October 25, 2013 |
Volunteering at a summer church camp for needy children in Chester was an eye-opener for Andrew Hicks, whose comfortable life as a West Chester high school student centered on sports, family, and friends. "It changed his heart," said his mother, Karen. He would come back from Chester fired up about social justice and wondering why more couldn't be done to help the youngsters he taught to swim. But Andrew, who loved soccer, hockey, and the TV show Entourage , never got that chance.
October 19, 2013 |
Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles is a charming, naturalistic family drama. It has no agenda, no big ideas, just an excellent cast portraying characters who feel like family - which is saying quite a lot. It is exactly the kind of play that gets nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for drama (as it did this year), and exactly the kind of play the Philadelphia Theatre Company favors. Mary B. Robinson directs with a light, affectionate touch. In the middle of the night, Leo (the excellent Davy Raphaely, looking like a young Mark Ruffalo)
September 18, 2013
It's a stretch to think Americans, like French peasants or Russian serfs in centuries past, will rise up and revolt to protest economic inequality in this country. But the continued growth in income disparity should concern Republicans who already think Democrats encourage class warfare to win elections. That the rich get richer while the less affluent struggle just to maintain their lifestyles is nothing new. But the ability of the more affluent to not only survive the last recession, but to seemingly profit from it, has poorer Americans who are still trying to recover from the downturn wondering if they are getting a fair shake.
August 22, 2013 |
Ten environmental organizations have asked a federal court to halt construction of the controversial Susquehanna-Roseland power line project through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, scheduled to begin Sept. 3. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. and PPL Electric Utilities are upgrading an existing 145-mile transmission line that crosses from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, including four miles of the national recreation area. The upgrade includes replacing a 230,000-volt power line with taller towers that will carry 500,000-volt lines.
July 21, 2013 |
At 11:15 on a Monday morning, four children under age 8 quietly walked up to Andrea Cooper-Chamberlain's house in Darby Borough to eat. An unpaid neighborhood do-gooder, Cooper-Chamberlain distributes free lunch every day at noon during the summer, when school lunches are unavailable. "I can't serve till 12, sweetheart," she told the oldest boy, who displayed the unmistakable demeanor of a hungry child: expectant, quiet, attentive. He wordlessly turned and led the others away.
July 2, 2013 |
TEL AVIV, Israel - Secretary of State John Kerry completed a new round of shuttle diplomacy Sunday without a hoped-for breakthrough in relaunching Mideast peace talks, but said he had narrowed the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians and vowed to return to the region soon to complete his mission. Kerry said he was working on a package meant to bring the sides together, and said he would leave a team of aides in the region to continue the efforts. "With a little more work, the start of final-status negotiations could be within reach," he told reporters, shortly before leaving Israel for an Asian security conference in Brunei.
June 7, 2013
By Heather McDanel Everyone knows the School District of Philadelphia is facing significant challenges. Everyone also knows that the students are the largest casualty of the doomsday-budget scenario, as they face a school year that could be devastating. We can all point fingers and scream and shout, but in the end it is the students we must care most about. Our youths deserve the exhilaration that comes with being part of something that is larger than themselves. They deserve the opportunity to sing and dance on stage, to create visual art, to be part of an athletic pursuit that teaches them important life lessons, and to become all they are meant to be. It is clear that the School District cannot supply all these experiences on its own. As individuals, leaders of corporations, and stewards of the city, we are not powerless and cannot afford to be. If we give up on our youth, we give up on our future.
May 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama has called for creation of a governmentwide strategy "to address any gender pay gap in the Federal workforce," focusing on how salaries are set when employees are hired and when they are promoted. "While salary ranges in the Federal workforce are generally determined by law, the fixing of individual salaries and other types of compensation can be affected by the exercise of administrative discretion," said a presidential memo issued Friday. "Such discretion must be exercised in a transparent manner, using fair criteria and adhering to merit system principles, which dictate that equal pay should be provided for work of equal value.
May 13, 2013 |
DETROIT - Detroit may be broke but it will soon have a first-rate motor pool, featuring 23 new ambulances and a fleet of 100 new police cars. Some city parks also are getting tender loving care. New fruit trees and shrubs have been planted, and mowing crews are beginning to make the rounds to keep the green spaces tidy. One of the surprising things about Detroit's descent toward insolvency - so dire that a state-appointed emergency manager recently took over - is that public services haven't collapsed as completely as some might have expected.
May 1, 2013 |
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com: Check out this interactive graphic looking back at the three times since 1971 that all four of Philly's pro sports teams have been left out of the playoffs. SO, FOR THOSE keeping score at home, it goes like this: 1971-72, 1991-92, 2012-13. Those are the three seasons that all four pro sports teams in Philadelphia missed the playoffs. As it turns out, we were a year late this time. Twenty years. Twenty-one years. It is a blessing, in some ways, that it happens only once a generation.