August 19, 2016 |
Shares of Philadelphia's Urban Outfitters shot up Wednesday after the firm, citing strong inventory management, posted strong second-quarter earnings. The company behind the brands Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Anthropologie, among others, topped Wall Street analysts' estimates for second-quarter sales and profit. Urban Outfitters Inc. posted second-quarter profit of 66 cents a share, compared with an estimate of 55 cents. Its revenue was $890.6 million, exceeding Wall Street's $885.6 million projection.
August 6, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Everything is new with the Penn State offense as it begins preparations for the 2016 football season. A new offensive coordinator has installed a new system to replace the one that had the Nittany Lions at or near the bottom of the Big Ten offensive statistics for the last two seasons. Now the question is: Which new quarterback will direct this offense implemented by the new coordinator, former Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead? Christian Hackenberg is gone to the NFL, and his replacement will come from his backups for the last two seasons - redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens.
August 4, 2016
By Rebecca S. Fahrlander Taking a break between high school and university - a gap year - has been trending in recent years. Prince William famously took a gap year to travel and volunteer for worthy causes. More recently, Malia Obama decided to postpone entering university for a year. The gap year offers an opportunity to make a transition between two stages of a young life - taking a break from formal education and substituting the informal learning from travel and work in the so-called real world.
July 25, 2016
Whatever the variations in front-seat car consoles, they all come with one common curse - the deep, diabolical crevice between them and the front seats. Too narrow for most fingers to fully penetrate, but plenty wide for keys, credit cards, cash, jewelry, food, toll tickets, and just about anything else you don't want to go there, that gap is a kind of "car-muda" triangle that seems to suck in indiscriminately both essential and expendable objects, some of them forever. The good news is there's a cure for those cracks.
July 13, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Legislators recessed Monday without a deal on how to pay for the $31.5 billion state budget, extending the uncertainty amid signs of impact on the state's credit rating and new legal challenges. Passed by legislators but neither signed nor vetoed by Gov. Wolf, the unbalanced spending plan was set to lapse into law at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Budget negotiators said the following day would be critical in determining whether the governor and the Republican-controlled legislature can agree on how to plug the projected $1.3 billion shortfall - possibly from expanded gambling, or taxes on cigarettes.
July 13, 2016 |
In a ruling hailed by municipalities and denounced as a victory for "wealthy towns," New Jersey's Appellate Division ruled Monday that cities and townships are not required to zone for affordable housing needs that went unmet between 1999 and 2015. "We hold that the Fair Housing Act does not require a municipality to retroactively calculate a new 'separate and discrete' affordable housing obligation arising during the 'gap period,' " the three-judge panel wrote. Instead, it said, municipalities should use previously established methods for calculating their present and future affordable housing needs through 2025.
June 14, 2016 |
As a member at Merion Golf Club and the president of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, Robert Morey believed it would be an excellent idea to have the Philadelphia Amateur, the preeminent competition of the GAP season, contested at his home club. He wrote a letter to Merion's board to express the association's interest, and was delighted when the board approved the proposal immediately. When he relayed the decision to GAP officials, they all checked the history books to see when the championship was last contested at Merion, and were amazed at what they discovered.
June 10, 2016
By Karen Beckwith As the 2016 campaign unfolds, the continuing story is that women and gender will play major roles in the presidential election. This story does not predict a happy ending for the presumptive Republican nominee. There are more women in the U.S. electorate than there are men, giving women a numerical advantage in elections, and women have turned out to vote at a higher rate than men have since 1980. By 2014, women constituted 52 of the electorate, with 43 percent turnout (compared with men at 48 percent of the electorate, with 41 percent turnout)
May 11, 2016 |
At the first citywide roundtable on schools, students outlined a litany of problems: a lack of resources, cuts to art and music programs, violence inside and outside some schools, and a systemwide lack of access to clean, safe drinking water. "We come from different schools, but we share the same issues," Morgan Bacon, a student at Masterman High School, told city officials and School Reform Commission Chair Marjorie Neff during the session in City Hall. The event, which was organized by several City Council members and Mayor Kenney's Office of Education, drew dozens of students from individual schools, as well as those involved with activist organizations such as the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change.
April 30, 2016
By David Neumark An aging population, coupled with low employment rates among Americans older than 62, poses severe challenges to the long-term sustainability of Social Security. Numerous reforms have been proposed to extend their working lives, including raising the retirement age. Such reforms may be unlikely to gain traction - not because people are so eager to retire, but because age discrimination sharply limits job opportunities. After decades of debate, most labor economists today accept that discrimination has played a role in limiting job opportunities for minorities and women.