April 26, 2013 |
AFTER FIGHTING lawsuit after lawsuit filed by developers irked by their decisions, the Old City Civic Association waved a white flag yesterday and announced it has disbanded its developments and liquor committees because it no longer could afford skyrocketing liability insurance. "OCCA will continue its various community improvement and outreach activities, such as its semiannual tree planting, cleanup and 'hazmat' removal days, social events and tours of historical places," association President Ryan N. Berley wrote on the group's Facebook page.
April 16, 2013
A New York federal judge's order that the Obama administration must make emergency contraception available to women of all ages places new emphasis on the need for comprehensive sex education in America's schools. Some critics fear making the so-called morning-after pill available without age restrictions - combined with today's easy access to condoms and other birth control - will lead to more teenagers becoming sexually active. There's no evidence that such a prediction will come true.
March 31, 2013 |
Even though they managed a gritty 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon, the Flyers are having a head-scratching season, with a 14-17-3 record that has them near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Now look at the same juncture last season and swallow hard: a 21-9-4 record for 46 points - 15 more than this year's team. No wonder winger Scott Hartnell said that when he met with club chairman Ed Snider the other day, "you could see the hurt in his eyes by obviously the way we're playing.
March 30, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Never leave anything unsaid is a lesson former Gov. Ed Rendell may have relearned the hard way this week. Two days ago, the usually loquacious Democrat had an op-ed piece published in the New York Daily News urging New York state to get over its fears and permit hydraulic fracturing - commonly known as fracking - to seek natural gas within its borders. In the piece, headlined "Why [Gov. Andrew] Cuomo Must Seize the Moment on Hydrofracking," Rendell listed the benefits of natural gas for the region's economic development as well as the nation's energy future.
March 24, 2013
Free agent safety Ed Reed , a nine-time Pro Bowler who spent his first 11 NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, signed with the Houston Texans on Friday. The Texans did not disclose terms, although the Houston Chronicle reported it was a three-year deal worth $15 million, with $5 million guaranteed. Reed, 34, made $7.2 million last season with the Ravens, who have been gutted in free agency since beating the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with linebacker D.J. Williams , giving them a possible replacement for Brian Urlacher . The Broncos released Williams on the eve of free agency.
March 22, 2013 |
New Jersey's standing as the nation's leader in the number of students with disabilities who are sent to out-of-district schools continues to generate debate over the costs and benefits. But as school districts in recent years have reduced the number of students they send outside, a new research study commissioned by an association of private special-education schools has found that at least a sampling of New Jersey students graduating from out-of-district schools fared better than their peers in public schools nationally.
March 4, 2013
Q: Do you have any advice on what I can do to get my aunt off my back? Before she even says hello, all she ever asks me is if I have a boyfriend. I am getting tired of it!! - Fed Up in Feltonville A: I'm sure she means well, but I understand how the constant questioning can get on your nerves. Maybe you should try answering with humor, like "I have one but he's still living on Mars. " Or, "I'm waiting for the right guy but he just hasn't been born yet. " Or you can stop auntie cold by paraphrasing that great line from "Goodfellas": "I got a boyfriend.
February 24, 2013
Q: I work at a high-end restaurant on Walnut street and often times professional athletes dine at my place and never tip! What gives?! We are hard working responsible individuals who care very deeply about our craft. Some pros tip,but NBA players in particular never tip. Could you please help my staff and I understand that one? Thank you for your time. - Disgusted over ignorance A: Money can buy some degree of happiness. Money can buy fancy meals and good times. But money can't buy brains.
February 21, 2013 |
IN WHAT WAS clearly the emotional high point of his State of the Union speech last week, President Obama, citing many victims of horrific gun violence, told Congress that "they deserve a vote!" He was referring to legislation that would offer the American people various protective measures that would reduce the frequency of gun violence. His message was that Congress shouldn't filibuster or bottle up this legislation - that it should at least have the decency to bring it to the floor for a vote.