December 28, 2015 |
Bruce L. Castor Jr. thrived on locking up criminals, once winning five first-degree murder convictions in a year. He spoke his mind. He fought with fellow Montgomery County commissioners who forged an alliance against him. He had ambitions of becoming governor. Now, Castor's action-packed career in public office is coming to a quiet close. The confident, spotlight-loving, cowboy-boot-wearing Republican lost a race this fall to return to his former position as district attorney.
December 21, 2015 |
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - They are connected to one another like never before. And they are as disconnected from American politics as ever. They're avid volunteers for community causes, yet most hardly seem to care about government or campaigns. They see a government that's not deserving of their trust, resistant to change, and barely caring about their needs. They don't think their vote counts. They are the young. Old enough to vote, numerous enough to pick a president or a Congress.
November 21, 2015 |
Calling the federal government "inept" and "bloated," Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told a Philadelphia audience Thursday that the country's "secret sauce" of innovation and entrepreneurship is at risk of being destroyed by government overreach. "We are making entrepreneurship excessively difficult in this country," Fiorina said to about 100 people at the University of Pennsylvania. "We have become a nation of rules, not a nation of laws. " Fiorina spoke at the Keystone Conference on Business and Policy, hosted by Keystone Business magazine, a Philadelphia-based publication started this year.
October 28, 2015 |
When the Council Rock South field hockey team faces off against Downingtown East in the second round of the District One Class AAA tournament Wednesday afternoon, the odds will be stacked against the Golden Hawks. Downingtown East, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, has lost just once in 18 matches this season. But one thing No. 18 Council Rock South will have going in its favor is Caroline McGovern. McGovern, a junior, has scored 33 goals in 19 games, breaking the school record of 26 that she set last season.
October 15, 2015
WITH THE STATE budget now nearly four months overdue, we suppose it was inevitable that lawmakers would start exhibiting symptoms of a strain of disease brought on by laziness, lack of political will and lack of imagination. That disease is called "gambling. " This week, some Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg said they are considering a budget fix by expanding gaming to include Internet gaming and slot machines at offtrack betting parlors and airports. No one has proposed slots machines in schools and churches.
October 12, 2015 |
Does high-priced education translate into a fat salary? Sometimes, but not always. That's according to the new College Scorecard database, a government-mandated ranking that aims to help students and parents understand "return on investment" for a college degree. For the first time, this new U.S. Department of Education database ranks schools by graduates' salaries 10 years later, and links them to such factors as tuition costs, total debt, and graduation rates. The clear local winner was the University of the Sciences, with a median income of $82,203 after loan payments.
October 1, 2015
ISSUE | U.S. GOVERNMENT Avert a shutdown I came to Congress because I wanted to work to keep our country and economy moving forward. That is why I will not use the threat of a government shutdown to fight political battles. Anything that keeps Americans out of work, threatens to delay benefits for our veterans, and weakens our economy is not a valuable negotiating tool. In 2013, as a Chester County commissioner, I was frustrated that the federal government unnecessarily shut down for 16 days.
September 12, 2015 |
Lawyers for an Occupy Philadelphia activist have sued the National Security Agency and the CIA in federal court for records of any spying the agencies may have conducted on the group during the 2011 protests. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, cites media reports that Occupy Wall Street protesters were subject to government surveillance. Dustin Slaughter, an online journalist who participated in Occupy Philadelphia, filed Freedom of Information Act requests in December with both the NSA and CIA for records involving the Philadelphia protesters.
September 10, 2015 |
ANGELINA JOLIE spoke to the British Parliament yesterday about ISIS, London's Daily Mail reported. Jolie said ISIS is using rape as the "centerpoint of their terror" and told of meeting girls as young as 7 who had been brutally assaulted in war zones. Jolie, speaking before a Lords committee, said the jihadis use rape as a "policy" and as a "very effective weapon. " Jolie and former British Foreign Secretary William Hague last year hosted an "End Sexual Violence in Conflict" summit in London which brought together policy-makers from more than 100 countries to press for the rights of all victims of sexual violence, because Jolie said it's really a problem everywhere.
August 13, 2015 |
MANY PEOPLE praise the Lord with prayer and exhortation; Wilbur Mack did it with his voice. That powerful bass-baritone reached the roof of the Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, and thrilled the parishioners gathered in their pews for Sunday worship for more than 50 years. "He loved praising God with his voice," his family said. Wilbur E. Mack, a trustee emeritus of Grace Baptist, a longtime federal government executive, Army veteran of World War II, and devoted family man, died July 30. He was 92. He was born in Greenville, S.C., and even as a war veteran had to endure the pervasive racism of the segregated South.