November 21, 2015 |
Drexel University already ranks among the top 50 universities worldwide when it comes to patent awards developed by faculty members, said Keith Orris, university senior vice president of corporate relations and economic development. And with Thursday's announcement of Drexel's new funding partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners and a mentoring relationship with Wayne-based Safeguard Scientifics, university inventors and entrepreneurs will have 10 million new reasons to keep the research fires burning, the brainstorms exploding.
November 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - It took more than five months for Pennsylvania lawmakers to agree on broad concepts for the state's overdue budget. The bigger obstacle, as usual, may be hammering out the details. The tentative accord announced Tuesday by Gov. Wolf and Republican legislators - one they pledged to complete by Thanksgiving - means they will have to win broad support for more than just their 1.25 percent sales tax increase. As critical will be the final proposals for issues that have long divided Harrisburg: reducing property taxes, fairly distributing education funding, reforming the state's ailing pension system, and privatizing aspects of the state-run liquor industry.
November 12, 2015
The Marian Anderson Awards program is a glitzy affair that each year honors A-list celebrities while raising money for young artists. Each year as the prize money is handed over - this year to jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis - the question inevitably pops up: Why do the Marian Anderson Awards not fund the struggling house museum in South Philadelphia where the famed contralto once lived ? I mean, why not? Both the awards and the Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum were created to keep the legacy of the famed contralto alive.
November 4, 2015 |
IF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT is funded properly, Superintendent William Hite said yesterday, his wish list for Philadelphia schools would include a new contract for teachers. "I would acknowledge teachers who have been committed, passionate and working hard without what they needed for the past three years," Hite said. He quickly added that "we have to make that investment this year. " The superintendent's comments came during a one-on-one conversation with Inquirer reporter Kristen Graham at the National Constitution Center.
October 28, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter on Tuesday recommended scrapping the School Reform Commission, which has governed Philadelphia publicly funded schools for the last 15 years, saying it is time for "the experiment to end. " In his final policy speech on an issue he called the most important of his administration, Nutter advocated creation of a board of education composed of five people picked by the mayor and four selected from City Council nominees. The mayor suggested this change be put in place by September 2017 - but only if schools are better funded by Harrisburg, with a restoration to districts of state reimbursement for pupils in charter schools; if a "fair" funding formula is enacted; and after a full year of public forums on the topic.
October 27, 2015 |
WHEN TINA FEY won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010, copies of Twain's massive door-stopping autobiography were distributed. From the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, Tina said, "If there is anyone in this room who will read this book, it's my father. " There was no doubt that her father, Donald, would read the Twain book, not the least put off by its 700-plus pages, because he was a voracious reader who couldn't seem to get enough of the printed page.
October 25, 2015 |
Eric Yates was diagnosed with glaucoma when he was 13. Doctors eventually told his parents, Cindy and Roy, to take their son to Wills Eye Hospital in Center City for surgery. The family lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Eric could not stay at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House because of food allergies, so his parents worried about living arrangements during their son's treatment. Then their social worker at Wills Eye told them about a nonprofit that pays for hotel stays for families with sick children - the Kolbe Fund.
October 21, 2015 |
On Friday night, as the sun went down and the temperature dropped to near 50 degrees, Michael Jones built a box for his family to sleep in. After years of life on the street, it was work his hands knew well. He carpentered it together out of discarded pieces of cardboard - detritus collected from around LOVE Park, where tourists flock to take photos in front of the famous Robert Indiana sculpture. Jones set up his box right underneath the Welcome Center. He and his family - fiancée Angelique Roland; daughter Malaysia, 4; and son Jeremiah, 2 - crawled inside, cocooned themselves in blankets, and fell asleep.
October 19, 2015 |
Marco Rubio has been playing in Gov. Christie's neighborhood. While Christie has raised more money in New Jersey than any other presidential candidate, his supremacy hasn't extended far. When it comes to collecting cash from the region that includes Philadephia and its suburbs in Pennsylvania and South Jersey - a short drive from Christie's office - Rubio has topped all Republican contenders. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, though, is lapping everyone. Capitalizing on deep Pennsylvania ties and New Jersey's dark-blue politics, she has raised nearly $1 million in the Philadelphia area.
October 17, 2015 |
An investment fund managed by Conshohocken-based Miller Real Estate has paid $78.5 million for the Center City office building that recently become headquarters to the American Bible Society. The fund closed Sept. 17 on its purchase of the 401 Market St. office building, known as the Plaza, from an affiliate of National Financial Realty in Torrance, Calif., according to documents recorded with the city this month. The religious organization held a ribbon-cutting this week to mark its relocation to the 500,000-square-foot Philadelphia building from its previous home in New York City.