July 5, 2013
INDEPENDENCE Mall was awash with red, white and blue yesterday, and covered with patriots. The one I wound up passing time with was a 65-year-old Philadelphia virgin who is the first announced 2016 presidential candidate. An independent, Ed O'Donnell plans to run under the Patriot Party banner, which sparks a conversation about being a patriot: What it meant then and what it has come to mean today. "Patriotism" has been captured (some say held hostage) by the political right, while it is minimalized (some say abandoned)
June 17, 2013 |
I'M CALLING IT the Harrisburg Syndrome: the chronic and costly practice of refusing to invest responsibly in education. Symptoms far exceed the number of schools closed - roughly two dozen or so in Philadelphia alone - and probably approach the 20,000 school employees furloughed statewide since Gov. Corbett cut almost $900 million from public education two years ago. A physician would look at the condition of public education in Pennsylvania and...
May 30, 2013
Ed Shaughnessy, 84, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show band died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles, said family friend William Selditz. Mr. Shaughnessy, a New Jersey native, began his jazz career as a teenager, playing with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie. He replaced Buddy Rich in Tommy Dorsey's band. In the mid-1950s, Mr. Shaughnessy became a staff musician at CBS. From 1963 to 1992, he was a late-night-television fixture as part of the house band on Johnny Carson's show.
May 21, 2013 |
Does Philadelphia have room for one more specialized business incubator? It may, indeed, if enough education- technology entrepreneurs choose to take the plunge into what the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education calls its new Education Design Studio Fund . Even the name suggests that what Penn is planning will be unlike spaces such as GoodCompany Group's residency program for social enterprises in Center City,...
May 16, 2013 |
Ed Malone has been named the football coach at Gloucester. Malone, 30, replaces longtime coach Leon Harris, who is still the school's athletic director. Malone was appointed by the Gloucester Board of Education on Tuesday night. Malone, a 2000 Gloucester graduate, played under Harris and served as an assistant coach with the program for the last 10 years. "We have so much tradition," Malone said of Gloucester football. "We've had so much success under Coach Harris. Things are working.
May 15, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie trended high among worldwide Twitter topics all day Tuesday. In a New York Times op-ed, she said she'd had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that carried with it an unusually high risk of breast cancer. The outpouring of support was unusual even for Twitter. Stars, especially, praised Jolie's resolve. Kristen Bell called her Times op-ed "admirable," and director Adam Shankman called it "beautiful. " Nia Vardalos called for "a moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie's candor and all women's bravery in facing this choice.
May 8, 2013 |
'OUR FANS love the game and know we're trying hard every year to get better. Fans aren't stupid. They know when an organization is doing everything possible and when it's not. They probably wouldn't support us if we weren't working our butts off. " These are the words of 80-year-old Ed Snider to the Inquirer and Philly.com last week, spoken from the heart as always. Whether it's the fat deal he gave Chris Pronger or the one he gave Ilya Bryzgalov 2 summers ago, Ed always has backed that heart with his checkbook, and for that he escapes much of the vitriol that fans express toward ownership of our more recent champions, such as the current Phillies.
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.