of Econsult Solutions of Philadelphia, 21,000 residential units and 2.5 million square feet of commercial space were completed by community-development corporations in New Jersey. That represents 1,506 projects - residential, commercial, and mixed-use, Huang said - for a total investment of $6 billion.
April 30, 2015
BALTIMORE. Ferguson. Detroit. Watts. Harlem. Philadelphia. The through line for the protests sparked in these and other cities, in a history that spans well over 50 years, is not civil rights, or racial tensions. It's police brutality. Questionable arrests, mistreatment or killing of blacks in the past year by police officers in Ferguson, New York and Baltimore were the same sparks that launched the seminal protests of 50 years ago in Detroit, Watts and other places, which fed the larger civil-rights movement.
February 27, 2015
REPUBLICANS in Harrisburg are up to their tried-and-true strategy of using denial and delusion and calling it responsible government. Why should we increase taxes, they say, when we can just sell the state's liquor store system and make a billion dollars? Gov. Wolf has a plan more anchored in reality. When he presents his state budget next week, he is expected to recommend a series of tax increases (and some reductions) to dig the state out of its estimated $2.3 billion deficit.
February 21, 2015 |
By directly spending $650 million each year, Rowan University generates a total economic impact in New Jersey of $1.23 billion, according to a report released Thursday. Rowan commissioned the report, hiring Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions to analyze the university's role in providing indirect economic support to the state - increased consumer spending by construction workers, for example, who work on campus projects. "Being an economic engine is so important, because we really have come to the realization no institution can survive and thrive, permanently and indefinitely, until the surrounding region - the region in which it is located - the population thrives as well," Ali A. Houshmand, Rowan's president, said at a press briefing.
February 4, 2015 |
Money may not buy you love, but lack of money is so rough on the psyche that it's life-threatening. A new study led by a University of Pennsylvania professor found that economic turmoil in Greece correlated with an increase in suicides for both men and women. Researchers from Penn, Greece, and Scotland analyzed month-by-month data on 11,505 suicides from 1983 through 2012. Charles Branas, a Penn epidemiologist, said previous studies had found more suicides during rough economic periods.
January 9, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The City Council voted, 6-0, Wednesday in favor of Mayor Don Guardian's proposed recovery plan for his city amid hemorrhaging casino revenues and plummeting property values. Of the nine council members, two were present but did not vote, and one, former President William H. Marsh, was absent due to a personal matter. The mayor's plan, unveiled Dec. 12, includes reducing the municipal payroll - including personnel cuts to the Police and Fire Departments - stabilizing the tax rate for casinos, and finding alternative revenue sources for the Atlantic City School District.