September 2, 2016 |
Hosting the Democratic National Convention was a boost for the city, according to a survey of Philadelphians released Wednesday, but distrust in government remains high. The survey, conducted by the Committee of Seventy, the good-government group, and Temple University's Institute for Survey Research found that 82 percent of respondents thought the convention was a good thing for the city. About one-third said they were more likely to vote because the convention occurred in Philadelphia.
August 17, 2016 |
Keith Zakarin has a tough argument to make, but that is, after all, what lawyers are paid to do. Zakarin is a partner at Center City's Duane Morris, where he chairs a practice group that represents more than a hundred career schools and colleges and industry groups. The firm is one of a handful nationwide that have made the sector a thriving, profitable practice. Its clients are largely vocational and occupational training programs; they teach a variety of trades and skills from cosmetology to nursing to criminal justice, among many others, with degree programs of up to four years.
August 13, 2016 |
Dorothy Mae Gill Leatherberry, 95, of West Philadelphia, a Social Security Administration employee and an active church member, died of heart failure Thursday, Aug. 4, at Lankenau Medical Center. Mrs. Leatherberry was born in Houston, the daughter of Adolphus Gill and Nettie Maxey-Gill. The story goes that Mrs. Leatherberry stepped on a nail as a girl, and her foot became so infected that she could not walk. Doctors had given up, but a bishop in Texas healed her, setting in motion Mrs. Leatherberry's early acceptance of Christianity, her family said.
August 11, 2016
ISSUE | ABORTION Support all choices A commentary, "Rather than fund abortion, let's invest in alternatives" (Sunday), presented a false choice. We don't need to choose between respecting and supporting a woman who has decided to end her pregnancy and respecting and supporting a woman who has decided to continue her pregnancy. We can and should do both. However we feel about abortion, we can agree that politicians shouldn't force a woman to make a certain decision or stand in the way of what she decides is best for herself and her family.
July 29, 2016 |
The federal government released its first overall hospital quality ratings on Wednesday, slapping average or below-average scores on many of the nation's best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rated 3,617 hospitals on a one- to five-star scale, angering the hospital industry, which has been pressing the Obama administration and Congress to block the ratings. Hospitals argue the ratings will make places that treat the toughest cases look bad, but Medicare has held firm, saying that consumers need a simple way to objectively gauge quality.
July 29, 2016 |
Toby Ziegler, White House communications director on The West Wing , was one of the most earnest characters in television (especially for a political animal). With a solemn and subtle severity, Toby fought for decency in democracy. If Sam Seaborn was the looker, and Josh Lyman the charisma of the operation, Toby was the Bartlet administration's moral compass. "He was much smarter than I am, although I am much better looking," joked actor Richard Schiff, who brought Toby to life on screen.
July 20, 2016 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. In summer 2013, John Paff requested a log of the emails sent by the Galloway Township police chief and the township clerk during a two-week period in June 2013, and then sued in an Ocean County court when his request was denied. A judge in 2014 ordered that the information be released to Paff, the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
July 15, 2016
The Ghostbusters may not be afraid a no ghosts, but China is. The 1.36 billion people living in the world's No. 2 movie market, won't be able to see the new Ghostbusters movie, except as a bootleg, because the movie has been denied a theatrical release. (They never got to see the original Ghostbusters either.) According to The Hollywood Reporter, China's official censorship guidelines prohibit movies that "promote cults or superstition," going back to the days when the only allowable spirit was Chairman Mao 's. Disney's mega-hit Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest never opened in 2006, thanks to its ghouls.
July 6, 2016
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan 'Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. " Thomas Jefferson penned these words 240 years ago in the Declaration of Independence to justify something that was nearly unprecedented in human history: replacing a monarch with a government chosen by the people. And the only thing that could justify this, or any government, was the consent of the governed. Consent is about constitutions, and the consent of the governed strikes at the very heart of the government itself - its structure and processes, and what powers the people allow it to have.
June 29, 2016 |
IN WILLIAM J. O'BRIEN'S eyes, the U.S. government and members of the FBI are a bunch of "liars" and "bullies" who have charged him with drug-related offenses for no legitimate reason. But to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Leahy and her colleagues, O'Brien is a doctor who conspired with the Pagans Motorcycle Club to deal drugs, trade pills for oral sex, and write multiple prescriptions without any type of medical standard or diagnosis. These were the main points in closing arguments in a trial in which O'Brien, who has acted as his own attorney, is accused of 14 counts of drug and related charges, stemming from a "pill mill" he allegedly ran with the motorcycle club.