March 20, 2016
The Immortal Irishman The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero By Timothy Egan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 448 pp. $30 Reviewed by Paul Jablow From his earliest years in Ireland to the battlefields of the Civil War to his mysterious death in an icy Montana river, Thomas Francis Meagher was driven by visions of freeing his native Ireland from the yoke of Britain. It was a mirage constantly fading into the horizon. Born to family wealth he easily tossed aside, Meagher had been sentenced in 1848 to hang for revolutionary activities.
April 29, 2015 |
WE ARE NEARING the end of "The Silly Season. " I, for one, am going to miss it. Those aren't my words, by the way - "The Silly Season. " They are Chip Kelly's, uttered during the NFL owners' meetings, and I couldn't agree with him more. The final play of the Super Bowl to NFL draft day once was a time of peace. That is long gone, especially in places where baseball is not played or played badly, where the professional basketball team offers only entry-level jobs, where the Stanley Cup has become a historical footnote.
February 13, 2015 |
CITY COUNCIL yesterday joined a growing list of cities across the country that have passed legislation requiring employers to provide their workers with paid sick leave. The Philadelphia bill passed 14-2 and, a few hours later, was signed by Mayor Nutter, who had vetoed two earlier versions. "It feels good," said Councilman William Greenlee, who sponsored the bill. "I think the real winners here are the workers of Philadelphia. " Councilman Bobby Henon commended Greenlee before the final vote for his "dogged persistence," which led to a rousing round of applause from many in attendance.
June 12, 2014 |
ON AN ICY Christmas night in 1776, George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River to secure America's independence and to fight unfair taxation. Yesterday, Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil flexed the franchise's freedom to find tax breaks, announcing that the team and its employees will cross the river to the Camden waterfront to open a new headquarters and a state-of-the-art, 120,000-square-foot practice center by June 2016, thanks to $82 million in tax credits approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board.
May 17, 2014 |
Philadelphia fast-food workers and activists joined protests Thursday in what was billed as a global fast-food strike, with workers in 150 cities and 30 countries reportedly participating. It was Philadelphia's first official participation in a fast-food strike, although there have been strikes in Wilmington and rallies in the city on the issue of raising wages for fast-food workers to $15 an hour. Industry associations say raising wages would force restaurant owners to cut positions or hours.
September 2, 2013 |
As strikes go, this one was more symbol than shutdown. The Burger King on U.S. 202 in Wilmington, in my neighborhood, was one of the fast-food outlets hit by a national mini-walkout and picketing backed by the Service Employees International Union . SEIU held a pre-Labor Day "action," pushing for higher wages for the army of workers who pack and sell fast-food sandwiches, drinks, fries, and snacks in factory-like conditions. The strikers want to double the minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, as my colleague Jane Von Bergen reported.
July 13, 2013
Ever ask yourself why Philadelphia's taxes seem only to go up? The answer is evident when you get out of your comfortably middle-class (or better) neighborhood, if you live in one. And if you don't live in such a neighborhood, you see the answer every day - poverty. The city's tax base is small enough that the burden on those who can afford it keeps growing and growing just to pay for basic services. That will poison the city's future unless poverty among its residents is dramatically reduced.
October 19, 2012 |
LOTS OF Philadelphians need jobs, and City Council is looking for ways to help. Council's Committee on Finance held a hearing Wednesday on two bills sponsored by Councilman Bill Green, including one that would require businesses with nonprofessional services contracts with the city to hire Philadelphians. "This applies what has been applied only to the construction industry to all nonprofessional services," Green said. For any businesses that receive more than $150,000 in service contracts or that receive other forms of financial aid from the city, the bill creates a hiring goal of 50 percent Philadelphians.
July 25, 2012 |
MARQUISE Kittrell, who lives in Southwest Philadelphia and just turned 20, has taken a couple of community-college courses since graduating from high school, but earlier this year he decided to dabble his toes in the full-time job market. It hasn't gone well so far. Summarily rejected for entry-level jobs at the likes of Target and Pathmark, Kittrell recently applied to work as a zombie. Seriously. When Kittrell read an article about a plan to open a 200-acre zombie-inspired theme park called Z World in the industrial wastelands of Detroit, he instantly applied to play one of the undead.
May 16, 2012 |
Nearly every time Doc Halladay pitched at Citizens Bank Park last year and the year before that, he was wildly cheered from the centerfield Bud Lite Rooftop by Doc's Patients — guys in matching hospital gowns frantically miming defibrillator resuscitation on each other to celebrate every strikeout. Phillies fans hadn't seen such loyal devotion to a pitcher since the legendary Wolf Pack — the eight Wood brothers plus four first cousins — showed up in wolf masks, dancing and howling at the Vet a decade ago to celebrate Randy Wolf's outings.