July 24, 2016 |
Federal energy regulators on Friday approved a draft environmental impact statement for the hotly contested 118-mile PennEast Pipeline, which would deliver Marcellus Shale natural gas primarily to utilities in the Lehigh Valley and in New Jersey. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said that construction of the $1 billion pipeline would cause some adverse environmental impacts, but that "most of these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of PennEast's proposed mitigation and the additional recommendations in the draft EIS. " Environmental groups, which have sued FERC for its pipeline oversight, denounced the 1,176-page environmental study as inadequate.
July 3, 2016 |
The local fund-raising committee for the Democratic National Convention still has not received tax-exempt status from the IRS, and that could affect donors who want tax deductions. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, which is responsible for raising at least $60 million for the July 25 to 28 convention at the Wells Fargo Center, has not received the designation under section 501(c)3 of the tax code. The committee is trying to close a funding gap of at least $4 million less than four weeks before the start of the convention.
June 16, 2016 |
Police are looking for an older model minivan and its driver who fled after fatally hitting a teenager as she was crossing Adams Avenue, near Roosevelt Boulevard, in the Crescentville section of Northeast Philadelphia late Monday. The victim was identified late Tuesday afternoon as Markalyah Jackson, 17, of the 4900 block of North Boudinot Street in Feltonville. Jackson was crossing Adams Avenue in the crosswalk, heading south about 11:30 p.m. Monday when the minivan, which had been heading north on the boulevard, turned right onto Adams and hit her, Capt.
June 9, 2016 |
Shell Chemical Appalachia announced Tuesday that it will move forward with construction of a long-awaited multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Western Pennsylvania that business and political leaders say will transform the state's shale-gas industry. Construction of the giant polyethylene complex on the site of a former zinc smelter in Beaver County will create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs when it is completed in the next decade, the company said. The plant represents the kind of major downstream economic development envisioned when the state welcomed shale gas development.
April 16, 2016 |
When a Broadway production gets slammed by the critics, it closes. When a Philadelphia megaproject is rejected by city planners and residents, the developer simply moves on to the Zoning Board. So far, every group that has examined Bart Blatstein's proposal for a gargantuan, mixed-use development at Broad and Washington has concluded the design is a disaster in the making. City planners hate the way the parking podium consumes the entire block. Neighbors complain the slablike tower will wall off their part of South Philadelphia.
August 11, 2015 |
What if a philanthropy were run like a venture capital-funded start-up? Welcome to the GreenLight Fund. With seed money of about $12 million, GreenLight gives money to local organizations here, in Boston, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Local grantees then raise additional rounds of money - $32 million for social-impact work so far. How does GreenLight Fund work here? Venture capitalist John Simon and Margaret Hall cofounded GreenLight as "a way to do philanthropy using the approach a VC firm would take," Philadelphia executive director Matthew Joyce said.
July 18, 2015 |
The city's fiscal overseer, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, approved Mayor Nutter's final five-year spending plan Thursday, despite concerns raised by the city controller that Philadelphia's government could be facing significant deficits by 2017. The five-member PICA board followed the guidance of the agency's executive staff, which issued a 110-page report explaining why the plan should be approved. Among its points: Previous budgets have shown that the city's revenue projections are "realistic," and tax collection rates have been higher than expected.
September 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Domonic Brown rewarded Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg for giving him a green light on a 3-0 count. Brown drilled Tanner Roark's fastball for a solo home run to right field in the sixth inning of Saturday's 3-1 win over Washington at Nationals Park. "He is one of the better players [at 3-0 counts]," Sandberg said. ". . . He enjoys the green light, and it takes the thought process out of it, and he has had some success in that situation. " In his career, Brown has faced a 3-0 count 41 times.
June 7, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Walking to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, Lansdale Catholic's Ashley Seal wasn't sure what to do. Should she bunt to advance the runners, or swing away and hope to knock in one of her teammates? Crusaders coach Paul Suder knew what he wanted to do. With runners on first and second, none out, and his team down by a run in the PIAA Class AAA softball quarterfinals, he wasn't going to have his team go for the tie, he said. They were going to go for the win, and his sophomore pitcher, Seal, had the green light to swing.
January 30, 2014 |
SCORERS dream of basking in its glow. Its power is great but proves elusive for most because only the trustworthy are granted control. Abraham Lincoln senior guard Raymond Fred said he was deemed worthy yesterday and used it to score 30 points in the Railsplitters' 78-73 takedown of visiting Northeast High. "It was out of hand, to be honest," Fred said, laughing. "In the second half, coach just gave me the green light, so I tried to make things happen. " Fred finished 11-for-16 from the field with two assists and two steals.