June 12, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's financially strapped state system of higher education will face a new test: A comprehensive review by the state's auditor general. In recent years, the 14-university Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has seen declining enrollment and stagnant state funding, as well as a bid by one its members, West Chester, to consider withdrawing from the system. "College tuition and other costs are rising and we need to look at every possible option to keep from making college unaffordable to middle class families," Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a statement.
May 8, 2014 |
In the 1950s, after he had joined his father's dental practice in Pitman, Edward D. Blackman Jr. decided to do what had not been done there before. "One day a week, every Wednesday of the school year, he ran a dental clinic in the Pitman school system," son Douglas said. The free care extended into the 1970s. On Friday, May 2, Dr. Blackman, 92, who practiced in Pitman from 1946 to 1988, died at Pitman Manor, a senior-care community. The Rev. Larry Potts, senior pastor at the Pitman United Methodist Church, called Dr. Blackman "an amazing part of this community.
May 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Going with the theme that the best place to celebrate America's birthday is the place where the country was born, city officials announced Monday the planned festivities for the nation's 238th anniversary. "This is Philadelphia. We own this," Mayor Nutter said. "There is no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here, Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom, liberty, and democracy for the United States. " City officials and festival organizers are encouraging people to use #PhillyOwnsthe4th when discussing the event on social media.
April 2, 2014 |
Another Comcast Corp. executive parachuted Monday into Ed Snider's Comcast-Spectacor fiefdom in South Philly, as the venture that owns the Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center reorganizes its top management after the quick departure in December of Snider ally and partner Peter Luukko. Michael Sheehey was appointed to the newly created position of executive vice president for business development. He has been senior vice president with NBC Sports and worked for Comcast's cable division for almost two decades.
March 22, 2014 |
TRENTON Democratic state legislators proposed 20 higher-education bills Thursday in New Jersey, a package designed to address perennial issues such as college affordability and graduation rates. Proposals announced Thursday include the creation of a fixed-tuition system so tuition and fees remain unchanged through nine semesters of college, the development of a statewide data system tracking students from preschool through their entry in the workforce, and a requirement that colleges develop free online textbooks for students.
February 28, 2014 |
IN A LOUD VOICE, and leaning on a cane, Edward Sweeney - until recently a top leader of Ironworkers Local Union 401 - pleaded not guilty during his arraignment yesterday to a host of federal charges slapped against him last week. Dressed in a black jacket, with the words "U.S. Paratrooper" and "82nd Airborne Division Association" on the back, the 55-year-old did not comment outside the courtroom when asked about the federal allegations and about Sarina Rose, a vice president at Post Brothers Apartments, with whom he had an encounter last year near the Goldtex site that landed him in Municipal Court.
February 19, 2014
I AM a 28-year-old recovering heroin addict. Having said that, Ms. Flowers, I now need to address your perceptions of addiction and specifically Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. Being educated in this field, both academically and personally, I am blessed with a unique insight into the disease of addiction. And, make no mistake about it, it is a disease. However, it is not a disease like cancer or diabetes, as some like to compare it to. It is a disease not like any other. It is threefold in nature: a mental obsession, like obsessive-compulsive disorder; a physical allergy, like one would have to peanut butter; and a spiritual malady, which I have no words to explain.
February 15, 2014 |
CAMDEN The Camden that I encounter at the annual meeting of the Cooper's Ferry Partnership seems unfamiliar. Who are these people, I wonder as I walk around the Adventure Aquarium ballroom, where hundreds of professional folks are networking over small plates of chic eats. The theme of the event is "Rediscover Camden," and nowhere to be seen is the familiar Camden - the city cited in "worst" lists and luridly chronicled by visiting celebrity journalists. Instead, it's eds, meds, the new Campbell Soup campus, and more.
February 10, 2014 |
I once asked Paul McCartney an impertinent question. Or at least it seemed so to Sir Paul, one half of the greatest and most successful pop songwriting team in history, and one quarter of the band - the Beatles - whose first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show happened 50 years ago Sunday. The query was simple: What would he have become if the Beatles had never made it out of Liverpool? His response made it clear that, in 2005, he thought it a bloody stupid question. "An underwater salvage man," he quipped.
January 15, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Democrats fired an early volley in the state budget battle on Monday, accusing Gov. Corbett of decimating higher-education funding and refusing to seek input from across the aisle on how to restore deep cuts his office made in 2011. Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn, on a conference call with reporters, encouraged Corbett to restore money that was slashed in 2011, when the state's public institutions saw a 20-percent drop in funding. "Welcome both parties and both chambers in to have this conversation," Burn said in a message to the governor.