July 23, 2016
By David Spigelmyer While the daily headlines and nonstop, 24-hour news cycles focus overwhelmingly on issues that often divide the nation, it can be easy to lose sight of where common ground exists and what shared commitments bring us together. And there's more that unites us - business and labor as well as Republicans, Democrats, and independents - than divides us. While division might drive TV ratings and social-media clicks, it's no secret that all Americans support a stronger economy with low unemployment; a thriving manufacturing sector that creates middle-class jobs for families; and a healthier, cleaner environment for our kids and grandkids.
March 20, 2016
The World Health Organization estimates that, each year, one in four deaths globally result from living or working in an unhealthy environment. That's 12.6 million people. Of those, most are due to noncommunicable diseases, such as heart conditions and cancer, related to pollution exposure. The remaining third are from infectious diseases, such as malaria and diarrhea, due to unsafe water and lack of sanitation represent. "If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young," WHO Director General Margaret Chan said.
March 1, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The continuing overhaul of the Phillies' analytics department received a lot of attention late last season and into the offseason as the faces in the front office changed. Numbers will be crunched now that never were before, and it was all necessary to bring this team into the 21st century. Still, there are things of great value in baseball that can never be calculated by algorithms or big brains. One of them is the value of winning and developing relationships of trust at the minor-league level.
February 26, 2016 |
ONCE UPON a time in the NFL, when patience hadn't yet become a dirty word and coaches usually could count on being given at least three years before needing to update their resumes, the preferred method for developing a quarterback was slow-roasting rather than two minutes in a microwave. Back then, when you drafted a quarterback, unless he was one of those rare pass-throwing, ready-for-prime-time prodigies, you usually gave him a baseball cap and clipboard and had him watch and learn for a year or two before you put him in the line of regular-season fire.
December 22, 2015
E DMUND KLIMEK, 52, of Plainsboro, Middlesex County, N.J., is managing partner of KSS Architects in Center City. The full-service architecture, planning and interior-design firm - which also has offices in Princeton - was founded in 1983. It has since broadened its scope, with notable projects in the startup community, higher education, corporate headquarters and charter schools. The firm focuses on collaborative and innovative work spaces and projects with social impact. Q: Tell me about your recent projects.
September 27, 2015 |
UNITED NATIONS - Pope Francis on Friday hailed the role of the United Nations in promoting human rights, peacekeeping, and advancing the rule of law, and urged its member nations to do more to protect the environment and the world's neediest. Before a stage of world leaders, Francis amplified the themes he has struck during his historic North American journey. Speaking in his native Spanish, his message was more fluid - and at times more pointed - than the unprecedented address he gave in halting English to Congress on Thursday.
September 25, 2015 |
THE LITTLEST CHANGES inside one small household - a faster shower, a lighter meal, a different light bulb - could ripple out into the human family across the earth. That was the message Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told a large audience at the World Meeting of Families yesterday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Turkson, a Ghanaian, is considered to be the public face of Pope Francis' war on global warming, and he reiterated a message the leader of the Catholic Church hopes to drive home with followers.
July 26, 2015 |
WENTWORTH, Nova Scotia - The first thing I did when I arrived at my final road trip destination for vacation in Nova Scotia: Ate a seafood pie. The second thing I did: Ran a trail race, or, more accurately, participated in a trail run. The format of the Sonofa Gunofa Run is as follows: The course is a 4.5K "semi-technical and hilly loop" with about 225 meters of vertical gain/loss per lap, according to organizer Jodi Isenor. It's on a mountain in the Wentworth Valley, so the race's surface included rocks, paths covered in beds of leaves that made you spring up as you ran on it, meadows, descents covered in tree roots, a log to jump over, and, until the fourth round, a wasp's nest.
July 9, 2015 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The Pine Barrens surrounding Stockton University were choked with brush and a mix of trees - from white oaks and red maples to Virginia, pitch, and shortleaf pines. The conditions made for a sickly forest, vulnerable to wildfires and insect infestation, including the destructive southern pine beetle. But last week - following earlier prescribed burns to clear undergrowth - the woods along Vera King Farris Road began feeling more airy. The first of hundreds of trees came down, and sunlight again bathed the ground, making it possible for a healthier forest to take root next to the Atlantic County school.
March 23, 2015 |
As New Jersey lawmakers consider how to implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November to dedicate funds for the preservation of open space, environmentalists are lobbying to carve out money for their pet causes. But here's the catch: Lawmakers must pass a bill that would be palatable to Gov. Christie, a Republican preparing to run for president in 2016, who could veto a measure he doesn't like or similarly strike language from the budget in June. "We have to find a way to at least make the open-space portion of the budget some way supportable by the governor," Sen. Bob Smith (D., Middlesex)