July 28, 2015
ISSUE | RACE RELATIONS Firsthand account I am one of those who shares syndicated columnist Dana Milbank's buoyancy "to have the president speaking as loudly as the haters" on the issue of race ("The president speaks out," July 22). A dear African American friend of 38 years, just passed away, lived with us as a family member for three years and shared what it was like to live in our predominately white neighborhood. In a tribute to this rare and remarkable human being, my son recalled, "He would regale me with stories of having fun in the city, but also stories about being picked up (and eventually released without charges)
May 17, 2015 |
The trick to presenting Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People is to keep it from becoming the enemy of the audience. A precise if relentless study in human alienation, this five-act, so-sad-it's-almost-funny play about an idealist who preaches his truth at all costs opened Thursday at the Bristol Riverside Theater. The play is packed with many issues extremely relevant to our own time - and it pushes the cast to its limits. Written in 1882, An Enemy of People immediately predicts the downfall of its crusading main character - one Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Kevin Bergen)
July 9, 2014 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie is again taking steps to keep New Jersey out of a regional program enforcing regulations on carbon emissions by power plants. A proposal scheduled for publication Monday in the state register would repeal rules associated with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program New Jersey joined other states in implementing in late 2005. Christie announced in 2011 that he would withdraw the state from the program, which the Republican governor said had been ineffective.
June 13, 2014 |
In what was, by all accounts, their first public appearance together since winning their parties' nominations in the May 20 primary election, Republican Gov. Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf outlined their competing environmental stances Wednesday night at the annual dinner meeting of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Both spoke of a need for balance - that environmental protection and economic development are not mutually exclusive. But they differed in how to get there - most notably, but not surprisingly, on whether there should be an extraction tax on natural gas development in the state's rich Marcellus Shale formation.
April 28, 2014 |
Second of four candidate profiles SCRANTON - Katie McGinty moved through the room with the ease of a politician who had decades under her belt. Framed by the sunny halls of John F. Kennedy Elementary School, she shook hands, posed for photos, and greeted children who reached up for hugs. Many of the teachers at the campaign stop 10 days ago had only the vaguest idea who McGinty was. But as they listened to her recite her education priorities, that hardly seemed to matter. If elected governor, McGinty said, she would push to rescind Gov. Corbett's cuts, promote smaller class sizes, and fund preschool.
July 24, 2013 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The widow of U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg threw her support Monday behind Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone to fill her husband's vacant seat, touting Pallone as a "go-to guy" in the House on environmental issues and a legislator with a lengthy track record of accomplishment. Bonnie Lautenberg also took a few mild swipes at Pallone's chief Democratic competitor in next month's primary, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, as a candidate whose numerous TV appearances and celebrity connections would not necessarily translate to effective governing.
February 23, 2013
By Michael K. Pearson and Gary Skulnik To remain dynamic, Philadelphia needs new blood and new businesses. But just as a good neighbor can make a huge difference in residents' quality of life, so too can the right businesses. We must seek companies with modern mindsets and practices. That means attracting businesses that share the city's vision of progress. These companies are socially responsible corporate citizens. They practice what they preach, and they concern themselves with diversity, community engagement, and environmental stewardship - in addition to turning a profit.
October 2, 2012
HONG KONG - A boat packed with holiday revelers collided Monday with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens more, authorities said. The boat was carrying staff members of a utility company and their family members to Hong Kong's famed Victoria Harbour to watch a fireworks display Monday night on the long holiday weekend celebrating China's National Day and mid-autumn festival. It was carrying about 120 people when it collided with the ferry near Lamma Island off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island.
April 20, 2012 |
Celebrate Earth Day on Sunday at the National Constitution Center and learn how you can go green. From noon to 5 p.m., guests can learn how to become active citizens working for a better environment. You can take the "It Is Easy Being Green" quiz and see how much you know about living an eco-friendly life, and learn about environmental trailblazers such as Lady Bird Johnson. At 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., guests can do the math by calculating the founding fathers' carbon footprint to see how environmentally friendly Philadelphia was during Revolutionary times.
April 1, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - In 2005, the USS America aircraft carrier was towed out to sea on its final voyage. Hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast, U.S. Navy personnel then blasted the 40-year-old warship with missiles and bombs until it sank. The Kitty Hawk-class carrier - more than three football fields long - came to rest in the briny depths about 300 nautical miles southeast of Norfolk, Va. Target practice is now the way the Navy gets rid of most of its old ships, an Associated Press review of Navy records for the last dozen years has found.