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ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Jessica Yadegaran, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - If you can stand straight with your knees together and see a space between your upper thighs, you have what thousands of teenage girls are willing to starve themselves for. The thigh gap, as it is known, is a small space with a huge following on social media. You can follow supermodel Cara Delevingne's thigh gap on Twitter or peruse thousands of thigh gaps on Tumblr with images of ultrathin women in bikinis, hiked-up skirts, and lingerie, all baring thighs so thin they don't touch.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
DISTRICT Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Thursday he was not crying wolf as he told the School Reform Commission and a packed house of the "dire" budget situation. If funds aren't secured to fill the Philadelphia School District's $304 million budget gap in 2013-14, the district could face "massive layoffs" and the elimination of programs such as art, music, extracurricular activities and sports, Hite said. And unlike last year - when the district borrowed $300 million to pay the bills - no money will be borrowed this time.
FOOD
April 18, 2013 | By Joe Yonan, Washington Post
I try to buy produce locally and cook it seasonally. But there comes a time in late winter-early spring when I can't bear to roast another Brussels sprout, bake another sweet potato, or massage another leaf of kale into submission. That's when I buy broccoli grown who knows where and transported to my friendly neighborhood Whole Foods Market. Call it a bridge to the days of peas and asparagus. Once I get it home, I usually douse it with curry powder and roast it, or microwave it and finish it under the broiler.
NEWS
April 7, 2013
America's Coming Demographic Disaster By Jonathan V. Last Encounter Books. 237 pp. $23.99 Reviewed by Paul Jablow Nancy Willard, a poet and novelist best known as a children's author, is generally credited with the saying: "Sometimes questions are more important than answers. " Jonathan V. Last's book bears out the truth of that statement: His answers range from obvious to insightful to perhaps crackbrained. But there's no escaping his big question: Since the United States' "total fertility rate" - a better measure than crude birthrate - is sharply declining, what can we or should we do about it?
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
DISTRICT OFFICIALS stressed "shared sacrifices" Thursday as they presented a preliminary budget for the coming fiscal year to the School Reform Commission - a plan with a $304 million deficit that officials expect to bridge by slashing district payroll and requesting additional funds from City Hall and Harrisburg. The $2.66 billion budget proposal, approved by the four SRC members in attendance, seeks an additional $60 million from the city and $120 million more from the state. The district also wants $133 million in "personnel contract negotiations" from union and nonunion employees, said district Chief Financial Officer Matt Stanski, who presented the budget.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cherry Hill school officials said this week that they planned to close an anticipated $650,000 budget shortfall by freezing spending, which would eliminate a need for staff cuts. The freeze, in place across the district, will allow the district to carry over enough money from the current $171 million budget to fill the hole, officials said at a board meeting Tuesday night. "We are pretty confident, with our numbers, we will be in relatively good shape by the end of the year," assistant superintendent Jim Devereaux said.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
What entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa didn't know definitely hurt her. What Mustafa didn't know was the basics of coding - a problem, considering that her blog marketing business, 123LinkIt, relied on coding. "It cost me time and money and a lot of stress," she said. "If I would have been able to code, it would have helped me a lot. " That's why, in April 2011, Mustafa founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It, an international nonprofit organization based in New York that provides low-cost tech instruction to women - or, as they are called in the GDI world, nerdettes . Since then, 750 women have taken classes in Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Patty Pickup, 54, started working in computer technology more than 20 years ago, the Drexel University software developer was a true rarity - one of the few females involved in a field that was overwhelmingly male. "It was so professional. Everyone wore suits. It was more mathematical," she said. "It wasn't casual like it is today. " Since then, more women have joined the field and T-shirts and jeans have replaced business suits, but the gender gap remains in an industry sector where men outnumber women by a 2-1 ratio and where the women in the business struggle to avoid being marginalized.
SPORTS
February 6, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With winger Wayne Simmonds sidelined indefinitely because of a concussion, more responsibility has been handed to rookie Tye McGinn. In almost two full games since replacing Simmonds on the top line, McGinn has played solidly on a unit with Claude Giroux and Danny Briere. "He's a big body, and he makes a lot of room for us," Briere said after a longer-than-usual practice Monday in Voorhees. "He creates a lot of turnovers. He's always on the puck. I was very impressed the first time I had to play with him. I think Claude, too, really liked the chemistry that formed quickly between the three of us. " McGinn, who began the season with AHL Adirondack and was a healthy scratch last Tuesday against the Rangers, was on the ice for power-play goals by Briere and Giroux in Saturday's 5-3 win over Carolina.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
By Stephen M. Curtis, Jerome S. Parker, Stephanie Shanblatt, and Karen A. Stout Federal economists estimate that two million jobs go unfilled today as a result of skills, training, and education gaps. In Pennsylvania, a report submitted last year by the governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council noted that the number of new workers entering the industry, coupled with the growth in manufacturing, has left a staggering gap of available skilled workers. Simply put: Every decent-paying job today takes more skill and more education, but too many Americans are not ready.
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