March 4, 2016
By Christopher D. Benson There couldn't have been a better moment for the movie Spotlight to win at the Academy Awards - for best picture and best original screenplay. Coming within days of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's threatening remarks on freedom of the press, these Oscars serve as validation of the journalism profession. They also recognize the rendering of the story behind the story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative series exposing sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
February 6, 2016 |
Standing in front of a toy kitchen in a Mantua preschool classroom, Gov. Wolf said Thursday that he wants to spend $60 million more on early childhood education in 2017. Wolf made the announcement alongside Mayor Kenney, whose ambitious education agenda includes a push for universal prekindergarten that would cost the city a projected $60 million - separate from any state boost - in 2017. With the fiscal 2016 state budget still not in place, and education funding one of the chief sticking points, Wolf's proposal, which also includes a $200 million boost for K-12 education, is far from a lock.
February 6, 2016 |
Edward Coryell Sr., longtime leader of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, had an unexpected visitor Wednesday morning. Douglas McCarron, the decisive general president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, dropped in to tell Coryell that he was out. The visit was short. Less than an hour. And Coryell had no idea it was coming, said friends and allies of the ousted labor leader. By the time McCarron left, or shortly afterward, signs went up on the doors of the carpenters' headquarters on Spring Garden Street.
February 5, 2016 |
Edward Coryell Sr., one of the region's most powerful labor leaders, is out. All Philadelphia-area Carpenters union locals have been closed and their assets and members divided among regional councils in Pittsburgh; Edison, N.J.; and Framingham, Mass. Bewildered carpenters filed in and out of the union's building at 18th and Spring Garden Streets on Wednesday, greeted by notices pasted on the front door informing them of the changes ordered by United Brotherhood of Carpenters general president Douglas McCarron in Washington.
December 21, 2015
ISSUE | ED RENDELL What about Paris? In the wake of 196 countries acknowledging that we need to move away from fossil fuels as a source of energy, it is a bitter pill to read Ed Rendell praising the spoils of fracking in the Marcellus region ("Time is right to develop Phila. energy, container hub," Monday). The climate agreement reached in Paris on Dec. 12 is a much-needed landmark on the road to a sustainable future, but there is much work to be done, and we cannot afford to backslide.
December 17, 2015 |
When Ed Reynolds sprinted toward the left sideline and settled under Tyrod Taylor's deep pass for a game-clinching interception in the Eagles' victory Sunday over the Bills, it didn't occur to Reynolds to contemplate the irony of the moment. He, quite literally, could have been anywhere else on Sunday. He could have been playing for another NFL team, or idling on the practice squad for another NFL team, or doing nothing that had anything to do with any NFL team. The man is a Stanford alumnus, after all. He had options.
November 29, 2015 |
The troubled Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School, which closed its six learning centers across the state and laid off 30 staffers earlier this week, has laid off the rest of its staff amid questions about its ability to continue to operate. Nicholas Torres, founding CEO of the cyber, based in Wayne, said Friday that the school had no choice after its bank shut down its line of credit. Without those funds, he said, the school was unable to meet payroll or pay for benefits. He said that Meridian Bank of Malvern had also frozen the school's account.
November 25, 2015 |
After 26 years in the city prosecutor's office, First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann resigned Monday, officials said. George D. Mosee Jr., the head of the office's juvenile division, will replace him, District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement. McCann declined to say why he was leaving - although his name has been floated in courthouse circles as a possible addition to Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's administration. "I'm really proud of my 26 years of service," McCann said.
November 16, 2015 |
Edward D. Breen is the necessary man in corporate Philadelphia. The New Hope resident is lead director at media giant Comcast Corp., which is an old customer from his youth when he was selling cable antennas. He is chairman of Tyco Inc., the Princeton conglomerate he rescued from bankruptcy and carved into five public companies. And as of Monday, in what could be his biggest challenge yet, Breen became chairman and chief executive of the venerable DuPont Co., where as interim CEO he had already been freezing projects, combining units, and weighing asset sales, in hopes of boosting profits.
October 30, 2015 |
COLIN KAEPERNICK is trending on several fronts. Even the Guv is weighing in. Ed Rendell, the football-crazy politico who writes a column for the Daily News' weekend edition, told Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 that the Eagles should consider trading for Kaepernick. "One thing is clear, Sam Bradford is not, in my judgment, the quarterback of the future for the Eagles," Rendell said. "What I would like to see us get at the end of the year, I'm told that San Francisco is going to be looking to trade Kaepernick, and I think, in Chip Kelly's system, Kaepernick could be the perfect quarterback because he can run. " The 49ers' quarterback reportedly has been labeled a loner for constantly wearing his headphones in the locker room.