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April 11, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
ACCORDING to a Wall Street Journal report about his new book, Memphis coach John Calipari has the metaphor exactly right when he says that the NCAA is like the old Soviet Union in its final days: "It was still powerful. It could still hurt you. But you could see it crumbling, and it was just a matter of time before it either changed or ceased to exist. " This is correct. Here is the proposal: That the NCAA put itself out of business. What would replace it would not be a large umbrella organization but a series of individual sports/sports group organizations.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Last week, thousands of Pennsylvanians who complained that their power prices had jumped unexpectedly this winter - sometimes doubling or tripling their bills - got something all too unusual in today's marketplace: help, if a bit belated, from a government agency. The Public Utility Commission essentially warned the state's competitive electricity suppliers that they won't be able to pull the same stunt next winter, even if their own costs rise more than expected - at least not by burying crucial warnings about potential price spikes in the fine print of customer agreements.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
The Shawnee players said the first days of practice under first-year girls' basketball coach Chrissy McGovern were drastically different. And awfully difficult. The team was coming off consecutive Olympic Conference Patriot Division titles and had won a total of 46 games over the previous two years, so McGovern didn't need to reshape everything. But that is exactly what she did. More importantly, she took a program that had enjoyed success to an even higher level. And it all started with buying into her defensive philosophy.
NEWS
March 18, 2014
IT'S LIKE A KID asking the teacher for more homework. When I heard that South Philly auto-body repairman Domenico Nigro wants more oversight and regulation by the city or state, that's what I thought. What business owner wants more government involvement in his or her affairs? The answer: One who cares about the safety of customers and other citizens. People who do heavy repair work on your car are not required to be certified to guarantee their competence. That just floors him. Nigro's wife, Victoria, is a hair stylist and is tested and certified by the state.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Bonhage McGovern, 95, of Gloucester City, a secretary at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia in the 1970s and 1980s, died on Sunday, March 9, at the Deptford home of a relative. Born in Kensington, Mrs. McGovern graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in 1936. For a while, she worked at Campbell Soup Co. in Camden. At St. Joseph's, where a relative was an administrator, Mrs. McGovern "worked in one of the offices for donations," daughter Kathleen Reed said.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fights between financial businesses and their regulators usually take place in the dark, at least until there are charges, or a settlement. But last week owners of two private companies pushed their struggles against what they claim is overbearing government into the public eye: Energy trades. Together, twins Kevin and Richard Gates learned math at Conestoga High School, earned chemical engineering degrees at the University of Virginia, and helped found TFS Capital of West Chester, where they and their partners manage more than $1 billion in other people's money.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie faces a tricky challenge in reclaiming his political edge as news leaks about investigations and new claims fuel a steady stream of media coverage that keeps scandal in the headlines. With his poll numbers sliding after the George Washington Bridge revelations, the best thing Christie can do is his job, several Republican strategists said. "Stories like this take on a life of their own," said Charlie Gerow, a Republican consultant with the Harrisburg firm Quantum Communications, which is advising Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett on his reelection campaign.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Four months ago, the healthcare.gov website wasn't looking so dandy to Ted Trevorrow. The insurance veteran and freshly certified Affordable Care Act navigator was shaken by the exchange's disastrous rollout and the cascade of Web errors that followed. "It took some luster off the ACA," said Trevorrow, speaking at Resources for Human Development's office in Roxborough. But these days much of that luster has returned to the site's bronze, silver, gold, and platinum plans. The website has rallied.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said Wednesday that he would shut down the government if Gov. Christie does not publicly commit to fulfilling the state's pension obligations in this year's budget. "If I have to shut the government down, I will," Sweeney, the top elected Democrat in state government, said in an interview with The Inquirer. "When the governor hands us a budget, it has to have that pension payment in it. " Christie is to present his annual budget in February.
NEWS
December 20, 2013
ENOUGH snooping. The onslaught of news stories about the National Security Agency's gathering of mass data on Americans' online habits and phone records reveals a startling erosion of privacy rights. But there is more. British and American spies have posed as fantasy characters in popular virtual games such as "World of Warcraft" and "Second Life," according to news reports. The agency claims it is collecting useful intelligence. Nonterrorist individuals supposedly have nothing to fear - nothing except a government that uses the guise of protecting public safety to justify Orwellian behavior.
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