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.
February 17, 2013
Q: I have two dogs and my neighbor has two dogs, and we both have invisible fences. The problem is my dogs always wear their collars, whereas her dogs never do, so they are constantly in my yard running around and doing their business. In the morning when I let my dogs out right before I leave for work, her dogs are generally out - in my yard - and I can't get my dogs to come back inside. This week I had to give mine a bath after rolling around in her dogs' business. Do I say something to her or keep mum and just fume?
February 17, 2013
The Eagles added more depth to their offensive line on Friday by signing offensive tackle Ed Wang, the first Chinese player ever drafted in the NFL, to a two-year contract. Wang, 25, was a fifth-round pick by the Buffalo Bills out of Virginia Tech in 2010. His rookie season consisted of six games before he missed 2011 with a thumb injury. Wang, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, did not make the Oakland Raiders last season after spending the offseason with the team. Wang's parents, Robert and Nancy, met as Chinese Olympians and competed in the 1984 Olympics.
February 15, 2013 |
Two more witnesses pointed out India Spellman on Thursday as the teenage girl in the Aug. 18, 2010 armed robbery of a Cedarbrook pedestrian and subsequent robbery-murder of an 87-year-old World War II veteran. "How you doing, baby? I forgive you," said Shirley Phillips, pointing out Spellman to the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury. "That girl put her gun in my face," said Phillips, 51. "I'll never forget those eyes. " Spellman, 19, had no apparent reaction to being identified by the in-home health care worker as the robber authorities say were committed with 14-year-old Von Combs.