April 14, 2014 |
THE INCOMING president of Community College of Philadelphia said the school faces lots of challenges in helping to rebuild the city's middle class. Donald Generals Jr., chosen two weeks ago from three finalists for the position after an extensive seven-month search, officially starts July 1. The Paterson, N.J., native comes to CCP with 30 years of experience in higher education, most recently as vice president of academic affairs at Mercer County Community College near Trenton. Generals acknowledged that as a gateway to many of the area's four-year institutions, CCP faces several hurdles, including recent reductions in government funding, which have led to steeper tuition increases.
April 7, 2014
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new report that people won't like for different reasons. At a time when many Americans insist it's time to stop thinking in terms of black and white, or brown or yellow, the Casey report says race still matters. The foundation devised a Race for Results Index, which considered metrics such as the number of babies born at normal weights, eighth graders who scored at or above proficient in math, children in two-parent families, and children in families above 200 percent of the poverty level.
April 6, 2014 |
WHEN THE SIXERS tied the record for longest losing streak in major pro sports, I was contacted by "Today" and asked to comment about how Philadelphia fans were taking all of this. Even though I was in Miami to make a speech when I received the call, I was willing to tape an interview. They came over and did a 10-minute interview, of which they used about 40 seconds. I told them Philadelphia sports fans, despite our reputation for being difficult, unruly and very hard on our teams, are sophisticated enough to understand what it takes to win. Therefore, I went on, our fans were not really upset, because we understood the long-term goal and were willing to endure some basketball ignominy in the short run if it meant we were on the path to becoming competitive.
March 31, 2014 |
Some people, and some companies, look for stability when faced with tumultuous times. Exton-based WPCS International is trying a slightly different tack in meeting its challenges. WPCS, which says it employs about 250 in designing and building communications infrastructure, is diving into bitcoin. Or rather, the technology of trading bitcoin. In existence - virtually - for only a few years, bitcoin is digital money. No central government authority backs bitcoin, as the U.S. government does with the dollar and as other governments do with their currencies.
March 30, 2014 |
TEDx is - first, last, and always - about talking. Talking originally, surprisingly, persuasively, and concretely about something new - a new way of thinking, of making things, or, in the case of Friday's TEDx Philadelphia, titled "The New Workshop of the World," a new way of being this city. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a worldwide series of forward-thinking interdisciplinary conferences. It's turning 30 this year, and a TED birthday bash just went down in Vancouver, British Columbia.
March 18, 2014 |
Buddy may be the only member of St. Rita of Cascia parish in Bellmawr unconcerned that his church might close. But then, Buddy is a dog. The pastor's golden retriever is a familiar sight in this Roman Catholic congregation as he trots down the aisle most Sunday's alongside the Rev. Carmel Polidarmo. Both were in their usual high spirits Sunday, greeting parishioners as they exited onto the sidewalk shortly before noon. "How you doing?" Polidarmo asked an older couple.
March 14, 2014 |
I WAS IN the airport the other day when a guy approached me to talk about the 76ers. It was a typical conversation when you cover a team that is losing at the alarming rate that this team is, and one that I always enjoy: Him: "Man, that must be tough watching them play every night. " Me: "Yeah, but I love my job. " Him: "This might turn out to be one of the worst seasons in the history of the NBA, right?" Me: "It certainly is looking that way. " Him: "But the good thing is, with the draft picks and the money that they have, they'll probably be a playoff team next year.
March 9, 2014 |
With surgery and chemotherapy, Roberta Bash, 67, of Downingtown beat advanced-stage ovarian cancer in 2010. Then, it came back. "Cancer can go dormant, and I didn't know that," she said. The second time, Bash wanted to explore all her options - including an experimental treatment at Penn Medicine that manipulates a patient's tumor cells to trigger an immune response. So, during her surgery last March, instead of allowing her tumor to be tossed out or donated for research, she saved it. The company StoreMyTumor, which markets itself as a concierge service for tumors, negotiated the tissue's harvest, processing, and cryopreservation.
March 1, 2014 |
Juanita Abernathy extended her left arm across the lectern, illustrating how white men positioned their rifles as she and fellow activists marched in Chicago in the heat of the civil rights movement. "All you could hear was our feet on the concrete," she recalled. "We didn't allow them to stop us. " In the same ballroom on Rowan University's Glassboro campus where Martin Luther King III channeled his father's message last month, Abernathy instructed students Thursday afternoon to ceaselessly push forward for equality.
February 26, 2014 |
With the possibility that Kimmo Timonen retires after the season and Andrej Meszaros signs a free-agent contract elsewhere this summer, the Flyers' defense could have a lot of changes next year. The good news is that the Flyers have the rights to some talented young defensemen who are with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, or playing for junior, European or college teams. "Everybody has to find their identity or what's going to enable them to make it to the next level," Chris Pryor, the Flyers' ever-traveling director of scouting, said recently.