August 29, 2012 |
TAMPA - It is no secret to Republican leaders and the Mitt Romney high command: They have a political problem with women. In poll after poll, President Obama outperforms Romney among women voters by wide margins that may have been increased by recent controversies about contraception and abortion, and comments by Republican Senate candidates that many deemed insensitive. Into the breach Tuesday night strode Ann Romney, with an address to the Republican National Convention here and a television audience of millions.
August 16, 2012 |
TORONTO - With the threat of a lockout only a month away, the wide gap in contract negotiations between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association remained Wednesday, a day after the union presented its counterproposal. In his first public comments since having a chance to read through the union's offer, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the two sides are "still apart, far apart. " Adding that he was "a little disappointed" that the union has yet to present its full proposal, Bettman said the league isn't even at the point of making a counteroffer.
August 11, 2012 |
Brandon Matthews figured he wouldn't be taking his golf clubs out of the trunk when he arrived Friday at Philadelphia Country Club for the final round of the Patterson Cup and saw more water than grass on the golf course. "I went over at about 10 o'clock and it was pouring rain," Matthews said. "As soon as I pulled in, I saw a river on the ninth green, and I figured the chances were slim that we'd be playing. " Officials of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, who had suspended play shortly after 9 a.m., canceled the final round of its stroke-play major championship after about a two-hour wait and declared Matthews, an incoming freshman at Temple, the winner following his scintillating 65 on Thursday.
August 8, 2012 |
MIDDLESEX, N.J. - Teachers' union leaders and Gov. Christie appeared in the same room Monday - and even shook hands - as they heralded legislation on tenure passed by lawmakers from both parties. But the smiles and signs of détente in the ugly feud between Christie and the unions belied reality, as the bulk of Christie's education agenda remains sidelined. The bill-signing at a middle school in central New Jersey was a historic moment, marking the state's most significant changes to teacher-tenure rules in a century.
August 7, 2012 |
Since Leo Bullman was charged with assault after arguing with a neighbor last year, psychiatrists have ruled a half-dozen times that the 68-year-old Vietnam vet is not competent to be tried. Bullman's schizophrenia has made him volatile and unable to understand and aid his lawyer, experts say. So it's a good bet Bullman doesn't realize his case has become the source of a struggle between Pennsylvania welfare officials and lawyers over where he should be held as experts try to restore his mental competency.
July 18, 2012 |
LONDON - More used to patrolling the battlefields of Afghanistan than checking Olympic accreditations, smiling British troops fanned out across London's Olympic Park on Tuesday to fill the void left by the failure of the private security firm G4S to provide enough guards. The government had scramble to call in 3,500 extra soldiers and police to fill the gap after the security firm did not hire enough staff. Unarmed but in combat uniforms, soldiers with suntans acquired far from cloudy London were getting accustomed to their temporary theater of action, a former industrial wasteland transformed into Olympic venues and accommodation.
July 8, 2012 |
Stung by having less city money than planned, and bracing for a loss in revenue from property-tax appeals, the Philadelphia School District's budget hole has grown by as much as $64 million, officials said Friday. Previously projected at $218 million, the 2012-13 budget gap is now anywhere from $255 million to $282 million. The district had been banking on $94 million in new city money - the amount Mayor Nutter had proposed would come through Actual Value Initiative, his tax-reassessment plan - but a skeptical City Council delayed AVI and ultimately gave $40 million, some of that with conditions.
July 1, 2012 |
WEYBRIDGE, Vt. - One of the longest hiking trails in the United States stops 40 miles short of its most famous cousin, but a group is trying to bridge that gap. The North Country National Scenic Trail runs 4,600 miles from North Dakota to New York's eastern border. From there, it's about 40 miles across Vermont fields and mountains to the Appalachian Trail, the 2,170-mile hiking trail that runs from Georgia to Maine. Seeking to bring them together are a push from the organization that runs the North Country Trail; a changed attitude from officials in Vermont, where the connection was blocked decades ago; and a growing movement to connect the nation's longest hiking trails.
June 25, 2012 |
An experienced assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, one with seven years on the job, can make $65,000 yearly. A public defender with exactly the same experience makes a lot less: $51,500. To close these sorts of gaps and to fill two dozen vacancies, the Defender Association is playing hardball with the Nutter administration, which funds the office. Unless the city gives the association more money, it says, as of July, it will no longer staff three of Philadelphia's 67 criminal courtrooms and cut back staffing in a fourth courtroom.