August 13, 2013 |
CLIFTON GEATHERS has traveled some rough road in the 3 years since leaving the University of South Carolina to pursue an NFL career. The sun-blotting, 6-8, 340-pound defensive lineman, who was acquired by the Eagles in a late-March trade with the Indianapolis Colts, is on his sixth NFL team - that's right, sixth - since being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. Five times, he has been told his services were no longer needed, first by the Browns, then by the Miami Dolphins, then by the Seattle Seahawks, then by the Dallas Cowboys twice.
August 2, 2013 |
Chip Kelly said he has "no issue" with the officials controlling the tempo of a game. A Wall Street Journal article Tuesday suggested that the officials might keep the new Eagles coach from running the up-tempo offense he desires. "We have to make sure teams understand that they don't control the tempo - our officials do," the NFL's vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, told the newspaper. "If the speed limit is 65, even though I want to go 85, if there's a cop out there, you're not going 85," Kelly said Wednesday.
July 30, 2013 |
Now that Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, will other financially challenged big cities follow Motown to U.S. Bankruptcy Court to escape some of what they owe? Maybe, but Philadelphia is unlikely to be one of them. Michigan officials wanted their biggest city to go bankrupt. They expect this will enable the city to trim what it has to pay investors who own city bonds, retired police who collect city pensions, and other creditors. "Michigan's antipathy for bondholders is startling," said Matt Fabian, managing director of Massachusetts-based Municipal Market Advisors.
July 28, 2013 |
Is Detroit's bankruptcy an omen or an anomaly? Will other American cities, such as Philadelphia, eventually go down the same dark financial road? Or is the Motor City's financial crisis an isolated event? Detroit's story is a cautionary tale. The city's economy soared with the advent of the automobile a century ago, making companies such as Ford and General Motors the Apple and Google of their day. The population ballooned, rising to nearly two million after World War II. A city that big requires lots of government services, including schools, police, fire, sanitation, and social services.
July 28, 2013
Daniel J. Hilferty Age: 56. Title: President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, the region's biggest insurer. Employees: 7,472. Tenure: Named December 2010. Financials: 2012 net income of $191.5 million. Obamacare: When 40 million to 50 million Americans are without coverage and health care is projected to be 25 percent of gross domestic product by 2025, something has to change. We need reform that will bring more people into the system. Is this perfect? No. But it's a start.
July 26, 2013
By LouAnn Buhrows Who are you on social media? Your everyday-pack-a-lunch self or a different persona you've created for the digital stage? Odds are it's the latter, because even what-you-see-is-what-you-get types are different online than in person. That's not a bad thing. After all, we look different online, carefully cropping photos so only the best angles show. It's amazingly easy to take a glamour shot with a smartphone, though it might take several attempts. But you find it - just the right shot - for the role you want to play.
July 23, 2013 |
While following the news on Nelson Mandela, who prepares to hand over the reins of justice and mercy to an age that must grip them ever more firmly, my mind inevitably wanders to a few whose grip was strong and certain. As Mandela was spending the last portion of his 27 years in prison, I was a young organization consultant conducting a session for an assembly of physicians interested in improving their patient interactions. However, this was San Francisco in the early 1980s, and therefore the topic was AIDS.
July 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When Secretary of State John Kerry bounded up the steps to his converted Air Force 757 in Amman, Jordan, on Friday night, staffers greeted him with applause. He grabbed a beer and strolled down the aisle to celebrate his most significant achievement yet in his short tenure as America's top diplomat: winning agreement from the Israelis and Palestinians on a framework for resuming stalled peace talks. It was a necessary breakthrough, for sure, yet a modest one, with the lowest bar for success in a process that merely sets the stage for what comes next: difficult and protracted negotiations aimed at a goal that has eluded successive U.S. administrations.
July 18, 2013 |
Philadelphia Deputy Mayor and Commerce Director Alan Greenberger acknowledged Tuesday that he did not alert city building inspectors after he was warned in May of potentially dangerous developments at a Center City demolition site. Within an hour of receiving that warning, Greenberger said, he got another e-mail suggesting the problems were being resolved. In a brief statement released by Mayor Nutter's press office, Greenberger confirmed a report in The Inquirer last weekend that at 4:54 p.m. May 22, he received an e-mail from Thomas J. Simmonds Jr., property manager for STB Investments Corp.
July 5, 2013 |
TRENTON - Six gay couples and their children asked a New Jersey Judge Wednesday to force the state to recognize gay marriage, arguing that the case has become more urgent after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week. The plaintiffs say the case is so pressing that no trial is needed to weigh the arguments that the civil unions now recognized in the state fall short. The filing is no surprise as the ruling to strike down key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last week brought new intensity and urgency to both legal and political action over gay marriage in New Jersey.